Hawk Mountain Council to cover National BSA Fee Increase
As you are aware, the National Boy Scouts of America has raised their youth membership fee by 80% for our core programs – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturing. The current youth fee is $33 and will increase to $60. The adult fee is $33 and will increase to $36. This change will begin on January 1, 2020.
Hawk Mountain Council (HMC) has discussed many options on how to lessen this burden on our families and units given the limited time to prepare for this increase. HMC is concerned that families might make the choice to not re-register because of this dramatic jump in membership fees without time to properly prepare. HMC wants families to remain active in Scouting for the right reason.
Today, the HMC Executive Board unanimously voted in favor of utilizing up to $75,000 of unrestricted funds from the Board Designated Endowment Fund as a one-time expenditure to assist our units with the National BSA fee increase. HMC will provide $27 for every youth member who is registered as of 12/31/19 and who will be re-chartered by March 31, 2020.
There will be additional details on how units will receive these funds later this year.