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BSA Announces Membership Fee / Insurance Increase Effective December 1, 2017

To deliver the Scouting program to its 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the Boy Scouts of America to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing the membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.

Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.

Even with the membership increase, Scouting remains an incredible value compared to other youth programs.

The Heart of Virginia Council recognizes that the timing of this announcement may cause units to have to revisit their program budgets as the fee increase will impact the charter renewal process this fall.

Effective with December’s charter renewal, the insurance recovery fee for all youth and adults registered in the Heart of Virginia Council will be increased from $4.00 to $5.00.  This is in addition to the annual national membership fees that increased from $24 to $33.  All of the membership and Boy’s Life fees are passed on to the Boy Scouts of America. The insurance recovery fee is the only fee kept by the Heart of Virginia Council to help pay for the Council’s insurance costs. If you have any questions please contact your District Executive.

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