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Update - National Membership Fee

Westchester-Putnam Council Members:

We wanted to share with you news just received (10/23) from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America regarding a membership fee increase. 

There are two components to the registration fee; the fee charged by the local council and the fee charged by National.  The Westchester-Putnam Program Fee was set by the Council Board in 2018 and is scheduled to be $54 for 2020.

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:

  • $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts

  • $36 for youth members in Exploring

  • $36 for adult members

The National Council has shared that the fee increase is directly tied to the significant cost increase of the liability insurance that is carried to cover all official Scouting activities.  Please note that this is not a local decision, nor do we have direct input into the process.  With that said, personally we know that the National Council is reviewing all options to ensure a safe and healthy program-based environment for our youth.

Our council along with National remains committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation.

We recognize that this increase is not beneficial to the registration process. The Westchester-Putnam Council Board is meeting this Saturday (October 26) and we will be discussing this issue.  We would like to have all our Units wait to make any decisions on Fees, etc. until the WPC Board is able to discuss the situation.  We will send out what steps we will be taking along with the ReCharter Process Information on November 1.  Please allow the Westchester-Putnam Council Board to review, plan and react before you take any steps.

Thank you for all you do for the Youth of our Communities!

Yours in Scouting,

Paxton Louis                                     Fred Compton                                Richard Stockton
Council President                             Council Commissioner                   Scout Executive/CEO

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