Top leadership from Scouting Councils across the nation gathered together during the last week of August at an annual meeting to discuss relevant matters facing the Scouting Movement. Among these topics were improving volunteer resources and program development. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been working to create tools and resources aimed at enabling volunteers to better organize and operate strong, healthy units, as well as preserving Scouting’s relevancy for the next 100 years. Some of these advancements are:
Enhanced MyScouting Tools such as Training Manager, Organization Manager and Member Manager.Concentrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives such as the Nova and Supernova awards New Merit Badges such as Sustainability, Programming, and Game Design Redevelopment of the Cub Scout Program
As a result of this focus to keep programming and resources current in the 21st Century, as well as develop new and innovative models, program and administrative costs have increased faster than anticipated. In order to continue to provide programs and resources of the highest caliber, the annual membership fee will be $24. The fee increase will go into effect for the 2014 rechartering cycle. Cradle of Liberty Council understands the timing of this change will present some challenges in the upcoming recharter cycle. It is not the intention of the National BSA or Cradle of Liberty Council to inconvenience Scouting members but to provide programs of the highest quality to the youth of our community in a “thrifty” manner.
We hope that you will agree that a $24 (or $2/month) annual fee remains considerably lower than most other youth activities. Scouting is a proven vehicle for young people to try new things, develop a sense of service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact your local Scouting Executive at 610-688-6900. The staff at Cradle of Liberty Council will be happy to assist you throughout this time of transition and provide you with fundraising opportunities that will help to offset this rise in cost. Thank you for all of the time, effort and resources you continue to provide to Scouting, making it America’s premier youth serving organization.
Yours in Scouting,
Steve Kelly,Vice-Chairman of Membership
Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America