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Insurance Updates

Insurance Updates

The safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience and continues to be our number one priority.

Insurance costs continue to rise, just as you might have experienced this with your own health, auto and property insurance; Scouting has seen increased insurance costs to protect our camp properties and facilities, vehicles, and other assets. We also experienced increases to general liability insurance to protect our registered Scouts, Leaders and Chartered Organizations who participate in and sponsor Scouting programs across New Hampshire.

For more than 15 years, the Daniel Webster Council (DWC) has subsidized insurance costs and absorbed all increases, holding the per-registered-member rate at only $1, which is far below the actual cost. To illustrate the impact on the annual operating budget, the DWC collects approximately $13,000 and pays out over $145,000 in insurance costs; see cost per member below. With the continued rising cost of insurance, the DWC can no longer subsidize these costs and remain fiscally strong. The new per-member insurance rate will increase with the removal of the subsidies.

Prepare for the Change in Fee

The annual fee of $1 per person will increase to $12 per person beginning with the 2020 charter renewal process scheduled to begin in December 2019.

Ways you and your unit can raise the funds to cover the $12 Insurance Fee:

  • Participate in the annual popcorn sale and have each Scout sell an additional three containers of popcorn.
  • Add the additional fee of $12 to any unit dues or registration fees to be collected during the unit re-charter process.
  • Request financial support from your Chartered Organization.

If you have questions or need guidance in implementing the fee change, please contact:

Deric Wertz, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Field Service at Deric.Wertz@scouting.org

or John Arico, Council Commissioner at dwccommissioner@gmail.com

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