Notice of Membership Fee Increase

We have been informed by the National Council headquartered in Irving, Texas that a membership fee increase will be coming later this year. The National Council is singularly responsible for the membership fee. This decision was not made by any representative of Scouting in New Hampshire.
Currently, the annual membership fee to be a member of the BSA is $33. The full amount of that fee, $33, is sent directly to the National Office in Irving, Texas to fund program development, national operations, liability insurance, and more. According to the National Council, we will be notified of the new fee by October 23, 2019.
The new membership fee will go into effect on January 1, 2020. This means any increase in a membership fee will be applied at the time of this rechartering. Daniel WebsterCouncil charters operation on a January to December cycle, and fees collected at rechartering are for upcoming calendar year.
We are very sorry to be bringing you this news so late in the year. It is important that we shared this news with you as soon as possible. Once we are informed of what the new membership fee will be, we will share that with you right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is guiding the process regarding membership fee changes?

A vision team of volunteers and staff from across the country is identifying viable options and considering the best way forward as we evaluate the growing cost of delivering the Scouting program.

What do you expect the new fee to be in 2020?

We do not know the amount of the expected increase at this time since this requires National Executive Committee input and approval.

Why is this happening now?

The expected membership fee increase is the direct result of a significant increase in the cost of liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities.

How will this impact the current rechartering process?

The online rechartering process will officially open as planned on October 1, 2019 for our December recharters. The process will go forth as usual with the exception of the “calculate fees” portion, which won’t be functional until November 1st.

What should units do if they have already collected 2020 membership fees?

Unfortunately, units will need to collect the additional funds from families once the new amount is known.

When will the organization make a decision about the 2020 membership fee increase?

We commit to providing the new registration fee no later than October 23, 2019.