Unit Key 3,
For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At the Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless ideas of the Scout Law, such as being trustworthy, helpful, kind, and brave make up the foundation young people need to address and overcome challenges in their lives and the issues facing their generation.
Here in Southeastern New Mexico, Scouting serves more than 1,200 youth in 7 counties. As we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level that we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.
To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, 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, and
‐$36 for adult members