BSA Membership Fees Increase
TO: Baltimore Area Council Volunteers and Scout Families
FROM: William “Trey” Shupert, Council Commissioner
Manny Fonseca, Director of Field Services/COO
DATE: September 5, 2013
SUBJECT: Membership Fees
We want to inform you that a decision was made last Friday, by the Executive Committee of the National Council, to increase the registration fee for membership in the Boy Scouts of America. The membership fee increases by $9.00 (nine dollars) for all registered Scouters. The increase affects all members and all units, including units with a charter expiration date of December 31, 2013.
With this increase, the total registration fee for youth and adult members of the Baltimore Area Council will be $26.00 (twenty-six dollars), of which $24.00 is paid to National Council and $2.00 covers the cost for Accident/Sickness Insurance which is provided to all registered leaders and youth members within Baltimore Area Council.
The new national fee of $24.00 is a 60% increase of the prior registration fee of $15.00 and is, quite honestly, substantial. Although we were just informed of the increase the other day, we do want to share what information we know, thus far.
The National Boy Scouts of America last increased their membership fee in 2010. The national organization has taken actions to control and reduce costs, however many administrative and infrastructure costs continue to increase at significant annual rates. For example, liability insurance premiums have increased dramatically over the past four years. This insurance is essential providing coverage for all BSA chartering organizations, volunteer leaders and Scouting families.
We want to emphasize that this fee increase is not being charged by the Baltimore Area Council. Further, it is important to note that the Council receives none of the proceeds from the fee increase. Membership fees are set exclusively by the national organization and the fees collected are sent directly to the National Council.
While we realize that the fee increase may present hardships for scouts and scouters within our council, it is nonetheless necessary for the National Council to continue to provide resources and materials to scout councils and units throughout the U.S.
More specifically, the following are the key functions of the national council of the BSA which are funded directly through the $24 membership fee:
Provide liability insurance coverage for registered adult members, local councils, chartered organizations and the national organization
Provide information technology infrastructure and platforms for the Scouting movement
Provide local councils with program and tools for camp and office planning and evaluation, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and fundraising information, and professional personnel support
Coordinate a comprehensive communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training)
Make available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
Develop and maintain four (4) year-round national high-adventure bases and execute national events (Jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
Maintain communication with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
As always, our focus within the Baltimore Area Council is to provide the very best quality scouting program for youth throughout Central Maryland.
We encourage you to distribute this communication to parents and volunteers throughout the council.
Thank you for your consideration and for your support of scouting’s mission.
Manny Fonseca | Director of Field Service & COO
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Baltimore Area Council
701 Wyman Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
P 443.573.2502 | F 443.573.2602
Extreme Weather Closing Policy
During extreme weather events that effect the region especially during the winter the Harford District will follow the schedule of the Harford County School System.
This is being done so staff and volunteers will know what the schedule will be.
If Harford County schools close early so will the District event.
This policy affects most District events. All camping events, such as Camporee, will be held as scheduled unless a special announcement has been made.
In this case every attempt will be made to contact the Unit Leader and be posted on the Web site.
Broad Creek Scout Reservation rarely closes as so many of our campers seek a winter camping experience.
To check on the Broad Creek schedule you should call the Broad Creek phone 410-879-4922 and the voice message will let you know of any camp schedule changes or call
Eric Chase's phone at 443-573-2501 and any schedule changes will be in the voice message.
2014 Harford District Adult Recognition Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the recognition of Adult Volunteers of Harford District Boy Scouts of America.
The presentations may include:
Cub Scouter of the Year, Boy Scouter of the Year, Venturer of the Year, Commissioner of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Kendall Family Award and the District Award of Merit
To nominate someone or family for an award please download, print and submit form with background materials to Awards committee by May 5, 2013.
Send to: Steve Kilczewski 1207 Hall’s Chance Lane Belcamp MD 21017-1309
e-mail to: SMKILCZ@aol.com
Click to download the Adult Recognition Nomination Form (PDF)
Click to download the District Award of Merit Nomination Form
Awards will be presented at the Harford District Adult Volunteer Dinner on Monday June 9, 2014 at @ St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Abingdon, MD.
Registration for the Harford District Recognition Dinner is now on-line.
Please use the link above to purchase your tickets before the 6-4-2014 deadline.
2014 Outstanding Unit Scouter Awards
Fellow Scouters in Harford District,
Harford District is very proud of their adult leaders in the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venture Scout programs. This pride is a result of the hundreds of adult volunteers willing to spend countless hours of personal time with a boy or a group of boys, to spark an imagination, to instill a commitment to the ideals of scouting, and to give something to the youth that will give him skill or an experience that he may not have enjoyed if he was not in scouting…..
Each year every Unit in Harford District is eligible to select one of their adult leaders for the Outstanding Unit Scouter Award.
It’s time to recognize the outstanding leaders in your Unit. I am sure you have one in your Unit. This nomination effort does not take a lot of time and the results are worth the time it takes. It’s important to say “thanks” every once in a while to the people that devote their many talents to Unit level activities.
Please consider getting with your Unit to nominate one of your leaders for this award. You will receive the award which can be framed and presented by either a District representative or someone in the Unit. An example of the award is attached in this package as well as an example of the statement of service.
I know several Units have nominated someone within their Unit for many years and it has become sort of a tradition. Please keep up the good work of recognizing your Leaders.
Yours in Scouting,
Assistant District Commissioner
OUS Award Coordinator
Harford District, BSA
The Outstanding Unit Scouter Award is presented by a District representative to unit-level Scouters, upon approval by the unit commissioner, for outstanding service to boys through unit activities over a sustained period of time. Each chartered unit in the District may receive one award per year for candidates who meet the following qualifications:
- The candidate must have been a registered, trained member of the unit in any position or combination of positions, except Scoutmaster, for at least 24 months prior to the award nomination date. (A Scoutmaster can be recognized by the Distinguished Scoutmaster Award of Merit)
- The candidate must not have been recognized with an OUSA in the previous three years.
- The service should have had a significant impact on the ability to provide the Scouting program to boys within the unit.
- The service should have been rendered over a sustained period of time, not just for a single event or activity.
- The service should not have been in support of a District-level activity, such as a Camporee or Activity Day. (That service is recognized by the District Award of Merit when it is appropriate)
- While each unit may receive one award per year, there is no obligation to submit a nomination if there are no qualified and deserving candidates.
Nominations will be prepared by the unit committee or by individual members of the committee of the unit and approved by the unit commissioner.
These awards will normally be presented at the Blue and Gold Banquet or Court of Honor or another significant event the unit has planned
Please click to download the Outstanding Unit Scouter Award Nomination form
Download OUS Citation (Example)