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BSA Membership Fees for 2020

Starting next year, the Boy Scouts of America membership fee will be $60 a year for all registered youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts. The annual fee for adult members and youth in the Exploring program will be $36. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the BSA has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance the BSA must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. To ensure the BSA has the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board made the difficult, but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020.  The MDSC-provided Accident & Sickness Insurance will be an additional $3/year for all scouts and adult leaders (same as last year).  Boys’ Life (optional but highly recommended) will remain at $12/year.  


New BSA Youth Safety Website Helps Address Myths

Over the past several weeks, you may have heard from people with misconceptions about BSA’s commitment to keeping kids safe. This site offers easy-to-understand explanations of the steps BSA takes to fulfill that commitment. The site also features information from child safety experts and directly addresses several myths. Be sure to share this site with anyone who has questions or may be misinformed about the BSA’s commitment to youth safety.


New 2020 Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization

BSA’s commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.  Please complete the new form at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders.

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Scouting Wire
August 14, 2019

This article was contributed by Michael Johnson, National Youth Protection Director for the Boy Scouts of America.

Recent media reports have highlighted claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). As Director of Youth Protection here at the BSA, I share the same concerns as anyone seeing these stories, and I have the utmost respect for the courage demonstrated by these men coming forward. These claims understandably raise questions about what we do to keep kids safe in Scouting today, and I’d like to take the time to address those questions.

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Report to the State

Every year, BSA produces a Report to the State of California. It’s a pretty amazing summary of what Scouts do for their communities.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s International award

Earning the Eagle Scout Award or Venturing Summit Award opens doors. The awards are a proven launchpad in the United States, sending a young man or young woman on a rewarding career path.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award brings similar résumé-building clout to young people — only on a global scale.

new national partnership between the Boy Scouts of America and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA brings the opportunity to the United States

excepted from Bryan on Scouting, 2/12/18

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What is the Award 

If you are interested in finding out more about this program as either an Assessor or as an activity for your Unit, contact:

David Miura – Pacific Skyline Council

Eagle Palm Award – request procedure

To request a Palm Award, a Scout completes  an Advancement Report No. 34403 entering the Palms being requested. Multiple Palm requests may be entered on the form, and there is no need to specify which Merit Badges are to be associated with each Palm Award. The Scoutmaster must sign the form. On completion, take the form to the MDSC Service Center for processing.

Note: Eagle Scout Palms have not been implemented in Internet Advancement at this time.

Eagle Palms are bronze, gold and silver awards presented to young men who earn five, 10, 15 or more merit badges beyond the 21 required to become an Eagle Scout. The BSA has announced significant changes to the way Scouts earn Eagle Palms. The modifications took effect Aug. 1, 2017. The biggest change is all Palms earned before achieving Eagle Rank may be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle Court of Honor . . . Details & FAQ


Scoutbook is an online unit management tool that ensures that you never miss a Scouting moment—from tracking advancements to milestone achievements along the Scouting adventure. In an effort to drive program consistency and deeper engagement with our youth and leaders, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions will be free to all BSA units . . . More info.

Starting New Units

This new toolkit is a great place to find information on working with Chartered Organizations to start new units . . . Guidebook

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