Commissioner’s Corner, February 2018
Plan Ahead – Youth Protecting and Re-Charter
Membership Updates the following is reprinted from the August 31, 2017, Scout Executive Council Packet Special Edition:
At the recent Top Hands meeting in Dallas, a few important announcements were made regarding new Youth Protection Training requirements and a change to annual membership fees. Youth Protection Training Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application. Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application. With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current. Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip. Please note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp.
It is recommended that ALL Units take YPT again in March or April so when the unit Re-charters in December, the unit can concentrate on Registration since YPT for your unit will already be covered for all New and Re-Chartering Adults.
Membership Fee Increase
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. To do this—while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program—the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees. Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017.
Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value. Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories. With the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve. The membership fee increase will be finalized by the National Executive Board in October. [As you know it was approved]
We share this information with you for your awareness, not because it falls under the umbrella of a commissioner’s responsibilities. Remember to use your resources, including your local Membership and Training teams and leadership, as well as your youth protection champions.