National Council of the Boy Scouts of America officially announced…. 6/2/20

Dear Scouting Family,

Today the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America officially announced an increase to the annual membership fees. These increases are a result of rising operational costs and COVID-19, which has created a substantial unplanned loss of revenue due to mandated Scout Shop closures and shortened high adventure base seasons.

Locally, our council is also facing financial challenges and we are doing our best to address the impact of almost three months of office closure, activity cancellations, diminished fundraising campaigns, and the loss of our summer camp season. We know, however, that our staff and volunteers will continue to do their best to offer high-quality Scouting experiences during these challenging times.

We understand many of our Scouting families are also dealing with similar financial issues. We do not want finances to be a barrier to participation in Scouting and will do our best to assist the families who need help, to the fullest extent possible.

We are aware some of our members may have heard about these fee changes this weekend via social media. The Catalina Council did not share this information previously because the National Council requested that all councils wait until June 1st before distributing this news. Some councils, unfortunately, chose to share the information prematurely, which may have spawned some confusion. The Catalina Council apologizes for any inconvenience this action may have caused.

Please review the infographic below. Click here to view the frequently asked questions about the fee increase. As more information is released, we will share the most up to date information here.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our kids, the Scouts. Together we will continue to navigate these turbulent times.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeff Hotchkiss

Scout Executive