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BSA Registration Fee Increase

Posted on 13 July 2009 by admin

The Executive Board of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America unanimously passed a resolution at its business meeting on May 22, 2009, to increase the traditional membership registration fee for all youth and adults to $15 from its current $10, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The last fee increase — from $7 to $10 — was in 2003.

A great deal of thought and consideration went into this decision by both the Executive Board and the Membership Fee Task Force led by National Commissioner Tico Perez. Consideration was given to an expected deficit to the National Council operating budget, the impact to program and council support, the necessary funding required over the next several years, the cost of implementing fee increases annually in systems and forms, as well as the overall fees paid by councils. Input was sought and received from staff and volunteers at the council level. Finally, given all these considerations, it was determined that the best approach was to increase the fee to the level chosen and make every effort to hold that level for a period of at least three years.

Why is the membership fee being increased, especially now, during such difficult economic times?
The National Council is committed to providing added benefits to local councils and volunteers to support the delivery of high-quality Scouting programs in every community. A key investment continues to be in providing more user-friendly web-based resources. For example, via MyScouting.org, volunteers will be able to complete even more training requirements on their own schedule, 24 hours a day, via online resources. This will complement their current ability to recharter and manage advancement records online, complete and submit tour permits, and participate in the Scouting Community social network, which continues to grow. Also, in the future, new-member registration will be available online.

As good stewards, we strive to keep costs to a minimum. Even with this increase, youth can receive the full benefits of Scouting membership for only $1.25 per month.

The National Executive Board reviewed revenue and expense projections along with the planned initiatives over the next several years, recognizing that the annual registration fee would not meet expenses. The Board decided that the fee could be increased each year or every other year to keep pace with the expected expenditures, or that it could be raised to the level chosen and held in place over the next several years.

When was the last registration fee increase?
In 2003, the registration fee increased to $10 from $7 — an increase of 43 percent. The new registration fee will be implemented a full seven years since the last increase and at 50 percent, only slightly higher than the 2003 increase.

How long do you expect this fee to be in place?
The National Executive Board, in its approved resolution, noted that it would endeavor to hold this new fee level at least three years.


Q. When does the registration fee increase take effect?
A. All traditional Scouting registrants with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2010, or later will pay the new $15 registration fee or prorated fee of $1.25 per month.

Q. How do you determine who pays the current $10 registration fee and who pays the increased $15 registration fee?
A. The registration fee is based on the effective date of the registration. Any registration for traditional Scouting with an effective date before Jan. 1, 2010, will pay the $10 registration fee or prorated fee of $0.85 a month. Any registration for traditional Scouting with an effective date after December 2009 will pay the $15 registration fee or prorated fee of $1.25 per month.

Q. If a unit that expires Dec. 31, 2009, submits its registration renewal online through Internet Rechartering before Jan. 1, 2010, should they pay the current $10 registration fee or the increased $15 registration fee?
A. The unit should pay the $15 registration fee because the effective date of the renewal will be Jan. 1, 2010.

Q. In November 2009, new boys join a traditional Scouting unit that expires Jan. 31, 2010. What registration fee do they pay?
A. The new registrants will pay two months prorated registration fee at the $10 rate ($0.85 per month). Then when their unit renews, all renewing and new registrants will pay the increased $15 registration fee.

Q. Who pays the new $15 registration fee?
A. All youth and adults registrants for traditional Scouting with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2010, or later will pay a registration fee based on the $15 registration fee rate of $1.25 per month. This includes all additional enrollments to current units, new units and charter renewals.

Q. Who pays the current $10 registration fee?
A. All youth and adult registrants for traditional Scouting with an effective date of Dec. 1, 2009, or earlier will pay a registration fee based on the $10 registration fee rate of $0.85 a month. This includes all additional enrollments to current units, new units and charter renewals.

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New Scouting.org Website Launched

Posted on 01 June 2009 by Dan

scouting-orgThe National Council Boy Scouts of America has released a new verison of Scouting.org.

This new design is the beginning of phase two of the BSA leveraging Sitecore’s web CMS for its nationwide brand management.

The new site design that features the 100th anniversary of Scouting and 100 reasons to join Scouting was made public yesterday. The site design works to group information by categories and provide relivant information depending on if you are a Youth, Parent, Volunteer, or Visitor. They have also provided a special landing page called ScoutSource to provide a one-stop shop for all of the resources available to assist you in your Scouting efforts.

The website is powered by SiteCore CMS which, according to prior reports, will power all 40 National Council Websites and eventually local Council websites as well.

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Front Page of Scouting.org Recieves Slight Makeover

Posted on 06 February 2009 by Dan

National Council WebsiteThe front page of the National Council Website is sporting a new look. The first thing you will notice is a more bold color scheme which gives the site a more patriotic feel.

The new design puts more of an emphasis on the feature stories. Currently the feature stories are: Values of Scouting, January 2009, Boy’s Life – Smoking Stinks Video Contest, February Cubcast – When I Grow Up, Song Leading, Scouting Alumni – Reconnect with other BSA alumni, and ArrowCorps5 – BSA’s Largest National Service Project since WWII.

The old site had also featured three blocks on the right side that explained Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing that are now gone. They have been replaced with two paragraphs of text:

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Check out the newly designed National Council website frontpage today!

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BSA Responds to Stories Recently Published by Hearst Newspapers

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Dan

The National Council has issued a response to the news stories published today as a result of a joint investigative project from five Hearst Newspapers.

While you can read the full article, Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide, here are some “highlights”:

The Hearst journalists found that over the past 20 years, scouting councils nationwide have carried out clearcuts and other commercial timber harvests in and around sensitive and protected forests. Local Boy Scouts administrations across America have also reaped tens of millions of dollars from selling campgrounds and other properties.

Hearst Newspapers found some Scouts’ executive salaries and retirement packages were larger than those offered by many comparable non-profits.

Also, the reporters found examples of cozy relationships between councils and influential volunteers, including timber company employees serving in key Boy Scouts board positions.

The National Council issued a response, which appeared on front page of Scouting.org, to the stories recently published by Hearst Newspapers.

Today’s story focuses on some of the most difficult and emotional decisions councils must make in order to be good stewards of their resources. So why does an organization like the BSA harvest timber and sell property? There are many reasons councils harvest timber, including safety, health of the forest and wise use of the income to serve our youth. Similarly, local executive boards have the duty to use all council assets in the best interests of Scouting – which might include the sale of properties. But in both cases, the real reason goes back to why we exist, our mission — to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

You can read the complete response to the stories issued by the National Council.

The National Council has also made public a memorandum titled Response to various inquiries regarding the Boy Scouts of America which they sent to the reporters involved in the research of the stories.

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New Leave No Trace Supplemental Training

Posted on 18 December 2008 by Dan

The National Council Boy Scouts of America has made available another great supplemental training module: Leave No Trace: Preserving the Beauty and Maintaining Our Access to the Land

If you haven’t checked out the supplemental training modules section of the National Council’s website you are missing some great opportunities:

    • Disc Golf in Support of Scouting
      Chain Saw Safety
      Merit Badge Counselor Instructors Guide
      Board of Review Training
      Geocaching to Promote Scouting
      The Order of the Arrow and Your Troop
      Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents
      Planning and Conducting a Safe Scout Outing
      Recruiting Quality Training Staff
      Scoutmaster Conference Training
      Varsity Leader Fast Start
      Selecting Quality Leaders
      The Youth Leadership Training Continuum
      Bullying: Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents
      Conducting an Interfaith Service
      Cub Scout Commissioner Roundtable Fast Start
  • The new Leave No Trace module is everything you need to be able to teach the basics of Leave No Trace.

    Training Summary
    Participants will identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals. Advanced skills, but simple ones, will be learned to ensure a minimum-impact (Leave No Trace) experience on all outdoor experiences.

    Time Required
    60 minutes

    Target Audience
    Training is effective for adults and youth within all families of the Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals.
      Learn simple, but effective, skills related to minimum impact outdoor activities.
      Develop an action plan for implementing Leave No Trace principles on future outdoor activities.
  • Training Format
    Training will be a lecture format with an individual goal-setting period at the end of the session. It is suggested that training take place in an outdoor setting, even if it is only on the lawn where you normally meet for training.

    When possible, use photos and articles that illustrate high impact on local areas. The addition of local resources will create meaningful teaching moments that make the training real, relevant, and personal to participants.

    Required Materials
    Each section includes a list of training props. These can be actual items or photos of the item from magazines, the Internet, etc. It is not necessary to have all of the items. The training will be more effective with props and/or photos but will still be successful without them.

    See the entire supplemental training module :

    Please note the link to download the module in pdf is incorrect on the National Council’s website. Until it is fixed, this is the correct link to the Leave No Trace PDF module:

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    BSA Leverages Sitecore’s Web CMS for Nationwide Web Brand Management

    Posted on 04 December 2008 by Dan

    Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com: BSA McWebsite

    Sitecore, the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) and portal software, today announced that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, has deployed Sitecore’s Web CMS for their national and local sites. Sitecore’s multi-site management capabilities offer streamlined content management for all of their websites, while maintaining a consistent message and brand.

    The BSA has hundreds of affiliated websites dedicated to serving the Scout community, ranging from the corporate level, with approximately 40 sites, down to local councils, with approximately 304 sites. mindSHIFT Technologies, a Sitecore partner, was selected by the BSA to achieve BSA’s online goals to obtain content management capabilities across all their sites. Sitecore’s Web CMS was chosen for its flexibility and ability to scale to hundreds of sites. Utilizing Sitecore, mindSHIFT and BSA developed a site creation wizard that allows for individual or region-specific content, while maintaining a united brand standard for site items such as fonts, colors and corporate content.

    “We needed to move into a CMS to gain content management capabilities as well as easily host and manage our numerous local council and national websites from a central location,” said Eric Brown, CMS Project Manager, Boy Scouts of America. “Sitecore was selected due to its ability to customize and extend. Its flexibility allows content managers to seamlessly maintain brand messaging and presentation of the content. The fact that it is a 100% .NET solution also fit into the Boy Scouts of America IT strategy.”

    Today, the BSA national site, www.scouting.org, offers rich content, updated web pages, RSS feeds and an internal search function. In a second phase to this project, mindSHIFT and BSA will implement Sitecore within 33 national Boy Scout sites, as well as the 300-plus local council sites. The sites will also expand in both functionality and accessibility by incorporating social media features to build the scouting community as well as develop a Spanish language version of their main site.

    “The Boy Scouts of America is an amazing organization and we are very excited and honored to be a part of their online presence,” said Jason Crea, VP of Client and Partner Engagement, Sitecore. “The main BSA site has already been very well-received by the entire community and we look forward to seeing how they utilize our technology to further their online initiative.”

    About Sitecore
    Sitecore’s Web Content Management System (CMS) and portal software solutions enable companies to deliver compelling web experiences. Sitecore’s award-winning CMS software makes it easy for businesses to create and keep up-to-date dynamic, full featured Web sites of all types. Sitecore’s industry leading flexibility and scalability allows companies to better leverage their content to improve customer experience and drive business growth.

    Thousands of public and private organizations, including national governments and Fortune 500 companies utilize Sitecore solutions for their Web sites. These organizations have created and now manage over 5000 dynamic Web sites with Sitecore including Microsoft, Sara Lee, Siemens, Toshiba, Omni Hotels, Computer Associates, WebTrends and the Atlanta Falcons. www.sitecore.net

    About The Boy Scouts of America
    Serving nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

    About mindSHIFT
    mindSHIFT provides technology peace of mind to small and medium-sized organizations by delivering premier IT infrastructure and software services that utilize the most reliable and advanced systems and processes in the world. Organizations use mindSHIFT’s managed IT services to focus on their core business, increase reliability and protect mission-critical data. We make IT work for your business.(R)

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    New National Volunteer Committee Structure

    Posted on 04 November 2008 by Dan

    Back in July, Scouting News reported that the National Council reorganized its professional staff. Following suit, last month the National Volunteer Committee Structure was reorganized.

    As you can see there are four types of committees: Standing, Support, Special and Ad Hoc.

    The National Standing Committees:

    • Administration
    • Human Resources
    • Supply
    • Innovation & Strategy
    • Council Solutions
    • Outdoor Adventures
    • Marketing

    The National Support Committees:

    • Pension Investment
    • Properties
    • Computer
    • Health & Safety
    • Finance & investment
    • HR Administration
    • Talent Management
    • Supply
    • Program Content
    • Innovation Council
    • Strategic Planning
    • Program Impact
    • Membership Impact
    • Finance Impact
    • National Development
    • Hispanic Initiatives
    • Order of the Arrow
    • 2010 Jamboree
    • Jamboree Site Selection
    • Philmont
    • Florida Sea Base
    • Northern Tier
    • Local Council Outdoor Program Support
    • Sea Scouts
    • Magazines
    • 100th Anniversary
    • Museum
    • Brand & PR

    The National Special Committees:

    • Budget
    • Nomination
    • Audit
    • Resolutions
    • Contract Review

    The National Ad Hoc Committees:

    • International
    • BSA Asset Management
    • Learning for Life
    • BSA Foundation

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    National Council Organizational Changes

    Posted on 16 July 2008 by Dan

    The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America commissioned a study of itself by McKinsey & Company. Part of this study was a thorough review of the organizational structure which resulted in the creation of a new framework for the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

    In a letter to the Council Scout Executives, Robert J. Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive, stated “throughout this process, our vision has been to focus on building the BSA’s brand and increase the capacity of our councils to be successful.”

    On July 9th, the National Council eliminated 42 positions which did not effectively meet the core objectives of the BSA’s new organizational structure.

    The new changes to the organizational structure are aimed to better meet the needs of the local councils, and in turn, the youth and families across America. Scout Executives attending the National Leadership Training Conference in August will have an opportunity to review the changes in detail at the Scout Executives meeting.

    New BSA Organizational Chart

    Mazzuca went on to challenge the Scout Executives, “As we continue this exciting journey, please join me in forgetting “business as usual,” and in focusing our skills and passion for Scouting toward embracing the challenges that lay ahead. I believe our collective dedication and commitment, along with our new structure, will launch Scouting into a new era of growth over the next 100 years.”

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    Boy Scouts Select John Gottschalk as New President

    Posted on 23 May 2008 by Dan

    The Boy Scouts of America has selected John Gottschalk, chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, as president at the organization’s National Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

    During his two-year term as the BSA’s top volunteer, Gottschalk will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. One of his top priorities will be to assist Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca in moving the organization toward the BSA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.

    In addition to his role as president of the BSA, Gottschalk serves as chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, a media conglomerate of daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and electronic publications. He has served on the board of directors since 1980 and joined the company full-time in 1989.

    “I am honored to serve as national president during such a pivotal point in the Boy Scouts of America’s history as we move toward our 100th anniversary in 2010,” Gottschalk said. “We have one of the most spectacular opportunities that we’re ever going to have in this 100th year. For so long, too long, others have been defining us. I think the greatest opportunity we have immediately is to define ourselves — not that we don’t know who we are, but define ourselves to America.”

    Gottschalk, an executive vice president on the BSA National Executive Board, is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards. He also is a member of the 1910 Society and Founders Circle.

    “The Boy Scouts of America is enthusiastic about John’s new role as national president of our organization,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “By drawing from his sound business experience and tenacity, he will help lead us into the next generation of Scouting.”

    Gottschalk follows in the footsteps of past presidents such as Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of AT&T; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, Managing Director, Reliant Equity Investors; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; and outgoing president William
    F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream.

    Gottschalk is a director of Cabela’s, Inc.; Election Systems & Software, Inc.; and McCarthy Group, Inc. His community involvement extends to the boards of directors of Creighton University, the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Omaha Symphony, and the Joslyn Art Museum. Currently, Gottschalk serves as chairman
    of the USO World Board of Governors and the Omaha Performing Arts Society.

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