BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA DECIDES: MORE OF SAME, BUT RAISE THE PRICE / BSA LOSES MEMBERSHIP
September 9, 2002
By Dave Rice with comments by Scott Cozza
In the face of mounting opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's policy of excluding gays, and resultant losses
of members and of financial support, the BSA has decided to raise the annual registration fee for youth and their
adult volunteer leaders by 42%, from $7.00 to $10.00 per year, effective January 1, 2003.
BSA membership, experiencing small losses and slight increases for the last four years, has taken a significant
decline this year. The losses are particularly severe in Cub Scouting, the younger-boy program which represents
the future of Scouting. Losses are also significant across the board in the northeastern United States and along
the Pacific Coast.
United Ways across the country are dropping their support of local Scout councils, as are many major funders.
The BSA itself has experienced a loss of more than $3 million a year, while larger metropolitan Scout councils
are experiencing losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What responsible board member of any corporation whose sales and market share are dropping, would decide that there
will be no change in its product, marketing, strategy, operations, or management, while raising the cost to the
consumer by 42%? What can the BSA's National Executive Board and the professional staff managing the BSA be thinking
The Boy Scouts of America remains a disgrace to the World Scouting Movement with its bigoted policy. The BSA is
hurting many children through its policy of discrimination. Parents who value what scouting use to teach will not
sign their child up as a member now. What parent would want their child to be a member of a youth organization
that teaches any form of discrimination? Membership will continue to drop. The BSA will become a religious fundamentalist
youth organization excluding all those who would oppose its bigoted policy.