Program Support Fee Announcement

Dear Scout Leaders & Parents,

Thank you for the important leadership you provide to the youth of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scout of America. Your efforts have a positive impact on the youth of our community and your support is greatly appreciated. 

Our outstanding program takes place in every corner of the Council from beaches to mountain-tops and we provide support to all programs from the Unit Meetings to Council Camps. There are countless activities taking place all year long. Including training opportunities such as Roundtable and many other live leader specific trainings. 

Despite our high volume of activities, we are one of the leanest Councils in the country. Eighty-three percent of our operating budget is spent on program. We are incredibly fortunate to offer opportunities that youth in other parts of the country can only dream of, but the current model is not sustainable. Unlike the national organization to which we all pay dues when we register, our council is entirely dependent on donations, product sales and camping fees for our operating budget. 

While we serve over 19,000 youth in our year-round program, less than 6% percent of these families give/donate to the Friends of Scouting Campaign to support the work of our council. There are 490 traditional units (packs, troops, crews) in the council, but only 145 of them sell camp cards and only 135 sell popcorn. Our council maintains five camps, but only sixteen percent of eligible Scouts come to our summer camps. Camping, Product Sales, and Friends of Scouting encompasses fifty-seven percent of council income. 

For years, the Council has tried to avoid charging program support fees, the kind you normally pay for in AYSO, Little League, etc., but due to the downward trend in Friends of Scouting participation we have to make a change in how our families participate financially in our council, or future Scouts in Greater Los Angeles won’t enjoy the great Scouting opportunities that we have today. 

To close part of the gap, a program support fee of $50 for each member, up to $100 per family, will be implemented beginning this re-charter period. This is in addition to the annual registration fee; please see Q&A for details.

The Program Support Fee will replace the annual Family Friends of Scouting campaign. To ensure that no scout will be denied our program due to inability to pay, we have incorporated mechanisms for members to cover this charge either with payment at the time of recharter, or with product sales. Details of the Program Support fee roll-out are available on the Q&A Sheet

We ask for your support and that you embrace this new program and help be part of the solution to delivering great Scouting programs as we move forward into 2020.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Scouting!
Yours in Scouting, 

Tim Greenleaf
Chairman of the Board &
Council President

Click here for the Q&A Sheet

Click here for the Camp Card II program