Published semi-monthly by National Headquarters, Boy Scouts of America
For Scout Officials and Others Interested In Work for Boys
NEW YORK, N. Y., SEPTEMBER 1, 1913
MEMBERSHIP PLAN ADOPTED
THE discussion in "Scouting" for the last few months of the question as to whether Boy Scouts should pay each a small
sum toward the expense of maintaining the National Organization has attracted wide attention. The extensive
canvass made by personal letters and the general appeal made through "Scouting" for a discussion of the subject
revealed that almost without exception the leaders in Scout work—members of councils, commissioners, Scout Masters
and many other good friends of the movement who are not connected with it officially, agree that it is right and highly
advisable that opportunity be given to every Scout to pay a small membership fee annually. Some Scout Masters have
suggested weekly payments of from one to ten cents per boy.
This question has been given most careful consideration in its every detail by a special committee of the Executive
Board; it has been thoroughly studied and finally adopted by the Board itself, and becomes effective October 1. The report,
printed below, speaks for itself.
The plan provides for an annual payment of less than half a cent a week by each enrolled Boy Scout. Wherever
there are local councils maintaining offices the greater part of the membership .fees will be retained for the expenses of the
local council. In every case, however, the boy will pay some nominal fee annually for the National work and will receive
a membership card from the National Headquarters.
The special committee and the Executive Board decided that the services rendered by Scout Masters and the great
demand upon them for innumerable expenses incident to their work with their boys should relieve them from any expense
whatever so far as the national office is concerned. Therefore no registration fee will be charged hereafter. Moreover,
"Scouting," the semi-monthly bulletin for Scout officers, and "Boys' Life," the Boy Scouts' ma^azins, will be sent to each
Scout Master without charge. This, of course, will not prevent Scout Masters from making such voluntary contributions
as they may desire toward the expenses of the national movement.
The whole plan should be read with great care. Scout Masters and all Scout officials are urged to present it most
carefully to their Scouts. Blanks will be sent to every Scout Master, so the plan may be carried into effect without difficulty
With your earnest co-operation the Scout Movement will go forward doing greater service than heretofore for the
boys of our country.
(Signed) JAMES E. WEST,
Chief Scout Executive.
Extract from the Report adopted by the Executive Board.
FROM and after October ist there shall be an
annual membership fee of twenty-five cents for
each enrolled Boy Scout. In communities
where there is a duly authorized Council these dues
shall be collected in such ways as it may devise. In
all other cases these dues shall be collected in such
way as may be devised by the Scout Master.
The membership dues collected by Councils of the
First Class, hereinafter defined, shall be paid to the
Treasurer of the Local Council with the understand-
ing that fifteen cents is to be retained for the main-
tenance of the local work and ten cents transmitted
to the Treasurer of the National Council for main-
tenance of the work nationally.
The membership dues collected by Councils of the
Second Class, hereinafter defined, shall be paid to
the duly authorized representative of the Local Coun-
cil with the understanding that five cents is to be re-
tained for the maintenance of the local work and
twenty cents transmitted to the Treasurer of the
National Council for the maintenance of the work
In all other cases, the membership dues shall be
transmitted by the Scout Master as a troop fund,
with the names and addresses and rank of each Scout,
on regular forms provided by National Headquarters.
One dollar and a quarter of this amount will be set
aside at National Headquarters to cover the Scout
Master's annual registration fee and will entitle him
to receive the semi-monthly bulletin " Scouting " and
the official magazine " BOYS' LIFE."
In all cases when requested the payment of the
membership fee shall entitle each boy to a member-
ship certificate by National Headquarters showing
that the Scout is in good standing for one year from
the date of payment.
It is recommended that the membership dues of the
Boy Scouts, in so far as may be practicable, be earned
by the boy in the same way he is now required to earn
money for deposit to meet his Second-Class Require-
Hereafter badges of any character issued by the
National Council shall not be sent unless the records
of the office definitely show they are for Scouts in
Hereafter Local Councils shall be divided into two
classes, as follows:
FIRST CLASS: Representing cities, towns and
counties where a central office is maintained with one
or more employed officials giving all of their time to
the promotion of Scout work in that district. Such
councils shall be entitled to elect at least one member
to the National Council and one additional member
for every thousand bovs enrolled as Scouts.
Such Councils shall pay annually to the National
Boy Scouts of America. Scouting, Volume 1, Number 10, September 1, 1913. New York, New York. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth282642/. Accessed August 29, 2015.