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Local Boy Scout council offers free registration for new scouts

Posted 8/26/22

In response to rising prices and inflation, the Leatherstocking Council of the BSA is offering to cover the registration costs of new scouts into its program.

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Local Boy Scout council offers free registration for new scouts

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In response to rising prices and inflation, the Leatherstocking Council of the BSA is offering to cover the registration costs of new scouts into its program. With first-year registration costs exceeding $100, many families in this economic climate find registering one or more of their children in scouting to be a budgetary challenge.

“Now more than ever, children need to be involved in scouting” said Ray Eschenbach, scout executive for the Leatherstocking Council. “We know money is tight, and we want to make sure that kids who want to make new friends and learn new life skills have an opportunity to do so without the cost of joining being a factor.” 

Since registration fees are set by and paid to the national organization, they are not subject to change by the local council. Therefore, the board of directors of the Leatherstocking Council voted unanimously to use council funds to cover the registration cost for new Cub Scouts or Scouts, BSA. 

Board President Matthew Dziedzic is optimistic about the program.

“We are calling it Scout Challenge 365,” Dziedzic said. “In the first year of scouting, boys and girls make new friends, learn important life skills and have fun. We don’t want anyone to miss out on that opportunity because of rising prices elsewhere.”

Scout Challenge 365 is a program open to new Cub Scouts and Scouts, BSA, regardless of age. The program covers the cost of the first year of national registration, the national one-time joining fee and local insurance. Parents will still be responsible for a uniform and any supplies. 

“Part of the scout law is to be helpful,” Dziedzic added. “If we can give back and help families by reducing the financial burden to enroll their kids in a great program, then we feel it is a worthy investment.”

More information about the Scout Challenge 365 program and how to join scouting can be found at www.joinscoutingcny.com. Scout Challenge 365 is a program offered to participating units in the Leatherstocking Council, BSA.

The Leatherstocking Council, BSA provides character development programs and leadership skills training to approximately 3,000 scouting families across the counties of Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie and parts of Lewis and Hamilton.

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