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    • Here is a link to info on youth sports expenses.  Compare.  http://money.com/money/5652496/youth-sports-cost/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaig   Y memberships vary, but are from as low as $15/mo to as much as $40 or so; plus additional for many special programs especially in summer.  Boys and Girls Clubs all set their own fees and I found some as low as $5 a school year all the way to $100/year.  I suspect that the averages are likely in the $20ish or so per month or academic year.  Other activities outside of the main building program are extra.  They also have a lot of heavy hitter donors in many parts of the country, getting many of the United Way dollars that once went to Scouting before the gender wars.  Scouting, even at these levels is still a bargain when compared.  And if National can come through with the aid for the lesser capable, it will really be one.  If I were the various sports groups and clubs like Boys and Girls, I would be watching closely the pendulum swinging from BSA towards them.  Once BSA is no longer the fattest cow, they will look elsewhere for their greed.  
    • At some point I look at it as just part of the cost of having a program.  If national has to shell out a million dollars a year for MBC background checks and that gets amortized across all of the registered Scouts, that doesn't seem so odd.  Actually, I'm kind of surprised that national hasn't cut adult membership fees for the same reason.
    • HBO did convince me to pay $10 a month so I could watch Game of Thrones - so I'm guilty too.  My daughter wanted Netflix for Stranger Things too.  Don't even get me started on my monthly cable or phone bills.  Both of which are way more each month than we'd pay all year to national. I'm with @Liz.  Scouting is a core part of our families life.  $60 a year to national is still a bargain to me.
    • I suppose that's one way of looking at it. 

      Another is to ask whether MBCs should be expected to pay for their own background checks in order to volunteer their time to help kids out. Maybe it's appropriate for the kids to fundraise the cost of screening and then having these mentors available. 
    • Am I looking at this crooked, or are youth basically underwriting the background checks for their merit badge counselors?
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