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    • I know not quite the question you're asking, but... I'd plan a fundraiser.  Even if the BSA fees doubled (or tripled), I think it is still payable.  I also do not think the services of the BSA national organization warrant such a fee.  However, I think that the overall value I get from being involved with the BSA is significant.  I think it will be a harder to recruit into these other organizations and question their ability to provide a similar level of infrastructure to the youth I serve.  So while they me be more economical, I don't think I'd jump over the amounts being discussed.  
    • "Where would you go?" I actually thought about this a good bit,  pre-2017, in relation to where would I go if I left GSUSA.    And I read about BPSA and AHG.   These organizations had, in my mind, two or three very very big drawbacks.  (1)  lack of good camps in the vicinity of where I live -- this area is rather built up and the scouts (both BSA and GSUSA) have owned properties for years which have remained relatively undeveloped and available for nearby camping, while suburbia has swallowed up a lot of land.  (2) lack of existing units in the area.    While the program material and/or the fees might be appealing,  the lack of infrastructure  (not just camps, but also nearby units for mentoring purposes, for interaction,  for a summer camp program) seemed like a problem.   (3)  AHG also lacked the international scouting connection.    I decided that the best option was to stay put with GSUSA.   Then in 2017 BSA announced it would be admitting girls, and my daughter starting reading a BSA handbook . . . .
    • Leaning towards BPSA-US. Just curious if anyone has any experience with them, or another group. Leaving the BSA is not a easy decision or one to take lightly...
    • On a practical level, for me, a fee increase means postponing some gear purchase. Not a big deal. On a troop level, I think that's the same thing. But, if not ... TL/USA has delivered the promise of scouting to my young relatives. Not sure about their price structure. BPSA looks good on paper. Never camped with one in person. Campfire was very good to my Aunt ... nearly a century after she participated. That should count for something. There will always be youth who want to camp and hike independently with their mates. It's only a matter of who will lead them.
    • Several here have mentioned Trail Life. Maybe Baden Powell Service Association. I haven't done any homework on the subject yet. Might need to do so soon. Can anyone with experience with those groups (or others) chime in?
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