First and foremost, thank you for all the welcomes! I'm pretty happy to have found this board and really appreciate all of the great replies, and will head over to the new to the forum board soon.
I agree that this isn't really a SM issue, but with re-charter fast approaching I'm hoping I can add something to the conversation that might get us to a resolution. And I'd like to free up my budget a little for things that will benefit the boys.
Yes, our council charges $80. I would love to tell you what they do with that 50ish dollars, but I doubt that information exists.
I'm generally against asking leaders to pay their fee. I probably wouldn't be so hesitant if it was $30, but I feel like asking them to fork over $80 to provide their volunteer services to the Troop is a bit much. I agree with some of the sentiments on both sides of this argument, and I do think that if we decide a leader does not need to be registered they can pay the fee and we will register them if they wish.
It seems like there is a pretty solid consensus here that you all are keeping your registered leaders to a minimum.........and you're paying $50 less per leader!
I'm 100% with CherokeeScouter on the YPT, and we require anyone who comes on a campout to complete it and will continue to do so.
I have found that even non-registered volunteers participating in Troop events have some insurance coverage. What I read addressed mainly auto liability, and whether you are registered or not your own auto policy is the primary coverage. After a registered leader's auto coverage is exhausted, it goes to the BSA policy. Non-registered volunteers will have to use any other personal liability insurance, such as homeowner's, before the BSA insurance will kick in.
I believe our council also waives the fee for merit badge councilors. We have a number of them on our roster, it seems like we should be sending anyone who is a MB to the council to register themselves. I presume they won't necessarily be registered with our troop, but will be considered registered leaders? Are you able to keep them on your charter and not pay because they are MB councilors? If we can get the fee waived for them, it might just about eliminate this issue all together!
Thanks for all the great info!