Financial Aid Resources
Dan Beard Council’s Executive Board and leadership believes that every youth should have the opportunity to benefit from Scouting. But, there may be circumstances where a youth and his/her family needs help financially to take part in Scouting activities.
State Assistance Programs
*DBC cannot guarantee the availability of these funds.
- Ohio – A.C.E Program
- The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account program provides qualifying families with a $1,000 credit per child. These funds can be used to pay for a variety of educational activities designed to help accelerate learning for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Kentucky – Well Care
- Did you know we’re teaming up with Scouts® to cover the annual membership fee for WellCare of Kentucky members in grades K through 12?* You will also receive $25 towards the cost of the uniform.
Scouting Sustainability - August 1
Scouting Funding FAQ
The Activity Fee will support the council operation by keeping the council service center and camp open and maintained and by providing training and support to all the unit leaders and parents of the council. We will continue to provide the essential council services, insurances and council staff that will be able to spend more time working with unit leaders and Scouts providing quality program and trainings.
The Council budgets are approved by the volunteer-driven Council Executive Board. Over the past couple of years, the budget has reduced staff and made other expense cuts to remain financially sound.
No. Adult volunteers and Venturers and Explorers will be by charged the activity fee.
There has always been and will continue to be financial assistance programs to help individuals in true need. See above for financial aid resources.
Beginning in 2025, our Family Friends of Scouting will be re-imagined reducing the time commitments for our volunteers and staff. More information will be available in the Spring of 2024.
The activity fee will be collected at the time of re-charter or whenever a youth or adult registers.
That will be the decision of the National BSA Executive Board.