Boy Scouts Fall Millions Behind Budget; Robert Gates Looks to Move Group Past Homosexuality ‘Ordeal’

Robert Gates at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree (Handout photo)
Robert Gates at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree (Handout photo)

The National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America met in February and learned that registration fees for 2013 totaled $1.76 million less than the previous year and more than $2.5 million less than was budgeted.

Despite these shortfalls, overall revenue in 2013 exceeded $115 million, with registration fees accounting for about $45 million of the total. The Scouts last year had an “excess of revenues over expenses” of $2.986 million, according to the minutes of the meeting and other documents obtained by WORLD. This number was better than budget but significantly less than 2012’s excess of $5.431 million.

Meeting documents also indicate that the Scouts plan to pay the chief Scout executive Wayne Brock $442,900 for the coming year. Two other senior executives—deputy chief Scout executive Gary Butler and chief financial officer Michael Ashline—are in line to receive $330,000 in salary. In 2012, Brock’s base pay was $392,627. Butler received $270,919 the previous year, while Ashline’s base salary was $276,460.

These raises come as the Scouts lost approximately 110,000 youth members in 2013. Total membership in Scouting, including Scouts and adult leaders, fell to below 2.5 million by the end of the year, the lowest level in more than a half-century.

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Warren Cole Smith

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