How much does a Boy Scout membership cost?

Created by Dawn Niece, Modified on Thu, Jun 29, 2023 at 2:44 PM by Dawn Niece

New Annual Membership Fee Process Announced

Beginning August 1, 2023, all new youth and adult members who join Scouting will be enrolled in a 12-month membership cycle and BSA will cease prorating fees. Both youth and adults will pay the full annual membership fee and will renew their membership on the anniversary date of joining Scouting. All proration of membership fees will be eliminated. Each registered member of the BSA will receive an email notice with a registration renewal link beginning 60 days before the anniversary date they joined Scouting. Unit leaders will receive a copy of the email and should stay engaged in the membership renewal process just like rechartering.

It is important to note, existing members will renew their membership during their normal registration/recharter cycle through March 2024. Moving forward all members will renew on their anniversary date.

  • Existing members’ Anniversary date will be their unit recharter month.
  • New members’ Anniversary date will be the month they joined.

This new process will help streamline the rechartering and membership renewal process for units and councils. Additional information on this membership renewal process will be forthcoming in the very near future.

The National Boy Scouts of America organization sets the fee amounts to register as a member of Scouting. In order to preserve the mission of Scouting, the BSA has increased the youth membership fee by $5 and adult membership fee by $15 (both effective August 1, 2023) in all programs for the 2023-2024 program year. 

Here are the current national fee amounts:

  • $80 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting participants ($5 increase)
  • $60 for all adult volunteers ($15 increase to provide general liability insurance and enhanced background checks)
  • $25 one-time joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting (not prorated and no change in fee)
  • $30 for Scoutreach (not prorated)
  • $25 for Merit Badge Counselors (new fee applies only for Merit Badge Counselors not already registered as leaders)
  • $50 for youth and adult Exploring participants ($5 increase)
  • $100 for a unit charter/affiliation fee (no change in fee)
  • $15 for Scout Life magazine (no change in fee)  

In addition to these increases, the BSA has streamlined its professional staff and volunteer structure, reduced costs throughout the movement while maintaining essential services to support local councils.

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