Scouting News

BSA Membership Fee Change 

The national membership fee helps cover the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, criminal background checks, youth protection, and the development of intellectual property for national, council, and unit programs.

The Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. As you know, costs continue to rise, and the annual fee must be increased to address the fiscal realities we face to deliver a safe and quality Scouting program.  This fee increase was previously submitted as part of the Chapter 13 reorganization plan and is currently the last one projected to be implemented for the foreseeable future.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the following national membership fee structure will take effect August 1, 2022.  

  • $75 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants ($3 increase) 
  • $45 for Exploring participants (no change) 
  • $30 for council-paid memberships (no change) 
  • $45 for all adult volunteers (no change) 
  • $100 for a unit charter/affiliation fee ($25 increase) 
  • $25 one-time joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts (no change in cost, not pro-rated) 
  • $15 for Scout Life magazine ($3 increase); this is the first price increase since 2005 and includes full access to the print and digital edition. 

The Old North State Council will maintain the additional local $3 insurance surcharge for each youth and adult participant.

This amount is also prorated when added to the national fee.

Thank you for your understanding, together we will continue to provide a great Scouting program for our families.  See this infographic for additional details.

Scouting News

Minor Mods to Scouts BSA Rank Requirements

1. In 2021, all outdoor-related rank advancement requirements were reviewed and realigned based on guidance from the National Outdoor Ethics and Conservation Subcommittee. These adjustments will help more effectively build a Scout’s outdoor ethics knowledge and align with the information in the Scouts BSA Handbook and Fieldbook. The requirements now build in a logical way through the ranks, with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Outdoor Code (OC) used as references throughout.

    Beginning August 1, 2022, these minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements for the ranks of
Scout through Star will take effect

     Scouts may continue using the existing requirements for the rank on which they are currently working, or they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts must use the new requirements once they advance to their next rank. 

On January 1, 2023,
all Scouts must use only the new requirements. 
The specific changes can be found here

2. Beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge becomes required for the rank of Eagle. 

3. Finally, new videos were created to support “Personal Safety Awareness” (chapter 13) of the Scouts BSA Handbook. These can be used as an alternative to earning the Cyber Chip. 


2023 National Jamboree

Summit Bechtel Reserve July 19-28, 2023

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Find out more info here.

There will be a contingent going from the Old North State Council. You may begin the registration process now without having to pay. Please see the tips below. You will be using your login credentials.

This will generate an approval request for you to ONSC. Need more information before you start? Contact


Cub Scout Summer Fun

Last Day Hike of the summer!

Perfect Summertime Pack Award activity for the month of August!

Hike is this Saturday, August 13!
Registration closes Friday night at midnight.

The southern hike is in Mocksville at Rich Park.

The northern hike is along the Haw River in Elon.

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Scouts BSA Branding Do’s and Don’ts

With more than 305,000 girls participating in Cub Scouting and the Scouts BSA program, there’s a lot of excitement around the programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Plus, there are now almost 2,200 female Eagle Scouts!

In all of this, it’s important to remember that at all levels, from our members and volunteers to our professional staff, we take the brand and trademark rights of all organizations seriously and have worked proactively to differentiate our unique program offerings. That, of course, includes Scouts BSA, so when referring to that program in any local council or unit materials — including recruiting fliers, announcements, promotional materials, social media posts, and beyond — be sure to use the details in this infographic for the right way to go about it.

Scouting News

STEM Nova Awards Change

The STEM Nova Awards program is designed to bring awareness to STEM and provide recognition to Scouts who go beyond current advancement requirements to pursue a STEM topic.

Effective June 1, 2022, local councils will administer and deliver STEM Nova Awards, including recognition, at the local level. 

The STEM Nova Award website will remain on as a national resource for the requirements with all other aspects of the award moved to the local council. This includes recognition items such as the STEM Nova patch, pins, certificates, and plaques. When current National Supply inventory is significantly reduced and unable to meet the needs for these awards, councils will order recognition items through an approved licensed vendor that will be provided on the STEM Nova website.

Local councils will continue to approve Supernova Counselors and effective June 1, 2022, will approve any Dr. Albert Einstein Supernova Applications.

All activity & programming used in conjunction with the STEM Nova Awards program must be followed and implemented as designed by the BSA.

Scouting News

Update to Scouts BSA Joining Age

The BSA has been looking at the barriers to joining for today’s families and we want to simplify this for any youth who wants to participate in our programs. The joining requirements for the Scouts BSA program currently state: 

Youth can be Scouts if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR 
have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR 
are age 11 but have not reached age 18. 

Beginning April 18, 2022, the Scouts BSA program joining requirements will be changed to the following: 

Youth can be Scouts if they are at least 10 years old, currently in the fifth grade and register on or after March 1st, OR 
have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR 
are age 11 but have not reached age 18. 

This language will be updated on the BSA Youth Application as well as in the Registration Guidebook. 

Scouting News Training


Two weekend course: Sep 16-18 and Oct 15-16

Wood Badge is corporate-level training proven to develop skilled leaders who can achieve the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. The first Wood Badge course was developed by Baden Powell and was held in 1919. The first Wood Badge course in the United States occurred in 1936. Since 2002, the curriculum has been titled Wood Badge for the 21st Century and includes collaborative material from Ken Blanchard’s One Minute Manager and Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Content is delivered through lecture, group discussion, hands on exercises, and through the creation of goals that apply the leadership training received. Leaders at many companies (such as IBM, Motorola, and Intel) have recognized the value this training is to their employees. As such, many agree to pay the course fees and/or give time off as part of their employee’s professional development and training plan.

Need more info? Contact Course Director Kevin Moss at


Scouting News

Discontinue Use of NESA Paper Applications

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has recently implemented new pricing for its membership. As a result of this, when presenting Eagle Scout packets to new Eagle Scouts, use of any pre-existing NESA paper applications that feature the old pricing information should be discontinued.

NESA requests that all new Eagle Scouts should now be directed to to complete their NESA membership applications.

Questions? Email


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a brain disorder found more commonly in children, but adults can have it as well. It involves difficulty with keeping attention, controlling one’s urges, and in maintaining the ability to act appropriately in response to different situations.

Scout leaders are recommended to discuss with the Scout’s parents the approaches that are most effective, including the plan for prescribed medication during Scouting events. More information.