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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.