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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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


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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

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ONS Communication Hub

Weekly E-Blasts have been replaced by our communications “ONS-Hub.”
All our Scout families can stay connected on the news they choose for our council.
Text “ONSC” to 55741 to join.
Or click here to register via a web browser.

Options; When you get to the HUB!

1. REGISTER: You can do this from the home page or select the button above to jump there. It is super quick and easy! Registering allows you to fully utilize the HUB, connect with others and see all the content available to you!

2. JOIN CHANNELS: You can access channels at any time from the menu (the button on the top left corner that looks like a hamburger or stack of pancakes!…Oh man, now I’m hungry!) Take some time to browse around and explore what is relevant to you. Joining channels allows you to receive/manage notifications and automatically puts new posts from those channels on your homepage feed.

3. EDIT PROFILE: You must be registered and logged in to do this. You can access your profile at any time from the left side navigation menu. Take some time to personalize your profile! 

4. NOTIFICATIONS: On this page you have complete control over your notifications. You can choose when you receive the newsletter email.  Selecting the bell next to the channels listed (only the channels you are joined to) will mute or un-mute the channel and the 3 dots always show more specific options. Remember, you can come back and change these at any time!

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Cub Scouts Shooting Sports Program

The Old North State Council Shooting Sports Committee offers off-season shooting sports opportunities for Cub Packs. Available programs include Cub Scout BB & Archery Days shooting under the supervision of the council’s Cub Scout Rangemasters.

NEW FOR 2022: These Council approved events are held at the Cherokee Scout Reservation near Yanceyville, NC.


2022 Schedule for “Sign-Up” Council Shooting Events:
September 10 <Times Available>
(registration closes 2 weeks prior)

Mom-and-Me Event: June 2023*

* must be registered for the event


BSA program guidelines include safety instruction and range shooting programs for cubs, using BB rifles and archery at council and district events, by certified range officers. Our council is making available several shooting program days to enhance pack programming:

  • Packs may preregister & reserve shooting programs at the bb and/or archery ranges. Shooting programs at each range last 75 minutes (9:45-11:00 , 11:00-12:15 , 1:15-2:30, 2:30-3:45. )
  • The Cub Scout Rangemasters will supervise all shooting at these events and serve as the “lead” Range Safety Officer supervising each range. Adults from each pack, certified as cub scout BB /archery instructors, are desirable to assist the “lead” during the pack’s shooting experience.
  • A safety and shooting basics lesson will be conducted for the pack as part of the session. If additional focus is desired for patches and/or devices requirements please request prior to reservation date.
  • A shooting sports fee (youth or adult) of $3 person/day of shooting is payable with pack registration.

Interested in signing your pack up?

Email the Cub Rangemaster’s Coordination Team.

Explore Cub Scout Shooting Programs
Shooting @ Woodfield
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Rangemaster: Basic

BASIC Shooting for Rifle & Shotgun Targets
(NRA Education & Training Courses)

Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26, 2023

Hosted by the Shooting Sports Committee
@ Cherokee Scout Reservation

Basic Shooting course attendance is a prerequisite for all adult candidates that wish to pursue “Instructor” credentials and join the Rangemaster volunteer team. This is an intense weekend including 18 hours of curriculum

Rangemaster Training Path
Rangemaster Training Path

Learn More About Rangemaster Contributions to Scout Shooting Sport Programs

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Rangemaster: Instructor

INSTRUCTOR Credential: Rifle & Shotgun Target Shooting
(NRA Education & Training Courses)

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023

Local Host: Shooting Sports Committee
@ Cherokee Scout Reservation

This is an intense weekend including 27 hours of curriculum.  The time is a blend of instructional lecture, instructor role preparation and practical presentation coupled with range skill demonstrations. There will be multiple opportunities for the instructor candidates to practice these newly gained skills and role play as students for course mates then contribute to performance feedback sessions.  Multiple learning and evaluation tools are deployed by certified NRA Training Counselors. Come prepared to be challenged and grow as an Instructor. The firearm focus this week-end is rifle and shotgun shooting.

This is a Co-Hosted event through BSA Outdoor Programs/National Camp School and support from NRA Foundation Grant for Education & Training.

Learn More About Rangemaster Contributions to Scout Shooting Sport Programs