How Much Does Scouting Cost?
There are both required and optional fees for Scouting participation. National membership registration fees are required for all youth participants and adult volunteer leaders. These fees cover liability and accident insurance that is provided with registration. There is some scholarship assistance for the Old North State Council and some packs and troops provide additional assistance for these fees. ONS Council and unit fundraising opportunities, including Popcorn and Camp Card sales, will help defray the costs, and give a Scout the chance to earn the resources needed to participate in summer camp or other programs. Unit fundraising may also be used to defray local unit costs for awards and activities. Parents should discuss these options with their unit leaders.
Below is a list of basic needs to get a young person started in each Scouting program, to give you a rough idea of what’s expected. Before you buy anything, however, make sure you talk to the unit leader. He or she will be able to tell you about any specific uniform or equipment needs for the pack, troop or crew. They will also be able to tell you about how to utilize any available unit assistance. The form to request membership registration fee assistance can be found here.
FEES EFFECTIVE AS OF AUGUST 1, 2021.
(Fees are for a “membership year” which is based on which ONS District the unit is in. The membership year for units in Alamance, Guilford & Uwharrie Districts is from February 1 to January 31. The membership year for units in Akela & Cherokee Districts is from March 1 to February 28. The annual fee is prorated based on the month joining. The one-time fee is not prorated and is for any youth, not an Explorer, that has not participated in Scouting in the last 2 years)
Required: $75 annual national membership registration fee. New Scouts have a one-time fee of $25.
Note: some individual Cub packs charge additional program fees.
Optional extras: Uniform, handbook, Scout Life subscription, camping equipment (most Cub camping does not require special equipment purchase; talk with your Scout’s Cubmaster before buying anything)
Required: $75 annual national membership registration fee . New Scouts have a one time fee of $25.
Note: some individual Scouts BSA troops charge additional program fees.
Optional extras: Uniform, handbook, Boys’ Life subscription, camping equipment (your scout will need some camping gear but many brands are specifically designed with a more experienced camper in mind; talk with your scout’s Scoutmaster before buying anything)
Required: $75 registration annual national membership registration fee. New Venturers have a one time fee of $25.
Note: some individual Venture crews charge additional program fees.
Optional extras: Uniform, camping equipment (Venture crews select their own uniform; we recommend that you talk with your scout’s Venture Crew Advisor before buying anything)
Required: $48 annual national membership registration fee.
Note: some individual Explore posts charge additional program fees.