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National BSA to Increase Member Fees effective August 1, 2020

Over the last few months, we have seen the Scouting community come together, even while physically apart, to bring solutions, relief, and comfort to those in need. From making masks to supporting food banks, Scouting has been a vital partner for communities across the country.  The value of Scouting is undeniable for those within our programs and the greater public, and we are committed to continuing to offer this unmatched opportunity to young people and families nationwide.

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has worked to keep the National BSA membership fees as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.

To ensure BSA has the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated National BSA membership fees are:

  • $66 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $42 for Exploring participants
  • $42 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

Revised membership fees will take effect August 1, 2020 for new members in the 2020-2021 program year.  For renewing members in Redwood Empire Council, revised fees for renewed members will take effect during the 2021 unit charter renewal process this fall.  The updated unit charter fee will take effect August 1, 2020 for each new and rechartering unit.

Starting August 1, 2020, there will also be a one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts (youth and young adults ages 5 to 20).  Participants previously registered in any BSA program (now being reinstated), those transferring from one program to another, or adult volunteers will not be asked for the $25 joining fee.

National BSA member fees help pay the cost of essential services, including basic program resources, liability insurance for adult volunteers and chartered organizations, youth protection and other online training, national BSA member care services, and other resources provided to local councils, chartered organizations, and members.  BSA will also continue to develop and improve resources supporting volunteers and youth members through online registration, Scoutbook software, and program initiatives like the recent National Camp-in.

Across the country and in each of our communities, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make in young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow.

Our dedicated volunteers, staff, and families make Scouting possible. Thank you for continuing to support one of the most valuable opportunities available to young people today.

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