Scouting, through its various programs, provides year-round positive experiences, activities, and fellowship for youth ages 7 to 21. From education to high adventure, the Boy Scouts of America provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.
In order to support the delivery of the nation's foremost youth development program, occasionally it is necessary for the Boy Scouts of America National Council to increase its membership fees to offset rising costs and prepare for the future. For this reason, the Boy Scouts of America is increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered youth
leaders including Exploring effective January 1, 2014.
These funds are used to:
- Provide liability coverage for all registered volunteer leaders
- Develop program materials and resources
- Deliver training for professional Scouters and volunteer leaders
- Maintain and develop four year-round national high-adventure bases
- Provide a safe environment for Scouts with the most effective youth protection policies and systems
- Maintain infrastructure support for local Council's such as membership and advancement databases
The Boy Scouts of America National Council last increased membership fees in 2010. When the fee was increased in 2010, the organization estimated that rising expenses would dictate a review and potential increase in the fee in three to five years. This change comes four years after the last increase.
All youth and adults who wish to become a member or leader of the Boy Scouts of America must pay the annual membership fee that goes to the Boy Scouts of America National Council. Beyond that, families incur additional costs related to uniforms, the activities of their individual units, a $5.00 per youth member facility charge to Texas Southwest Council for the use
of our facilities,
beginning January 1, 2014 and participating in the local council's
Family Friends of Scouting Campaign.
The annual membership fee is the only direct cost from the National BSA to youth and adult members. The local council collects, and forwards the membership fee to the National Council. The local council also pays an annual service fee to the national council, the basis for which has not been increased since 1993. All other services from the National BSA are without
charge. Scouting remains the best value among the many activities your
family could choose to take part in.
As always, our focus is to build the leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities, and lifelong values. This fee increase ensures that the National BSA will be able to continue providing the excellent services you and your family count on - and will make sure that we can continue doing great things for the young people and communities we serve.
For questions about the National BSA membership fee, please consult with the volunteer Scouter that serves as your unit commissioner or District Professional