2020 National Membership Fees

Changes to BSA Membership Fees Effective August 1, 2020

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has informed local councils that member registration fees will increase by $6 starting on August 1, 2020.

In addition, an onetime new member fee of $25 will be instituted at the same time for New youth & adults joining Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting.

These changes will bring the annual membership fee in the LaSalle Council, including our $2 insurance fee, to $68 for youth in traditional Scouting programs, and $44 for Explorers and adult volunteers. Despite recent fee increases, Scouting remains an amazing value in comparison to other programs for youth.

  • $68 = 1 year of Scouting
  • $230 = 1 year of youth baseball (spring & fall seasons)
  • $270 = 1 year of youth soccer or youth football (spring & fall seasons)

For decades, membership fees in the BSA were kept at a nominal level to ensure that the maximum number of young people could be Scouts. However, due to increasing insurance costs, the National Council of the BSA has had to adjust the membership fees.  Please note that while many local councils have also chosen to add a local service fee, the LaSalle Council’s Executive Board has determined not to include an additional service fee at this time.

Below are additional details on the fee increase:

New Member Joining Fee:

  • $25 new member, onetime, joining fee for new youth and adults in traditional programs (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts) in addition to the pro-rated registration fees outlined below.
    • Does not include youth in Exploring
    • Flat fee – no prorating
    • Effective August 1, 2020
    • The fee does not apply to transfers from another traditional program

Membership Fee:

  • $68 fee for youth and participants in a traditional program (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts)
  • $44 fee for Exploring youth
  • $44 for all adult volunteers
  • Effective August 1, 2020, for new members
  • Effective October 1, 2020, for renewing members (re-charter)

Unit Charter Fee:

  • $75 fee for each unit
  • Effective August 1, 2020


BSA Membership Fee Increase Details and FAQ

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