As we are all too aware, costs on many daily goods and services continue to rise, the BSA has worked to keep its membership fee as low as possible. However, these and other pressures continue to have a negative impact on Scouting finances all the way down to local units like ours. As a result of these pressures the National Scouts BSA annual membership fees have been increased to address the fiscal realities necessary to continue delivering a safe and quality Scouting program to youth like ours. Currently youth membership for Cub Scouts is $210 annually, running through November.
The following national membership fee changes took effect August 1, 2022. The bold items in yellow are the fees associated with Cub Scouting and are a part of the $210 youth membership fee.
$75 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants ($3 increase)
$45 for Exploring participants (no change in cost)
$30 for council-paid memberships (no change in cost)
$45 for all adult volunteers (no change in cost, includes cost of background check)
$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 (Not pro-rated, no change in cost)
$15 for Scout Life magazine; this is the first price increase since 2005 ($3 increase)
As a result of these changes and Pack 137 finances, Pack 137 has had to raise our membership fees to $210 per Cub Scout ($10 increase). Membership Scholarships may be available to interested families. Talk to the Cubmaster or Committee Chair for more information on Scholarships.
WHAT YOUR MEMBERSHIP FEES PAY FOR
Unlike most extracurricular activities Scouting is year round, your membership fees provide this year round program. Here are just some of the items your Membership fee is used for.
Advancement, Awards & Trophies
Pack Equipment - Like the Pinewood Derby Track and Electronics, Public Address System, Camping & Event Equipment, Special Programs and Community Service Projects
Our Council’s (Monmouth) Quail Hill Scout Reservation and Forestburg Scout Reservation operations and improvements.
Council, District and Pack Programs - Like Pack Meetings, the Pinewood Derby, Cubtoberfest, Family Camp and more.
Background checks for adult leaders
Program development and training resources.
Continuously updated youth protection and youth safety training
Improved IT/digital experiences and services to councils nationwide - Including Scoutbook to track Scout participations and rank advancement.
Liability insurance for members participating in approved Scouting activities
We appreciate your understanding as we work to provide your youth with the best possible program.
Yours in Scouting,
Pack 137’s Leaders