Membership and Unit Renewal

Scouting America Will No Longer Prorate Fees for New Members beginning August 1, 2023

Beginning August 1st, all new youth and adult members who join Scouting will be enrolled in a 12-month membership cycle and Scouting America will cease prorating fees. Both youth and adults will pay the full annual membership fee and will renew their membership on the anniversary date of joining Scouting. All proration of membership fees will be eliminated. Each registered member of the Scouting America will receive an email notice with a registration renewal link beginning 60 days before the anniversary date they joined Scouting. Unit leaders will receive a copy of the email and should stay engaged in the membership renewal process just like rechartering.

It is important to note, existing members will renew their membership during their normal registration/recharter cycle through March 2024. Moving forward all members will renew on their anniversary date.

  • Existing members’ Anniversary date will be their unit recharter month.
  • New members’ Anniversary date will be the month they joined.

This new process will help streamline the rechartering and membership renewal process for units and councils. Additional information on this membership renewal process will be forthcoming in the very near future.

Current Fee Structure

National membership fee structure as of May 1, 2024:

  • $91 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting participants ($5 increase)
  • $71 for all adult volunteers ($5 increase)
  • $25 for Merit Badge Counselors, Nova Counselors, and Supernova Mentors (this fee applies only to those individuals who are not already registered as adult leaders in the Council)
  • $56 for Exploring participants Youth & Adult
  • $100 for a unit charter/affiliation fee
  • $15 for Scout Life magazine subscription

Click to view May 1, 2024 Membership Fees Infograpic

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File Name Description
BSA Adult Application Download
BSA Adult Disclosure Form Download
BSA Youth Application Download
Charter Renewal Agreement Updated April 2024 Download
Exploring Adult Membership Application Download
Exploring Criminal Background Check Exemption Download
Exploring Memorandum of Understanding Download
Exploring Participant Policy Download
Exploring Post & Club Agreement Download
Exploring Youth Membership Application Download
May 1, 2024 Membership Fees National fees effective May 1, 2024 Download