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What are your unit’s annual dues?

So, let’s hear it: What does your pack, troop, team, crew, ship, or post charge for annual dues/fees? Don’t include “a la carte” items, such as uniforms or campout fees, if they aren’t part of that one-time dues payment.

Leave a comment if you need to explain what’s included in your unit’s dues. Thanks for sharing!

61 Comments on What are your unit’s annual dues?

  1. No dues, just fundraising effort.

  2. Ours include all rank advancements, all merit badges, book, t-shirt, national dues, Boy’s Life subscription. The little bit left over goes to troop equipment upkeep and replacement. Most of that is covered by fundraisers.

  3. Ours is 50.00 for scouts and 20.00 for adults payable by recharter time the year before. Anyone who doesn’t pay does not get rechartered and if they want to participate the next year has to do new paperwork (the thought of the application alone is enough to get people paid.

    After recharter, insurance and bl it covers all advancement and merit badges.

  4. In addition to BSA annual dues, $60 per Scout. No dues for the adults. Troop dues cover expenses for advancement (patches and Courts of Honor), charcoal, propane, equipment maintenance and replacement, trailer registration and maintenance, etc.

  5. Our base dues come out to no more than $75 if you join at the recharter point.
    We ask for $5 per month, so $60 +15 membership fee total, but we offer a $10 discount for prepaying in full at the recharter time.

    However, the BSA offers a prorate if joining after the recharter, and we offer a $25 6 month prepaid dues option for those folks joining after the recharter point so that new people can still take advantage of the discount program.

    Now all that being said, if the Venturer takes part in the popcorn sale, the Crew pays the $15 membership fee the following year, and 1/2 of any fund raising they do goes to a personal account which they can apply towards dues, camping, or Scout Shop needs. (So some Venturers don’t have to pay anything after the first year if they are ambitious enough.)

  6. Our troop’s dues are $75/year. That covers national dues ($15) but not Boys’ Life which would add an additional $12 to dues. The dues cover merit badges, t-shirt and camping equipment. We offer financial hardship scholarships; I am aware of only one scout who was assisted by a scholarship.

    • Our Troop was recently told that having individual accounts was ILLEGAL!! No fundraiser can benefit an individual. Even though it is split between all those that participate it benefits individuals not the group as a whole. Be careful the IRS is cracking down and taking away Non profit status for the Chartered Organization and or fining them and charging back taxes to those troops/crews that have separate accounts for boys/girls.National is sending out a letter soon addressing the rules and regulations for fundraising. It stinks but our Troop has stopped all fundraising until we get the Laws understood. Good luck and look into it before you get into trouble.

    • Individual Youth Accounts
      The use of individual youth accounts to credit amounts from fundraising to an individual
      toward their expenses is not permitted. The IRS has stated that crediting fundraising
      amounts constitutes private benefit. However, the unit could use the funds (all or a
      percentage) raised to reduce or eliminate dues and various registration fees, purchase
      uniforms and Scouting books, and purchase camping equipment. The unit could also use its
      funds to provide assistance to individual Scouts in cases of financial hardship.

      http://www.scouting.org/filestore/financeimpact/pdf/cfd-manuals/product_sales_guide.pdf

  7. Our Troop dues for youth are $40 a year. That includes national dues, Boys Life, all camping fees (other than summer camp and high adventure opportunities), and advancement (patches). Adults pay their national dues. Families and fundraising pays for uniform parts, book, t-shirts,

  8. My pack charges $60/year or $72/year including BOYS’ LIFE. that covers recharter, advancement, and some meeting supplies.

    More intense meetings, usually the Go See Its and other field trips, you may pay extra for i.e one Go See It where it was $3 for the kits they made.

    Camp outs, day trips, etc may cost extra.

    Also Blue and Gold is free to Cubs and leaders, nominal fee for parents and siblings.

  9. BTW, I think $650 is ridiculous. What does it cover? For that amount I would hope that A) it covers everything i.e. 11 weekend camp outs including food, week long summer camp or HA camp, advancement, all meeting supplies, custom uniform stuff (new T-shirt, hat, necker, etc EVERY year) etc

    B) You can pay in installments.

    C) You have fundraising opportunities.

    I know I could not afford that unit, even if it did cover everything.

  10. My unit charges the fee we are charged by national. We have 2 fundraisers and every family must participate. One of the fundraisers is popcorn. We give a portion of the money raised to each scout as a credit. They can use that money for anything for scouting( trips, summer camp, uniform etc). The rest of the money goes to the Troop to cover advancement, equipment etc. We try to keep the cost of scouting as cheap as possible for each family. We also have a needy scout fund so if a boy wants to go on a trip or summer camp and the family can’t afford it, they can speak to the scoutmaster and the Troop will cover the trip.

  11. $15 to scout in our Pack, $12 for Boy’s Life (optional). Popcorn covers awards. Council events, etc., are pay-as-you-go.

  12. We ask that each boy raise $130 in profit in our fundraiser. This covers Recharter, Insurance, PWD Car, T-Shirt, New Handbook and neckerchief, and a bunch of other stuff. Basically, the only other cost is food on camping trips, and special den trips (If a den goes bowling or something.)

    If they do not wish to fundraise, parents can buy out of the fundraiser, with a $130 check, but we strongly encourage them to do it via fundraiser.

  13. Our pack’s dues is on a sliding scale. If you don’t sell any popcorn, we ask for $150. If you sell $600 in popcorn, we don’t charge you anything in dues. We cover everything from advancements to books and Boy’s Life. Only things we don’t cover are camp and uniforms.

    I think that as Scouts we really sell ourselves short. We need to put on a top notch program to attract kids. To do that, we need to be able to pay expenses. Just look at how much it costs to play a sport for a few weeks. We should be providing a high quality program YEAR ROUND. Don’t be afraid to ask for help paying for that program.

    • I should add that we maintain a scholarship fund to assist families who put forth an effort to support the Pack but are unable to either sell enough popcorn or come up with the money to pay their dues.

  14. Unfortunately our charter organization pays all fees so the boys are not required to pay dues. This has a two fold effect. First, this makes the boys lazy with no incentive. Just look at the number of people on public assistance with no need to work to earn the finances or concideration from where it comes. Only when we have a stake in the project or activity to succeed does one really put forth a total effort. Second, we do lack some equipment that dues could help purchase. We also have the lack of funds for camp. I realize that fundraisers are available but unless your motivated all year long then even this participation is lacking. So to all those who will cry that some can not afford dues and will be left out of scouting, I say to you, BLAH< BLAH< BLAH. There is not a boy who wants to join scouting whose parents cannot pay a nickel or a dime. And it is no ones business if a scout pays less. After all diversity dictates that there is a difference among the ranks. Be praticle in what is charged but charge something for the sake of the scout.

  15. I don’t understand why folks are including Boy’s life to begin with given that money typically doesn’t go to the troop or pack to begin with.

    In the previous pack we were in dues were not paid up front one year, then another year 2/3 was expected up front with I think one dollar per non pack meeting from september through may.

    The one we are presently in charges $60 for dues, but you have the opportunity to defray that by selling popcorn.

  16. $195 per boy offset by share of fund raising participation. Normal expected items covered by that plus other “stuff”. The best thing a troop can do is to provide it’s members with a detailed accounting of where the money goes, otherwise the parents don’t have a clue as to why they pay as much as they do.

    • My God, what “stuff” are you buying? At $84 per year, my own troop is over the norm and we carry a balance between $2,000-4,000 every year. It covers all advancement and equipment, and we do not actively fundraise whatsoever (though we do hand out the popcorn material).

  17. $100 per year split into two $50 payments (due March and November). Covers recharter fees, patches, cards, boy’s life, and other items like printing costs, insurance, adult recharter fees (we do not ask volunteers to pay), etc.

    We have several fundraisers a year outside of popcorn and Scouts can earn enough money for Troop Dues, Campouts, Summer Camp and High Adventure if they put their mind to it.

  18. Lori Kendrick // September 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm // Reply

    No dues, when parents first register the boys they cover registration through the next year & Boy’s Life. There are fundraising efforts through the year (popcorn, donuts, campcards.

  19. $200 per year, paid $50 quarterly, covers jut about everything in our troop: registration, camping fees, gear, program costs, scholarships, food for outings, etc. Parents like it as they are not nickle and dime’d each month and know the exact cost of scouting for the year. It also becomes an incentive to participate as the scout who comes to 4 monthly outings instead of all 12 pays the same amount.
    Extra costs are summer camp, a high adventure trip (where there are eligibility requirements such as first class+), and patrol activities that require additional funds.
    Fundraising is also available and highly encouraged as all funds raised go specifically to the scout. He gets all profit that he earns and can apply it directly to dues, camp, and so forth.

  20. Mike

    My first thought is “Who cares what you dues are?” The question should be, “Are you running the program, and if so, how are you paying for it?”

    I have seen some troops charge .50/week for dues. This makes the program cheap for the troop, but the boy or his family had to provide everything that it takes to go camping and it was expensive for the boy or his family, because they had to buy tents, lanterns and everything else that the boy may need to participate in the program. Any other funds the troop needed required a fundraiser.

    I also know of one troop that considered $900/year/scout. This fee covered everything except his uniform, backpack, sleeping bag and his personal items. The fee included a week at camp, food and gas for 12 monthly camp outs, handbooks, t-shirts, cakes for eagle scouts and roses for the eagle scout’s mother. This was a really nice idea but it would have pushed a lot of scouts out of the troop and it would not have taught the scout the need to pay his own way.

    My most recent troop charges $60/year. This covers registration, patches, Boys’ Life and insurance. They hold fund raisers for everything else. Some of the fund raisers give the boy a percentage of the funds he earns, and that goes into his personal scouting account in the troop. The important thing is that the troop is running the program as it should be. They provide all of the troop and patrol equipment so that it is not a hardship on a low-income family. It also teaches the boys that they have to work for what they get.

    Just my thoughts.
    Bill

  21. Our dues are $70.00/year for boys. Troop pays for adult rechartering fees for adults. Boys have a fundraising account that they can tap into for due, for uniforms, or for camps, etc. our goal is to keep everything affordable and reasonable for scout to pay so thy appreciate it more. Can’t even imagine how a. Troop could charge over $600/year unless they pre-pay high adventure camps.

  22. My Troop is $44 for Scouts: 15 to National, 2 for insurance, 12 for BL, and 15 for awards. Adults are paid by Charter Org.
    My Pack is $60 because there are more awards and neckerchief/hat each year. Adults are 15.
    My Crew is $20, no BL because they don’t care about it and awards are few enough it doesn’t really matter. Adults are paid by Charter Org.
    My Ship is $15 for youth and adult, the parents pay for the kids awards as they earn them, and the Charter Org does the rest. Massive fund raisers for all the expensive activities and such.
    My Post is all paid by the Charter Org.

  23. $75 registration fee for new or returning scouts. $25 Activity fee= $100 total per scout

  24. Gary M. Holewinski // September 28, 2012 at 8:06 am // Reply

    $60.00 per year. That includes registration, Boys Life and all awards (Merit badges, rank, etc).

  25. Our boys pay $1 a week, of course this helps the boys learn about responsibility. On Camping trips, we usually don’t charge a fee, but the boys provide a food item as decided by the PLC. For the annual recharter, the Troop pays the recharter and Boy’s Life fees out of the fundraisers that were held. When we decide that the Troop needs to make a purchase, we do extra fundraisers to provide the need. To me there is no cause to charge a large ammount for dues, that’s not the point! Scouting in Central NC!

  26. Michele Lueiro // September 28, 2012 at 8:14 am // Reply

    Dew’s which is what you asked about 0 the money in each unit is a private thing and the large spacing you have in your query appears to be a hunt to locate cash. Government agencies do the same. It looks oh so innocent on the surface.

    • I agree!!!

  27. Our pack fees are $50.00 yearly for youth, $16.50 yearly for adults…
    Youth fees cover council fees/insurance ($16.50), Boys’ Life ($12.00), with $21.50 left over to fund program.
    We supply each Scout with a Pinewood Derby kit, Raingutter Regatta kit, Pack Number patch, various awards, rank advancement, neckerchief/slide at graduation, and misc other items. We use fundraising (mainly popcorn) proceeds to help cover what yearly fees obviously can’t…and to cover fees for families who may have a challenge paying even that amount-(no youth will be denied the Scouting program, because of an inability to pay)
    Compared to other organized youth activities, Scouting is one of the best values that a family can invest in…!

  28. We ask for $75 for the dues and registration, We also ask them to sell $250 in popcorn. If they want to opt out of popcorn, we allow them to buy it out at $60. We get the kids activity shirts and it pays for all trips with the exception of camping.

  29. As a scout, I was charged $40.00/year ($20.00 payments every 6 months) for my first troop, $15.00 for my next troop, and $0 for my Crew in a different council (I went to college/chartered organization payed for it). That being said- the more boys that were in the troop, the higher the expenses, which means higher costs for dues. It’s great for new Troops/Crews that are just beginning because it gives the adolescents an incentive to join (come on- a free chance at Scouting?? who wouldn’t!?).

  30. I’d never heard of dues for adults (other than registration fees) until recently. For those that charge them, what does it cover?

    • More than you realize. Charter fees, use of tents and equipment? (wear and tear), Insurance, Adult recognitions, camping fees: some camps charge per person, Charging for adults would mean for Leaders and Committee members not parents.

      • I get charter fees (registration fees), but have never been in a troop that covers all campout fees and other activites. Scouters usually bring their own or share equipment amongst each other. Recognition I could see, but that hasn’t happened either unfortunately.

  31. Our Pack charges dues of $35 per scout. That money is used by the respective dens for equipment, supplies and fees for some field trips. We also collect the registration fee of $15 from each scout and that goes straight to council to make our recharter easier. Sixty nine straight years with no breaks! All awards are paid for by the Pack General Fund. If Den leaders do not use their dues money, it rolls into the Pack General Fund at the end of the scouting year. We give parents two and a half months to get the dues in.

  32. This year was our highest dues ever at $75 which includes the roughly $30 for charter, BL and insurance so in reality, the troop dues portion is $45. That includes a Class B shirt and the rest covers awards, supplies, gas, and leader fees. We do not ask our leaders to pay their fees. We ask them to help with meetings and help with fundraisers but our hope is that we don’t ever have to charge for anything other than food since they are already sacrificing their time and often vacation to help lead the troop. The troop provides most the equipment so the boys only have to invest in a uniform, sleeping bag, mess kit and backpacking supplies if they participate in those kinds of treks. I am actually sitting down with our treasurer this week to determine if we can lower dues at all. Last year we didn’t have great results from fundraisers so we had to raise dues from $30 to $45 but we seem to be back on track this year. We have two “boy” fundraisers and two Troop fundraisers a year.

  33. We don’t have a requiered dues. We ask the boys to pay $1 dollar a week, but that goes into the own accounts to be used for trips or scouting gear. So some pay it and some don’t. We charge $10-12 for food for weekend trips. The troop pays for the camp site fee out of the general budget. If the camping trip goes somewhere with an entrance fee, the troop will supplement the cost and the boys, and adults, on the trip pay some as well. If it is a council or district event with a fee the troop usually picks up the fee.

    • Where do you get the money for the ‘general budget’?
      You must have some successful fundraisers!

  34. any money that is raised through fundraising or direct payment and the scout uses it to pay the $27 (recharter & Boys Life) dues and then applies it towards the cost of being part of the Scout Unit should all be listed. A Scout still works to pay his way, so splitting DUES and then say rest is fundraising is not correct. It’s all money.

  35. maybe I should have read more of the comments before I answered the poll. I selected $25-$49 because our Pack DUES are $40 and cover most of the scout’s awards. However, maybe I should’ve selected $50-$74 because we do ask for a $28 payment for registration/boyslife fees in December. (The whole $68 can be paid at the same time, but parents know it is for two seperate things)

    We continue to do really well on Popcorn sales which help with remainder of awards, resources, pinewood derby cars, etc.

  36. We charge $55 per scout per year. That is the registration fee and a T-shirt. The rest we do through fundraisers: Popcorn, Candy, Discount Cards, Turkey Dinner, Pancake Breakfasts, and Bowl-a-thon.
    #scrapingby

  37. Brian Nelson, SM T224 Tacoma WA // September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am // Reply

    We only charge registration and Boys Life, and waive that if needed. Thanks to parent and community support for fund raising wreath sale for 40 years. Popcorn is on the side.

  38. We ask for $30 when they join, but we will waive that if they pledge to do some fundraising and then we take it out of their personal account. Boys Life subscription is optional. Scouts are responsible for purchasing their own books and uniforms. The pack purchases all awards.

  39. Just raised to $150/scout this year. Covers Boys Life, books, uniforms, slides, all awards/rank advancements, pinewood derby car, raingutter regatta boat, blue & gold banquet, family campout, and probably a few other things I’ve forgotten. We created scout accounts this year to give them the opportunity to cover some or all of their dues through popcorn sales. We crunched numbers pretty hard to get there. I think location (DC metro area) and activity level of the pack would be determining factors in why ours is so high.

  40. Most have forgotten the purpose of dues: to give the Scout a weekly responsibility and allow him to pay his own way in Scouting. Dues should never be treated as a primary money source.

    My Troop charges $1 a week in dues, and prepayment is not allowed. Allowing a parent to write a check for the year defeats the purpose of dues. We also work with parents to encourage parents to have their Scout earn his dues by performing chores at home. Again, the parent giving the Scout $1 every week, instead of making the Scout earn the dollar, defeats the purpose of dues.

    In our Troop, dues money is always spent on things the Scouts see and can readily appreciate. We do not use dues money for things like registration fees or campsite reservations; dues money is spent on Troop meeting supplies, surprise parties, and the like — things Scouts use and can recognize as as adding value to their Troop.

    • While the theroy is great and I support it, it unfortunately also puts a burden on either the Pack/Troop or Scout to have change on hand each week. Having the Scout pay monthly accomplishes the same goal.

  41. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts the $650.00 is a popcorn goal. Dues reflect what the troop desires. Our troop pays for all uniform patches, all advancement materials, Mothers’ pins, all merit badge books as needed by any scout, Boy’s Life, subsidizes gas charges on 10 campouts, trailer maintenance, troop tents, four sets of patrol gear and adults pay their way. Dues are $100.00 and covers HALF what we spend per boy. Thank goodness for popcorn sales. You want lower dues? Tell me what to not provide.

  42. Our Pack dues are based on an annual review of program, membership and leadership projections, and fundraising. For the past 5 years have averaged about $240. We calculate the dues using a home grown PDF with javascript that tracks numbers and makes calculations. The dues include: Insurance, chartering fees, Leader registration, training and recognition, youth registration and recognition, 12 months of Pack Meetings (including three model building: Rocketry, Pine Wood Derby, and Soap Box Derby), Den Meeting Budgets, 3 Annual Pack campouts, 2 Annual Webelos campouts, Leader and Scout shirt, neckerchief, slide, basic patches and handbook, Unit t-shirt and cap. The dues are offset by fundraising (donations and popcorn sale). Approximately half the pack pays complete dues and their summer camp (not included in dues @ $300.00) through popcorn sale. The remaining members greatly reduce their dues such that the average dues paid per Cub for past 5 years is in the $75 dollar range.

  43. The annual budget developed by our PLC includes a $75.00 annual registration fee. This is supplemented by one annual fund raiser with proceeds directly to the Troop. 100% of the proceeds from all other fundraisers go into Scout accounts. Adults pay $15.00 annually to cover the Council registration fee.

  44. Our dues are $7/month ($84 total) and they’ve been static for at least a decade. That covers gear, propane, insurance and upkeep on our trailer, awards/insignia, a troop neckerchief (awarded at 1st Class), 1 nametag (but not a replacement), troop court of honor stuff, and program materials. Monthly camping trips are covered by activity-specific fees, sometimes dues cover shortfalls. Recharter is assessed separately. We don’t charge fees for uniforms (that’s what the scout store is for) but we do maintain a free uniform exchange. A troop t-shirt is $15 but not required. Troop hat is $7.
    For a troop of 35-40, this covers everything we need to do on a monthly and yearly basis, with surplus for need-based help on summer camp, NYLT, or high adventure costs.
    In a typical year, the troop doesn’t need to fundraise, so we hand out popcorn material, but we don’t push it. Motivated scouts who sell get 100% of the commission. If we have a specific need/goal, then we go unit-wide with popcorn and split the commission with the scouts, and do a hot dog sale at a local parade.

  45. Our scouts EARN their way in scouting, the way it should be. We have a summer BBQ fund raiser that pays for all advancement/supplies. Our popcorn sales are 100% Scout earned and therefor they get 100% commission for any scout related expenses.

    I’d really like to know what a troop that charges $650 does with that money and what’s covered/not covered as that amount seams outrageous! I would also like to know what happens for poor or low income scouts that can’t afford that amount. Do they have a “No scouts left behind policy” as we are able to do?

  46. We charge $50 for the first child and $60 for each additional, with a heavy push on fundraising.

  47. Our Troop has charged $55 for several years but will be increasing to $75 with the next re-charter (no charge for adults). This covers BSA dues, Boy’s Life, and Troop dues. We “ate” the BSA dues increase a few years ago but we have had considerable growth over the past (almost doubled to around 70 boys) and we need to expand and replace a lot of equipment. We also spend $37 on each new Scout for book, neckerchief, slide, loops, numeral patch, etc. The Troop purchases an average of 175 merit badges a year; position patches for 7 patrols & appointed leaders; Eagle kits, neckerchiefs, & slides (11 this year). JTE patches also add up with 95 registered boys and adults. We are adding new Scout account fundraising opportunities to allow families to decide if they want to fund raise or just write the check. Camping fees are typically around $30 with food.

  48. We dont charge dues at this time. Fees for recharter and Bl are due once a year. Each campout the charge is for the food. Camping fees, Equipment, Merit Badges and other awards are paid for by the Troop out of fund raisers. This being said I have become more and more frustrated by those who dont participate in the fundraisers, but expect the full rewards. A Scout is thrifty, he pays his own way and helps pay for those who cant.

  49. My reaction to this poll is a question: Are we keeping scouting affordable, and making sure every scout can participate? I see dues covering advancement, and all kinds of stuff; are these units fund raising? If my committee even contemplated hitting my scouts, and their families, with a fraction of the costs I’m seeing here, my resignation would be immediate.

    Fund raise; get corporate sponsors; and get grants … don’t limit who can be part of your program with these big price tags.

  50. Many Troop’s have campership accounts avaialble to help out Scouts who have financial difficulties. Fundraising allows Scouts to earn campership funds whule being visible in the community and learning some great skills. I have done hours of research tracking pocorn sales over the years in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and also have done online reasearch on other Troops in the U.S. as far as what they charge for annual dues. Annual dues seems to spread the responsibility of being part of the Troop to every family evenly (rather than just those who participate in fundraising) and it seems to lessen the need to do multiple fundraisers every year. Most athletic progrma in our town charge $300 to participate, plus sports equipment, We charge $7.50 per outing for food and $5+ gas if the outing is greater than >50 miles roundtrip. I am recommneding $100 annual due for our Boy Scout Troop to cover costs of a class B tshirt, custom Troop neckerchief and troop # patch and the rest to $ will go to the Troop to help pay for leaders to attend training, outings, storage fees, trailer upkeep, etc..

  51. Here is a link to our setup. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5982632/Scouts/Fundraising%20Information.docx

  52. Here is a link to our program.
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5982632/Scouts/Fundraising%20Information.docx

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