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How Much Does Scouting Cost?

Scouting does charge fees for membership, events and trips. Council and unit fundraising will help with those costs including Popcorn and Camp Cards, and will give a Scout the chance to earn the money he needs to participate in summer camp or other programs.

Below is a list of basic needs to get a young person started in each Scouting program, to give you a rough idea of what’s expected. Before you buy anything, however, make sure you talk to the unit’s leader. He or she will be able to tell you about any specific uniform or equipment rules for the pack, troop or crew.

Cub Scouts

Required: $24 registration fee every year plus $1 insurance fee
Note: some individual Scout units charge a unit fee

Optional extras: Uniform, handbook, Boys’ Life subscription, camping equipment (most Cub camping does not require a special equipment purchase; talk with your son’s Cubmaster before buying anything)

Boy Scouts

Required: $24 registration fee every year plus $1 insurance fee
Note: some individual Scout units charge a unit fee

Optional extras: Uniform, handbook, Boys’ Life subscription, camping equipment (your son will need some camping gear but many brands are specifically designed with a more experienced camper in mind; talk with your son’s Scoutmaster before buying anything)

Venturing

Required: $24 registration fee every year plus $1 insurance fee
Note: some individual Scout units charge a unit fee

Optional extras: Uniform, camping equipment (Venture crews select their own uniform; we recommend that you talk with your son’s or daughter’s Venture Crew Advisor before buying anything)

Pro-rated Membership Fee Chart   

Exploring

Required: $24 registration fee every year plus $1 insurance fee
Note: some individual Explore Posts charge a unit fee

Optional extras: Uniform