Membership Fees

As of April 1, 2024


Total annual youth fee due at registration for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts– $155.00 . Includes $85.00 for the National BSA membership fee and $70.00 for the local Chester County Council program fee.

Scout Life Magazine – Additional $15.00 per year.  

Assistance Funds – Funds are available to help offset annual youth fees for families in need of financial assistance. Unit leaders use this form to send to a family, or families can request directly with this form.


Total annual adult leader fee due at registration –  $95.00 per adult. 

Note: Total adult leader fee includes an adult registered in a unit position, district committee members, and commissioners.  The total adult leader fee includes $65.00 for the National BSA membership fee and $30.00 for the local Chester County Council program fee.

Merit Badge Counselors  – $25.00 per year. If the adult is already registered, there is no additional fee. Primary registration must be with a pack/troop/crew or district/council registration.

New Annual Membership Fee Process Announced – BSA Will No Longer Prorate Fees for New Members beginning August 1, 2023

Beginning August 1, 2023, all new youth and adult members who join Scouting will be enrolled in a 12-month membership cycle and National BSA and CCC 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 National BSA membership fees and CCC program fees will be eliminated. Each registered member of the BSA 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.

New Unit and Annual Membership Renewal Process FAQ 1.11.2024


National BSA annual recharter fee for units – $100.00


In-council transfers (Arrow of Light to Scout) have no fee. Transfer can be done online at or by filling out a BSA Application and submitting to [email protected].

Annual Program Fee Began in 2021

On June 24, 2020 the Executive Board of the Chester County Council approved the implementation of an annual program fee for all registered youth and adult members. Read the letter from the Council Key 3 explaining the decision to implement an annual program fee.