Membership Fees

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.

View the infographic outlining the updated National BSA membership fees.

Recharter Fee Worksheet (xlsx) to work through the fee structure.

As of August 1, 2020


Total annual 2021 youth fee due at recharter – $132.00 per youth member. 

Note: Total annual youth fee includes $66.00 for the National BSA membership fee, $66.00 for the local Chester County Council program fee, and all insurance fees.

Multi-Scout Family Discount $20.00 for each additional Scout.  For example, a Scout family with three Scouts would pay $132.00 for the first Scout and $112.00 for the second Scout and $112.00 for the third Scout.

Total prorated amount$11.00 per month effective August 1, 2020.

Boys’ Life MagazineAdditional $12.00 per year.  Prorated fee$1.00 per month.

 One-time fee for any new youth member who joins and has never been registered in Scouting – $25.00.

Assistance Funds – Funds are available to help offset annual youth fees for families in need of financial assistance.  Each unit is given a rebate back on their total youth fees paid which can then be applied with assistance from the committee.


Total annual 2021 adult leader fee due at recharter –  $78.00 per adult. 

Note: Total adult leader fee is the following adult leaders:  district committee members and commissioners.  The total adult leader fee includes $42.00 for the National BSA membership fee, $36.00 for the local Chester County Council program fee, and all insurance fees.

No-Fee-Required Registrations – Merit badge counselors, STEM Nova counselors, and religious emblem coordinators are registered adult leader positions that require a completed BSA adult application, Youth Protection training, and a criminal background check, but no registration fee is required unless they choose to pay to receive Scouting magazine.  Executive officer and Lion and Tiger adult partner positions do not require a registration fee because they are not registered adult leader positions. These positions also do not require a completed BSA adult application and are not submitted for a criminal background check. While Youth Protection training is not required for adults holding these positions, it is recommended for all participating adults.

The total prorated amount$6.50 per month effective August 1, 2020.


National BSA annual recharter fee for units – $75.00


In-council transfers (Arrow of Light to Scout) require a BSA Application, but there is NO FEE.

BSA Applications need to be submitted to [email protected] or can be completed online at