Katahdin Area Council/ National Membership Fees

National Membership Fees

February 5, 2024

The national Boy Scouts of America organization sets the fee amounts to register as a member of Scouting. Here are the current national fee amounts:

  • $100 Unit Charter/ Affliation Fee
  • $80 for youth in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
  • $25 new member fee (one-time only, upon joining Scouting for the first time)
  • $50 for youth in Exploring
  • $60 for adult members in all programs (includes cost of background check)
  • $2.40 Local Council Insurance Fee for Youth and Adults
  • $15 Scout Life Magazine Fee (Optional) 
  • $25 Merit Badge Counselors (Not already registered as a Leader)


  • Youth who cross over from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA do not have to pay the new member fee   (New Signed application are needed to Crossover to the Troop)
  • Youth who transfer from one unit or program to another do not have to pay the new member fee
  • Youth who are new members joining Exploring do not have to pay the new member fee
  • Adults who are new volunteers (in any program) do not have to pay the new member fee
  • Everyone still pays the $2.40 fee for our council’s local insurance coverage during recharter 
  • Our council does not use the council program fee approved by the national organization

If you join Scouting during the year, you pay for a full 12 months of membership.