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!

60 thoughts on “What are your unit’s annual dues?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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..

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