The Cost of Scouting 

The most affordable adventure a boy will every have!  

Scouting prides itself on delivering the most band for your buck.  While program fees are minimal, there are some minimal costs, like any other group activity. 


The below example of estimated out of pocket expense for parents is for a NEW Cub Scout who participates in EVERYTHING available.  Each unit will have some form of dues structure and/or fundraising plan to cover program expenses such as:  camping trips, advancement badges, program supplies, equipment, etc.  Many units sell Trails-End popcorn and encourages the boys to pay for their entire year of Scouting in one fundraiser.  

$24

$12

$100

$100

$10-15

$10-40

$60-85

$135

Annual BSA National Membership (collected at the local level and transmitted to the national council for support)

Boy's Life Magaize (Optional)  

Uniform - one time (head to toe, hat, neckerchief, shirt, patches, pants, book)

Annual Pack Dues (each pack is different and this number may be more or less) 

Pack Camping trip (usually 3-4 a year) 

Council/District camping activity (major events organized for multiple units to attend)

Cub Scout Summer Day Camp (local)

Cub Scout resident camp (3 days of overnight camp) 

Typically, the MOST a parent would pay out of pocket, without any type of unit fund raising, is $450 to start-up, and $350 after the purchase of a uniform.  Roughly $30-40 per month.