Renewals & Fees 2023-2024

Info To Renew for 2024

See Renewal Instructions

Timeline

October 1: Renewal system opens

December 1: All Charter Renewals are due

December 2: Charter renewals are considered late

  • Renewals will be in jeopardy of lapsing
  • If lapsed, unit leaders assume liability for any injury sustained

December 22: Last work day for staff to process renewals for 2024

January 1, 2024: Units not 100% completely renewed are considered lapsed

Payments

If you pay online and receive no warnings or attachments needed, your unit will post automatically with no further review. This means Sandy will not be able to correct any overpayments, and National will not issue refunds.

If you choose to pay at the Long Beach Scout Shop, Sandy will have the opportunity to review for completion status in order to ensure accuracy of payments. We strongly recommend this option. Begin your renewal online, submit it online, but your best option is to pay in person. 

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Agreement Forms

The annual charter agreement (or MOU for Exploring) is not part of the online process, but it will need to be submitted

  1. Annual Charter Agreement
  2. BSA General Facilities Use Agreement
  3. Annual Registration Agreement for Council Registered Units
  4. United Methodist Church Units
  5. Catholic Units 
  6. Annual MOU for Exploring Only

Applications

  1. Youth Application
  2. Adult Application
  3. Exploring Adult Application
  4. Exploring Youth Application

Award Forms

  1. Journey to Excellence Award Score Sheets
  2. Unit Award of Appreciation 

Youth Protection

The Long Beach Area Council requires current Youth Protection Training (YPT) for all adults.

Youth Protection Information

Take State Training Here

Submit Your Completion Certificate

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Date: May 31, 2023
From: National Council, BSA

Effective August 1, 2023, the BSA will implement the following national membership fees which were approved by the National Executive Committee:

  • $80 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting participants ($5 increase)
  • $60 for all adult volunteers ($15 increase to provide general liability insurance and enhanced background checks)
  • $25 one-time joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting (Not prorated and no change in fee)
  • $30 for Scoutreach (Not prorated)
  • $25 for Merit Badge Counselors (New Fee applies only for Merit Badge Counselors not already registered as leaders)
  • $50 for Exploring participants Youth & Adult ($5 increase)
  • $100 for a unit charter/affiliation fee (no change in fee)
  • $15 for Scout Life magazine

Membership Fees 2023-2024

Announced on May 31, 2023: new membership fees for 2023-2024. Below are the increases outlined and some reminders. Be sure to check the calculator below to figure your amounts due.

ProgramYouthAdultsExplorers
 Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea ScoutsAll registered adult volunteers in unit and non-unit positions. (Multiple registrations will continue to pay for only one position.)Exploring participants ages 10-20
National Fee$80$60$50
Council Fee$80$15$15

TOTAL 12 MONTHS
Paid in full, annually

$160$75$65
Monthly Equivalent
NOTE: fees will not be pro-rated monthly after July 31
$13.33$6.25$5.42
    
New Member Fee$25 flat fee,
paid one time only
  
Unit Charter Fee$100 per unit  
Scout Life Magazine$15 per year  

Notes to keep in mind:

  • Cost of doing business has increased significantly
    • Tahquitz insurance: $50,000 per year
    • Gas & electricity: 10% increase
    • Accounting: 26.5% increase
  • Insurance and mandated wage increases have skyrocketed 
  • Costs are increasing all around us
  • Income and charitable giving has decreased significantly
  • All neighboring councils charge similar fees
  • Scouting is a year-round, 12-month program
  • We have cut expenses to a barebones level
  • Yet we have maintained core services and programs throughout 

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 BSA 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 membership 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.

It is important to note, existing members will renew their membership during their normal registration/recharter cycle through March 2024. Moving forward all members will renew on their anniversary date.

  • Existing members’ Anniversary date will be their unit recharter month.
  • New members’ Anniversary date will be the month they joined.

This new process will help streamline the rechartering and membership renewal process for units and councils. Additional information on this membership renewal process will be forthcoming in the very near future.

What does the National Membership Fee cover?

The national membership fee helps cover the cost of essential services to the local council and units. Services include expanded liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, enhanced criminal background checks, a variety of program resources, youth protection and leader-specific training, and the development of intellectual property for national, council, and unit programs. As BSA moves forward, the organization will continue to look at the membership fee structure and how we deliver the Scouting program for future generations.

Across the country and in each of our communities, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make in youth today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. Our dedicated volunteers, staff, and Scouting families make this possible. Thank you for continuing to support one of the most valuable opportunities available to young people today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is driving the youth and adult membership fee increase?

  • General Liability Insurance costs to protect volunteer leaders, staff, charter organizations, units, and youth.
  • BSA restructuring costs.
  • Enhanced Criminal Background check processes and investments in Youth protection and safety programs.

What steps has the National Service Center taken to manage costs?

  • Completed a new staff structure and streamlined both the professional workforce and the volunteer structure, while maintaining essential services.
  • Reduced the National staff workforce to support essential services.
  • Reduced expenses throughout the National organization.

What is the new membership fee for youth and adults? Will the fees go up again?

  • The new adult membership fee is $60, and the youth membership fee is $80 annually.
  • The BSA will continue to evaluate the membership fees and keep our councils and unit leaders informed of any further changes to the fee structure.

What benefits and services are provided to the local council with the new fee?

  • Expanded GLIP protections for Chartered Organizations and volunteers.
  • Enhanced Criminal Background checks.
  • Investments in BSA safety resources and training.
  • The employment of a new Youth Protection Executive and support staff.
  • The National Council provides the following essential services to councils:
    • The use of BSA Intellectual Property — Youth Safety, Cub Scouts, Scouts, BSA, Venturing, Camp Standards, Training and Program development etc.
    • Legal
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology — Rechartering, Scout Book
    • Accounting Resources
    • Council Services Support
    • Membership & Marketing Support
    • Crisis Communications and support
    • Safety & Membership Standards Support
    • A variety of training support for youth and adult leaders
    • Health Insurance & Benefits

What benefits and services are provided to the unit with the registration fee?

  • Expanded General Liability Insurance protections for the chartered organization and unit leaders in the event of an incident.
  • Program research and development including, Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring.
  • Access to Youth Protection Training, Incident Reporting and Scouts First Helpline: 1- 844-Scouts1.
  • Access to leadership specific training for adult leaders.
  • Investments in program literature and resource development.
  • Ability to purchase Uniforms, Insignia and Recognition for youth and Adults.
  • Provides access to Membership, Marketing, and Brand Center resources.
  • Provides important technology support including Scout Book, on-line registration, on-line advancement, and rechartering, My. Scouting, BeAScout, and BSA Brand Center for digital assets.
  • Access to the four BSA High Adventure Properties including Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, and the Summit Bechtel Reserve.