Council News


Update from Scout Executive


February 15, 2024

Dear Jersey Shore Council Scouting Family,

The Executive Board of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America has voted to increase certain youth registration and other fees. Effective April 1, 2024, National Council registration fees are as follows:


  • $85 for youth in Cubs, Scouts, Venturing & Sea Scouts ($5.00 increase)
  • $50 for youth in Exploring & Adult volunteers (no change)
  • $65 for all registered adult volunteers in unit/non unit positions ($5.00 increase)
  • $25 for all Merit Badge Counselors who are not already registered volunteers.
  • $100 for Unit Charter Renewal Fee (no change)
  • $15 for Scout’s Life Magazine Subscription (no change)
  • National Executive Board elected to remove the one-time $25 joining fee for new members


These fees are sent directly to National BSA & are not used to support local programs.  Regarding Council Program Fees. In 2024 our Council completed a three-year planned increase to bring our Council Program Fees in line with National BSA Guidelines.  While the Jersey Shore Council Executive Board will revisit the topic annually at its July meeting, we do not anticipate any further increases at this time. 


In addition to covering local insurance costs (e.g. Accident & Sickness Insurance) the Council Program Fee provides a wide array of Council Services & Support, including, but not limited to:

  • 20% is invested directly at the Joesph A. Citta Scout Reservation, providing upgraded facilities (e.g. air conditioning & flushing toilets), or program elements such as Cowboy Action Shooting & inflatable obstacle courses.
  • Free Basic Leader Trainings for all program positions
  • Free Eagle Scout, Summit & Quartermaster Award Kits for qualifying members
  • Free signature events such as the University of Scouting & Program Extravaganza
  • Creation of a Specific Assistance Fund for families in need of financial assistance.

We understand that times are challenging for many, and our Board is doing everything in their power to keep costs to a minimum. We believe however, your child’s participation in Scouting is one of the best investments you can make for their future. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at, and thank you for your support.


James Gillick

Scout Executive



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