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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: July 29, 2016

Revised: September 13, 2016


Click this link to view the explanatory letter regarding the Operations fee.


Q1. Currently our Annual Registration fee is $29.00; where does that money go?


There is an Annual Registration fee of $24.00 which is charged by the National Boy Scouts of America organization for program development, national high adventure bases, publications, criminal background checks on all adult volunteers and the national websites. The remaining $5.00 is used to offset Unit accident and liability insurance premiums.


Q2. The Connecticut Yankee Council gets none of the Annual Registration fee?


Correct, none of the $24.00 National Registration fee is kept by the Council. The $5.00 that is collected is used to directly offset our insurance premiums, and that has remained unchanged for several years.


Q3. In our Pack/Troop/Crew we pay more than $29.00 annually; where does that money go?


Your local unit may (or may not) charge annual dues. We have found many local units charge anywhere from $25 to $150 or more, to defray local unit expenses.


Q4. So what will be the total cost per member each year?


If You Are a:
Your Operations Fee* Will Be:
Youth Member $24.00
Adult Member $12.00

Merit Badge Counselor

  (with no other registration)

No Fee

Tiger or Lion Cub Adult Partner

  (with no other registration)

No Fee


  *  This fee will be pro-rated at a $2.00 per month for Scouts and $1.00 per month for Adults registering after January 1, 2017; dual registered members pay the Operations Fee only once per year


Here are examples of what Scouts and adults may pay annually, with the National fees and insurance premium, and the Council Operations Fee:


Each Scout will pay a $24.00 BSA National Registration fee plus a $24.00 Council Operations Fee plus a $5.00 insurance liability fee, for a total of $53.00

Each Adult will pay a $24.00 BSA National Registration fee plus a $12.00 Council Operations Fee plus a $5.00 insurance liability fee, for a total of $41.00
Subscription costs for Boys Life are an additional $12.00
Any fees assessed by your Unit are extra


Q5. How will the $24.00 Operations Fee be used?


The $24.00 Operation Fee will supplement our existing revenue streams in support of all our Council services, programs and properties.


Q6. The Operations Fee is being set at $24.00; do you see that going up?


We have no plans of raising the fee at this time.


Q7. Will the Operations Fee affect Family Friends of Scouting (FOS)?


FOS remains an important part of the Council’s revenue, covering approximately 10% of our annual costs. There are no plans to change FOS.


Q8. Will the annual National Registration fee of $24.00 be going up?


We are unaware of any planned increase in the National Registration fee.


Q9. Why is the Adult Operations Fee $12.00 and the Scout Operations Fee $24.00?


Your Executive Board understands that many Adults in Scouting also have a son or daughter in the program. By setting the Adult Fee lower than the Scout Fee, we wanted to reduce the financial impact of the Operations Fee on a family. We also recognized that our Adult volunteers give extensively of their time, and felt that a reduced fee took this time commitment into account, even if modestly.


Q10. What if this fee creates a hardship for any family in my Unit?


The Executive Board does not intend to have the Operations Fee become an undue financial hardship on any specific family. Affordability was taken into account by the Board when the Fee was set at $24.00 per Scout and $12.00 per Adult. The Operations Fee will be waived for families based on an application for assistance due to financial hardship. Copies of this application will be included in each Unit’s charter renewal package; each Unit Leader will be responsible for submitting applications from families at the time of charter renewal.


Click here to download a copy of the Application for Financial Assistance form.


Q11 (NEW 09/13/2016). Will the Operations Fee apply to youth registered as Unit College Scouter Reserve (92U)?


No, Youth Members who are away at college and are registered as Unit College Scouter Reserve will not be responsible for payment of the Operations Fee.


Q12. What if I have additional questions?


Question and answer sessions are being held at each District Roundtable this Fall, as follows:


August 31 Powahay      
September 12 Sleeping Giant      
September 12 Wepawaug Valley      
September 13 Pomperaug      
September 13 Lighthouse      
October 12 Scatacook      


Also, please feel free to contact any member of the Council Key 3 with your questions: