Fee & Charter Updates

Latest Update: CPC will NOT Increase Local Fees

After receiving feedback from nearly half of our unit leaders in the survey sent Friday, October 25, 2019, the CPC board decided there would be no increase in local council fees for 2020. (Many other councils are adding a program fee.) Our $12 local insurance fee instituted last year will continue. This means the fee structure for our current membership season, including the increases from the national BSA, are as follows:

  • 2020 Scout fee: $72 = $60 to national BSA + $12 to CPC (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts)
  • 2020 adult fee: $48 = $36 to national BSA + $12 to CPC
  • 2020 Exploring youth: $48 = $36 to national BSA + $12 to CPC
  • Unit charter fee: $60 to national BSA, no fee from CPC

New Scholarships Available

To help offset the new national BSA fee, the CPC is also offering one-time membership scholarships to those in need. They are as follows: 

  • $15 toward new BSA registration fees
  • $27 toward new BSA registration fees

We will rely on the knowledge of unit leaders to determine an individual's need. No family will be asked for their economic status.

How to Apply for Scholarships

Committee chairs and unit leaders must apply for special assistance here. The deadline is November 8, 2019. We would appreciate it if all units leaders would apply, even if you do not need additional funds. This will help us understand the true needs throughout the council.


Please note that our goal at the CPC is to be as strategic, equitable and transparent with this and other issues that affect our members. Here is how these events have been developing, and continue to evolve:

Wednesday, October 24, 2019: The CPC Board of 22 volunteers had a previously-scheduled board meeting at 7 a.m. The BSA announced the fee increase at 8 a.m. The board and leadership team went into action, creating multiple teams to review next steps including financing, recruiting, communications and more. CPC Scout Executive & CEO Matt Devore held a webinar for Key 3 leadership that evening.

Thursday, October 24, 2019: CPC Scout Executive & CEO Matt Devore held a series of webinars for members and unit leaders, to answer as many questions as possible. You can view the full webinar and download a PDF of the presentation at the bottom of this page.

Friday, October 25, 2019: CPC sent a survey to unit leaders to get direct feedback regarding unit needs that will help the executive board explore how to best help support units today and in the future. 

Thru Monday, October 28: CPC leadership and board action teams reviewed surveys, financial data, conversing with other BSA councils, etc. to prepare information and recommendations to the board. More than 250 responses were received and reviewed.

Tuesday, October 29: The CPC executive board met to discuss fee options. Scout Executive & CEO Matt Devore held a webinar to share the good news regarding fees and chartering.

November 8, 2019: unit scholarship form deadline.

November 13, 2019: unit informed of scholarship award.

November 14, 2019: charter turn-in process begins.

November/December 2019: clarity conversations with leaders to determine scholarship needs.

Early 2020: develop volunteer/unit/council taskforce for 2021 to evaluate success and viability to-date and create economic model strategies.

Summer 2020: possible unit/council/national BSA funding model changes announced for 2021 and beyond.


More News: Family Friends of Scouting is Ending

Family Friends of Scouting is ending. As an unrestricted fund, it did not allow donors to give to specific areas of our program. In its place, we will launch a new funding model whereby you will be able to donate to camping or scholarships.

Your support choices will include:
A. 100% of your gift to camping or 
B. 100% of your gift to scholarships or
C. 50% to each (strongly encouraged)
Details coming soon. Please subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates.


The most frequently asked questions:

National BSA-related FAQs

We have had many questions from our passionate members about the recent fee increase announcement from the Boy Scouts of America. The latest list of FAQs from the BSA can be found here.

Where do the BSA National fees go?

The BSA National membership fee goes directly to the BSA National organization. None of it stays local to support the CPC. Every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services at the national level that in turn support councils and units, including:

  • Liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities
  • Program resources
  • Safety standards
  • Youth protection and personal safety training
  • Services to councils and units nationwide to sustain Scouting.

The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and ScoutBook, which now includes a valuable new Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; advancement tools; and improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process.

Are there any changes to the Boys Life fees?

No, there are no expected changes to the $12 annual subscription for Boys Life magazine. 

Is the BSA using the background check authorization form for credit checks?

No, the BSA is only using this form for authorization to obtain a criminal background check, not a credit check. Click here for more FAQs on background checks.


Cascade Pacific Council-Related FAQs

What does the $12 local insurance fee cover? 

It is our "slips, trips & falls" insurance covering our 15 local properties, unit supplemental accident and sickness insurance, etc.

Will there be a membership scholarship for adults based on economic need?

No, there will not be membership scholarships available to adults at this time. 

Will scholarships be available for council events like Meriwether Super weekends, etc.?

We hope to make this available through the new restricted fund and will have more information soon on the new fundraising platform. 



Does every adult need to be a member?

Any adult who wishes to go on outings that is 72 hours or more with a unit, MUST become a registered member. This means they must fill out an adult application, authorize background checks, and complete Youth Protection training. Please note: there must be two registered adults present for all Scouting activities and meetings.  You can find out more here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/

The Barriers to Abuse say that there must be two registered adults present for all Scouting activities and meetings.  Does that include merit badge counseling? Fund-raising events?

Yes. However, the parent or legal guardian of the Scout may serve as the second adult. This parent or legal guardian does not have to be a registered leader.

If we don't have Family Friends of Scouting, will there be alternative incentives for units to get free camping and badges?

We do not have details on that yet but will let you know when the new program details are available.

When will we be able recharter online?

The national BSA is actively reviewing online charter systems. We hope to know more in the summer of 2020.

How does the CPC make its money? Can we see the budget?

Here is a brief overview of our revenue streams.

  Budget $  % of Budget
Camping/Activities   $3,250,000  49.7%
Investment Income $1,315,000 20.1%
Family FOS  $815,000 12.5%
Product Sales  $350,000 5.4%
Other Sources  $806,000 12.3%

View the national BSA Annual Report here.

What is the total cost of Scouting for the year?

This truly depends on the activities each unit decides to participate in each year. Some units only go to summer camp, some do monthly camping/backpacking excursions and some go to places like Yosemite in the summer. Some do all three! Many units do fundraisers, like popcorn or selling candy, and some charge a special unit fee. Whatever the unit chooses, the council does its best to provide low-cost activities and high-revenue fundraisers to support our units. 

How do Scouting prices compare to other youth activities?

There truly is no comparison when it comes to the value of Scouting. In general, we find activities in the CPC are about 1/2 the price. For instance, our week-long overnight camp price is around $375 for youth and just $175 for adults. Meanwhile half-day horse treks are just $55. Staying at Camp Meriwether for our Super Weekends is just $18 for youth and is free for adults. The adventures are endless and the experiences priceless.

Some have compared Scouting’s activity and camping fees to those of other youth organizations such as soccer, baseball and other groups and have found that CPC costs are only a fraction of what families pay for other activities. We believe Scouting is and will continue to be a very significant value given the experience and overwhelmingly positive outcomes it provides.

How many girls are now in the CPC?

We now have nearly 1,700 girls and more than 16,000 boys in the Cascade Pacific Council.


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Below are the latest webinars and associated presentations. Please watch your email for further webinar announcements.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Webinar

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 Webinar

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