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This survey estimates the annual average cost for a Scout and I appreciate the feedback from all of you in 2022.
I will continue to collect input to compare how the costs change over time. Please feel free to complete the survey in 2023.
Some responses included adult expenses such as transportation, camping, and time off work in the miscellaneous field.
Other common miscellaneous costs listed - merit badges, awards, troop t-shirts, food when traveling, party supplies, snacks.
Total Cub Scout responses: 103
Average cost for a scout for a year: $512.45
68 responses (66%) do fundraising and cover an average of: $260.59/yr of their expenses.
66 responses (64%) have a council fee average of: $50.30/yr
73 responses (71%) have a unit fee average of: $89.38/yr
75 responses (73%) have a summer camp average of: $198.13/yr
78 responses (76%) have a campout fee average of $27.82 for 2.65 campouts/yr for a total: $81.09/yr
49 responses (48%) have an other events average of $14.49 for 4.37 events/yr for a total: $59.49/yr
80 responses (78%) have uniform expenses average of: $63.94/year
Personal gear costs: $65.92/yr
Scouting footwear costs: $19.76/yr
Miscellaneous costs: $34.95/yr
Total Scouts BSA responses: 180
Average cost for a scout for a year: $1,166.95
115 responses (64%) do fundraising and cover an average of: $329.91/yr of their expenses.
116 responses (64%) have a council fee average of: $50.78/yr
119 responses (66%) have a unit fee average of: $87.52/yr
170 responses (94%) have a summer camp average of: $389.53/yr
169 responses (94%) have campout fees average of $38.93 for 8.47 campouts/yr for a total: $190.47/yr
111 responses (62%) have other event fees average of $21.58 for 6.68 events/yr for a total: $74.23/yr
125 responses (69%) have uniform expenses average of: $80.32/yr
75 responses (42%) have Order of Arrow expenses average of: $96.80/yr
Personal gear costs: $132.94/yr
Scouting footwear costs: $68.33/yr
Miscellaneous costs: $107.78/yr
High adventure costs are NOT included in the $1,166.95 average above.
20 responses (11%) have a unit high adventures average of $675.00 to attend every 1.30 years for a total: $645.63/yr
32 responses (18%) have a BSA high adventures average of $1,784.38 to attend every 2.94 years for a total: $923.18/yr
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