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Nashua Valley Council, BSA • 1980 Lunenburg Rd. • Lancaster, MA 01523

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Where Does the Money Go?

Where Does the Money Go?

Membership Fees $25 per year

The Boy Scouts of America charges an annual membership fee of $24. This fee is paid by your unit and sent on to the national office as part of the annual charter renewal process. That membership fee funds the Boy Scouts of America at the national level, and supports important aspects of the local council such as staff training, data management, program support, and recruiting materials.

An additional $1 per person is used to pay for insurance.

None of the $25 annual membership fees directly funds Scouting locally.

Pack, Troop, Team, Crew Dues

In addition to the annual membership fee most units charge weekly, monthly, or annual dues, and may conduct fundraisers throughout the year. In addition to paying the annual membership fees, these funds help pay for equipment (tents, stoves, Pinewood Derby tracks, etc.), awards, recognitions, and may cover some activity costs.

Camp & Activity Fees

Activity fees, pay the specific costs associated with individual activities, and are generally kept low to keep activities affordable for Scouts and units.

Summer camp fees pay for the cost of the summer camp program, and staff, and the year-round maintenance upkeep, and utilities for our camp properties.

Council Fundraising Efforts & Investment Income

Each year Nashua Valley Council conducts a variety of fundraising projects. These include the annual popcorn and camp card sales which units participate in, golf tournaments and other special community events, and our annual Friends of Scouting campaign. In addition the council receives investment income from our endowment, as well as several charitable bequests.

These funds raised pay for the day-to-day operation of the council. This includes:

  • Council staff - The council maintains a modest staff of 9 people who maintain registration and advancement records, manage activity and camp registrations, problem solving and conflict resolution to units, assist with volunteer recruiting, maintain and manage our camp properties.
  • Volunteer training - Most of our training opportunities for volunteers are free or very low cost. This training helps unit leaders better deliver the Scouting program in their packs, troops, teams, and crews. The council picks up the cost of training materials and facilities for these trainings.
  • Financial Aid - Nashua Valley is committed to help as many young people as possible reap the benefits of the Scouting program. Each year the council spends more than $20,000 to ensure that disadvantaged Scouts can attend summer camp and participate in other Scouting opportunities.
  • Communication - The council utilizes  a website and e-mail newsletter, as well as traditional mailings to keep our members up to date on the latest activities and Scouting news.
  • Council Service Center - Nashua Valley Council is fortunate to have a first-rate facility in Lancaster that rivals most other councils in New England. Our headquarters in Lancaster provides office and meeting space, as well as space for our local Scout Shop for uniforms, books, awards, and other supplies. However, the building has utility, maintenance, and upkeep costs associated with it.