Individual Youth Accounts

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In one weekend of Popcorn sales or other Fundraising, a Cub Scout or Boy Scout
can earn enough in his Individual Youth Account for a year of FUN!
Scouts learn personal management not by lectures but through life experiences.


You can print the one-page flier Individual Youth Accounts for parents and leaders.

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Individual Accounts
The BSA suggests that a Scout's earnings be applied first to his annual costs with remaining money going into the Scout's Individual Youth Account. Some units instead take the boy's earnings and divide them up.
Paying your own way is a fundamental principle of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the reasons why no solicitations (requests for contributions from individuals or the community) are permitted by units. Young people in Scouting are taught early on that if they want something in life, they need to earn it. The finance plan of any unit should include participation by the Scouts.
Annual Budget Plan

Individual Accounts are bookkeeping accounts, not separate bank accounts. Units "..using this method have traditionally had stronger programs with less turnover of youth..." - .scouting.org

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Benefits of Individual Youth Accounts

There are many benefits in using the BSA Individual Youth Accounts program:

  1. Scouts learn self-reliance - success come from from your own hard work, not from taking from others.
  2. Scouts learn to plan for financial goals such as summer camp, trips, equipment, and uniforms.
  3. Scouts learn life skills of personal management through life experiences not lectures.
  4. A Scout is more likely to attend if he paid for the event through his own work.
  5. A Scout is more likely to stay in Scouts if he has earned the funds he needs for the activities he wants to do.

Basic Expenses

In one weekend of Popcorn sales or other Fundraising, a Scout can earn enough in his Individual Account to pay for a year's worth of adventures:

Basic Costs
  • Registration: $10 to the National Council.
  • Boys' Life: $12 magazine subscription.
  • Accident Insurance is just a few dollars per Scout and protects you from medical bills from an accident in Scouting.
  • Program Materials: includes books and supplies, flags, camping equipment, and more.
  • Advancement: costs include awards, ranks, patches, and more.
Activity Costs

Importance to Packs

Packs using this method have traditionally had stronger programs with less turnover of youth (Cub Scouts are retained). Individual Cub Scout accounts, whereby the pack keeps track of how much a Cub Scout or his family has raised toward his "ideal year of Cub Scouting" goal, are critical to the success of this program. When individual Cub Scouts are credited for their efforts, they develop a sense of personal responsibility and participation.
Annual Pack Budget Plan

Importance to Webelos

Individual Youth Accounts are critical for Webelos Scouts to crossover into Boy Scouts. A boy who has learned to work towards his goals will be able to participate in more activities and is more likely to stay in. Plus many Webelos Scouts have earnings to take with them to Boy Scouts for new uniforms, equipment, and Boy Scout Summer Camp. Packs send the boy on not just with money, but with personal management skills.

Importance to Boy Scouts

There is so much more a Boy Scout can do. You will need backpacks and equipment and merit badge books. Your activities are better now: Climbing, Hiking, Canoeing, and so much more. Summer Camp adds Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Snorkeling, and Wilderness Survival. The bigger the fun, the bigger the price, and the more important Individual Accounts become. Scouts who learn self-reliance will go far.

Participation Fees Do Little to Teach Responsibility

An annual unit participation fee, too often completely contributed by parents, does little to teach a boy responsibility. The unit's entire budget must be provided for by the families, either through fund-raising or other means such as dues or fees.
Annual Budget Plan

A Scout is Thrifty

A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
Scout Law
Men who were Scouts credit Scouting with helping them be more financially responsible.
The Value of Scouting Harris Survey

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