ABOUT DUES AND program fees

The troop collects up to three different payments for dues or program fees, depending on the age and unit of the Trailman. These are as follows:

  • Troop Dues - local troop dues are $58 per Trailman. These dues cover an annual assessment of $20 per Trailman that the local troop must pay to the national office, as well as the cost of various awards and achievements the boys may earn during the year.

  • Troop Standard - the troop standard is an ornamental walking stick that is used by the Trailmen in the Navigator and Adventurer units to display their achievements. This is a one time purchase made when your Trailman joins one of these units. The cost of the troop standard is $47.

  • Trailman’s Handbook - the Trailman’s handbook is for Trailmen in the Navigator and Adventurer units. This handbook contains a wealth of information about the program and the advancement requirements. It is also used to keep track of the trail badge and advancement work the boys complete as the program progresses. All Trailmen are required to have a handbook. The cost of the handbook is $17.50. Note: Trail Life published a new version of the handbook in summer 2019. Boys who will complete the program, or attain the coveted Freedom Rangeman Award by May 2020, may follow the requirements outlined in the prior Trailman’s handbook. Anyone else not meeting these requirements must purchase a new handbook.


Troop MS-1031 uses an online payment collection platform (CheddarUp) for collection of dues, program, and activity assessments. All collections are handled through this platform; therefore, we do not take cash or checks for these items.The link below will take you to our dues collection site. Please note these important instructions before going to the payment site:

  • The link below will redirect you to the collection site at CheddarUp.com.

  • You will have an option to select from three different items to add to your shopping cart. Everyone should pay dues, but only Navigator and Adventurer Trailmen who require a standard or handbook will need to purchase those items.

  • There is an information form to complete when purchasing your items which will allow you to indicate the name of the Trailman for whom you are purchasing. You MUST complete a separate transaction and form for each Trailmen. This requires you to complete the form, add items to your cart, and checkout and pay once for each Trailman you have in the program. This ensures that we are able to track each collection.

  • If you don’t already have a CheddarUp account, you will be given the opportunity to create an account so that your payment information will be saved. Creating an account will keep you from having to re-enter your payment information each time you come back to pay a fee (i.e., for additional Trailmen, camp outs, etc.). You will always have control of what and when you pay. We do not have the ability, and therefore will never, automatically charge fees or assessments to your credit card.

 
Pay with Cheddar Up