1. What is the cost for a new scout sign up?
The pro-rated August Boy Scouts of America (BSA) registration fees are $15. These are the dues for the rest of the current calendar year for BSA registration and a monthly subscription to Boys Life magazine. NONE of these dues stay with the pack. Checks are payable to Boy Scouts of America.
The pack dues are $180 for the school year. The majority of these dues stay with the pack and cover most of the activities for the current school year (August to July). Details of how pack dues are allocated can be found here.
2. Can I pay later?
The Boy Scouts of America registration fees of $15 are due at the time the application is turned in. Pack dues are typically collected no later than the September pack meeting.
3. When are pack dues due?
Pack dues are payable by the Sept Pack Meeting. These dues pay for the current school year (August through July) of Pack Activities and Boy Scouts of America registration for the next calendar year.
4. What do the fees and dues include?
The prorated fees to the Boy Scouts of America cover registration and Boys Life magazine through the end of the current calendar year. Details of how pack dues are allocated can be found here. At times, the pack will ask for extra money to cover activities – Blue & Gold Banquet (if it is catered), Family Campouts, etc. Our primary source of revenue is fundraising, specifically popcorn (see Q9). The more popcorn we sell at the beginning of the scouting year means the less money we’ll ask for later!
5. Why do different packs charge different dues?
Pack 353 dues are $180.00. Our dues are in the average range – dues for other packs range from $110 to $210 or more. Packs with $110 dues typically ask often for money for activities during the year – packs that have higher dues may schedule more expensive activities, fund everything, or have expenses other packs do not have (i.e. fees for facilities). Please see number 4 to see what our dues cover. Also, remember that at Pack 353, scouting is a year-round activity, not just during the school year.
6. When do den meetings start?
Den meetings will start after you are assigned to a den and two parents volunteer to be the den leader and assistant den leader. For dens that require a new leader, den meetings will start after the leader & parents decide on a meeting time. Please attend the New Parents Meeting at the Burnt Hickory Baptist Church Activities Room. New dens and leaders will have a lot of help from experienced leaders in the pack
7. How do I find out what den we are in?
Attend the New Parents Meeting at the Burnt Hickory Baptist Church Activities Room.
8. What if i want to change packs (my son’s friends are in another pack or another pack’s activities fit my schedule better)?
Easy – this is called a transfer. You will have to fill out another application and pay a $1 transfer fee. The $1 fee is covered by Pack 353 if a boy is transferring in from another pack.
9. Besides dues, where does the money for Cub Scouting come from?
Money for Cub Scouting comes from only two sources, the dues we charge per scout, and fund raising. Boy Scouts of America does not provide funding for the pack and all leaders are parent volunteers! Fundraising for our pack is accomplished by selling popcorn, much in the way cookies fund Girl Scouts. The more popcorn each boy sells the more money is available for fun activities! Our pack Treasurer (another parent volunteer) maintains a budget for the pack which includes how money is allocated from the dues and popcorn sales. If you would like to see a detailed copy of this budget, we will be happy to provide it to you. Please contact our Pack Treasurer for details.