What does it Cost to Belong to Pack 91?
Many people describe the scouting experience as "priceless." As with all worthwhile activities,
it takes money to make the whole program work. There are many groups of people who pay for scouting. Scouts, parents, packs,
communities, Councils, and National all contribute to a full program.
What does it cost the scout and parent?
Scouting believes that a scout should be encouraged to pay for as much of his scouting experience as he is able to, based on his age and maturity. This is why the program incorporates fund raising opportunities into the program year. By participating in popcorn or coupon book sales, a scout can raise the money needed to pay his portion of the costs. Yes, this means parents need to assist in another fund raising event. By sharing with your Cub Scout that they are doing this to pay for something they want to do, the parent is teaching the scout to be responsible for their own expenses. This can be an important learning opportunity.
Parents or guardians will be asked to provide the expenses for their scouts activities as they are involved. In this way, the family of an active scout will have a cost representative to his high activity. A family with a less active scout will find a lower expense. Personal need items such as a uniform shirt or back pack will fall to the family. Costs for all other activities will be explained as they are approaching.
What does it cost the pack?
It is at the pack level that most costs occur and are controlled. By being involved in the pack leadership, every parent can help decide how the expenses of scouting are going to be handled. Every pack makes different decisions from other packs, and every pack makes different decisions every year.
What does it cost at the pack level for a boy to do EVERYTHING possible in scouting? It varies from year to year. But here is an example of costs for the 2012-2013 year. What Does It Cost?
What does it cost the community?
Community organizations all over the nation sponsor packs. The Bennett Community Organization sponsors and controls Pack 91. They have certain organizational expenses which they incur to provide this program to the boys in their community. By being active in the BCO, you can help the youth they serve get the most from the Cub Scout program.
What does it cost the Council?
The Council is the next level of scouting over the pack. Our Council is the Longs Peak Council. This Council ties together packs from Boulder to Scotsbluff, Sterling to Newcastle. The Council provides professional support, camps, stores, and training to leaders, to name a few. Each year the Council spends about $195 per scout to complete their support of scouting.
The Council raises their money from fees for programs, donations from corporations, United Way, Popcorn Sales, and support from families involved in scouting. Once each year, Pack 91 will hold a Friends of Scouting campaign to allow you the opportunity to help the Council support your son in Cub Scouts.
What does it cost National BSA?
National BSA spends its resources on developing the entire Scout program. Literature, handbooks, training, forms, liability, and advertising are just a few of the areas National invests in the Cub Scout program. Its funds are raised by the $15 annual dues, $12 annual Boys Life subscription, and by many donations and endowments from all across the nation.