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So What Does Cub Scouts Cost?

updated 8/29/18:
There are a few levels of monetary costs for Cub Scouts, plus some time investment.
1) National & Council dues ($48 /year) and Boy's Life Magazine ($12/year)
2) Pack dues (You and your scout's fundraising time - a few hours, 2-3 times a year) 
3) Uniform, T-shirts, patches, and books  ($50-$140 per scout)
4) Some Event fees (depending on the event but the good theme weekends are $22 a person, for family members too, but usually worth it) 
5) Camping and outdoor gear costs.  ($100 to $1,000 per family)    
6) Your time - the most important investment. 

1)  National and Council dues:  The BSA dues (just to be a member) are now $48 a year.  It was $24 in 2017, so we volunteer leaders are not fans as we have to pay this too.  This cost is prorated for new scouts and leaders joining in August $20 or Sept $16.  Scouting does have financial aid from charitable groups that can cover dues, so please just let us know and we'll discuss privately.   We all want as many kids involved in scouting and Pack 137 will never turn away a family.  Boys Life Magazine (geared toward the boys) isalso strongly recommended, but perhaps not until are in 4th or 5thgrade due the reading level. 

2)  Pack Dues:  Pack 137 is very proud not to charge pack dues.  We cover our pack costs through fundraising, which is also a good learning experience for our scouts.  Budget wise, our Pack of about 25 scouts, costs include advancement/awards at about $3k-$4k/ year, camping & location rentals at ~$500/ year), food at ~$1k+/ year), and pinewood & regatta kits & trophies at ~$750/ year).  
• Our fundraising events are popcorn sales in the fall, Cracker Christmas craft sales in Dec, and then Camp Card Sales in the spring. We ask that each scout contribute 8 hours minimum to these events per years.   Many of of our scouts do 20 hours or more because there are other incentives. 

3)  Uniform, T-shirt, Patches, & books:  Our minimum "Class A" uniform is the blue shirt for grade K - 3 and the then khaki scout shirt for 4th and 5th grade. New with patches this runs about $45 at the scout stores.  We do have some smaller blue donation shirts from 3rd graders graduating to Webelos, so just ask and we may be able to fit you for a cheaper $10 donation fee.   
• The scouts will also need our pack t-shirt or two or three, which we get for youth and adults at a bargain for $5 each.  
• Then there is the official rank advancement book for each grade at $10 each and very much a scouting tradition.   They are extremely good guide books for their age group, and often collectibles in about 50 years, but I'll be honest and say they're very big, a little over onto our kids' reading levels, and not a hard requirement for rank advancement.   

4)  Other/Optional Event feesPack 137 is planning many events over the year, but at least 5 of them will have some out of pocket costs that we just can't cover with our fundraising. 
• Cub Halloween in late October - don't miss - awesome (usually $22 a person)  
• Tipisa Native American Weekend in Early Feb - also a don't miss (usually $22 a person), 
• War Bird airshow (Titusville) in March ($5 kids $20 adults), 
• Central Florida Zoo Camping in April ($?), 
• Our long range goal for the Charleston SC Aircraft Carrier Camping in May ($100 a person - 2 nights with meals plus some travel costs)

5)  Camping and outdoor gear costs:  In Cub Scouts we do family camping and hikes.  Overnight events are not required for advancement until the 4th and 5th grade ranks, but getting outdoors overnight is at the core of scouting and as a parent your required to be with your scout at all events.  If you're not familiar with camping, don't worry, you're in very experienced and frugal company.  Bare minimum is a tent and camp chairs, which you can do for 4 people for less than $100 but you'll eventually spend more.  

6)  Most Importantly, we need you and your time:  Every leader you meet is just a parent of a scout in the pack.  We're all volunteer and only a Cub Scout leader for a few years before we graduate with our scouts to Boy Scouts, so we need you.  With a super cool khaki shirt and several hours a week, you can be the oh-so un-cool parent your kid secretly looks up to.  Think about what your leadership example, especially in front of their friends, means to them in a few years when they're becoming an adults themselves