Cub Scout Dues
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 14:28:46 CST
I've worked with several options. My favorite is to have the pack committee
set the dues based on the pack's budget. We estimated pack and den
expenses based on our annual program plan, looked at what we had and what
we could expect from fund raising. The balance came from Cub dues. Den
leaders collected dues and turned it in to treasurer who also reimbursed for
expenses upon presentation of itemized list--we prefered receipts when they
were available. It's been several years, but we usually decided 50 cents
per week was appropriate (I'd guess $1/week now). It was frequently
suggested that Webelos should pay more since they got more awards. My
committee reasoned that if everyone paid a little extra then there wouldn't
be a burden on Webelos. It was a bit like paying in advance and reaping the
rewards by remaining active for Webelos.
Several other units I observed let den leaders set the dues. In these units
there were complaints because different dens had different levels of dues.
There was also much unevenness in program level. Generally, I would say
that these units operated more as independent dens rather than as a pack.
Just my observation but they didn't seem to retain as many cubs and often had
I remember one pack that charged $1/week dues for three meetings a month. No
dues collected at the monthly den outing. Of this, $1 went to pack and $2
was kept by den leader to cover expenses. One parent got very upset when a
month had 5 Mondays and the den leader tried to collect dues for the fifth
week. Parent said $3/month, den leader said $1/meeting except outings!
Committee supported den leader, parent got angry, cubmaster recruited for
pack committee, parent soon became treasurer and real supporter of regular
dues payments. Delinquent dues payers went to almost nothing since she took
time to call parents and explain that dues were required by pack and also to
explain what was paid for by dues. Guess it all worked out!
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