Re: Den Dues
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 00:47:00 EST
At 10:39 AM 11/20/95 PST, Murphy Peter wrote:
>First, what is your den and pack doing with all that money?
>John, your pack charges $35 per year PLUS re-charter fee PLUS
>your den charges $18 per year PLUS you have the popcorn fund
>raiser. That seems excessive to me. Propose that your pack
>committee look into the budget plan and try to get by on less.
>I know Webelos activity pins and all those belt loops and pins
>for sports and academics are expensive, but cub Scouting should
>not be that costly.
Ok, I know I probably confused people somewhat seeing that the pack dues and
registration fees are separated for newly form dens/troops in our pack. New
dens only pay $25 for the first year in pack dues since they already paid
their national dues when they signed up. So, let's forget about those and
jump to what most Scouts pay...
Our yearly pack dues is $15 for Tiger Cubs and $35 for all returning Scouts
in a single family. So it doesn't matter if a family has 1 or 4 Scouts, they
only pay the one $35 fee. I assume they did this to promote Scouting as a
family activity and to not over burden large families who probably already
have a hard time getting by. The $35 is all they pay and it includes the
re-charter fees. As far as other pack expenses goes I assume that it is as
it is with most packs. Here are some of the things I know about...
We have an annual Blue & Gold Banquet.
The pack supplies all the cars and trophies for the annual Pinewood Derby or
all the boats and trophies for the Raingutter Regatta (which I believe they
hold in alternate years but I'm not sure).
It supplies all the badges, pins, and recognition awards.
It supplies the books and scarves presented at Crossover.
And it supplies Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Buns, Condiments, paper products and
such for 2-3 events each year.
Other than badges, pins and awards it leaves all other expenses up to the
den itself. Of course I do what I can to minimize costs and the ideas I've
gotten off the list and from others have helped immensely in keeping costs
low. The two main reasons I have for raising den dues is to pay their yearly
pack dues and to pay for or at the least subsidize some of the monthly field
trips we go on. Specifically educational places such as museums, parks
(where the rangers will give the boys a presentation on the wildlife and
vegetation) and other such places. Of course if I see the treasury getting
too large I'd lower the dues to compensate. The clincher is that out of the
6 boys in our den, two of them are from families who are having a tough time
financially. Neither of them has been able to come up with pack dues since
it was due a month ago. One of them has agreed to pay five dollars at each
meeting until they get caught up but the other has yet to come up with a
solution. I'd hate to loose these boys or have to leave them out of some
field trips due to the financial problems. For these families, I think they
could afford $2 to $3 per meeting better than trying to come up with the $35
From: John E. Campbell
Wolf Den Leader / Assistant Cub Master
Pack 608, Central Florida Council
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Automotive Electronic Accessory Specialist
(have a question? feel free to email) :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City