Costs & Fundraising

Unfortunately like every youth activity or organization there are the associated costs of memberships and operations.  While we are going to do everything we can keep these 
costs to a minimum there will be some costs that are out of our control.

Some of the annual costs are:
-Annual BSA scout and parent memberships.
-Annual unit charter fees.
-Required uniforms and materials.
-Special pack activities and trips.
-Craft and/or activity kits.
-Annual Friends of Scouting campaign.
                    
 




ANNUAL COSTS
Upon joining our pack there are two fees we must collect.  #1 $50.00 goes towards the national fees for membership of the youth scout and registered parent partner, committee member, or adult leader, see note below.   #2 $50.00 for pack membership which covers pack expenses like craft supplies and most importantly all the awards your scout will earn.   Each year as our annual charter is up for renewal by December 31st and we will again collect $100 from each family which must be paid by January 31st regardless of the month that you joined in.  *Joining after October 1st and/or being a parent of multiple scouts may result in a reduced annual fee.

NOTE: beginning in 2018 national membership fees have increased again, now to $57 per scout and $45 per adult  ($102) and at present the pack is covering the difference through popcorn sales, however this fee will probably be increased starting in 2019.

Webelos Scouts (4th & 5th grades) the annual pack membership fee has increased to $75.  This decision was made because this program offers a scout the ability to earn many more costly awards, for example the 27 activity pins at $2.49ea ($67+tax).
 
At each meeting, there are dues that your son must pay!  Upon entering the meeting room each scout is expected to sign in on the attendance sheet next to their name and then deposit their meeting dues which is fifty cents.  For more information on scout dues click here: Monthly Dues

There are field trips each year which many are free.  Where there is a cost involved, registered scouts and leaders with our pack are usually covered.  Parent participation is required and there will be an additional fee, and in some instances where siblings are allowed this fee is additional too.  
Example: One trip the scouts rode Caltrain to the railroad museum, once there we had pizza party.  The train fare and dinner costs are covered by the pack through monies raised selling popcorn.  Parents were required to attend and there was a fee for their train ticket and pizza and some sibling also attended and paid the same fee of  around $15.
 
FUNDRAISING
The only way we can manage to keep the annual pack membership and operating costs down is through fundraising.

Mid August thru late October: Our annual fall fundraiser is selling yummy Trails-End popcorn.  All scout families are expected and required to sell popcorn.   Each scout is required to fulfill the required booth sales shifts and sell the entire contents of their sales kit.  Individual sales is normally achieved through walking door-to-door, or going to a parents work, or selling via your social media platforms.  Scouts can team up and walk a neighborhood or attend a local event at a park and sell from a wagon.  Our booth sales in front of our local Smart & Final grocery store in the money maker!   Parents taking the sales flyer to work is a selling helper too.  Posting the flyer on your social media accounts like Facebook or emailing family and friends.  Top sellers are awarded prizes, gift cards and more from both the pack, our council and Trails-End.

In 2011 our pack implemented a new pack wide sales method called the "sales kit".  This method has proved very successful and it takes the pack sales goal and divides it evenly between all scouts.  Each boy is provided a salesman's kit consisting of one of every ready-to-eat and microwave flavor of popcorn which is usually 10-15 items and each boy/family is expected to sell everything in the kit and return the proceeds (and tips) to the popcorn sales coordinator, no popcorn from the kit comes back each family is expected to resell it or they bought it..  Then for scouts that sell above and beyond the items in the kit (which is really easy to do) they are acknowledged each year with a top sellers awards night at our pack meeting.  It is understood that some boys will sell more than others and that is okay, so using the basic sales kit and minimum booth shift requirement, together everyone as a team will have an equal share in obtaining our sales goal.

In 2017 we are hosting Booth Sales every Saturday for  9-10 weekends from 10am to 3pm where each scout (tiger through webelos) is required to work 3-4 shifts, two scouts per shift minimum plus one uniformed leader and the parents of the scouts are required to be there as well  A shift is either 10:00am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-3:00pm and every scout with a parent must work so that everyone helps as a team reach our sales goal.  Years past showed this was successful and helped make up for loss in individual sales.

We are always willing to try new fundraising ideas if you are willing to coordinate them, so please share them with the Cubmaster.