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Rechartering Information

Our Pack "recharters" every year in November.  Membership with the BSA is on a calendar year basis, so even though the program year runs June-May, your membership runs January-December.  If you joined the Pack through a School Night Roundup in September, you probably paid $8 to get you through the rest of the calendar year.  That $8 covered your BSA Membership for the months of September-December, and you didn't pay Pack Dues.  Now it's recharter time, and you get to make the decision whether Scouting is a good fit for you and your family.  If you're having a great time, then you'll recharter, pay a full year of BSA Dues and Pack Dues, and you're good to go for another year!  If Scouting isn't working out for you, then let Pack leadership know you will not be rechartering, and we'll take you off the email lists. 

Rechartering can be a little bit confusing for new families, so we'll try to address common questions here as they come up.  If you don't find an answer you need, post a question in the comments below, or email membership@pack553.net and we'll do our best to provide an answer.  As always, thank you for your support of our Pack!

Rechartering Questions:

Q:  How much do I have to pay?

A:  For each Scout registered with the Pack, you pay BSA Yearly Dues of $24 plus Pack Yearly Dues of $40, for a total of $64.  If you subscribe to Boys' Life Magazine, you pay $12 for the year, which brings your total to $76.  This covers your enrollment from Jan 1 - Dec 31 of the upcoming calendar year.

Q:  Why do I pay Pack Dues?

A:  Pack Dues help to offset the money spent on your Scout during the program year.  The Pack Dues pay about half the cost per Scout per year, and the remainder of the funds spent are raised by popcorn sales.  If we sell a lot of popcorn, dues stay low.  If popcorn sales drop, dues go up.  

Q:  What do Pack Dues cover, anyway?

A:  Each year, the Pack spends about $80 per Scout over the course of the program year.  The majority of the Pack Dues pay for the new handbook and scarf your Scout receives at graduation each year, plus all the belt loops, patches, and awards earned during the program year.  The Pack also spends money on monthly Pack Meetings, upkeep for the Scout Trailer and camping gear, special events and activities, Derby kits, training for Adult Leaders, etc.  Pack Dues cover about half the cost per Scout per year, and the other half is earned by selling popcorn.

Q:  How does our Pack keep their dues so low?

A:  Our Pack strongly believes that Scouting is an excellent value for the cost, and we work hard to be fiscally responsible with the Pack's money.  We also believe that Scouting should not be a financial hardship for anyone.  To that end, we dedicate a lot of time and energy to making our fundraising period a very successful one.  We sell as much popcorn as we can so that the community can subsidize the costs of our Scouting program, rather than expecting our Pack's families to pay dues of $100 or more, or reducing the quality of our program.  To sum it up, the more popcorn we sell, the lower our Dues are, and the quality of our program stays high.

Q:  I want my child to continue with Scouting, but we are experiencing financial hardship.  Is there any help available?

A:  The BSA does provide need-based scholarships for Scouts.  If financial concerns are keeping you from rechartering your Scout, please email cubmaster@pack553.net for assistance.  Your privacy is very important to us and we will never disclose any sensitive information.

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