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Welcome Back to Another Year of Scouting
September has been a busy month. We're selling popcorn, we visited the USCGC Eagle, and everyone has had at least one den meeting. We had a blast at our Pack Meeting. Mr. Tynch introduced a new format for the Pack Meeting. The parents had a chance to meet in a separate room and get some coffee while the scouts played games and participated at stations.
Guns and Grilling at Pipsico served as the Pack family camping. The boys rotated through 6 stations of marksmanship. They were introduced to field archery. It was a pleasant change to do archery by the lake and BB shooting at the campfire ring. Siblings and parents explored the camp and saw the Pipsico tree.
National BSA Suddenly Increases Membership Fees
The National BSA surprised councils and units across the land by suddenly increasing membership dues. The fee, which had been $15 annually since 2010, increased to $24 which is a 60% jump. This sudden inflation caught everyone by surprise and caused packs to recalculate and adjust their budgets this month. [Read "Bryan on Scouting" article. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/09/03/bsa-membership-fee-increased-to-24-what-does-your-24-get-you/ This article is the way most scout leaders found out about this increase, and we were shocked!]
After careful consideration and debate at two long committee meetings regarding the national fee increase, Pack 212 will increase it's dues to $85 this year. The increase at the pack level only PARTIALLY covers the national increase as well as the loss of the $2 discount in insurance premium for each scout and adult leader, including Tiger Partners. In December, when we recharter the pack, we will be paying about $1700 more than we did last year. Even with a $15 increase, we will be short approximately $6 per scout. We will have to rely on fundraising to keep costs low.
The combination of dues and fundraising efforts pay for the above-mentioned national fees, BSA insurance ($5 annually), adult leader registrations including Tiger Partners, achievements and awards, derby kits, and a multitude of program costs. Because Pack 212 is a very active pack, our scouts earn more awards and do more activities than the average unit. We are proud to provide a vibrant scouting program while trying to keep costs reasonable. Therefore, we may need to do more fundraising to support future awards and presentations, such as new neckerchief and books in May.