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Dues and Finances

Dues are $150 per Scout per year. This covers the cost of registering each Scout, mailings, awards, and a subscription to Boy’s Life.

Dues are paid annually in January upon receipt of a statement sent by the Troop, to cover a period from January through December. For Cub Scouts joining in the spring, and for new Scouts joining in the Fall, the cost is $50 through December.

Scouts will be charged for camp outs. The usual fee typically varies from $25-$60. This goes toward the cost of the meals, transportation, and camp fees. Meals are budgeted at $2.50 per Scout per meal, and the remaining charges cover camp reservations, supplies, and other incidental expenses. Higher amounts are charged for camp outs with higher than usual expenses, e.g., canoe trips and skiing.

The dues do not completely cover the cost of running the Troop, which is now about $900 per Scout per year, exclusive of summer camp (approx. $225/week). The difference is made up by having a fundraiser each year and charging fees for events. This keeps the dues low and gives the Scout a major responsibility for funding their own activities.

The fundraiser is typically a Popcorn and Wreath sale held in October and November. Each Scout is expected to sell a minimum of 20 wreaths and/or 20 cans of popcorn to gross at least $500 to assist in funding the operation of the Troop. Scouts are offered a commission based on their sales which is deposited into a Scout Account. This is an excellent way for Scouts to earn money for Scouting events, including summer camp.

The scout may use the funds in his Scout Account for any troop or BSA related event. The Treasurer will regularly send out statements to the families to let them know what funds are in the Scout's Account. Any funds which remain after the scout leaves the troop will be donated to the Troop, unless the Scout leaves to join another Troop or Crew.

Special Fundraisers such as Auctions, Dinners, candy and gift sales are added in the years when we plan to attend a Jamboree in England or the USA, and for long-term or High Adventure trips such as Philmont, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and Dogsledding.