Now that Pinewood Derby has been completed and the spring campout paid, I wanted to take a moment and discuss something nobody likes talking about and that's money. At the beginning of each school year we collect for multiple things including pack dues, national dues, Boy's Life / Scout's Life, and tshirts. The national dues are held and used in December when we recharter the pack. That's a yearly process to add/remove Scouts and leaders from our roster and pay for their national registrations for the next calendar year. When we set the national dues to collect over the summer of 2019 we didn't know about the national dues increase that was to be released in October.
National dues are now $60 per year per scout.
Sam Houston Area Council includes an insurance fee per scout at time of recharter, this is $3 per scout.
Our pack dues are $74 per scout for the school year.
The new 2019-2020 dues total payment should have been: $137 per scout.
Many of you paid $100 per scout, hence the $37 difference that we're asking for in the spring.
We need these additional fees paid by May 1 in order to guarantee we have enough funds to purchase rank awards for the bridging ceremony and keep the pack in good financial shape. Check and see if your company does donation matching or offers something like volunteer/ service hour payment.
If you are new to scouting and paid online at beascout.org when you registered, that had you pay your registration fee for the remainder of 2019 and none of 2020. There is a box to check on the 2020 spring dues product page to make up that difference.