Dues & Scout Accounts
Annual Pack Membership Dues
The Cub Scouting program offers families significant value in preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As with most community-based organizations, there are fees required to provide this program to your child. Fees are paid for Scouting activities and are non-refundable. The Pack maintains a bank account at First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) with records being kept by our Pack Treasurer.
New Scout Program Fees ($25.00)
Paid online. Due at the time of registration on my.Scouting.
When enrolling in a BSA program, all new members will be charged a $25.00 processing fee. This fee is only charged once, regardless of how many times the member leaves/rejoins the organization.
Annual Program Fees ($155.00)
Paid online at my.Scouting. Due annually for each member on the joining anniversary date.
$80.00 Boy Scouts of America National Program Fee
This fee helps pay for the cost of developing program resources and liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities.
$75.00 Three Fires Council Fee
This fee covers insurance for all registered Scouting participants, district activity fees, adult volunteer leader training, rank advancement patches, and volunteer recognition programs.
$15.00 Scouts' Life Magazine (optional)
This is an optional fee to subscribe to the Boy Scouts of America publication “Scouts’ Life”, which includes special features, adventure stories, entertainment, environmental issues, history, sports, and more.
Pack Program Fees ($45.00)
Paid to Pack 317. Due annually, no later than October 31st.
$45.00 Pack Program Fee
This fee is used to cover the costs of providing program and recognitions to our Cub Scouts throughout the program year.
Your current balance is available to see in Scoutbook. Log in, select "My Dashboard", and select your child's profile.
A positive balance is the value in your Scout Account, a negative balance is the value owed to the Pack.
When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Cub Scouting delivers great value to its members:
Athletic organizations (i.e. football, cheerleading, baseball, etc) generally charge $125-$200 per season.
Instructional organizations (i.e YMCA, karate, etc) generally charge $50-$100 per month.
Our Cub Scouting program charges $165 for an entire year of participation (less than $14 each month).
Cub Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments that can be made to support youth. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.
We offer several opportunities during the year for families to help their Scout "pay their way" in the program. The single biggest opportunity is our Fall Popcorn Sale. Scouts who participate in this opportunity can offset their fees for the year:
Sell $450 in gross popcorn sales and you only owe $100 to register for the year.
Sell $2250 in gross popcorn sales and you only owe $100 for summer camp.
Gross sales over $2250 in popcorn nets your child 10% into their Scout Account with the Pack.
Cub Scout Account Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish the guidelines for maintenance of Cub Scout Accounts for Pack 317. The Cub Scout Account is defined as the individual account for each child in the Pack, funds from which are used to reimburse Scouting-related expenses for the individual child; within the guidelines of this policy the Scout's parents shall direct the activities in their own Scout Account. This policy shall set forth the rules and framework related to account funding, disbursement, and account termination. Scout Accounts and Pack 317’s General Fund are bookkeeping accounts and not separate bank accounts.
I. Establishing the account
The Cub Scout Account is established when a youth member makes a commission from either Popcorn or Treasure Bread sales. Each child shall have their own Scout Account. The Pack Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining records related to Scout Accounts. Monies in Scout Accounts shall be reported as liabilities of the Pack.
II. Account Funding
The account may be funded via proceeds from fundraising or a rollover from another unit.
The Pack Committee has set the current commission split at 60% to the Pack’s General Fund and 40% to the individual Scout Account.
Funds available from the commission of popcorn or Treasure Bread sales are only available once all popcorn or Treasure Bread money is submitted to the Pack Treasurer and deposited into the account.
Scouts that join the Pack may come from another Scouting unit with Scout Accounts. The Scout may bring funds from these accounts as provided by the policies of the previous unit. Such funds shall be deposited and credited to the Scout upon completion of their registration/transfer documents to join the Pack.
III. Account Disbursement
Funds from the Cub Scout Account may only be disbursed for the purpose of reimbursing Scouting-related expenses.
These include: Pack membership dues, Council event registration, uniforms, and/or camping supplies.
Reimbursement for Scouting-related expenses is an easy process. Simply submit the proof of purchase to the Pack Treasurer and they will issue a reimbursement check in the amount of your expense, editing your child’s Scout Account accordingly. Receipts can also be submitted to the Pack’s email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As the Pack Treasurer reimburses these expenses on behalf of the Scout, the funds are deducted from the account balance.
Council event registration, uniforms, and camping supply expenses are only reimbursable upon proof of receipt.
The Pack Committee shall have authority to make a charge against the Scout Account for Pack membership dues. The Pack Treasurer is not required to inform the Scout that such charge has been made.
A complete accounting of Scout Account activity is viewable using the "Payments Log" on a the Scoutbook profile page for each Scout. An itemized accounting is available upon request from the Pack Treasurer.
IV. Account Termination
When a Scout becomes inactive and is dropped from the Pack Charter, any remaining balance in their Scout Account will be transferred into the Pack's General Fund.
Scout Account funds cannot be transferred to another Pack or Troop and are non-refundable. There are two exceptions to this:
Funds can be transferred to a direct family member who is registered with Cub Scout Pack 317 - Plano, IL.
Funds can be transferred to a Scouts BSA Troop if your child registers with a troop under the following circumstances:
Boys: We serve as a feeder pack for Scouts BSA Troop 71 - Plano, IL, which is our nearest male Scouts BSA Troop. This is the only option available to boys transferring to the Scouts BSA program.
Girls: We serve as a feeder pack for Scouts BSA Troop 50 - Yorkville, IL, which is our nearest female Scouts BSA Troop. This is the only option available to girls transferring to the Scouts BSA program.