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How much does it cost to be a member of Troop 470?  Below are the costs as they apply for 2011.  We have tried to keep them as low as possible.  The fees are a little less than the Troop actually pays out for your son's participation.  (Actually, the fees we charge are a little less than we spend, per average, for one boy's patches and awards over the course of a year.)

New equipment for the Troop, maintenance of existing equipment, and other Troop expenses are covered through our one fund-raising activity: The semi-annual yard sale.

What Does It Cost -- The Simple Version

  • BSA Fees: $16/year including insurance; only $1 for the current year if you transfer from another Pack or Troop; $15 of the $16 is pro-rated
  • Troop Fees: $2.50/month.  Paid pro-rated when you join, and $30 annually when we recharter in December.
  • Boy's Life Magazine (optional, but recommended): $12 per year, pro-rated

The total annual cost when you recharter in December is therefore $46 without Boy's Life, or $58 with Boy's Life.  That is actually about three dollars less than the Troop pays out per boy in direct expenses each year.

What Does It Cost -- Extended Edition

In addition to the BSA and Troop fees, there are required items your son will need in order to participate in the Troop, and other items that will be needed for specific activities.  Except for the class A uniform, we have all the other required for sale at cost in the Troop. When your son joins, you will need to pick up whatever items he does not already have.  The packet includes the spiral-bound Boy Scout handbook, the neckerchief and slide, and all the loops, patches, and crests required for the uniform in the Troop.  If he needs everything, the packet costs $40, which is less than the Troop pays for it.

What's the Bottom Line?  Can you just tell me what I owe?

Yes.  Click here to go to a page that will give you the exact cost for your situation.

Please note that the uniform shirt, pants, belt, and socks are still needed.  There are also T-shirts printed for the Troop, which we sell at cost as boys need them.  (We call the traditional uniform the "Class A" uniform, and the T-shirt the "Class B" uniform.)  The logo on those Class B shirts, by the way, was designed for the Troop by Chris D'Aquino, one of our Scouts.

How about Summer Camp and Campouts?

When the Troop goes to summer camp, each boy pays the actual registration costs for summer camp.  The Troop typically does three summer camp experiences every summer, including at least one high adventure activity, and at least one traditional Boy Scout summer camp.  The costs for these vary greatly, and financial aid is available.

Weekend campouts usually have a fee attached of $20 or $25, almost all of which is spent by the boys in buying their food for the weekend.  (The rest goes to paying transportation costs and campsite registration fees.)

Weekend Backpacking Trips are much less expensive in terms of what the Troop collects -- usually either $5 or nothing, depending on where we are going.  Each boy buys his own backpacking food, however, and the costs for that frequently runs to $15 or $20 for one boy for a weekend.  (With careful planning, a boy can eat very well for a weekend backpacking trip for under $5, but it does take planning.)

National high adventure camps are quite a bit more expensive, and they are typically planned two to three years in advance.

Troop-organized high adventure trips are far less expensive, as a rule, but they don't have all the planned activities that organized camps have.

What happens to the money raised at the yard sales?

Some of it goes to pay for fixed fees for the Troop, such as banking and software fees, trailer registration and taxes, and so on.  Some of it goes to make up the difference between what we charge families for uniform parts and Troop Fees, and what those things actually cost us.  Some of it is set aside for "Scoutership" money for families in difficulty who are not able to pay the full Troop fees. Some gets set aside for purchasing and maintaining the equipment of the Troop, which includes three trailers, a couple of dozen tents, and lots of other expensive gear.

The rest is set aside for the Scouts to use in a high adventure activity the following year.  They can spend the whole thing every year, to reduce the cost of a national high adventure base, or they can save it up for two or three years to do something they could not otherwise do.

What if I can't afford it?

We do not want any boy to be unable to participate in Scouting due to financial situation.  Talk to the Scoutmaster privately about what is available to help pay for the costs of Scouting.

We also maintain a collection of hand-me-down uniforms, hiking boots, and backpacks, which you are welcome to use.  We only ask that, should your son outgrow what you use instead of wearing it out, that you return it for other boys to use in the future.

While there is no set policy on it, the Troop typically will offer a campership to help offset the cost of a high adventure once during a boy's scouting career, to help ensure that each boy has at least one chance to experience a high adventure scouting opportunity.