Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts?

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Registered: 08-14-2005
Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts?
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Tue, 08-23-2011 - 10:03am

Good morning!

I was wondering if any of you have any experience with the Scouts.

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 10:48am

I don't have too much experience with scouts.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 11:17am
My two older boys are involved in Scouts and my DH is the Cubmaster so we've had a bunch of experience in this area. :) Jacob, my oldest, has been in scouts since 1st grade. Cooper, my middle guy, just started last year. They both just love it! It has been a really great experience all around and they've learned a lot. I love the volunteer opportunities they've had (scouting for food, bell ringing at Christmas, donating to shelters). It has also been great to see them work hard for something and to see how excited they get when they earn badges and awards. I really can't say enough good things about the program. If you have any questions, let me know!

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Registered: 08-14-2005
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 11:30am
I actually have a lot of questions! :)
How much do the fees run for joining?
How much are uniforms/books/etc for a 2nd grader (approx.)?
How often do they meet?
All of the ones in my area are at churches...is there any affiliation with that church usually or is that just the meeting place?
My boys' dad is my ex, not my DH...I know that Scouting involves a lot of family-oriented stuff....be honest here, do you think that will make things strange and difficult to deal with? We have a very rocky relationship...fine one day, horrible the next. How do you think they'd feel about step-parents being involved?
There are 6 different troops in my town..how the heck do I choose?

I think that's all for now. :)
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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 12:08pm
How much do the fees run for joining?

This varies from pack to pack. The actual fees are about $25 per calendar year but our pack charges $65. They chose to have higher fees with less fundraisers and the extra money covers all the patches and awards for the year.

How much are the uniforms/books/etc for a 2nd grader (approx)?-

I would say that if you bought everything brand new, it would cost about $50. Keep in mind that they will wear the shirt for several years so you usually buy them a size or two larger than what they wear now. After the first year of scouts, all that needs to be purchased is a book and a new neckerchief and slide (and that would be about $20). Check around to see if your area has a used scout store. That's where we buy the boys' uniform items and we save at least 50-75% by getting them there.

How often do they meet?

Again, this varies by pack. Our pack meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm. They also have several weekend activities throughout the year.

All of the ones in my area are at churches...

We go to one at a church too but we are not members of the church. The church "sponsors' the pack by allowing them to use the building, but that is as far as their involvement goes.

Step-parents-

Not even an issue. In our pack there are single moms, married parents, dating parents, divorced parents, etc. It isn't even given a second thought. :)

There are 6 different troups in my town... how the heck do I choose?

Usually each pack is assigned specific schools... so you would go to the pack attached to your school. I would suggest calling the local scout office and they will tell you what pack your son would belong to.


Hope that helps but let me know if you have any other questions!

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Registered: 08-14-2005
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 1:23pm
Thank you! Lots of positive feedback!
Do they HAVE to go to the one nearest their school? My ex and I live about 13 miles from each other and share custody of the boys. I'd prefer to find a pack that meets on a night I have Sean so I could take him. Weekend activities could be worked out between the 2 of us. Should I just call the local office and discuss this with them?
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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 10:11am
I'm sure they don't HAVE to go to the one nearest their school. I'm sure they make exceptions all the time. I'd just call and ask what packs meet on whatever night of the week you would like to take him and I'm sure they'll be able to help you out. It has been my experience that they are really easy to work with so I'm sure you won't run into many issues. :)

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Registered: 02-22-2004
Wed, 08-31-2011 - 3:46pm

Heather, I just wanted to echo what Kristy had to say as far as our Scouting experiences.


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Registered: 01-06-2002
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 10:51pm

Hello Heather,

I felt I just had to chip in. Not because I have any knowledge specific to your question

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