5. Getting Started
When is a good time to get started?
Like most Cub Scout Packs, we go year-round. We usually start at the beginning of the school year, but a scout can join anytime. Just contact our Cubmaster to arrange a visit to one of our upcoming activities.
If you have an interest in learning more about our Pack, if you have questions, or if you are ready to get started, please click here and fill out our website form. It only takes a minute and we will contact you shortly.
When do we meet?
Pack Meetings are when all of our scouts, 1st-5th grade, get together in the same place. Ranks and Achievements are awarded at this time. Pack 693 generally meets every 3rd Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm @ Charlie McKamy Elementary School.
Den Meetings are when just one age group meets - with the Den Leader. Dens generally meet 2-3 times per month. Your den leader can provide you additional information on meeting dates, times, and activities.
To verify meeting times, you can check the calendar here.
What is the Cost of Joining?
Registration / Application Fee: $24 annually or $36 with Boy's Life Subscription (pro-rated depending on which month you join). Scouting is actually quite reasonable considering all that your son will be doing throughout the year. Don't let the cost get in the way of your decision.
Pack Dues: These are paid to the pack to cover the costs of awards and our local pack expenses including materials and equipment. For 2017-208 Annual Dues are $175, either paid in full at our September Pack Meeting or in two installments at our September and October Pack Meeting. The Pack fee can be offset by selling popcorn (one of our 2 annual fundraisers)
Individual Activity Charges: Paid on an event by event basis. Many of our activities are free, and most of our paid activities qualify for group or reduced admission so there is a savings vs. paying for these events individually. A typical campout costs approx. $10-$20 per person, which covers your campsite (if not camping at Circle 10 Camps) and your food for the weekend.
Scouting Uniform: Scout uniforms can vary. You can get a good idea of the prices by going to www.scoutstuff.org. Remember that the shirt is good for several years, so uniform costs do go down as you move through the ranks. Save your receipts for tax purposes. Most of your scouting expenses are tax deductible.A complete new scouting uniform costs approximately $100.00. Many families will start off with just the book, the shirt with patches, and neckerchief, then add other pieces as they are able. As your scout advances through rank books are usually awarded for the next rank at time of "Crossover".
You can purchase uniforms from the local Scout Shop.
Circle 10 Council Scout Shop- Dallas
8605 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
Fax: (214) 902-2016
Mon. - Fri.: 9 AM to 6 PM
Thurs.: 9 AM to 7 PM
Sat.: 10 AM to 4 PM
Class B Shirts: For many of our events when a full uniform isn't practical, but we still want to be identified as cub scouts, we encourage the boys to wear “class B” or "activity" scout t-shirts with their uniform pants/shorts and socks. It is basically a t-shirt with our Pack Logo and Pack# displayed We have these shirts available for purchase for $10 each in children and adult sizes.
The Best News: We will participate in several fundraisers throughout the year. When we achieve our goals, it offsets some of our other expenses to help keep scouting affordable. Proceeds from our fundraisers can be used to offset pack dues, recharter, and some summertime activities. We strive to set the example of being "Thrifty" when planning our events, so our costs are kept reasonable.
We don't want money to be a barrier to scouting. There are various scholarships available to help you offset the costs of Scouting. Please talk to our Committee Chair if you are in need of assistance. This information is kept confidential between only the Committee Chair, Treasurer, and the Parent.