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2020 Recharter Information

Posted on Nov 9 2019 - 10:30pm

It is time for the 2020 Pack Recharter. BSA Recharter is the process of renewing the chapter that allows our Cub Scout Pack to serve kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade. In order to recharter, each Scout family must pay their annual dues.  You may have received an email notice from the Orange County Council on the new fees. Recharter Fees are payable by check at the November 18, 2019 Pack Meeting. Checks should be made payable to Pack 623. The Pack will need to be rechartered by December 1st.

Recharter Fees for 2020 will be $175, of which $144 will be sent to National BSA or the Orange County Council and $31 will remain in the Pack to cover the approximately $150 per Scout Budget. The difference is covered by fundraising efforts, voluntarily fundraising opt out donations and reserves. 




National BSA Registration Fee  $ 60 $ 33
Orange County Program Fee $ 60 $ 0
Orange County Insurance Fee $ 12 $ 12
Boys' Life Magazine $ 12 $ 12
Amount we send to Directly BSA:    $ 144 $ 57
Pack 623 Dues $ 31 $ 28
Total $175 $ 85








What are the Pack 623 dues?

As you see above, the only money that remains within our Pack is $31, the rest is paid to Orange County BSA.  The Pack Budget is approximately $150 per scout to cover adventure belt loops, rank patch, other event patches and awards such as service projects, Pinewood Derby and Space Derby, neckerchief at graduation, leader’s fees, campouts, Blue and Gold Celebration, pack meetings costs and miscellaneous administration costs such as the Pack website. We have been fortunate to not have been paying facility rental charges to SVUSD the past two years, which is not included in this $150 amount. 

Many other Pack recharter fees in the area were already $125 to $150 prior to the new increase.  Here's a look at how we fund the pack:

Pack Dues $31
Popcorn Fundraising Profit (Based on requested $250 in sales) $85
Evergreen Fundraising Profit (Based on requested 7 Items in sales) $35
     Individual Scout annual contribution $151


Is Scouting a Still a Good Value?

While this is a significant increase, it is comparable with other youth organization fees.  Think of the amount for a sports season or extra curricular class that only lasts for a few months. These fees are for the whole year.  And research has shown that Scouting Works! Check out this video

The Pack Committee recognizes the increase is significant and may not be anticipated in many families' budgets on such short notice. If a payment plan for the $175 Recharter fee would ease the financial burden, please contact Kevin Shirah or Cynthia Adame to arrange. 


Where can I get more information?

Here are the FAQ's from Orange County Council on the fee increase and new program fee.

Here's an email from Orange County Council explaining the Program Fee.


Thanksgiving Baskets for Families Forward - Sign up To Bring Items to the Pack Meeting

Posted on Nov 9 2019 - 10:29pm


Click your Den below to sign up to bring items to the Pack Meeting:



Red Ribbon Week Clean Up and Bike Rodeo - This Week!

Posted on Oct 26 2019 - 10:38pm


Pack Meeting, Monday October 21, Lake Forest Sports Park

Posted on Oct 15 2019 - 2:40pm


It's our Pack Meeting Monday, October 21 at 6:30pm.  We are back at the Lake Forest Sports Park. Bring your popcorn Take Orders to turn in.  Evergreen orders should already be submitted to your Den leader.

Sign up for Fall Fest

Posted on Oct 12 2019 - 9:01pm

Missed the sign-ups for the Camp out? You can still participate in Fall Fest at Oso Lake.

Fall Fest includes Fishing, Nature, Archery, BB Gun Shooting, Crafts, STEM and more. Cub Scouts and Siblings are welcome to participate (age 5-10, grade: K-5, Rank: Lion-Webelos).  You are welcome to attend any day of Fall Fest, but our Pack is encouraging attendance on October 27th. Download the flyer for the schedule and more details.  Register at OC Camp Master and RSVP on the pack website. Registration with OC Camp Master closes at 8am on October 25th.

Camp Out - Sold Out!

Posted on Oct 11 2019 - 1:40pm


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