Q: How much do the uniform and handbook cost?
As with the annual dues, cost should never be a barrier to scouting.
Pack 404 has a “Uniform Exchange” where gently used uniforms that scouts have outgrown can be placed into inventory, and then larger uniforms that now fit a scout can be taken out and used.
The goal is to create a rotation of uniforms in and out, and reduce the financial expenses for everyone. This is also a great way to account for the physical growth that our scouts experience during elementary school.
Q: What uniforms should my Scout wear to Den and Pack meetings?
Scouts should wear their pack t-shirt, along with neckerchief/slide, belt and hat to den meetings. Given that scouts often play outside before, or participate in outdoor activities during den meetings, we want to help parents keep the more expensive “Class A” uniform in good condition.
Chances are that we will have scouts from multiple dens meeting at the same time at the church. Being able to easily identify them by den will be helpful. A Scouts BSA policy update in 2016 allows scouts to wear their neckerchief with a t-shirt, and not just the formal “Class A” field uniform.
Scouts should wear the full “Class A” uniform to pack meetings, complete with belt, neckerchief/slide and hat. The exception here are Lion Scouts, which do not wear the “Class A” uniform. They should wear their official Lion t-shirt.
When wearing the “Class A” uniform, we ask that parents help their scouts wear the uniform properly with the shirt tucked in, and complete the uniform with their neckerchief and slide. Scouts can wear their den hats in the Beth-El Church building.
We do recognize that new scouts may not have a complete uniform for the first few pack meetings. We ask that parents complete the uniform prior to the New Scout’s Bobcat Ceremony in October.
There will be opportunities in August/September to check out a “Class A” uniform shirt from the Uniform Exchange (based on availability), or purchase one from Bobcat in the Park.
Including the pack t-shirt in the pack dues helps ensure new scouts can “fit in” with other den members, from the very beginning. For more information about uniforms and cost, see the page on Pack Dues.
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