When Book Boy was in first grade, he wanted to join Cub Scouts. He ended up deciding not to, and I was perfectly happy with that decision. (And might have, ahem, encouraged that decision a bit.)
He’s in fourth grade now, and asked us if he could try Cub Scouts again. Initially, he was interested because his former-and-now-current best buddy is in Cub Scouts. It turns out that the buddy is now in a different pack (through his church, perhaps?) but BB was still very excited about joining. I agreed, and we went to the informational meeting last week.
It turns out that most of the problems I had after the first information meeting three years ago actually don’t exist! They’ve switched the popcorn meeting so that it’s not first, and last week’s informational meeting was actually informational.
- It’s actually not that expensive. $100 dues for the entire year, $120 for sleep-away camp next summer. There are family campouts during the year, and the cost is $10 for the entire family. Badges, etc. are paid for by the pack.
- The popcorn sale isn’t that bad. The goal per kid is to sell $250 worth of popcorn, and there are plenty of opportunities to sell outside local grocery stores. If they make the pack goal, the kids get a free trip to the local indoor water park.
- The popcorn sales actually do benefit the individual scouts – about 40% of what each boy sells goes directly toward his dues, camp fees, etc. If he sells more than enough to pay for dues and camping, he can use his money at the Boy Scout store. (Even though our council covers six counties, we’re lucky enough to live just a few miles from the Boy Scout store. BB was in heaven when we went there last week to get his shirt, hat, neckerchief, etc.)
So far, BB is having a great time, and I’m really enjoying myself as well. I’ve never gotten terribly involved at school, and I’m pretty shy around people I don’t know, but everyone has been welcoming.
So … maybe I’m not such a bad mom after all!
Our proud new scout in his uniform.
Had to get Book Girl in the picture too, of course.