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 or the Den Leader in your age group, or just show up at one of our meetings.

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 Merits are awarded at this time. Pack 241 meets every Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm @ Chancellor Charter School. Pack Meetings are the First (1st) Tues of every month, except June - August.  Although we do not conduct meetings during those times our scouts are still busy having tons of fun doing a full range of summertime activities. Look for out "SUMMER EVENTS" link in the menu bar of the website.
Den Meetings are when just one age group meets - with the Den Leader & Asst. Den Leader. Den meetings are on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 8 pm. We meet briefly in the cafeteria for the Pledge and some quick announcements then the scouts break out into their dens to work on rank achievements, songs, skits and other activities.

To verify meeting times, you can check the calendar here.


What is the Cost of Joining? - Page and fees being updated
Registration / Application Fee: $7 per scout or $12 with Boy’s Life Magazine (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 some materials and some events. For 2011-2012 Annual Dues are $75, either paid in monthly installments ($15 initially, then $10 per month until complete) or you may choose to prepay the complete amount and receive a $15 discount, ($60 would be due by Sept 27)

Re-charter Fee: This fee is paid to the pack in January, but then submitted to the National Organization  to cover our insurance & membership. This fee is $16 per registered leader or scout.

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 (like a Marlins game, Monster Jam or Lion Country Safari Campout).           A typical campout costs approx. $25-35 per person. Depending on situation an additional food cost may be involved. The food cost is per / person and what you get for what you pay is always well worth it.

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 neckerchief's are usually awarded for the next rank at time of "Cross Over".

You can purchase uniforms from the local Scout Shop. 

Gulf Stream Council - M. E. Rinker Scout Shop
8335 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens     PH: 561.691.3929
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 3:00 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” scout t-shirts. 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. (For a limited time, we also have some older edition shirts for $5, while supplies last)


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. Also, some of the proceeds from our fundraisers will be deposited directly to the individual scouts’ accounts to help cover some of their future expenses and activities. Many scouts have been able to camp for free or not need to pay out of pocket for some of their fees because of proceeds from fundraisers.  These fees can be used to pay Pack Dues, Re-Charter Fees or any Pack, District or Council Event. They can not be used for non-BSA event.