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Cub Scout Pack 285
(St. Petersburg, Florida)
 
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Sign up 3-Step Process
* Do this on a computer, not a phone. The process will fail before it completes on your phone. When creating an account, be careful to create an account for yourself first. When the account is created, use it to make an application for your child. Read instructions carefully. Spelling and upper/lower case matters.
** Choose the '1st semester, Fall' option. Included with your dues is a green Pack 285 t-shirt and a camp cup. Look for a bag with your name on it at the next event. At a later date you will also receive a derby car kit and a regatta boat kit.
Note: Cub Scouts is run like a restaurant franchise. There is a national organization, Scouts BSA, that you must apply to and pay a small fee to at the start of your career. The money you give to Scouts BSA goes to pay for group insurance, background checks on your adult leader volunteers, and online tracking tools we use to mark advancements each week. Dues are different. Dues go to Pack 285. Money goes directly from your credit card and into our Packs bank account, right here in St Pete. 100% of it is consumed in support of our program and your child's awards. Each patch, pin, slide, trophy, neckerchief, etc that your child earns is paid for through your dues.





When & Where


Guests are always welcome!
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m, During the School Year.
Palm Lake Community Church, Education Building & Fellowship Hall
Call or text 813-485-6389 if you need help.

Our first meeting of the year will be August 20th, 2019 and our last is May 19th, 2020. The last meeting of every month is a Pack meeting with where we all meet together and hand out achievement awards. The other meetings are den meetings. 

For your first visit, a den meeting is recommended. Contact us now for more information!

    Who is Pack 285?


    Scouts BSA Cub Scout Pack 285 is located in St Petersburg, Florida. Our all volunteer, non-profit organization has a rich program for children grades Kindergarten through 5 designed to develop character, leadership skills, responsibility, fitness, and a love for fun while learning. Pack 285 is a larger Pack, with ~35 active scouts to date.

    Our Pack is open to all youth (girls welcome!) with modest annual dues and camping. Pack-provided Camperships are available to Scouts in need. Leaders and Committee Members are volunteers committed to providing a positive impact to each child participating in the program. Pack 285 actively reaches out year round to include more children in our program. Our Pack’s goal is to provide a positive, character building, low-cost extracurricular activity available right in our neighborhood.

    Our Cub Master and Den Leaders provide a positive, enriching program for each Scout to enjoy. Our Committee organizes campouts, parades, recurring BSA special events like the Pinewood Derby, Pack celebrations for advancements, and more. We are a decorated Pack, having earned various district awards for our volunteers and the Pack itself has been honored with the Journey to Excellence (JTE) Gold award 2 years in a row. Come check us out!

    Contact us via the "Contact our Pack" link above or 

    Costs


    Important

    1. The Pack is a not-for-profit organization. All moneys collected flow back to the scouts as awards and program costs.
    2. Dues pay for awards. A scout that is not current with their dues WILL NOT receive awards at Pack meetings. If a family is struggling to pay for dues, they can request a campership in writing to cover their Scout needs.
    Summary

    Costs include three things: dues, uniform including book, and special events. The dues, uniform, and book cost about $200 combined. The uniform cost is a 1x cost. Special events consist of campouts and special outings, as well as events like the Pinewood derby. Derby car kits are included in dues; special outings cost $7 and up depending on the outing, and campouts cost between $15 - 30 per person depending on where we camp and who is providing food. Many of our events like marching in a parade or day hikes have no cost.

    The Pack 285 Store handles payments and provides easier access to uniforms and books.

    Dues

    Pack 285 charges membership dues per school year. Dues pay for patches, pins, awards, Cub swag, application processing materials such as envelopes & stamps, adult volunteer background checks, and a small Pack 285 Campership program. Dues also pay for group insurance for meeting and camping activities, BSA campsites, 6 of which are within the Tampa Bay area, software and website services, training, and more.

    • Returning Scouts - $100
    • New 1st Semester School Year Scouts - $100 (includes Pack t-shirt, camp cup), plus BSA application fee paid online
    • New 2nd Semester School Year Scouts - $65 (includes Pack t-shirt, camp cup), plus BSA application fee paid online

    Uniform & Book

    Pack 285 requires a minimum uniform. The uniform is an important part of making the program work for your scout. Uniforms typically only need to be purchased once over a scout's entire Cub Scout program from grades 1-5. The kindergarten uniform is about $30. All other grades cost about $80 (as of February, 2019). While we highly encourage you to get a uniform quickly, they can be purchased in pieces over time to help with costs. In the meantime, scouts should wear their Pack t-shirt. Scouts will need a new book for each year. The books cost about $10-$17 and are included in the uniform costs above. The rest of the information about what to buy can be found on the Uniforms page.