How to Join our Pack
For your child to join our Pack you must first complete an application with the BSA organization, either hard copy (https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406.pdf) or or on-line here: https://my.scouting.org.
Pack 80 is a volunteer led group, the pack revenue comes from registration dues and from fund raising such as popcorn sales. Annual Pack registration dues for the 2021-2022 school year are $250 per Cub Scout. $150 goes to our regional (Pacific Skyline Council) and national BSA organizations, see https://pacsky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021-Membership-Fee-Structure-FAQ.pdf for more details, and $100 is used by our pack to cover leader registration, a pack T-shirt, pack activities through the year, and pins, patches, badges awarded to our scouts. Pacific Skyline and BSA provide our pack with insurance and cover costs of maintaining all the BSA camps and facilities across California and other states. They also host a number of larger multi-Pack activities and campouts throughout the year that our Pack joins.
Note that the national/regional BSA membership year is January to January which does not align with the school year. As a new family to scouting, in addition to our annual dues of $250, when you first register on https://my.scouting.org you will need to pay a one time $25 new member fee and a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the current national/regional BSA membership year (dues are $144). So for example, if you register in September 2021 then this would be $25 + 5/12 * $144 = $85.
Special outings through the year often require some additional payments, but only if a Cub Scout joins the outing, for example overnight camping at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Pack 80 requires uniforms be worn at Pack meetings and Den meetings, and occasionally at outings. The uniform consists of the official Cub Scout shirt, neckerchief, slide, hat, and belt (awards go on the belt and shirt). Official Cub Scout uniform pants or shorts are optional in our Pack. It is OK for a Cub Scout to wear any solid blue color jeans or shorts to save on costs (or solid khaki green color for Webelos). For most outings appropriate clothing and the Pack 80 T-shirt that we provide when scouts join is all that is required.
For more details about the Cub Scout uniform see here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/cub-scout-uniform/.
For the official rules on where to put patches, pins, and badges on the uniform see here: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066/33066_Cub_Scout_Insignia_WEB.pdf.
Each Cub Scout rank has a specific handbook. Handbooks can also be purchased at our local scout shops (https://pacsky.org/scout-shops/) or the BSA online store (https://www.scoutshop.org/), same as for uniforms. Handbooks can not be shared between scouts since requirements for advancement to the next rank, and requirements for completing adventures, are checked off in the handbook and signed-off by the Parent and Den leader to serve as the official record of a scout's achievements.
Every child is entitled to the same scouting experience regardless of a family's ability to pay. Our Pack is fortunate to have a scholarship fund established for families facing a financial hardship. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.