COSTS OF SCOUTING
Troop 17, as all units in Scouting is run by adult volunteers and funded by its members, the scouts. The troop and its adult staff make
every effort to make the program, planned by the boys, as cost efficient as possible. A Scout is always encouraged to earn his own
way and the troop will make every effort to assist him. Financial hardships have never prevented a Troop 17 Scout from attending any
troop activity. In the past, and when needed, the troop has organized fund raising events to help subsidize the activities’ cost.
The troop provides all troop and patrol gear necessary to run the outdoor program as well as all the training materials to teach and learn
the skills necessary to advance.
The troop has some personal gear such as sleeping bags and backpacks available for temporary use by new members until such time as
they can acquire their own.
INITIAL REGISTRATION: $10
One time fee, first year only. This money is all sent to the National Council for registration and insurance. Subsequent registration fees are
from the dues collected.
Each troop meeting dues are collected, whether the scout attends or not. Dues are used for annual re-registration fees, insurance, training
materials, awards, badges, insignias, mailing costs, supplies, reproduction costs, and day-to-day troop expenses.
UNIFORM: Approximately $75
New Scouts can take up to 3 weeks to get a uniform. With proper care it can last up to three years: Short Sleeve Shirt; Trousers; Socks; Red
Shoulder Loops; BSA Web Belt; and Buckle. Through donations and/or purchases of irregulars and seconds, the troop may have uniform
parts available, check with the leaders before buying new. Insignias ($12) are provided free of charge by the troop.
ACTIVITY FEES: Vary based on activity
The Scouts plan the activities under the adult leaders’ supervision. The cost of the activity is outlined in the parental permission slips
distributed prior to each event. Typically the activity fee includes all costs associated with that particular event (Transportation, Tolls, Food,
Supplies, and All Fees, etc.). We make every effort to minimize costs, by purchasing supplies in bulk and training the scouts in the proper
care of Troop equipment. Camperships are available for the Summer Camp program.
EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITY FEES:
Many day activities have no cost because we use public facilities, such as the park systems
Swimming: $2.50 - Entrance fee charged by LaGuardia College
Indoor Archery: $10 - Partly subsidized by troop - (Outdoor shoots at Scout camps are free)
Basic Tent - Month Camping Trip: (2 nights) - $25 - Fri-Sunday, Covers all expenses and all meals.
Extended Tent - Monthly Camping Trip: (3 nights) - $30 - Fri-Monday, Basic trip plus additional day.
Winter Basic Cabin Trip: (2 nights) - $35 - Fri-Sunday, Includes cabin rental and cost of heat and cooking gas.