@ajzadrozny, it would be great if we could do that in our pack, but there are two challenges we’d need to overcome.
We run the pack on $28 per Scout per year of dues and add about $700 profit from the sales of meat sticks for a pack with 20 Scouts. Buying all those awards in advance would tie up a lot of money. We are low on cash in October, since the dues for the following year are due in November.
We don’t have our post-recruiting numbers settled in October. We’re in densely populated upper Delaware, and we went to seen Join Scouting Nights at public and charter schools last fall. They were held between early September and mid October. The professional staff tells families they can register and they’re all in for the rest of the year. Not true if they come to our pack. We ask them to pay pro-rated dues for the last few months of the year. Here’s how our membership went last year:
June 8, we had one Scout cross over to a troop, one expelled and the sister of the expelled Scout transfer to a new pack leaving us with 8 active Scouts. We had 5 more we hadn’t seen since February.
September 9, we held our first pack meeting to open the fall and started with 8 active Scouts since two joined over the summer, one at our last pack meeting on June 10, and she earned the National Summertime Award.
By early November, we were at 37 active Scouts, defined as ones we had seen in the fall and a total of 42 on the roster.
In December, we rechartered with 19. We dropped 22 Scouts, and one crossed over to a troop. In January, we had a boy transfer to our pack after moving to our area.
I haven’t a clue when I would pull the trigger on buying loops. Right now, in mid February, all our Tigers have earned their rank, half our Lions are done and the other half are close, a third of our Wolves are done and most are close except for the one who joined in November. I didn’t enjoy the chaos,. but I’ll put up with it, since it more than tripled the size of the pack since June 8.