RED Research and Design did a broad survey to hundreds of church leaders that indicated “Scouting seems too expensive: uniforms, badges, awards, camp fees, etc.” In Utah County the cost to be a Cub Scout and/or in baseball are often a family budget dilemma.
An 8 year old Cub Scout registers with a fee of $24. Buy the uniform short sleeve shirt today for 24.99, pants 24.99; hat $5.99, neckerchief $8.99, belt $9.99 and a handbook for $14.99. You just spent $113.94 without awards, pinewood derby fees, day camp registration, crafts, and it could go on and on. As the boy grows so will the need to obtain larger uniform clothing.
An 8 year old in little league will pay the $80 fee that includes a team jersey and hat; add the pants for $19.99, socks $8.00, belt $6.99 and a youth baseball mitt for 14.99. You just spent $129.97 without a bat, ball, cleats, and the cost could go on depending on the team and boy needs.
Growing youth will grow out of uniforms. When younger I use to participate in snow skiing swaps where used equipment could be sold/traded and updated. Perhaps more focus needs to be placed on organizing community uniform banks. BSA uniforms, no matter the age, are always official.
Do you know of any success with uniform banks?
Author: Ken Holmes | District Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA