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    • Our troop does monthly dues collected by the patrol. It is $1/month,  (basically 25cents per weekly meeting.) It is purposely low, but has a greater purpose than the $. The majority of finances for the troop is through our larger fundraisers.
    • This seems to be more transparent therm the report to congress? It also includes the membership of the national committee.    https://oa-bsa.org/uploads/publications/impact-reports/2022-OA-National-Impact-Report-Digital.pdf
    • Along the lines of what curious_scouter mentioned, don't be afraid to bring this up with your Pack committee and re-evaluate. I would suggest talking with the Troop to get a good understanding of what the funds are needed for. I know that our Pack transfers any scout balances over to the Troop when a scout crosses over, but otherwise no additional funds are passed over. Our Troop has its annual dues that help pay for incurred costs per scout, however we don't ask crossover families to pay for that first year (as it would seem a bit much to say "Hey, welcome to the Troop! By the way, that'll be X dollars to join us!"), when they already paid their national/council fees a few months ago. That said, I could see why a troop might ask for a portion of that year's dues to help pay for any new crossover-purchased items (our Troop supplies the Book, Epaulets, and a Neckerchief as they join the troop, so technically we don't collect fees for those items until the next year).
    • Crossroads of America council (central Indiana) is going through this as well, except our anticipated fee is $240 annual (or $20/month). Leaders and Parents were both taken back when we heard of this earlier this spring, and the council wisely backed off until they could provide more information on what the need was. We are getting some good info now... unfortunately a combination of multiple things in the past couple of years have put our council in a big deficit, including (but not limited to) to a large annual loss of grant money. I'm not sure what the right answer is to solve for it, but I fear that asking parents to come up with the money to cover the deficit could end scouting for our council in the near future. I feel like the only way to compete with sporting programs is to be partially funded by local/state tax dollars (like school funds cover things like sports facilities where these sports programs are run out of). 
    • @james6 not a cynic….direct knowledge of the appeal.
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