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Baltimore was experimenting with an alternate uniform that was a colored UA performance tshirt with the rank on it. So everytime you advanced, you needed a new tshirt. I think the tshirts were $25 to $35 a pop. That's $175 to $245 just on uniform shirts! 

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Golf shirts for cubs!  Much more affordable and easier for kids who have trouble with buttons or sensory issues

This year for a brand new to cubs in my Council:

uniform shirt $35, belt for loops $12, rank hat $15, neckerchief $15, rank handbook $15. Then new kid joining fee $25 annual national & council fees $120. Pack dues $25minimum.   $262 as a baseline this year if everything is bought new and before any fundraising happens. 

They need to find a way to make entry more affordable:  Older scouts buy at least 2-3 uniform shirts thru their career , 1 handbook, 1 hat, 1 neckerchief to get them through. They should do the same for Cub Scouts to some degree. 

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20 hours ago, Eagle94-A1 said:

Baltimore was experimenting with an alternate uniform that was a colored UA performance tshirt with the rank on it. So everytime you advanced, you needed a new tshirt. I think the tshirts were $25 to $35 a pop. That's $175 to $245 just on uniform shirts! 

I do not get the cost (well I guess it's the BSA supply overhead expense) for the T-shirts BSA sells.  Our troop prints our own T-shirts each year.  Dri-fit, goods quality, left chest (single color) and full back (single color) screens.  Run of about 100 shirts, maybe $11 per shirt.  Boys like them and they are subtle BSA shirts.  Do not screams SCOUTS.  I see them wearing them around town.  Keep the colors neutral.

Many of the camps we go to have pre-sell of camp shirts, but those are $20 +.  I get you have to make a buck, but cut the overhead and pass the savings on.

 

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Just catching up on this topic.  

All programs - get rid of shoulder loops.  There is no point.  Same with the world Scouting patch

Cubs - end level specific belts, hats, and neckercheif slides.  Lions-wolves wear the same uniform.  Bears-AOL wear the same uniform.  Keep the level specific neckercheifs.

Standardize on two standard materials- poly/cotton (like is in use today) and nylon (like in venturing).

Most of the rest the patches are decorations or badges.  No need to change those.

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Get rid of ALL the girl-centered products that have been sitting on our stores' shelves untouched for months! Bracelets, ribbons, leggings, hair accessories - I am sure BSA was banking on them being instant sellers once girls joined Scouting, but NONE of it gets bought here, they are expensive to produce, and they take up shelf space with product over half of the program's members will never touch. Such a waste.

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