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Monday, September 20th, 2010

Dear Pack 883 Families,

 It is time to re-charter our pack with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  As a part of this process, each Scout and leader must register for the coming year.  The annual fee payment to Pack 883 is comprised of three components.  Although the dues represent three distinctly different things (and cover different periods of time), we collect them all at the same time – in the Fall of each Cub Scout year. 

  • National Dues – this fee is paid to the Boy Scouts of America and registers the Cub Scout for the period from January through December. 
    • For 2011, the National Dues are $16 per Cub Scout per year.
    • The Pack pays the National Dues for each registered leader
  • Boys’ Life – this is the monthly magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.  It’s a great magazine that reinforces Scouting and the good family values that are part of our program.  Registration for Boys’ Life is optional.  For more information, visit:
    • Registration for Boys’ Life is $12 per year.
  • Pack Fee – Pack 883 charges an annual Pack Fee to cover the cost of running the Pack, including t-shirts, training, advancement, and program costs.  The fee is set each year by the Pack Committee.  The Pack Fee covers the period from September through August of each year.
    • For Webelos II Cub Scouts (who will bridge in March), the 2010/2011 Pack Fee has been set at $50 per boy.
    • For Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos I Cub Scouts, the 2010/2011 Pack Fee has been set at $75 per boy.
    • As an incentive for selling popcorn (our major fundraiser), families can receive a $5 reduction in the Pack Fee for every $100 in popcorn sold.  (You must sell $100 to qualify for this deduction.)

 Families can use Martin’s cards proceeds to offset the all or part of the registration costs.

Pack Fee Matrix (2010 – 2011)
  National Dues Boys’ Life Pack Fee Total
Webelos II Cub Scout with Boys’ Life $16.00 $12.00 $50.00 $78.00
Webelos II Cub Scout without Boys’ Life $16.00 $0.00 $50.00 $66.00
All other Cub Scouts with Boys Life $16.00 $12.00 $75.00 $103.00
All other Cub Scouts without Boys Life $16.00 $0.00 $75.00 $91.00

Your recharter package must be turned in at the October Pack Meeting – if you do not turn in your materials at the October meeting, you will not be re-registered with the Pack.  We will set up a collection station specifically for recharter materials.  This will allow your materials to be reviewed so that any mistakes can be caught and so that any questions can be answered on site.

 The Pack maintains a website and has also posted Pack activities in local newspapers, so this year the form will also include a space for you to indicate your disapproval to allow your son’s image to be posted on the Pack website and any newspapers.  If you do not indicate otherwise, we will use your son’s image.

Thank you for your assistance!

Here is the recharter packet:  Recharter Letter 2010-2011 – 09202010

Yours in Scouting,

Diane Wolf

Pack 883 Committee Chair

A Word About Uniforms

Sunday, September 19th, 2010
  •  Questions always come up this time of year about the Cub Scout uniform.  For more information, visit this interactive website: or see the uniform inspection sheets at the bottom of this webpage
  • Also, there are two official Scout Shops and a Scouting Distributor nearby – the people there are super helpful, and will help you find what you need:

Scout Shops

Dorsey Road Scout Shop – near Arundel Mills Mall

The Scout Shop in Anne Arundel County

7502 Connelley Drive, Suite 120

Hanover, MD 21076


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM – 7 PM 

Saturday: 10 AM – 3 PM

Baltimore Scout Shop – near the Maryland Zoo

800 Wyman Park Drive

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-338-0144 – Store 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Thursday: 9 AM – 7 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 3 PM

Scouting Distributor

Benn’s Men’s Wear (Distributor) – Routes 140 and 97 in Westminster

Information and location:

 Here are two uniform inspection sheets that are helping in figuring out where everything goes:

Cub Scout Uniform Sheet

Leader Uniform Sheet

Pack-Level Popcorn Sale Prizes

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

In addition to the prizes offered by

Campmasters, the Baltimore Area Council, and Carroll District,

Pack 883 offers special incentives for our Top Sellers.

 Top Seller Prize!

  •   $125 gift card
  •   Fire engine ride to the December Pack meeting (pending)

 2nd Place Prize!

  •   $50 gift card

PLEASE NOTE:  Prizes are based upon “Door-to-Door” sales – on-line sales and “Show and Sells” are not counted toward your sales total when determining prize 

Here’s the flyer for more details:  Popcorn Prizes – Pack-Level – 08302010

Pack Meeting Schedule – 2010/2011

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Mark your calendars for our 2010/2011 Pack Meetings.  All meetings are held in the gym at St. Joseph Catholic Community unless otherwise noted.

Please note:  The Pack has limited control over the dates the Church allows us to use the facilities.  With this in mind, all dates are subject to change.  We will communicate any changes to you as soon as they are known to us.

  • Friday, December 17 at 7:00 PM – Holiday Movie Night
  • Saturday, January 22 at 11:00 AM – Pinewood Derby
  • Sunday, February 20 at TBD (afternoon) – Blue & Gold Banquet (Nights of the Round Table)
  • Friday, March 25 at 7:00 PM – Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremony for Webelos II Den
  • Friday, April 29 at 7:00 PM – Disabilities Awareness
  • Friday, June 3 at 6:00 PM – Annual Pack Picnic, Campfire, and Bridging Ceremony