Join

Sign up is a 3 step process. Follow the steps below.

Complete Application

 

 

1) Complete an application with BSA: 

Boys & Girls, ages 5-10 *

Soon! Feb ’23: Boys & Girls, 6th-12th grade

* Complete this application between July and February. After February, wait until July to complete this step.

 

 

Pay Dues

2) Pay your dues: 

Pack Store

Included with your dues is a Class B, a green 285 t-shirt. Look for a bag with your name on it at the next event. 

 

 

Join Facebook Group

 

3) Join our private Facebook group: 

Pack 285 Group 

We organize on Facebook and disseminate up to the minute information here, including camping gate codes, itinerary changes due to weather, etc. 

 

 

Why 2 Payments?

 

Scouts is run like a restaurant franchise. There is a national organization, Scouts BSA, that you must apply to and pay a fee to at the start of your career. The money you give to Scouts BSA goes to pay for group insurance, background checks on your adult leader volunteers, meeting material content, online tracking tools we use to mark advancements each week, maintenance at BSA private campsites, and more.

Dues are different. Your first payment with your Scout application is the only time you will pay Scouts BSA. You pay Unit 285 for Scouts BSA membership, local council membership, and Pack/Troop 285 membership in one lump sum through your dues. What isn’t sent off to National and Council goes towards your Scout’s awards and activities. Money goes directly from your credit card and into our Pack or Troop bank account, right here in St Pete. 100% of it is consumed in support of our program and your child’s awards. Each patch, pin, slide, trophy, neckerchief, etc that your child earns is paid for through your dues. All leaders are volunteers.