Re: present myself
Monica Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 29 Apr 1991 08:54:41 CDT
Dear Paola and Mike,
(1) What is a Cubmaster? A Cubmaster is a volunteer leader with Cub
Scouts of America who leads the monthly Pack meetings, and helps
administer the Pack along with the Pack Committe Chairman, the Pack
Committee, and the Sponsor. In my experience, a good Cubmaster needs
excellent public speaking skills, needs to be somewhat of a stand-up
comic, needs to be a top-rate role model (a tough one...), and needs to
have just a touch of crazy to pull off a good, fun, entertaining and
rewarding Pack meeting.
(2) Why are there women in Cub Scouting? You are correct: Cub Scouting
used to be a male-only organization. When I was young (a decade ago)
they started allowing "moms" to participate as "den mothers", but women
could not hold any of the higher adult volunteer ranks, like Webelo leader
or Cubmaster. More recently, women have been permitted to hold any leadership
rank in both Cub Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America.
(3) What is a Pack? A Pack is a group of boys between the ages of 8 years
old and 11 years old who have registered with Cub Scouts of America and who
meet at a location provided by the sponsoring organization about once a month.
The Pack is divided into Dens according to rank, with each den having a
maximum of 8 boys and a minimum of about 4 boys and two leaders. Each den
has a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader. Dens meet once a week at a
time, location and day convenient to the Den Leaders. The dens work on
activities at their den meetings that will further their progress towards
earning the badge of their rank.
A good sized Pack should have a least 4 full dens, with two leaders per
den, a Cubmaster, an Assistant Cubmaster, a Pack Committee chairman and 3
The Pack meets once a month, primarily to give out awards earned by the
boys, annouce upcoming Pack-wide events, and to give the boys a chance
to show the pack as a whole what they've learned (skits, flag ceremonies,
demonstrations, even games).
The job of the Pack Committee is to keep the Pack financially solvent, and
to keep the Pack's records. They are the administrative arm of the pack,
and no major decisions are made without their participation.
A Pack usually has one or more dens of Tiger Cubs associated with it.
Tiger Cubs are 7 year old boys. One parent must join along with each boy
in Tiger Cubs. They are lead by a Tiger Cub Organizer. My own Pack tends
to treat the Tiger Cub dens like any other den.
A "minimum" pack contains about 32 boys, 14 adult leaders and a sponsoring
organization, such as a school or church or club.
(4) How many Pack meetings and submeetings? I think I inadvertently answered
this one in (3) above.
(5) Are Cub Scouts different from Boy Scouts? Yes, they are. They belong
to the same parent organization, but they are structured and organized
differently. Boy Scouts must be at least 11 years old or have graduated
the fifth grade to join a Boy Scout Troop. Cub Scouts are encouraged to
"graduate" from the Cub Scout Pack, and to join a Boy Scout Troop. Think of
the two organizations like Elementary School (Cub Scouts) and High School
(Boy Scouts). But belonging to the same school system.
The Cub Scouting organization is family oriented. Meetings are planned
supervised and carried through by the adult leaders. Parents are often
required to participate in many events, and it is often the case that other
brothers and sisters will attend and partipate in Cub Scout events.
The Boy Scouting organization is more boy oriented. Meetings are planned
supervised and carried through by the boys and the boy leaders, with only
suggestions and occasional guidance from the adult leaders. Non-scout
brothers and sisters are almost never seen at Boy Scout events, and
parents, if they participate at all, do not have a major role in the
Troop, like they would in a Cub Scout Pack.
NOTE: There are lots of scouters more experienced than I am out there, who
are welcome to correct any mistakes I've made in my descriptions, or to
add their own insights to the purpose and structure of this wonderful
organization. My husband and I have only one son, but the entire family
has enjoyed active participation in the scouting organization for some
--- Monica Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City