BSA Organization (was I have some doubts) [LONG!]
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Wed, 27 May 1992 15:59:00 EDT
Juan and others:
The Cardinal Council, like all of the BSA Councils, uses the three basic
programs of the BSA. This posting is to tell you about the Cub Scouting
program and how it is done at Pack 184, one of 78 Cub Scout Packs in the
kentucky river Council area....This is generic as such and does not truly
reflect the vastness of different variations of our Cub Scouting program.
(again, if anyone out there sees that I left something out, please chime
in...my speciality is Exploring not Cubbing....) *smile*
Pack 184 is chartered to a Group of Citizens in the county seat of Owen
County, Owenton. Chartered partners is what the BSA calls the organization,
group, or body which is responsible for using the BSA program(s). Its kind
of like a software license, where the owner (BSA) gives an organization the
the right to use the program as long as it used properly and within the
guidelines stated (who comes and sees to this?? I'll explain that in a minute).
In this case, a group of citizens wanted a Cub Scout Pack in the western end
of the town, and because of its rural nature, no one church or civic group
(because there is only the Rotary Club and they already charter a Cub Pack
*and* a Scout Troop) wanted to do it. This is common in many rural as well
as intercity communities.
The citizen group had appointed a person, a local leader named William (Billy)
Morton, to serve as Chartered Organization Representative (COR). Billy goes
to the District Committee meetings, casts votes on behalf of the Pack for
various District officers, and when push comes to shove, is responsible to the
community AND the BSA for the proper conduct of the Pack's leaders. Billy is
also a member, because he chose to be, of the District's Relationships
subcommittee of the District Membership Committee....(*with me so far??? Just
making sure that you are retaining what was discussed earlier*)
Billy helped to get the Pack going because he has two sons aged 8 and 10.
More on them, (Trey and Julius) later on.....
The Pack is organized with a Pack Committee (which is made up of five of the
community members, one of which is Billy's sister EmmaJean, who also serves
as Pack Committee Chair and Assistant Cubmaster; her husband Ricky is the
Cubmaster and also on the Pack Committee and
*BIG OL'E NOTE!!!!!!! ALL CUB SCOUTING POSITIONS CAN BE HELD BY MALES AND
FEMALES....ITS BEEN THAT WAY FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS NOW.....YOU WILL SEE REFERENCES
TO "DEN MOTHERS" AS WELL AS "DEN LEADERS" HERE....THEY ARE THE SAME AND JUST
REFLECT LOCAL TRADITIONS (WHICH ARE DYING FAST!).....
SO PLEASE NO FLAMES ON THE "MOTHER/LEADER" ISSUE!!! THANKS! *
there are other parents on the
Committee. The Committee's main goal is to make Ricky and EmmaJean's jobs
easier and lot more fun than to arrange everything: the transportation,
the advancement reports, the adminstration, the funding and the physical
properties (traditional roles for Committee members). The Committee also
"hires" the Cubmaster and Assistant(s), and approves their service.
The Cubmaster runs the monthly Pack Meeting, where all of the 54 boys and
their parents, family and friends come together to share what they have been
doing individually as well as in a group mode. The meeting is held the last
Wednesday night of every month at the old Cotter School in the county.
The meeting actually started with the gathering of people beforehand, and
the arrangment of the chairs by one of the four dens assisted by several
parents and committee members. EmmaJean is working with Paul, her first
cousin and the advancement chair of the Pack, in making sure that all of the
awards are ready for presentation. Ricky is signing the cards which each
boy will receive along with the cloth badges. Two others are gathering the
neckerchiefs which will be a part of the ceremonies this evening.
As the people arrive, they are treated to a take-in-seat game, this month to
name as many of the 50 states and their state capitols before the meeting
starts. The Pack's theme this month (every month there is a theme in which
the Packs' program is centered around. EmmaJean and all of the Den Mothers
and Leaders went to Cub Scout Roundtable where they not just found out this
information, but also did many of the things that they are now doing at this
meeting!!) is "Hooray USA!".
Finally, parents are there, Cub Scouts and WEBELOS Cub Scouts are arranged
with their Dens, and the opening ceremonies are performed with Den 3 doing
Ricky welcomes everyone again to the Pack meeting and gives some information
about the upcoming Cub Scout Olympics the Great Rivers District is holding.
Then, he turns it over to each of the four Dens to do a skit.
Den One, which is made up of all Wolves, comes out to do a skit about
Columbus discovering the New World. Several of the eight year olds missed
their cues and were prompted by Missy Terrell, the Den Mother, and by Alicia
Commings, the Den Aide, in the right words to say at the right time.
"columbus", however, ran into the end of the boat and the resulting laughter
drowned out the comment "Eureka! I've found it!"
[Most Cub Scout Dens nowdays are led by a Den Mother or a Den Leader and
Assistant. In places like here where Assistants are hard to come by, parents
can be substituted for Assistants, or the use of a Den Aide is used. A Den
Aide is a teenager, between 14-18, that is NOT REGISTERED WITH THE PACK but
volunteers his or her time to assist the Den Mother/Leader with the operation
of the Den. Most Den Aides are present or former Girl Scouts or Explorers
that want the opportunity to serve with Cub Scouting because of their parents'
roles or because of personal wishes. ]
Wolves are eight year old Cub Scouts. You can tell that they are Wolves by
the yellow and blue neckerchief that they wear. In Pack 184, all of the
eight year olds are in one Den.
Den Two, which is made up of all Bears, was next. They lip-sang the Lee
Greenwood classic "God Bless the USA" and got a rounding applause. Two of the
Bears, hammed it up really great and couldn't resist the opportunity to
"get the swelled head". They had to eventually be forced to sit down by
their Den Leader, Johnny Ray Nichols.
Bears are nine year old Cub Scouts. You can tell them by the light blue
neckerchief that they are wearing.
Den Three is one of two WEBELOS Dens. They did not do a skit but instead
Julius stood and told everyone that their exhibits are at the back of the
room and that everyone is welcome to see it later on.
Den Four is the other WEBELOS Den. Their skit was one about "Famous Americans".
In working with their Den Leaders and Assistant Den Leaders, Debra and Timmy
Rogers and Terrance and Ginny Martin, they did a series of "portraits" that
each one stood behind and read the five or six lines of background on them.
One person thought that his grandfather was a famous American, so he drewe
him and told about him.
WEBELOS is a acromyn and the senior part of the Cub Scouting program. It
means "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts" and is designed to be a transition between
Cub Scouting and group learning and Boy Scouting and individual learning.
WEBELOS Cub Scouts are the ones wearing the plaid neckerchiefs and the
WEBELOS badge colors on their right shoulders. On the badge colors are
colorful pins signifying various skills. This month, the two dens are
working on the Artist and Citizen badges (citizen being required for the
highest award in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light).
Awards are presented next, with the newbies forward first along with the
parents or other adults. Each new Cub is told about Cub Scouting and then
turned upside down while Ricky pins on the shiny new Bobcat Badge to each
and then turning each upside right, presenting them with the card and
Next come the Wolf badges in which Trey steps forward along with the other
new Wolves and receives the badges and cards. Trey also recieved a Gold and
two Silver Arrow Points as a result of his work.
Arrow points are presented to Cubs (Wolves and Bears) after they have earned
the Wolf or Bear badges. The Gold Arrow is presented for completion of ten
elective porjects done from the Wolf book and is only earned once in each
age group (once as Wolf and once as a Bear). The Silver Arrow is presented
for completion of ten more ( and it is not uncommon that several Silver
Arrow Points are earned).
Next come the WEBELOS Badges and Activity pins. Of course, most of the WEBELOS
received the Citizen and the Artist activity badges this evening.
Finally, a word with EmmaJean holding Mike Knight back for a momment. Mike
tells the assembled body that he has selected Troop 184 to join and that
next month will be his last month with the Pack. EmmaJean emphasizes that
it will be a grand occasion then and that everyone should be there to wish
Mike good luck.
With some last minute comments from Ricky about coffee and koolaid in the back
and that the winner of the gathering contest is Den Two and that they get to
keep the banner on their Den Flag, the closing ceremony is held (and that same
song by Lee Greenwood, accompained this time by a slide show showing national
and local sites and people) is played and everyone goes home.
The Pack Committee meets briefly over coffee and cookies to talk about the
meeting, why Dennis Miller hasn't been there and the goofy Den One skit.
Den Four, the senior WEBELOS den puts the chairs and tables away and helps
sweep the floor...and everyone goes home to family and friends until another
(in the meantime, each of the four Dens meet weekly to work on the things for
the next Pack meeting, with the theme of Olympics as well as to work on
various requirements for their particular badges.)
That is what Cub Scouting is all about. There are two things that I left out
and that I hope that others can help with.
Each Pack has a Tiger Cub group. Pack 184 does not have a Tiger Cub Organizer.
This is the person that meets with the parents and Tiger Cubs, seven year old
Cub Scouts. What they do, I am not sure!
The thing that I *am* sure about is the role of the Pack Commissioner, Paul
Miller (Dennis Miller's Dad!). Each unit is encouraged to have a member to
serve as the "checker-upper" of the unit, to insure that they are running a
BSA program using the BSA tools and techniques and that the leaders are trained
and coached and offered lots of help. In addition to being a quality control
person, Paul also recharters the Pack each spring and sees that the leaders
are recognized for their service to the program. In essence, Paul represents
the Cardinal Council to the unit.
In the Cardinal Council, rather than to have Unit Commissioners (with
responsibilities for several units), each unit has a Pack, Troop or Post
/Ship Commissioner (Service Team Member). In this way, each unit has personalize
d attention as opposed to attention in spurts. Also, each unit is responsible
for recruiting their own commissioner, so that cuts down the number of
commissioners the District Commissioner has to recruit (and is one of the
reasons why the Cardinal Council is a QUALITY COUNCIL!)!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City