Re: CUB SCOUT PACK COMMITTEES
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 11 Aug 1994 15:36:15 CST
"FLOYD,J. MICHAEL" <MFLOYD@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU> writes:
>I would appreciate imput and advice on what type of committees and adult
>jobs should be established in a pack. I am the new Cubmaster for Pack
>149 in Watkinsville, Ga. Last year I served as a Webelos I leader. Our
>pack has not functioned with alot of parent participation in the past.
>The previous Cubmaster attempted to manage the pack with den leaders but
>with no parent involvement. I have already have two parents who have
>agreeded to serve as Asst Cubmaster-Activities and Asst Cubmaster-Fund
>Raising.We will be having our Pack Roundup in two weeks and I plan to
>tell the parents that it is our anticipation that one parent from each
>family volunteer for some pack responability. Last year we had
>approximately 80 boys in our pack.WHAT TYPE OF JOBS CAN I HAVE AVAILABLE
>FOR THE PARENTS TO SIGN UP FOR? Our pack is 5 years old and we have had
>a new cubmaster each year. I have made the personal commitment to myself
>that I would serve as cubmaster for 3 years since that is how long my
>youngest son will be in the pack. My goal is for the boys to have fun
>and to excite them to advance into Boy Scouting. I have enjoyed the
>SCOUT-L list for the last year and I know it has helped me to be a
>better Webelos Leader. I appreciate the sharing on the list and the
>encouagement it provides. I look forward to some great ideas and
>suggestions that the members can give this novice cubmaster.
First, WELCOME TO THE LIST, Floyd!
Second, I am sure that Kathie Cervany, our resident "Cub Scouting
expert" and other Cub Scouters here can shed more light on this than I can
(I served as a WEBELOS Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster and Den Leader
Coach in my time), but I'll start this way.
You can organize the committee as a "Committee of the whole", which is
the traditional way that MOST Packs are organized (because there's
traditionally not a whole lot of people to draw from); or as an
"executive committee", consisting of the chair and the chairs of the
various "committees" (which would be sub-committees of the Pack
Your Den Leaders and Assistants, the Cubmaster and Assistant, nor the
Den Leader Coaches and Tiger Cub Organizer/Coaches should NOT be on
the Pack Committee UNLESS you cannot get other adults to serve.
There's a common sense reason as well as a technical reason; the
technical reason is because the Pack Committee "spends the money,
approves the awards, and make the decisions on the Pack" and the
leaders of the Pack executes the spending, presents the awards and
executes the Pack Committee's decisions. The common-sense reason is
because you will QUICKLY "burn out" those adults that have to serve as
a leader (their primary role in Cub Scouting), and _then_ have to work
with doing all of the background work with the Pack. After a while,
they will leave citing "I'm doing EVERYTHING", which in reality, they
Here's what you HAVE to have:
You HAVE to have at least three people, one to serve as Chair. Why do
you need three people? One serves as the Pack's Committee Chair. One
serves as the Pack's Tresurer. One serves as the Pack's Advancement
Chair. (neat how that works, right?). That's what you have to HAVE.
There are MANY Packs that run on those three, supplemented by leaders
of the Pack, in order to make things happen for the kids. It
SHOULDN'T BE THAT WAY, Floyd...but it is in many communities.
Here's the IDEAL:
In addition to the three people mentioned above, you need to have a
Vice Chair. This person resolves that "what happens when the
Committee Chair don't show or quits" problem that many Packs have.
You need to have a person to handle ADULT AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS.
This is the person that receives those requests from the District
asking for names of great folk in your Pack that hardly gets
recognized but are really link-pins in the Pack's operation. This is
also the person that insures that other parents gets credit for
participating in various fundrasing events and other events of the
Pack. You need a person to handle PR for your Pack...including
handling the arrangements for the Roundup and other District events
that are geared to attract new Cubs to your Pack. You also need a
Outdoors chair, a person to make sure that the WEBELOS Den Leaders
have backups in case one or more of them cannot attend a outdoor event
with the members of the Den (or, in our case, has MORE boys than the 8
to one adult ratio needed). Finally, you need a person to handle the
physical arrangements of the location where you have the Pack meeting
set up at. This is person OTHER THAN THE CUBMASTER AND ASSISTANT that
makes sure that all of the chairs needed are taken out, unfolded and
arranged for a meeting, and then afterwards, to fold them back up and
put everything away for another month.
I would recommend that you have a Transportation person, someone able
to round up vehicles or parents or both to take them to places outside
the regular Den or Pack meetings; and a person to head up various
fundrasing projects and the Sustaining Membership Enrollement/Friends
of Scouting program in your Pack each year. Those folks can be others
in your Pack doing "double duty"; or separate individuals.
From my count, I say that you need to recruit at least eight, but 10
adults to do the tasks mentioned above. What goes well is to have
families to do a task, since Cub Scouting is a family program as well
as it allows for "two deep" management (when Susie can't do it,
perhaps her husband Rick can, that kind of thing) and continuity.
Much of what I've stated depends on the number of adults available in
your Pack, and whether or not your chartered partner organization can
do many of those tasks. For instance, you may not need a tresurer if
your Church says that you have to pool and get monies through the
Church Board. You may not need a PR person if the Chair of your Pack
is the school Principal or assistant. You may not need a
transportation "guru" if many of your families own a minivan or
Knowing and using the resources of the group is an essential task that
you have to do before recruiting additional hands. Make sure, Floyd,
that you have each person to do something CONSTRUCTIVELY, or else you
won't get them back next year (or the rest of this one)!!
Hope that helps!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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