FW: Query - Pack committee make-up; job description
Craig McGarrah (mcgarrah@FLINET.COM)
Sun, 6 Oct 1996 15:06:08 -0400
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My reply to Jan Mussler's inquiries:
My query is -
>1. How many Packs use the Pack Committee make-up (number
>and positions) that is recommended in the Cub Leader Basic Book and in the
>Fast Start tape?
We take it as a suggestion and do what we can based on
our needs and available talent.
>2. How many Pack Committees are using a hybrid
>structure (combined positions, other positions than those recommended)?
When I took over this Pack a couple of years ago, the Cubmaster
was one of those SuperCubmasters who could do and did everything.
Great for the short term, but not a very stable way to run an
organization. I have been trying to transition us into having an active
This year we grew from 19 to 53 boys so this is our big chance.
I set up a committee with positions I thought we most needed using
nationals as a guideline, but incorporating my experience with other
committees and the holes in our program which most needed someone
to fill. If you are interested, I will send you a file with detailed description
of what I have come up with as their minimum responsibilities as it
relates to our Pack. The following is a listing of the titles.
Religious Activities (I feel our biggest hole, and most important.)
Scouting For Food
Blue & Gold Dinner
Scout Show Ticket Sales
Scout Show Exhibit
>3. How many Committees have a Den Leader Coach position?
I fill this job as the Cubmaster. I fell the only one who could
adequately fill this position would be an experienced Den Leader.
We currently are using all our experienced people AS Den Leaders.
Realistically, I ask all Den Leaders to help in this area. I act more
as a facilitator, connecting up the new Den Leader with the person
who could most help them with their particular problem. I hang
around the Den meetings (outside, not in the meetings) for the
first couple of weeks in case I am needed. I also make sure I am
always available for questions.
>4. Do the Den Leaders sit and vote on the Committee?
Yes. Currently the committee does not function as a separate entity.
Also, the most experienced Cub Scouters are the Den Leaders, so
their input is critical.
>5. What voting mechanism do you use?
>(informal, simple majority, 2/3 majority, need a quorum, Robert's Rules)
Informal, simple majority if a vote is required.
The key to this working is a good Committee Chair. I'm not sure we
yet have found that individual. Currently, I am also functioning as
Committee Chair although someone else holds the title. She is
just too busy to understand what to do and to take charge.
On the file with the detailed listing of committee jobs, I also included
a listing of jobs that have no home other than the fact that I am doing
them. This list may help others since other packs have different talents
and opportunities. Also, it is helpful sometimes to get a handle on all
the "mini-jobs" required to run an effective pack program. Anyone
interested in this file can e-mail me privately. I do not believe it will post
I hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City