Re: Interim Cubmaster Legal?
Bob Knudson (rknudson@DU.EDU)
Sun, 5 Oct 1997 23:17:04 -0000
CHUCK BRAMLET said:
>There _are_ adults willing to do the job, but they are all 2nd
>yr Webelos parents, and one of them taking the position would only
>postpone the need for a CM for 5 months, at most.
>I mentioned the possibility of an "interim Cubmaster". They have
>been told it may not be legal. The question I have for you is,
>is such a position legal? Or, if not, what can be done to correct
There are three issues here:
1) I believe that the charter requires a Cubmaster to be identified.
(can't find the reference easily in the new Cub Scout Leader Book) The
way the computer system works is that until the registration of the old
cubmaster runs out, or a new cubmaster is registered, the old cubmaster
is the CM of record. Five months is a relatively short period of time as
far as the registration cycle goes - i.e. it takes a month for the new CM
to complete the application, get the CC and COR signatures, and submit it
to council. Then the council takes another month to process the app and
send out the membership card. Two months later, you're deep into
2) The job description of the committee chair (p 4-6 of the new leader
book) states that "If the Cubmaster is unable to serve, assume active
direction of the pack until a successor is recruited and registered." The
responsibility is on the CC to recruit the replacement and to assume the
duties in the meanwhile.
3) Given that someone is registered as CM, they can be called in the unit
whatever they want to be called. My predecesor was called the "senior
cubmaster" during the few months of overlap as I came up to speed as the
registered cubmaster until he left the pack with his son at
recharter/crossover time. The important thing is that the boys have
someone regular who fulfills the cubmaster role - they typically won't
know the nuances of "interim, acting, and deputy assistant part-time
My advice is for one of the adults to pony up to being the Cubmaster for
at least five months (better for someone to make a one year commitment).
Complete the application and get registered. Fulfill the position's
responsibilities with distinguishment by giving the boys a fun,
meaningful program. Recruit a new Cubmaster that can be in training and
development until the "interim" one leaves.
YIS, Bob Knudson
Proud Father of a Tiger Cub Proud Father of a Tenderfoot
Cubmaster, Pack 528 Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 476
Arvada, Colorado USA Westminster, Colorado USA
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