Need help with lousy Packmaster
Larry Tuck (ltuck@EARTHLINK.NET)
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 10:07:44 +0000
Screaming at the guy probably isn't going to solve anything.
I've been committee chairman in a somewhat similar situation--not that
the cubmaster was a bad cubmaster or that he and I didn't get along
personally--in fact we were and are good friends. But he had been around
for a while and was used to doing things a certain way; I was new and
didn't know what my role was supposed to be; and both of us were at
least a little overloaded. Over time, we managed to resolve our problems
and ran a very successful pack--as a team.
The first problem I see here is that your charter and registration are
not the cubmaster's responsibility--they're the committee chairman's.
Communicating information about pack events like Pinewood Derby could
also be done by you or another member of the pack committee, perhaps
through a newsletter.
It sounnds like there's not much communication between you and the
cubmaster. I'd guess you're probably not having monthly committee
meetings, and if you are, they're being controlled by the cubmaster, not
the committee chairman.
I don't know your situation, but I'd suggest you do several things
before you start screaming:
* If you don't have one, get a copy of the Cub Scout Leader Book and
read about what your job and the cubmaster's are supposed to be, and how
the committee is supposed to function.
* I don't know who the district person was who you talked to. You should
seek help from your Unit Commissioner--s/he ought to be very concerned
about the registration problem. If you don't get the help you need
there, go up the chain of command to the Assistant District
Commissioner, then the District Commissioner. These are all volunteers
who have been trained to deal with units experiencing problems like
yours. You can get their names and phone numbers from your council
* If all else fails, talk to the professional--your District Executive.
* Approach all of this with a constructive attitude. Rather than
complaining about your lousy Cubmaster, talk about specific problems you
would like to help resolve. Your cubmaster may not be lying--and even if
he is, it doesn't help to accuse him of it--but you certainly do have a
communication problem that could be improved.
* Your cubmaster may be just as overwhelmed as you are. With 26 new
boys, I certainly would be. It sounds like he is trying to do entirely
too much for one person. Again, I don't know the situation, but he
probably needs your help and support, and may be grateful to get it--if
you approach it in a helpful, constructive, non-confrontational way.
* Finally, as another poster suggested, take advantage of Cub Lead Basic
Training and your district Roundtable. You'll not only learn a lot more
about how to do your job, you will, I hope, find a support group of
fellow Scouters who will help you get through this with your sanity
ASM, Troop 761 (former CC, Pack 3741)
Thousand Oaks, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City