Amy sent in this question:
I’m CC and am being told by the CM that he and the outdoor activity chair are the only two who get to plan the summer activities. This is not how I understood the planning was handled. Shouldn’t it be open to all leaders to contribute to the planning, development, and scheduling of summer activities? Isn’t it the responsibility of the committee to plan the year, and the CM to execute? (A little background – pack became inactive last year, we had to get many new leaders, including myself and the CM, and our year started in January. We’re all learning, but the CM and I are butting heads. I’m trying to keep it about the scouts, but the finger-pointing and personal attacks are getting the best of me at times.)
Thanks for the question Amy. Ideally, you would work cooperatively with the Cubmaster, the activity chairs, and other committee members to deliver your Cub Scout program. It is normal for the Committee Chair to conduct an annual program planning meeting to lay out the plan for the year and figure out how to carry it out.
However, your pack might have a different history of how they have done things. Or it could be that the Cubmaster has been involved with other packs which did it differently. So the first thing is to develop a good working relationship with the Cubmaster. Try to determine what sort of support the Cubmaster is looking for. It is a difficult situation when there are personality conflicts within the pack leadership. If you can determine how to work around those, it will make things run much more smoothly.
Sometimes it is just a matter of the stress of the workload. It is not so much that the Committee plans things and the Cubmaster carries them out. If you expect the Cubmaster to carry out the plans, then the plans must be ideas which the Cubmaster supports. If the Committee wants to add more ideas to the plan, then they should also be prepared to be the ones to carry them out. Cubmasters often get overwhelmed if they are handed a list of plans to execute. So if you want to add additional activities, make sure you have chairs for those activities also. If the Cubmaster just has to attend and doesn’t need to be involved in the planning, he or she might be more open to the ideas.
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