What Does the Pack Committee Chair Do?

Pack Committee Chair is a very important position in a Cub Scout Pack. Over the years I have worked with many different Committee Chairs in our Pack, ranging from very committed to almost non-existent. So I know from experienced that a strong, involved Committee Chair really makes a difference to the Pack leaders and to the Pack program.

A Pack Committee Chair must be able to juggle a lot of different things at a time and must be good at delegating.   That way he or she can provide support to the Cubmaster and Den Leaders and help them provide a quality program to the Pack.

Below is a typical description of the position. Adjust it to meet the needs of your Pack.

Pack Committee Chair

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must agree to the principles and mission of the BSA
  • Is appointed by the chartered organization
  • Must be registered as an adult leader of the BSA.
  • Must be willing to work with the Cubmaster to deliver a quality program to the Pack

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a relationship with the chartered organization to ensure that the Pack program meets the requirements of both the BSA and the chartered organization
  • Work with the Cubmaster on policy matters relating to Cub Scouting and the chartered organization.
  • Chair the Pack Committee meetings
  • Annually recharter the Pack
  • Work with the Pack Treasurer to develop a budget
  • Complete Youth Protection training and position specific training for the position of Pack Committee Chair
  • Delegate responsibilities to other adults in the Pack to ensure a quality Pack program
  • Ensure that the positions of Cubmaster Assistant Cubmaster are filled
  • Ensure that every den has a Den Leader and an Assistant Den Leader
  • Form new dens as necessary, remembering that an optimum den size is 6 to 8 boys
  • Secure meeting facilities through the chartered organization.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Cubmaster to develop fund raising projects and secure adults to chair those projects
  • Ensure that all registered leaders have completed BSA Youth Protection training
  • Educate Pack families about the Cub Scout program
  • Nurture and maintain relationships with one or more Boy Scout troops in the area to ensure that Webelos have a smooth transition to the Boy Scout program
  • Support the policies of the BSA.
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10 Responses to What Does the Pack Committee Chair Do?

  1. Regina Stansbury February 7, 2011 at 7:28 AM #

    Our Pack Committee is one of the best! Not only was she a leader while her children went through the Cub Scout program, she has remained with the pack ever since – she has been with us for the last 15+ years! Hats off to Tracey Brookshire – her dedication to our youth is outstanding! Many thanks for a job well done!

  2. joann October 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    Does the committee chair have a vote or only in cases of a tie?

    • Scouter Mom October 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM #

      I’m not sure. Our committee rarely does formal voting. There usually seems to be a consensus.

    • Pack Commchair February 11, 2013 at 8:39 PM #

      I have only voted in tie situations for the last 5 years

  3. TR March 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

    I serve as Commitee Chair and don’t always vote. I was told that anytime I or the Chartered Organizational Representive feel we need to veto something that has been approved at the meeting we can do so. I have only done this once and for a valid reason. We as a Committee when voting go with the majority on what we do. We have never had a tie but if it were to happen then would make a decision that is best for the pack.

  4. MLP June 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM #

    It’s the “norm”(per Robert’s Rules of Order) that the Chair of any group does not vote, except to break a tie. So, unless it is in the organizations Bylaws that the Chair does vote, then the only time the Chair would vote is to break a tie.

  5. Stephanie October 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM #

    I am going to be starting out as Committee Chair. I have a question,, what do you do if you have a larger den that you need to divide, but no one to lead the new den?

    • Scouter Mom October 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

      Sometimes it helps if you suggest that the two dens plan their meetings and activities together. That takes the pressure off of a parent who is a little uncertain about leading a den, but still allows the group to be broken into two dens during the meeting for “smaller group” activities. Also, if you have a veteran den leader who will serve as a mentor, that can help convince a parent that they can do it.

  6. Jane B. October 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM #

    Having just gone through this, we assigned kids to the 2 dens based on whose parents were helping the pack go. The son of our treasurer, winter outings chair, PWD chain, B&G chair and the leader’s son got spots in the den with a leader. Kids whose parents were not helping out were placed in the den without a leader.

    I have a responsibility to my volunteers to keep them happy and involved and I was not about to tell them that I had no den for their son for the next year.

    The other families were told that they were forming into a new den that needed a leader. If no parent agreed to be a leader for that den by Sept 30th, we might have no choice but to disband the den and we would have no place for those scouts for the next scouting year. Maybe a miracle would happen and a new 2nd grade family would join and be willing.

    This is an organization that is run by volunteers. None of us can manufacture a den leader out of fairy dust and wishful thinking. Our families needed to decide how important it was for them to have their son in scouting and if they were willing to do what was needed to make that happen.

    Of the 6 kids, 2 left the pack and joined a different pack with a leader willing to have a den of 11 wolfs. 2 decided not to return. One of the remaining paretns was willing to be a den leader but was so reluctant and agreed a bit too late.

    The current leader was willing to take these scouts and they are now off to a very good year with the smaller den.

    We had three 2nd grade families wanting to join this fall but when they were told that we did not have room for them in an existing den. If they wanted to join, one of them would have to be the leader of a new den. They all balked and left and went looking for a pack with an existing den.

    It was horrible and time consuming but necessary. In the end, I’m glad to have ended up with families who are happy to take part in what we do AND willing to help make it happen.

  7. Jason J November 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

    So, kids were punished because parents would not step up? Jane, I have never seen a pack not want to grow and what you described sounded just like that and very snooty I might add. I know you are trying to keep your regulars happy, but it also sounds like the requirements were not presented to the parents correctly. Scouter Mom posted above you some really great tips to get new leaders. You can’t just walk into a room of Tiger parents and say, oh by the way one of you has to step up or shove off. You have to sweet talk them and tell them how easy it is and how much you, as a CC or CM will help them. How veterans will attend their first few meetings to show them the way and get them on their feet. How there is only one hour a month required (the old lie). How you will train them and how much fun they are going to have. How the pack will buy their leader manual and maybe even pitch in the registration fee. It sounds like you did none of this and if that is the case, shame on you. The kids in your community deserve so much better than what you described.

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