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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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6 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.

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