The Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair
The Cub Scout 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 Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair really makes a difference to the Pack leaders and to the Pack program.
A Cub Scout 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.
Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair
- 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 youth
- 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 Scouts BSA Troops in the area to ensure that Webelos have a smooth transition to the Scouts BSA program
- Support the policies of the BSA.
A well organized Pack Committee makes the Cubmaster’s job much easier and ensures that a quality program is delivered to the youth.
How can a Pack transition from a model where the Cubmaster does all of the work to one where the Pack Committee shares the load?
A reader has been told that the role of the pack committee chair is only to handle the recharter. Normally a committee chair would do much more than just fill out some paperwork each year.