Some of my readers are brand new to Scouting, so every now and then I am going to give some information about leadership positions in one of the divisions.
In Cub Scouting, adults work together to deliver program to the youth members. One of the adult positions is the Cubmaster. The Cubmaster must be at least 21 years old and be a registered BSA member. The Cubmaster can be male or female. In many cases, this person is the most visible adult leader in the Pack, and therefore the one most parents look to when they have questions.
And he or she does not have to have a child in the Cub Scout Pack. I returned to Cub Scouting long after my boys aged out of Cub Scouting.
Cubmaster Responsibilities and Duties:
So what are the Cubmaster’s responsibilities? The Pack program is developed by the Pack Committee, but the Cubmaster conducts that program. A typical list of responsibilities includes:
- Deliver a quality, fun, year-round program to the Cub Pack
- Conduct the program according to BSA policies
- Receive the appropriate training, including Cubmaster specific training
- Attend monthly Cub Scout Roundtables, to receive information about district and council policies and programs
- Carry out the Pack program with the support of the Pack Committee, including leading monthly pack meetings
- Carry out the goals of the chartering organization within the Pack program
- Work with the Pack Committee to recruit adult leadership
- Work with the Pack Committee to develop the Pack budget
- Support the Pack Den Leaders and encourage them to get the appropriate training
- Encourage the Pack Den Leaders to work toward Cub Scout Leader awards
- Encourage Webelos to cross over to a Scouts BSA Troop
- Communicate with parents about the Pack program and help to educate them about the Cub Scout program
- Encourage family participation in the Cub Scout program
- Encourage the Pack to participate in service projects
- Work with the Assistant Cubmasters, delegating as necessary
- Attend and participate in Pack Committee planning meetings
- Recruit Den Chiefs to assist the Pack Den Leaders
- Incorporate traditional Scouting elements, such as flag ceremonies, skits, and songs, into the Pack program
- Encourage advancement and recognize Cub Scouts when they advance
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 leaders and help them provide a quality program to the Pack.
A well organized Pack Committee makes the other leader’s job much easier and ensures that a quality program is delivered to the youth.
Cub Scout themes are a way to add pizzazz to a meeting or a month. They can get your families motivated to be more involved and try new activities. Planning a pack meeting is easier with a theme. I have over 50 ideas for meeting themes on this page.
You can find a number of official BSA pack meeting plans on this page.