What Does the Cubmaster Do?

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, the Cubmaster is the most visible adult leader in the Pack, and therefore the one most parents look to when they have questions.

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 Boy Scout 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


4 Responses to What Does the Cubmaster Do?

  1. csnzjm June 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM #

    I am a new cub master. My question is do I plan pack meetings or does the committee chair?

    • Scouter Mom July 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM #

      You work together. It is good to have a committee meeting during the summer to lay out an overall plan for the year. Then you, the committee chair, and the committee members can decide who will take on which tasks. Don’t do it all yourself. The committee, directed by the chair, is there to assist you in planning and carrying out the pack program. An active committee makes all of the difference in the world.

  2. ctwcac September 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM #

    It would be nice, but my current committee chair micromanages and basically planned out all of the pack meetings with out my input.

  3. Wayne Modgling October 27, 2014 at 7:59 AM #

    Have the Committee visit this web-site and read this page. The Pack Mtg. should be lead by the CM. There are certain things done at every mtg. but the CM should be in charge of the agenda. !7 years experience speaking.

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