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What Does the Cub Scout Pack Committee Do?

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Cub Scout Pack Committee

You've probably wondered what your Pack Committee does.  You know you have a Cubmaster, and you assume that he or she is in charge of the pack.  I think of the Cubmaster as the “face” of the pack.  He or she interacts with the boys and runs the pack meetings.  The Cubmaster is also a member of the Pack Committee in most units.

But the Cubmaster can't do everything alone.  In addition to ensuring that there is a solid pack program, there are many administrative tasks that must be done to make a good pack.  That's where the Pack Committee steps in

According to the Boy Scouts of America, the Pack Committee responsibilities include:

  • Make recommendations regarding pack leadership to the chartered organization for final approval of pack leadership.
  • Recruit the Cubmaster and one or more assistant Cubmasters, with the chartered organization’s approval.
  • Coordinate the pack’s program and the chartered organization’s program through the chartered organization representative.
  • Help with pack charter renewal.
  • Help stimulate the interest of adult family members through proper programming.
  • Supervise finances and equipment.
  • Vigorously assist the Cubmaster.
  • Ensure that all Cub Scouts receive a year-round, quality program.
  • Complete pack committee Fast Start training and Basic Leader Training for the position.
  • Conduct, with the help of the Cubmaster, periodic training for parents and guardians.
  • Cooperate with other Scouting units.

A Pack Committee must have at least 3 members–a chairperson, a secretary and a treasurer.  However, it's better to have more people involved.  This keeps the chair, secretary and treasurer from having too many responsibilities.  Since Cub Scouting is a family activity, we try to get all of our families involved at the pack level in some capacity.

Some of the other committee roles are:

  • Advancement Chair – Manages the advancement & awards of the boys.  Helps plan and conduct awards ceremonies.  Collects, compiles and stores advancement records.  Purchases awards to be given to the boys.
  • Outdoor Activity Chair – Assists Cubmaster in planning and executing outdoor activities.  Ensures that a properly trained adult is in attendance at any outdoor activity.  Knows and carries out the BSA outdoor program policy.
  • Membership and Registration Chair – Assists with recruitment activities including collection of membership applications and medical forms.  Manages the pack's recharter process.
  • Fundraising Chair – Manages the pack's fundraising efforts.
  • Public Relations Chair – Ensures that the pack's activities are visible to the public.

In our pack, we ask parents to head up some of our larger events such as the Pinewood Derby and the Blue & Gold Banquet.  Parents who may not be able to commit to an ongoing role can manage these short-term projects.  This alleviates a burden for the pack committee.

If you aren't already involved at the pack level, ask your den leader or Pack Committee chair how you can help.  Believe me, they will appreciate your willingness!

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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Tanya, when are you moving to my pack?!? :) Seriously, talk to your Cubmaster or Committee Chair. I know they would love the help.

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