The Pack The Pack is a group made up of several dens. The Pack includes not only the boys in those dens, but also their families, and their leaders. The Pack meets once a month with Cub Scouts, leaders, parents and other family members attending. The Pack meeting is the climax of the month's den meetings and activities. It gives the dens something to look forward to and work toward. This is a chance to recognize the boys, their parents, and their leaders.
In addition to its regular meetings, the Pack sponsors certain special projects. These include community projects (e.g., park preservation), outdoor activities (e.g., field trips, family campouts, etc.), fundraising activities, and fun competitions (e.g., Pinewood car Derby).
The Cubmaster is an adult volunteer who serves as master of ceremonies at all Pack meetings and leads Pack activities of all kinds. Pack leadershippositions may be held by women or men.
The Pack Committee is a group of adult volunteers who plan the Pack program and individual activities as well as managing such things as record keeping, finance, leadership recruitment, and registration. The Pack Committee meets monthly and meetings are open to any interested parent.
The DenA Cub Scout Pack is divided into small groups of about eight boys called dens, who meet under the direction of adult Den Leaders and, in some cases, Boy Scout Den Chiefs. The Den Leaders are trained parent volunteers.
Den meeting activities are planned around the monthly theme and include games, handicrafts, hikes and other outdoor fun, advancement requirements is included.The Den Leaders may ask for special help occasionally from parents (helping with a meeting, sharing a special skill, or just providing a snack for the boys).
Dens are organized by rank. Ranks are organized by grade and age
Grade and AgeJoining and advancement requirements for Cub Scouting are on a grade basis (with age as backup). Here are some age/grade requirements. Keep in mind that grade is the primary determination and age is the backup (note the work "or"):
·TIGER CUBS -- In the first grade, (or 7 years old) ·CUB SCOUTS (Wolves and Bears) -- In the second and third grade, (or 8 or 9 years old) ·WEBELOS SCOUTS -- In the fourth and fifth grade, (or 10 years old) ·ARROW OF LIGHT -- Six months since completing the fourth grade, or six months since turning 10. ·BOY SCOUTS -- Completed the fifth grade, or age 11, or have earned the Arrow of Light.
The Pack LeadershipThe pack leadership consists of theChartered Organization Representative, Pack Committee Chairperson, Pack Committee, Cubmaster and den leaders. These are adult positions. Let's look at what each oneaccomplishes in a Pack.
This person works with the Cubmaster and Chartered Organization Representative to make sure that the responsibilities of the Pack Committee are being met.
The Pack Committee The Pack Committee takes care of the administrative needs of the pack. It is organized and chaired by the Pack Committee Chairperson. The committee is responsible for:
·Finding a meeting place ·Setting the Pack policies in accordance with Boy Scouting and the chartered organization. ·Coordinating the Pack program with that of the charter organization. ·Assist with the annual Pack charter renewal. ·Is responsible for carrying out the policies and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America. ·Provides encouragement to leaders in carrying out the Pack program. ·Provides the finances and fundraising coordination for the Pack. ·Is responsible for Pack property. ·Is responsible for the quality of the adult leadership, that the leadership is recruited and trained. This is all adult leadership, including Cubmaster. ·Responsible for recommending this leadership to the charter organization for final approval. ·Coordination between the Pack and other scouting units.
A good Pack Committee consists of the following people:
The Cubmaster The Cubmaster, who is sometimes referred to as the unit leader, is up front. Most parents think they run the show all by themselves. Now you know different. So what does a Cubmaster do? Plenty!
The Cubmaster is responsible for: ·Conducting the pack program, which includes leading the monthly Pack meeting, with the help of the other leaders. ·Guiding, supporting, motivating, and inspiring the other adult leaders. ·Making sure the dens are functioning well. ·Planning pack programs with the help of the other leaders. ·Coordinating the total Cub Scout program for the pack. ·Helping recruit den leaders and coaches. ·Establishing and maintaining good relationships with Boy Scout Troops.
The Den Leader The Den leader is responsible for the group of boys within a specific Cub Scout rank.This person is typically the parent of one of the boys in the den, but does not need to be.This position works well with two to three adults serving as the leader of a den, depending on size of the den.The responsibilities of a den leader include:
·The Cub Scout den leader should be interested in sharing their knowledge, positive attitude and leadership skills with the Cub Scouts, their parents and the Pack. ·They should be interested in maintaining the proper role model image and uphold high behavioral standards for all Cub Scouts and parents of the Pack. ·They should encourage Cub Scout rank advancement, individual and Pack awards to support personal growth and teamwork for the Cub Scout, their parents and the Pack. ·The Cub Scout den leader should be interested in advancing their own skills, knowledge and personal growth to continually lead and support their Cub Scouts and the Pack.
The Den ChiefThe Den Chief is a Boy Scout from a nearby troop who, usually, has achieved at least the rank of First Class. The Den Chief is a trained leader who assists a Den Leader in the running of a Den.The Den Chief should attend most Den meetings, most Pack meetings and most Den outings.“Most” is used here, because the Boy Scout will have homework from school, other Scouting activities and family concerns that will keep him from attending all events.But, the Den Chief MUST stay in contact with the Den Leader, and let her or him know ahead of time when he will not be available.
It is the Den Chief's duty to assist the Cub Scouts in their den with the projects and activities of the Den. His duty also is to encourage, guide and protect them in all Den and Pack activities, and to show them by his example what a Boy Scout is.
Webelos Den Chiefs also will work to interest the Webelos Scouts in becoming Boy Scouts.