Committee: Leader-Specific Training


PACK COMMITTEE CHALLENGE

Pack Organization:

Chartered Organization:  A community organization with interests similar to the Boy Scouts of America
Chartered Organization Representative (COR):  A member of the chartered organization who serves as a liaison between the pack and the chartered organization.
Pack Committee:  Each pack must have a committee of at least 3 members but can be larger.
Pack Trainer:  An experienced leader who helps to make sure that all pack and den leaders are trained.
Cubmaster and assistants:  Leads the pack and is the emcee for pack meetings.
Den Leaders and assistants:  Work with boys in the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Dens.

Planning the Pack Budget:

  1. Plan a complete annual program
  2. Develop a budget that includes enough income to achieve that plan.
  3. Identify all sources of income (dues, fundraisers, chartered organization support)
  4. Gain support from leaders, parents, and chartered organization
  5. Expenses to include in the budget:
    1. Registration Fees– for youth and adult leaders
    2. Liability Insurance Fee–submitted with charter renewal each year
    3. Boys’ Life—Optional but it is the official magazine of the BSA
    4. Unit accident insurance—to protect leaders and parents from financial hardship due to an unfortunate accident; check with council for specific details.
    5. Advancement & Recognition—Every Cub Scout should advance one rank each year and receive the patch and pin for that rank.  Also remember the cost of immediate recognition—adventure loops, pins, certificates.
    6. Activities—pinewood derbies, field trips, district or council activities, Blue and Gold banquet, etc.
    7. Camp—each boy should have the opportunity to go to camp each year.  Check with council for opportunities and costs involved.
    8. Program materials—den meeting supplies, U.S. Flag, pack flag, camping equipment, videos, books, and ceremonial props
    9. Training expenses—every boy deserves a trained leader
    10. Full Uniforms—Boys and leaders usually pay for their own uniform but it could be included in the budget as well.  Or parts of the uniform such as neckerchiefs.
    11. Reserve Fund—for unexpected expenses
    12. Other—World Friendship Fund, meeting refreshments, etc.

Planning the Pack Program:

Annual Planning Meeting—Major pack activities are determined and dates are set.  Den adventures are scheduled.  All pack committee members, den leaders, chartered organization representative, den chiefs (optional), unit commissioner (optional), and parents (if you think they would be helpful) should attend this meeting.

  1. Create the Pack’s master schedule
  2. Review last year’s program
  3. Brainstorm activities
  4. Assign person responsible for the activity
  5. Put calendar in writing and distribute
  6. Review the plan each month

Monthly Planning Meeting—evaluate and review plans

  1. Evaluate the previous month
  2. Finalize the current month
  3. Planning Ahead
  4. Unit Leader Enhancements—fifteen short training discussions found in the Leader Book.  Subjects include:  Advancement, Character Development, Family Involvement, Membership, Pack Budget Plan, Pack Meetings, Policies of the BSA, Youth Protection, Annual Program Planning, Cub Scout Camping, Leadership Training, National Awards, Pack Committee, Planning Special Events, and Program Evaluation.  These enhancements do not replace formal leader training.
  5. Social Time and Fellowship

Resources:

  1. www.Scouting.org/Cubscouts
  2. Leader Book—order no. 33221
  3. Leader How-To Book—order no. 33832
  4. Ceremonies for Dens and Packs—order no. 33212
  5. Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Boy Handbooks
  6. Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos Leader Guides
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