What Does the Cub Scout Pack Committee Do?
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. You can 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:
Making recommendations regarding pack leadership to the chartered organization for final approval of pack leadership
Recruiting the Cubmaster and one or more assistant Cubmasters, with the chartered organization’s approval
Coordinating the pack’s program and the chartered organization’s program through the chartered organization representative
Helping with pack charter renewal
Stimulating the interest of adult family members through proper programming
Supervising finances and equipment
Assisting the Cubmaster vigorously
Ensuring that all Cub Scouts receive a year-round, quality program.
Completing pack committee Fast Start training and Basic Leader Training for the position
Conducting, with the help of the Cubmaster, periodic training for parents and guardians
Cooperating 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. We have several other committee and volunteer roles.
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. They will appreciate your willingness!