You train leaders and recommend people for callings. Also, you oversee records and budgets. On top of all that, you’ve got Scouting responsibilities. You didn’t do Cub Scouts when you were a little girl. So, how are you supposed to know where to start? What’s the point of Cub Scouting?
Here are ten great things for a primary president to know about Cubs (according to a bishop):
- Cub Scouts is amazing, and the program encourages moral choices and behavior. The more you learn, the more you’ll like it.
- Cub Scouts requires resources–time, people, money. It requires more than Activity Days. Boys need uniforms, handbooks, etc. Boys also meet more frequently.
- If the program isn’t run well, it’s just a pain and won’t accomplish its purposes.
- Den leaders are crucial to the success of Cub Scouts. This is an important calling. Boys want leaders who inspire, prepare, and are fun.
- Cub Scouts is fun! Fun is so important! Cubs are young and active, and Scouting shouldn’t just be like school.
- Faith in God and Cub Scouts are not mutually exclusive. The two programs go hand-in-hand, so remember to connect them.
- Training for leaders and two-deep leadership is not optional. Training teaches leaders, and two-deep leadership protects leaders and boys.
- Den meeting is for working on advancement, not just goofing around so parents can do the work at home. Even though they should have fun, they should be working towards goals and learning (learning can be fun too).
- That said, no boy will ever advance without the support of his family. We can’t hold FHE for you!
- A well functioning Cub Scout pack leads to excited deacons who love Scouting. Why would a boy who had a negative experience as a Cub want to move forward in Scouting? Cub Scouts can help prepare boys to receive the Aaronic priesthood and become great men.
From callings to youth, you are swamped with responsibility. But, remembering these ten great points will help you in your Scouting endeavors!
Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council