By Darryl Alder
Jan 26, 2016

Pack Committee Challenge Part 2: The Pack Committee

committeeYou can read other parts of this blog series here:

A pack committee must consist of at least three members, although most committees are larger. With a committee of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more.

Since Cub Scouting is a fun, home-centered activity program, parental involvement and help is a key to success in this program (see Scouting Handbook, 4). That means you should try to get at least one parent or guardian for each Cub Scout on you Pack’s Committee.

The basic elements of a pack committee meeting will follow this agenda:

  • Evaluate the Previous Month
  • Finalize the Current Month
  • Planning Ahead
  • Unit Leader Enhancement
  • Social Time and Fellowship

Pack Committee Position Responsibilities

While each pack divides up the work a little differently based on the number and talents of the adults who volunteer, understanding the BSA’s model for a pack committee and striving to fill all of the positions make for the healthiest pack. Below are positions suggested by experienced pack leaders:

Here is a sample for a pack with three operating dens:Pack committee posterIf you must adjust this model for your specific needs and circumstances, do your best to ensure each of these responsibilities is met without overwhelming one member of the committee; imagine how the pack is healthier when every position is filled, but recognize that several position easily combine when you do not have enough parents to help.

Summary

Remember the strongest pack committee is one that has individual members assigned to each area of responsibility, such as record keeping and correspondence, finances, advancement, training, public relations, and membership and registration.

These committee members will be called on to assist, make reports, and provide information at committee meetings. During this part of the committee meeting (and/or pack planning meeting), den leaders will be asked to report on last month’s activities, attendance, and advancement. The Cubmaster will review the pack activities and everyone will suggest ways to improve. That way everyone will know what’s going on.

Continue to Pack Committee Challenge Part 3: Planning Your Pack’s Annual Program Budget

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