By Darryl Alder
Feb 16, 2016

Pack Committee Challenge Part 5: Unit Leadership Enhancements

YCub Scout Leader with boysou can read other parts of this blog series here:

In this post we will explain the importance of recognizing the benefits of unit leadership enhancements, identifying the types of additional training available to adult leaders and describing how to recruit and nominate others to the bishopric to serve in your Pack.

Introduction

Learning is a continuous process, and Cub Scouting is no exception. Anytime you have all adult leaders together is a potential learning opportunity. Monthly training is built into the committee meeting to ensure that pack leaders take part in the learning process.

Unit Leadership Enhancements

Unit leadership enhancements are short training discussions intended to help better equip pack leaders to conduct a quality Cub Scout program. Conducting these enhancements should result in immediate improvement in the area discussed.

Leader BookEach month the designated leader, such as the pack trainer, uses one of the  outlines found in  “Unit Leadership Enhancements” section from the appendix of the Cub Scout Leader Book to lead a discussion with the other leaders. The committee then conducts the associated exercise and follows through with the action plan developed.

Before the meeting ends, choose the topic and designate the leader for the next month’s meeting. All leaders should have input on the choice. All leaders then read the preparation assignment prior to coming to the next meeting. In some cases, a topic is more appropriate for discussion at a particular time of the year, so review them all before deciding. There are 15 topics:

Advancement
Annual Program Planning
Character Development
Cub Scout Camping
Family Involvement
Leadership Training
Membership
National Awards
Pack Budget Plan
Youth Protection
Pack Committee
Pack Meetings
Planning Special Events
Policies of the BSA
Program Evaluation

Training Opportunities

Of course, unit leadership enhancements do not replace, but complement, the more formal leader training, as well as roundtables, Akela’s Council, University of Scouting, or other courses offered in the district or council. Each of these training experiences are a vital part of a leader’s personal growth and effectiveness and should be included in his or her individual learning plan.

You can find updated information about upcoming opportunities for such training at the Council’s Website.

Recruiting Quality Leaders

There is probably some confusion here, since the bishopric calls your leaders. However they will always welcome your nominations for their considerations and the pack and its program are improved when the highest quality leadership is recruited.  The pack committee should recognize that new leaders must be selected when new dens are formed, or when a den leader, Cubmaster, or other leader moves away or is no longer able to serve.

Successful packs make sure their leaders are trained and equipped to handle their position, knowing that leads to leader retention. But they also do succession planning to cover the unexpected. The BSA provides step-by-step procedures in a publication titled Selecting Cub Scout Leadership, No. 510-500.

A representative from the council or district can also help guide the pack committee and its chartered organization through the selection process. This representative could be a unit organizer, a Stake commissioner, a member of the district committee, or a Scouting professional.

Reflection

Take a moment now to reflect on this five-part training:

  • What have you learned?
  • Why should the unit hold regular, well-planned monthly pack committee meetings?

Together your thoughs might point to:

  • Saves leaders time. Instead of extra phoning, meeting at the last minute, and struggling to sort out details, one meeting a month takes care of many needed details at one time.
  • Encourages teamwork and is an efficient way to pool talent. When all leaders are brought together regularly, abilities and talents can be exchanged in a way that could not otherwise be achieved.
  • Provides in-service training with new ideas for all leaders. Time is available for leaders to share problems and learn new techniques.
  • Makes the pack strong and healthy by involving the leaders in the plans and using their help to implement the program

Resources

Trained Pack CommitteeIn addition to what the council provides online and at the Service Center, the BSA provides many resources to help their committee through online training on my.Scouting.org, CubCasts, www.Scouting.org/CubScouts, and written materials at the Scout Shop.

Congratulations, you have completed the Pack Committee Challenge. Please contact your District staff to report your completion; tell them to use code: C60. You may also wear the trained leader patch.

 

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