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Well, I am going on in my fourth month as the committee chairman and one area in which I would like to apologize for is that I haven't had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know everyone. Sometimes, while I am performing some of the administrative duties, I need to get out and play with the scouts so I remember what I am doing this all for.

On the 26th of February, I spent the night at the Pacific Science Center with 52 other scouts and scouters from our pack and realized how difficult it can be to keep track of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. The den leaders have a very tough job. In fact, all who chose to volunteer their time for my son and your sons deserves nothing but support.

Support is one thing that we can always use more of. We are constantly looking for volunteers to spend a few hours (I really mean only a "few") coordinating an event. The reason we need some of you to do this is that those of us who are filling leadership roles are donating as much time as we can. I personally spent 40 or so hours per week on scouts, but I do it for my son as well as everyone else's.

One reason why we need more help from you is our new schedule and tempo. When I first came to the pack, I noticed a large deal of enthusiasm and dedicated adult leadership. One thing that was lacking was the outdoor program. Our website survey showed that 45% wanted more outdoor activities, 45% wanted more conservation projects and 5% wanted more opportunities in the Religious Emblems arena. We have already taken steps to fulfill these desires by:

  • Scheduling and beginning to coordinate Camporee, Peace Arch, Scout Expo, Resident Camp, an outing to Big Four Mountain, and other outdoor activities that the pack has not traditionally been involved in
  • Providing at least one conservation or service project per month
  • Distributing religious emblems pamphlets to all of the boys
  • Monitoring the progress of all the boys in the religious emblems program

    We want to make sure that each boy get as much out of scouting as he can, and we are willing to take the steps to make sure this happens. What we do need is some of your time to help us out. A large portion of our time is spent trying to evaluate a potential volunteer's interests and recruiting them to help out. Please help us reduce a step and help us to help our boys

    Pack Committee Chairman

    From the Cub Scout Leader Book

    Qualifications

    Be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age, appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. A person of good character, familiar with organization procedures, with a deep concern for the pack's success. Preferably a member of the chartered organization, respected in the community, who shows the willingness and ability to be the Cubmaster's chief advisor.

    Responsibilities

  • Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organization representative, keeping this key person informed of the needs of the pack that must be brought to the attention of the organization or district.
  • Report to the chartered organization to cultivate harmonious relations.
  • Confer with the Cubmaster on policy matters relating to the Cub Scout program and the chartered organization.
  • Supervise pack committee operation by
    Calling and presiding at pack leaders' meetings
    Assigning duties to and training committee members
    Planning for pack charter review, roundup and re-registration
    Approving bills before payment by the pack treasurer
  • Conduct the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders' meetings
  • Complete Pack Committee Fast Start Training and Cub Scout Leader Basic Training
  • Ask the committee to assist with recommendations for Cubmaster, assistant Cubmasters, den leader coaches, Webelos den leaders, and den leaders as needed.
  • Recognize the need for more dens, and see that new dens are formed as needed.
  • Work with the chartered organization representative to provide adequate and safe facilities for pack meetings
  • Cooperate with the Cubmaster on council-approved money-earning projects so the pack can earn money for materials and equipment
  • Manage finances through adequate financial records
  • Maintain adequate pack records and take care of pack property
  • If the Cubmaster is unable to serve, assume active direction of the pack until a successor is recruited and registered
  • Appoint a committee member or other registered adult to be responsible for Youth Protection training
  • Provide a parent training program
  • Develop and maintain strong pack-troop relationships, sharing with the troop committee the need for graduations into the troop
  • Work closely with the unit commissioner and other pack and troop leaders in effecting a smooth transition of Webelos Scouts into the troop
  • Help bring families together at joint activities for Webelos dens (or packs) and Boy Scout troops
  • Support the policies of the Boy Scouts of America
    For more info, please contact our Committee Chairman.

 

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