What is a Cubmaster?


A Cubmaster is the head of state, royal poohbah of the pack and person who should know all.
Is the Cubmaster a Scoutmaster in training?  Maybe.  I do not know, I am still a Cubmaster.

Every pack is different and special as is it’s leaders and Cubmaster.  Who makes the pack, who keeps it running, who do the parents and cubs look towards?  Some would say the Cubmaster.  I do not.

To me, the Cubmaster is the Master of Ceremonies.  The person who really puts them self out there at the Pack Meetings to be there for the boys.  The Cubmaster is not there for the parents enjoyment.

Forget the whole politics of the pack committee and parents….for a moment.

The Cubmaster is there to convey knowledge via entertainment.  To incorporate the message and tools of the Boy Scouts of America and make it FUN!

This message that is being instilled in the boys encompasses everything that the cubs are working towards in their Dens.  All the badges, awards, segments and honors.

So, how do I do it?   Honestly……I wing it.  I do a lot of day dreaming and thinking of what gets me going and excited about the boys are supposed to do in the Den and what badges & awards they can earn.  After that, I try to figure out how I am going to pull it off.

At the beginning of the year I had help.  I went to Wood Badge WE1-492-09 that was put on by the Cascade Pacific Council.  I created a ticket that I was to complete.  The ticket was five seperate items that directly benefited the pack and myself.

Simplified my ticket was:
1)Become a better Cubmaster by going to Pow-Wow.
2)Create a record system and promote training within the Pack Den Leaders/Committe
3)Earn the BSA 100 Year of Celebration Patch
4)Earn Leave No Trace (LNT)
5) Bring a Native American Themed presentation to the Pack.

I shared this with the Den Leaders and Committee and started in on it. #1 & #2 was generally easy.  Going to P

#5 was a tad harder, but my Troop Guide helped and saved cross-over with his use of Native American Flute.  He was able to create a program using myself, his friend, the retiring Cubmaster and his seven years as a Cubmaster as well.  The great thing was after the crossover, he and his friend gave a concert/talk/presentation about the Native American Flute.  So moving, that I now have a Key of C Native American Flute and am learning how to play it.  My hope is to use it at other pack ceremonies.

#3 & #4 were longer to accomplish.  In looking at both the LNT & BSA 100 Patch there were many items that overlapped with each other and also what the boys had to accomplish for their rank.

Armed with Wood Badge, I now think and act differently in a lot of different parts of my life.

For me, taking on any position and working at any company, I need to understand and believe in it.  For example, I work for a large Xerography Copier Company….;)  Technology is very cool. We invented it.  I generally know how all the copiers that I support not only physically work, but why they work.  In General…. I do this, because I am the face of that company.  I should know what I do and sell.  I irks me to no end when a person representing a company does not understand the product that they sell.

Back to Cubmastering……and that said:
I need to learn as much as I can.  I go to Roundtables, I twitter and facebook with other Scouters.  I also listen to as many podcasts as I can while driving.  To me, everything outside of roundtable is a virtual roundtable.  Currently I have the Intro to Outdoor Leadership Training scheduled for Nov 12th. Same weekend as Pow-Wow….  I am also looking for the CPR/AED for Adults/Kids and then the Wilderness First Aid Classes by the Red Cross.

All of this so, I can react and know what I need to do when I need to.  This is also in the non-emergency side too.  I am going to get more questions from parents, committee and kids than I will broken arms and things like that.

That is all the political stuff:

The Cubmaster really sets the tone of the Pack and what it whats to accomplish.  I gather input from the other Den Leaders as to what they want to do as a Pack.   This year, it’s earning the International Activity Badge, Hornaday, Nothing but Nets.  I also want to do more camping and use our Friend of Scouting Gold Status.   Our Pack just does not do it. It’s been awhile that we did  a lot of stuff.  Hence my direction to put more OUT in scOUTing and FUN as well.

The great thing is that now the BSA has come out with planning guides for those of us new to scouting.  I already know that all of our Den Leaders will be using them. That really really makes it a lot easier for me to plan pack meetings..

Which brings me to a great point.
I am trying to incorporate Skits, Songs, Den Chiefs, Den Flags, Denners and all the traditional stuff into our pack.  I am slowly incorporating them.  But this next year…going for it all.

Overall, the role of the Cubmaster is in essence to keep the history of scouting alive and instill it into the boys and families.  Scouting is a living and breathing history that as Cubmaster”s we are bound to pass onto others so they have a great scouting experince.

About Adam R. Cox

Current Skyloo District Commissioner Current Skyloo District & Council Trainer Current Council Member at Large (Cascade Pacific Council) Former Tiger DL & CM of P221 in Pioneer District Former Skyloo District CS Roundtable Commissioner. Former Ast Council Commissioner for Commissioner Tools and Communication Former Pioneer District Training Chair WE1-492-09 Beaver W1-492-11 Bobwhite TG ASM Logistic W1-492-17-2
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One Response to What is a Cubmaster?

  1. Scouter Doug says:

    Excellent post. As for the Scoutmaster in training that's up to you. Being a "retired" Cubmaster and NEW (Asst) Scoutmaster I think the experience helps keep me focused more on the "GAME with a purpose"

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