I am the Akela for the Pack. I have about 35 boys, so from the Jungle Book the above quote is pretty accurate. The Jungle Book and Scouting are heavily intertwined. Did you know that Kipling and Baden-Powell knew each other? Read this website for more information
Because I am the Akela for the Pack, it is my responsibility for all the Cubs and their training. I am also respondsible for all the Den Leaders within the Pack. For a list of Cubmaster
responsibilities read this blog from Scoutermom
. She has taken the info from the BSA website
and made it her own. If you do it all right and you follow these requirements you can earn the Cubmaster Knot
. But, I am not here to talk about Knots today. I am talking about respondsibilities. My respondsibility stems from the fact that I dropped out as a Wolf from Pack 81 in Black Otter District, Montana Council in 1976. It was due to not having fun and a bad craft. When I took over the Tiger Den Leader position, it was philosphy to have fun. I also had NO IDEA of what I was doing. I had a book and just looked at it for guidence. I surfed the internet for cubscout ideas. We did cool stuff. Somehow I survivied. The boys had fun and they all became Wolves.
I stepped up as Cubmaster because I knew that I wanted the Pack to have fun. It was one way to ensure that that happened. Our Pack meets in a School Gym. Scouts has the word OUT in it. Not Gym. SCGYM? Really? Right after I took over, I went to Woodbadge. My whole world opened up. I learned so much. I came away with what I wanted to do for and with the Pack. I had a plan. It worked for that year. This year it is still working. We as a committee (I include Den Leaders in as part of the committee where other Units might not..FYI) have grown a lot in two years. Next year starts a transistion. Our Membership/Records Chair will be moving onto the Troop with her son. Her first son is already there. A year from that Crossover begins the countdown for myself and the Committee Chair to transisition. The current Treasurer has a Bear and Tiger Cub in the program. He basically has two more years in Cubscouts. I highly suspect he will move to Committee Chair.
Because I am the Akela and I am charged with training & planning as part of my duties, I am working on next year. During our recent outing I had great conversations with the Den Leader who made it. I have had conversations with the others as well. Some in passing and others over the phone. From these discussions, things that I have learned over the past year from reading blogs, tweets and website I am starting to work on a document of understanding for the Den Leaders. The BSA put out the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide
in late 2010. It was something that I used for Sept-Dec and passed out to Den Leaders via email. Some bought it. They also bought the new Beltloop & Pin
book as well. Great! I am covered. I don’t have to do anything! Just give them RTFM and let them go. Nope. I need to follow-up and guide them. I have done that, but not really.
So, this coming year, I am setting out guidelines of what I need from them. No, I am not a manager and this is not a performace review and I realize that they volunteer their time. I so get and understand that. However, I need to know that they are on track and help as needed.
Here are a few things that I want in this guideline.
1)Cubmaster copied in emails to Parent Communication.
2)Meet with Den Leaders at a Den Leader meeting three times a year.
2a)Fall for training of new Den Leaders and for direction of year.
2b)Winter: What is left for the year & Summercamp
2c)Summercamp, Year review, Next year
3)Annual Planning to set calendar for next year’s goals and activities.
This is part of the Spring Den Leader meeting. It is reviewed in the Fall.
4)Training: Beyond the Basics of what BSA requires. BALOO, OWLS, CPR, First Aid, AED
5)Pack Meetings basics: Rotating Den Duties: Song, Skit, Flag, Demo, Game
6)Outings: Again it’s not SCGYM it OUT in SCOUTING.
Our Unit is in the middle of: Forming, Storming, Norming and Peforming
If you have gone to Woodbadge, you know and get this. If you have not been to Woodbadge, you will. My point is the Unit is doing all four of these depending on how you look at it, except Storming. We form, norm and perform. Next year it will be forming a lot with these upcoming transition. Our Committee Chair pointed out at the last Committee meeting that now is the time to get new people into the Committee to carry on after we are gone. Hence, my reason for doing this.
So, I am the Akela. It’s not my Pack. It’s our Pack. But as the Akela, I am charged with making sure it runs well and the goals of each rank are attained and Character Development
The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.