Wanted: Assistant Cubmaster.
Qualifications: Is at least 18 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth.
Needs to like rambuncious Boys with lots of energy, have cool ideas for fun and a desire to try new things!
Responsibilities: An assistant Cubmaster’s responsibilities (as designated by the Cubmaster) are to
- Help the Cubmaster as needed. Be ready to fill in for the Cubmaster, if necessary.
- Complete Cubmaster Fast Start Training and position-specific Basic Leader Training. Attend monthly roundtables.
- Participate in pack meetings.
- Supervise den chiefs and see that they are trained.
- Conduct the monthly den chief planning meeting for all den �leaders, assistant den leaders, and den chiefs to plan and coordinate weekly den meetings and pack meeting participation.
- Work with neighborhood troops that supply den chiefs and into which Webelos Scouts may graduate.
- Help inform pack leaders of training opportunities and arrange for them to attend training sessions.
- Work with the pack committee to develop and promote an ongoing plan for recruiting new boys.
- Work with the Cubmaster and pack committee on pack reregistration.
- Help with pack activities, such as dinners, derbies, bike safety workshops, service projects, etc.
- Work with the pack committee on outings to see that the pack and dens qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award.
- Participate in the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders’ meetings.
- Promote the religious emblems program.
- Support the policies of the BSA.
So, I am more officially looking for an Assistant Cubmaster or ACM. My position of Cubmaster will end at the crossing over with my son at the normal time in 2013, if all goes to plan. That will complete four years as being a Cubmaster with the Pack. This next year I will still be Cubmaster, but I want to move into a role that will support the Pack but training my replacement. Think Pack Trainer/Cubscouter Knot requirements but still Cubmaster.
I am doing this for several reasons, but the main reason is to have a smooth transition. It also boils down to the simple fact of “Every boy deserves a trained leader”. What I find funny about the last statement and the requirements of Cubmaster is this line in the description: Does not need to be an expert in all Cub Scout activities but should be a leader who is able to communicate well with adults as well as boys. I was not an expert in all activities, but I am becoming one. I think that the last part of communication is reversed. A Cubmaster needs to be able to communicate well with the boys as well as adults. By the time I am out of Cubscouts, I will be very versed in more songs and ceremonies than I knew coming in. I will also have helped a lot of boys have fun.
So, what am I looking for in an Assistant Cubmaster? Another me? I so hope not. I need a person who is passionate about Scouting, willing to try new things and have fun. You have to remember that I went no further than Wolf. That was 1976. I have people who are Life, Webelos, Eagle and other rank in the pack. I get why people do not want to do it. Being a Cubmaster takes you out of your comfort zone and puts a target on your head. However, if you are good at delegating and setting up an agenda for pack meetings you can involve other Den Leaders and parents to help.
That is something that I generally lack. The reason? While I work well within a Team atmosphere, I am on my own during my non-scouting job. I cover OR, WA, AK, ID, MT & N.CA for four Major House accounts. I work on the road and my boss is on the East Coast and I have only seen her once in four years. So, what I am doing about it? I am re-vamping the way I conduct business going forward at the end of this school year. Hence, my need for the Assistant Cubmaster. I am working to include & delegate what I need done. Because I was not an expert (see above note), I have grown into one. It is now my job to help educate those in the Pack. The now Bear Den Parents have taken the roles of respondsibility and have morphed the Pack into what it is. However, we need to move into the next phase of change. And that starts with getting a ACM to help me and train them on how to be a Cubmaster. If they do not want to be a Cubmaster, that’s fine. We will have TWO ACMs then.
From there, we will need to recruit another Membership/Records Chair (ours is crossing over in 2012), an Outings/Events Chair. They can help with Blue & Gold and Sports events that we go to. We will even need to start work on who will cover Popcorn Kernal and Coordinator.
All of this is needed since I have seen and heard of whole Committees,Committee Chairs, Cubmasters and other Key people walking off into the sunset when their son crosses over leaving the Pack to flounder. The only real people who are allowed to do that are the Webelos II and their Webelos II Den Leaders.
Law of the Pack Committee & Akela
The Scouters & Parents Follow AKELA.
AKELA Tells the Pack Scouters & Parents what to do!
The Committee & Scouters & Parents keeps the Pack GOING.
The Committee & Scouters & Parents help to GROW.
Yours in Scouting….