The following guidelines have been followed successfully
by many packs. We suggest you use this as a checklist to determine where your
pack operation can be improved.
Enthusiastic parent participation.
Good family attendance at pack meetings and activities.
Regular monthly den leader/den trainer meetings.
Pack administered by pack committee with work shared by many
including all leaders.
Pack secretary keep up to date records.
Pack holds impressive graduation ceremonies.
A pack treasurer handles financial affairs and keeps accurate
Pack conducts at least one service project each year for
community or the Chartered organization.
Accurate advancement records are kept.
Impressive ceremonies are used for induction of new families and
Cubmaster is executive officer and is responsible for program of
Pack operates on the budget plan.
Pack has an effective, year-round membership recruiting plan.
Adult leaders are all trained.
Adult leaders are properly uniformed.
Pack has close working relationship with a Boy Scout troop.
Adult leaders regularly attend monthly roundtables.
Two deep leadership at all times.
Badges are always presented at the pack meeting with parents
Now that I have given you
the list – you are probably saying that is great, but where can I go for ideas
on how to do improve what we are doing? I have an answer - But first a short
story – There is a Den Leader on my floor at work who told me one day he had
to use his wife’s Girl scout books because BSA did not publish hardly
anything. The next day he had TWO large travel bags full of books on
his desk when he arrived at work. It took me three years to get him or his
wife to a roundtable and when she got there she asked where have these been
for the last three years?? Their pack is one of those that never shows up for
training or anything district related. They leave their leaders out on a
limb. So, since you are reading Baloo, I know you are not one of those but
you might be surprised about how some other packs your friends at work or
church belong to are operating and could gently nudge them with this
information. Now, where can you go for ideas?? Commissioner Dave
BSA Publications –
Cub Leader Book Den and Pack Ceremonies
Insignia Guide Guide to Safe
Group Meeting Sparklers CS Program
Scouting Magazine Boy's Life
Cub Scout How To Book Cub Scout Handbooks
Webelos Leader Guide Cub Scout Songbook
Academics and Sports Program Guide
CS Roundtable Planning
And I am sure there
are more –
Besides books there are what BSA calls BIN items –
These are pamphlets and
flyers on many aspects of the Scouting program. Some that come to mind are -
Leave No Trace Guidelines for Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Outdoors program
Selecting pack Leadership
Cub Scout Highlights, which gives you all the latest news
and upcoming themes.
Then there are other sources -
Internet – It is amazing what you can find using
www.google.com I have found many songs and activities just by typing a
line into Google. But be careful when using Internet sources, some are not
And many, many other books –
The Golden Book Nature series
The Canyon Campfire Companions (I wonder when volume 3
will be issued??) and other Campfire Planning books
Klutz Books – some that I have used very successfully –
“The Rubber Chicken Book,” “Book of Magic,” “Book of Knots,” (There used to be
a BSA version of this book), and their science books – “Bubble Gum Science,”
“Magnetic Magic,” “Explorabook.”
There is just so much out there – enjoy but do not get overwhelmed!!