Word of mouth is the best
publicity. Having your Cubs telling other boys how great it is. But never
pass up the opportunity for some publicity in a local newspaper. Here is a
great article about a Pinewood Derby in Pennsylvania I received from my
friend, Rowland -
Year Round Program
THE BASIS OF A SUCCESSFUL
Program planning is a simple
but critical part of your pack's success. Throughout the process remember your
goal is to deliver a high quality program to each boy and his family. It
should be fun, exciting and focused on the purposes of Cub Scouting.
Setting an annual program
plan provides direction and sense of satisfaction and a feeling of
accomplishment in a job well done. Planning also makes the best possible use
of your valuable volunteer time.
One of the most important
responsibilities of the pack committee is to keep the pack operating with a
first-rate, year-round program. The quality of the program will depend largely
on the pack committee giving the Cubmaster, the Cub Scout den leaders and
Webelos den leaders the help they need.
Cub Scout program planning
includes four steps, dependent upon one another, which usually guarantee a
strong pack program. The steps are:
Annual Pack Program Planning
Monthly Pack Leader's
Monthly Den Leader Meetings
Monthly meetings of each den leader with the den
Steps to having a great Annual Program Plan
SET A DATE TO MEET - Set a date in August with
the committee, including the Den Leaders and Webelos Leaders.
CHECK MEETING DATES - Before this time check with
your chartering organization and school calendar to find available dates for
pack meetings. They should be at the same time and date each month.
REVIEW LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM - Which activities
worked and which did not? Decide what activities and special meetings you
would like to do again. Also determine whether or not your budget was adequate
SET NEW MEETING DATES - Review the available pack
meeting dates with the pack committee and set dates for the coming year. Write
pack meeting dates in your council calendar (extra copies are available
through the Service Center for your committee members and den leaders). Be
careful to avoid holidays and school breaks.
SET COUNCIL AND DISTRICT DATES - Review the
council and district calendar and mark dates on your program schedule for
district and council activities: Webelos Woods, Pinewood Derby, training
sessions, and important meetings like roundtable.
SET SPECIAL PACK DATES - Set
the dates for special activities your pack will be doing during the year and
put them in your program calendar. These may include:
Blue and Gold Banquet
Friends of Scouting
Webelos and Tiger Graduation
Since June 1, 2003, adults giving leadership to a
pack campout MUST complete the Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO).
Please check council calendar for upcoming BALOO training sessions. (This is
not required for council-run programs)
SCHEDULE YOUR MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING - Select
dates for and schedule monthly meetings of your committee to meet and plan out
the next month's activities and meetings (i.e. in September you should be
planning for October). You should have a committee meeting every month.
SELECT A MONTHLY THEME - Select monthly themes
from the Program Helps or choose your own. Write them in your annual calendar
so everyone knows what the month's theme is for both Cubs and Webelos.
SET A BUDGET - Based on the meetings and
activities you have planned for the year, number of boys who are likely to
advance, and the number of youth and adult members of the pack, figure out
what your approximate yearly expenses will be. You will need to plan enough
fund raising activities to cover these expenses. The Budget Planning
Worksheet will help you calculate and plan your annual expenses and income to
create a budget.
DISTRIBUTE THE PLAN - Cub Scouts and their
families will better participate in meetings and activities if they have a
copy of the calendar. Every family should receive a copy of the annual
calendar so they can plan accordingly.
These are the basic steps your committee will
need to follow to have a complete annual program plan and calendar. This
calendar will help insure that everyone in the pack knows exactly what is
happening from month to month during the year. More important, it will help
you plan in advance and avoid being caught off guard by rapidly approaching
Remember that September brings *** Join Scouting
Night and the start of a full year of activities. When you go to Join Scouting
Night, if you have a well thought-out plan and distribute it to your members,
new and old, you will find it is easier to recruit not only boys but also