Ideas for gaining support from your pack committee

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Cubmaster J.D. needs help with a classic problem: Why bother to ask for committee support when it seems easier to just do things himself? Committee Support

CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMISSIONER
Talk to your unit commissioner. His or her primary job is to help units and Scouters succeed! He or she can help get your committee trained and actively supporting you. If you don’t know who your unit commissioner is, ask your district commissioner.

Asst. District Commissioner G.W.
HAMILTON SQUARE, N.J.

THREE EASY STEPS
With people as busy as ever, this can be a common problem. I suggest three things: (1) find someone to be your pack committee chairman, a person who is good with people and can help you rally support, (2) encourage new parents joining your pack to serve on the committee (because you’ll have them for several years) and (3) reach out to your chartered organization for help. They may be able to suggest volunteers who aren’t currently involved in Scouting but would be great committee members.

Assistant Scoutmaster N.W.
WESTMINSTER, MD.

NO VOLUNTEERS, NO GROWTH
Have a meeting with the committee and let them know that you need more support. Go to the parents and remind them that the BSA runs on volunteers, and without volunteers the pack won’t grow.

Cubmaster M.B.
WAUKEE, IOWA

DO AN END RUN
Reach out at the district level and attend the district roundtable. You will be able to talk to leaders at other local packs to help generate new ideas and resources. There is also a tremendous amount of resources available online. Don’t give up! It’s worth the effort.

Den Leader T.K.
AZLE, TEXAS

HAVE A TEACH-IN
Get the present committee members and as many parents as possible together, along with the pack trainer or someone from the district training or commissioner staff. (In some cases, the district executive might need to be engaged.) The parents need to understand the role of the committee, as well as that of the other positions. If parents don’t understand the role and importance of the committee, they are unlikely to step up and participate in it.

Part of the blame for weak committees is on districts that always go to the Cubmaster for information instead of the committee chairman. This gives the impression that the Cubmaster is in charge of the whole program and runs the pack, when in actuality it should be the committee and its chairman. (The Cubmaster is the “master of ceremonies” for the monthly pack meeting. That is his job.)

Pack Committee Member J.W.
BUTLER, PA.

CLIMB THE CHAIN
First, have a discussion with your committee chair and committee. If you still are not getting the help and support you feel you need, move on to the chartered organization representative. If you feel this still has not satisfied your needs, move up to your unit commissioner, the assistant district commissioner and finally the district commissioner. (If these individuals are doing their jobs, you should not have to go very far.)

Your request for support and help should be specific: How is the committee not supporting you? What are you looking for? It is easy to ask for support, harder to be specific about what your needs are.

Pack Committee Chairman G.B.
PARK HILLS, MO.

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