Your Role as a Parent
Cub Scouting encourages closeness to family. The program will give
you opportunities to take part in activities with your son that you
normally couldn't do. It provides a positive way for parent and son to
grow closer together, and encourages you to spend quality time together.
In this way, Cub Scouting is a program for the entire family, and your
involvement is vital to the program's success.
Some specific things you can do to help your son in Cub Scouting are
- Work with your son on projects
- Help your Cub Scout along the advancement trail
- Participate in monthly pack meetings
- Attend parent-leader conferences
- Go on family campouts with your son
- Provide support for your son's den and pack
The Cub Scout years are developing years for young boys, falling
between the dependence of early childhood and the relative independence
of early adolescence. As he grows, your son will gain the ability to do
more things "on his own," but at this stage of his development, your
help is critical.
Work with your son on projects
Boys often start projects at den meetings and finish them at home
with the help of a parent. Such projects become the catalyst for parents
and boys—often joined by siblings and friends—to interact with each
other in an informal, relaxed way.
Because the purpose of projects is to teach a boy new skills, a
project will challenge a boy to do tasks that he hasn't currently
mastered. It's not uncommon, therefore, for a boy to need help from his
family to do some of his projects. In Cub Scouting, boys are not
expected to do things entirely on their own. So long as a boy does his
best to do as much as he's capable of, it's perfectly acceptable for a
parent or sibling to help him with the tasks he's unable to do on his
Help your son along the advancement trail
The advancement plan is designed for parents to use to create a
learning environment in their home. With the Cub Scout handbooks as a
resource, parents and boys work together to do the achievements required
for each badge. The advancement plan provides fun for the boys, gives
them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and
strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with boys
on advancement projects.
While Cub Scouts will learn skills and begin work on projects in
their weekly den meetings, the parent remains at the center of the
advancement program. As each task is done or each skill is demonstrated,
the parent signs the Cub Scout's handbook to record its completion. And
when the boy has completed all the requirements to earn an award, the
parent presents that award at the next monthly pack meeting.
Participate in monthly pack meetings
The weekly den meetings are for Cub Scouts and their adult leader.
The pack meeting is for the entire family of every Cub Scout. At pack
meetings, parents see their sons in action with their friends, meet
other parents, and join with neighbors in caring and sharing. These
types of opportunities are scarce, and pack meetings highlight how Cub
Scouting teaches boys cooperation and collaboration.
The pack meeting is also a monthly showcase for all that the boys
have worked on in their den meetings. Craft projects are on display,
skills are demonstrated, and skits are performed to show the boys'
command of the monthly theme. While boys at this age seem to be
struggling toward independence, having the approval of their parents and
other adults whom they admire remains important to them—so your
presence at these meetings is critical to underscore the importance of
the lessons your son has learned.
Go on family campouts with your son
Besides being fun, family camping is a chance for quality time
together and an enriched family life. This program is a recreational
opportunity—it's not on a tight time schedule. Family leadership rests
with the adult member(s). This leadership might be yielded from time to
time as the family chooses to take part in activities, such as swimming,
where specific camp policies must be followed for safety and proper
Provide support for your son's den and pack
It's important to remember that the adult leaders of your son's den
and pack are volunteers who give their own time to provide a quality
program for your son. While they have been carefully selected and
extensively trained for their roles, there are always times when they
could use help from parents in the pack.
Pack events such as the pinewood derby, blue and gold banquet, or
field days take a lot of effort—more than the monthly meetings. The
pack's leaders would likely welcome any help you can give. Likewise, den
leaders will be grateful to parents who can lend a hand with field
trips and outings. By pitching in as needed, you can show your son the
importance of helping others. So be on the lookout for opportunities for
you to help the den, the pack, and its leaders.
*above copied from BSA web site.
We take the protection of our Scouts seriously. The Boy Scouts
of America places the greatest importance on creating a secure
environment for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the
BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and
provides parents and leaders online, video, and print resources for the
Cub Scout program. All leaders are required to take a free training
course (youth protection)
and parents are strongly encouraged to do the same. The course can be
completed online in about 20 minutes and will help you understand these
If you are not
satisfied with the program or performance of your Den,
don’t sit back, but instead contact a Den
Leader, Cubmaster, or Pack
Committee Chair immediately. If you would like
to go over the Pack level, please contact the Unit Commissioner. We
are all responsible for timely
communication of any concerns, as a safe and
successful organization is our mission.
Becoming a Leader or Volunteer
Cub Scouting relies on volunteers to be pack leaders. Volunteers come
from all backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, homemakers,
teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists—people from just about every
occupation imaginable—are involved in leading youth to become
responsible, caring, and competent citizens. They also quickly discover
that Scout volunteering lets them learn new skills and build lifelong
friendships while having fun.
Parent volunteers are always needed. Registration and training are
provided by the Pack for those who are interested in helping. If you'd
like to help in any capacity, please contact the Pack Committee
Chairman, Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, or your son's Den Leader.
Some of the roles you might fill to support a Cub Scout pack are these:
- Cubmaster. The Cubmaster's most visible duty is
to emcee the monthly pack meeting. Behind the scenes, the Cubmaster
works with the pack committee to plan and carry out the pack program and
helps coordinate the efforts of the den leaders. A Cubmaster may be
assisted by one or more assistant Cubmasters.
- Den Leader. The den leader conducts weekly
meetings for a smaller group of boys and helps coordinate the den's
contribution to the monthly pack meeting. A den leader is typically
assisted by at least one assistant den leader.
- Pack Committee. The pack committee works with
the Cubmaster to plan and carry out the pack program. The committee also
coordinates major events and secures support for the pack. The
committee consists of a chairperson and other members who may have
particular functions, such as finance, marketing, advancement, or
- Function Committees. Some pack events have
special-purpose committees. Holding a Scouting for Food drive, pinewood
derby, blue and gold banquet, pack graduation, or field day requires
more planning and coordination than a typical pack meeting.
- Parent Helpers. Some events need extra adults
to help the pack leaders. A parent can pitch in by driving a vehicle for
a field trip, helping prepare lunch at a day camp, supervising an event
at a field day, or supporting unit leaders on an as-needed basis.
The Benefits of Leadership
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America is a way for adults to
work with youth to build a better future for everyone. Besides giving
valuable service to youth in their communities, volunteers find that
they reap many personal benefits from being a leader in Cub Scouting.
- Parenting Skills. Scout volunteering helps
adults develop closer connections with children. Volunteers agree that
their experience in leading youth has helped them learn to relate to
young people and inspire them. Almost nine of 10 volunteers say Scout
volunteering has helped them become better parents.
- Ethical and Moral Character Development.
Scouting promotes ethical and moral character development in youth.
Volunteers become role models for these traits as they lead and
participate in activities with youth and other adults. Through their
leadership, volunteers enhance their own ethical and moral decision
making. They feel the experience makes them more honest and trustworthy.
- Management and Leadership Skills. In member
recruitment, fund-raising, leader recruitment, and program planning,
volunteers get opportunities to set and achieve goals. Volunteers say
these experiences carry over into their work life, making them better
managers and employees.
- Conservation. Scouting teaches young people and
adults to live by the Outdoor Code: Be clean in one's outdoor manners,
be careful with fire, be considerate in the outdoors, and be
conservation-minded. Many volunteers come to Scouting with a strong
commitment to the environment, and most indicate that through
volunteering they have heightened their environmental awareness and
developed or improved their conservation skills.
- Community Spirit. Volunteers agree that
Scouting encourages them to become involved in other organizations.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of Scout volunteers also volunteer for other
youth groups. Scout volunteers give time to religious youth
organizations, youth sports associations, parent-teacher
associations/organizations, Girl Scouts, 4-H, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs
of America, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
- Citizenship. Volunteering leads to greater
participation in community service activities that range from collecting
food and clothing for local shelters, to planting trees, to picking up
trash in local parks. Scout volunteering also builds leaders' pride in
their communities and in being Americans. An overwhelming majority (90
percent) feel that volunteering for Scouts has helped them become a
- Communication Skills. In their many roles,
volunteers are called upon to communicate with Scouts, other volunteers,
community leaders, and parents. Not surprisingly, many volunteers say
this experience has helped them become better listeners and
- Physical Fitness. Scout volunteers believe the
activities they do in Scouting help their overall physical health.
Volunteers report that they have developed or improved their camping,
hiking, and swimming skills because of Scout volunteering.
- Enjoyment. Scout volunteering is just plain
fun: "you get to be a kid again in a way," said one volunteer. More than
a fourth of the volunteers agree that their Scouting activities help
them reduce the stress and anxiety in their lives.
More than 1.2 million adult volunteers give their time and skills to
the development of youth through the Boy Scouts of America. An
overwhelming majority (96 percent) of these volunteers say their
experience has been so positive that they would recommend volunteering
for the Boy Scouts of America to others.
Any parent or chartered organization member is usually welcome to
pitch in and help with the pack, and there are no formal requirements
for periodic or temporary assignments. But to serve in an ongoing role,
you must register as an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America
by submitting an adult leader application.
This application must be approved by the pack, the local council, and
the national office. The requirements are fairly straightforward:
- You must be 21 years of age or older. (For some positions, such
as assistant Cubmaster or assistant den leader, the minimum age is 18.)
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
- You must agree to abide by the Scout Oath and Law and subscribe to the Declaration of Religious Principle.
- You must be a person of good moral character and satisfactorily pass a criminal background check.
In some cases, being highly active in the pack or chartered
organization, having experience working with youth, and having
specialized skills can also be beneficial, but are not strictly
*above copied from BSA web site.
You will soon find that the time you spend involved with your son’s
Pack will give you the opportunity to be a “hero” in your son’s eyes,
and will give you a way to teach volunteers by example. More boys will
go on to volunteer later in life when their parents have led by example.
Be assured that the time you spend as an active Scouting parent will be
quality time with your son, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime!
- Fun and fellowship with other families, sharing your pride in the boys’ accomplishments.
- The privilege of helping to enrich and strengthen families.
- A chance to help boys learn good citizenship and to help shape
them into men who have strength of character and are sensitive to the
needs of others.
- The opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of boys as they grow strong in mind and body.
- A code to live by which will set a worthwhile example for both boys and adults.
- The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement, and
pride in being publicly identified as a part of this organization --
wearing the Scouting uniform is a visible means of showing you believe
in and stand up for the ideals and objectives of the Boy Scouts of
So, how can you help? We’re glad you asked, because we have many ways
you can get involved, big and small, year-long or short-term. You are
the best judge of the time you can commit. The pack cannot exist without
your involvement on some level. Following are ways you can become
involved. The descriptions are brief; however, if you are interested in a
position, we can give you a full job description.
- Large, Ongoing Commitment (Leadership Roles):
- The following positions are uniformed leadership positions that
require training. These people should attend the monthly pack leader’s
- Committee Chair
- Assistant Cubmaster
- Advancement Chair
- Den Leader
- Assistant Den Leader
- Medium to Small Ongoing Commitment (Committee Roles):
- The people in the following positions can choose to be uniformed or non-uniformed. Some of the positions may require training.
- Pack Trainer
- Awards & Advancements Coordinator
- Public Relations Coordinator
- Recruitment Coordinator
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Website Coordinator
- Religious Activities Coordinator
- Parades Coordinator
- Quartermaster (Supplies and Equipment)
- Service Coordinator
- Troop Liaison
- Short-term Commitments (Function/Helper Roles):
- The following positions are not ongoing, and those in the
positions will only spend a couple months or less out of the year
coordinating their responsibilities. The people in the following
positions can choose to be uniformed or non-uniformed. Some of the
positions may require training.
- Friends of Scouting Coordinator (1 to 2 months in January and February)
- Blue & Gold Coordinator (1 to 2 months in January and February)
- Pinewood Derby Coordinator (1 month in in January)
- Raingutter Regatta/Space Derby Coordinate (1 month in March)