Getting involved makes the experience more meaningful for your Cub Scout. There is a place for everyone who wants to help. Often the challenge is not knowing how to help. Below are some helpful information on how you can volunteer.
Parents Role in Scouting
Parents are the most important part of an exceptional Scouting program. As a parent, you are considered “Akela” by your Scout and other Scouts. Akela is a symbol of wisdom, authority, and leadership. Examples of Akela include the Cubmaster, the Den Leader, teachers, and YOU–the main leader your Scout looks to for guidance.
As your child progresses through the scouting ranks, your role and influence on them achieving goals should decrease accordingly. For example, your presence is expected at all Den Meetings and most outings if your child is a Lion (Kindergartener) or a Tiger (1st grade) where you are an Adult Partner. Your role decreases when they move to a Wolf (2nd Grade), a Bear (3rd Grade) and through the Webelos (4th and 5th grade) ranks. Each year your Scout will become more responsible for their advancement in the program and each year our parents find more time to assist all the kids in the Pack.
We ask that each family volunteer for at least one “thing” each year – that can be leading a Pack activity such as a hike, it can be a role behind the scenes to set up for our Pinewood Derby, or many other roles. When all help at least once, the quality of our program increases dramatically, and our Scouts are far better off.
Visit our Pack Leadership section for vacant positions or consider shadow leaders that have Scouts bridging in the Spring. If you can’t commit to a Pack leadership position? Consider volunteering for one of the following:
- Look through Scoutbook and offer to teach one of the den meetings.
- Love to plan parties? The Blue and Gold committee needs you!
- More into tech and tinkering? The Pinewood Derby is tons of fun!
- Do you enjoy camping? Plan a fun Pack Camping Adventure for Fall or Spring!
- Enjoy cooking? Help plan the camping menu and grocery shop!
- Enjoy hiking or biking? Help plan a hike/bike trip for your Scouts Den or the entire Pack.
- Help plan the Scouting for Food service project.
- Help plan the Klondike Derby.
- Creating Signup Genius lists for event volunteers.
Monthly Committee Meetings
All parents are invited to attend the monthly Committee meetings, where the Pack plans all the activities of the Pack. The committee also enables, equips, and trains the leaders and parent volunteers. The meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30PM and normally run an hour to an hour and a half. These are currently being held virtually via Zoom.
As a parent it is good to be aware of how our Pack works, how much money we have to spend on programming, and what tasks need to be completed to make the program effective and fun for our scouts. The quality of our Scouting Program relies on informed parents.