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Adult Leader Basics

Pack 59 is chartered through Christ Lutheran Church and affiliated with The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

2010 marks the 100th Anniversary for BSA. The BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Pack 59 is completely lead by Adult Volunteers. The volunteers are each assigned a role and is either responsible for the entire pack or leads a den, which is a group of boys. However, all leaders work in conjunction with the members (parents & boys) and the pack committee. A Basic Leader Training is designed to give position-related information to all adult leaders in Cub Scouting. Building on the foundation established in Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training goes into greater detail. Basic Leader Training has two parts:

This Is Scouting which is for all new Cub Scout leaders. It is an online interactive learning experience that is divided into six modules. It picks up where Fast Start left off and introduces participants to the following areas of the Scouting program: Mission, Vision, and Values; Programs for All Ages and Abilities; Scouting Is Fun!; Scouting in the Community; Protecting Our Youth; and Scouting’s Legacy.

Leader Specific Training which gives a leader the knowledge and skills needed for a specific position. Leader Specific Training is available for the following positions in Cub Scouting:

  1. Pack Committee Chair & Members
  2. Cubmaster & Assistant Cubmaster
  3. Webelos Den Leader
  4. Cub Scout Den Leader (Wolf & Bear Ranks)
  5. Tiger Cub leader

Basic Leader Training goes into greater detail on youth development and boy behavior, program planning, activities, and the purposes of the program. It is usually presented in one or two group sessions, but can be delivered to small groups or even individuals through personal coaching.

Every Cub Scout leader should complete Basic Leader Training as it prepares them to deliver a quality, fun-filled program. Leaders who understand the whys and hows of the program are more effective in their roles. They know how to use available resources to provide an exciting and worthwhile program for boys. Trained leaders have confidence in carrying out their responsibilities and, along with the boys, have more fun.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a committee member or want to experience first hand what its like to be a pack or den leader, please contact Cubmaster Jeremy Saunders . Pack 59 is always looking for new faces and fresh ideas. Our #1 goal as adult leaders is to keep the pack running. Without Members and Leaders, the pack dies. Keep in mind, even if you choose not to volunteer as an Adult Leader, you can still participate as a Scout Parent or coordinate one pack event a year.  The boys count on us to be involved and plan exciting events throughout the year.