One Man Band

Too many times, particularly in Packs, the Cubmaster is a one-man band. He or she does everything -- the Cubmaster’s job, and the entire committee’s as well.

Sometimes this is inherited (the previous Cubmaster did everything). Sometimes this is self-inflicted (I can do it all). Either way, it's not good for the long-term health of the Pack.

A strong Cub Scout Pack is parent-run and parent-supported. Others need to be involved.

If you see this going on (or coming on) in your Pack, there’s a way out. Start with a copy of the Cub Scout Leader Book and understand the different positions. Next, call a mandatory meeting of all pack parents. Describe what the each role is, and what it isn’t. Tell the parents that no one person should carry the entire pack operations on his/her back.

In advance of this meeting, make up a set of 5×7 index cards, each with a job title on it (i.e., Committee Chair, Committee Member, Committee-Treasurer, Committee-Advancement,  etc.) Tape these cards to the front wall of the meeting room. Tell the parents they need to remove cards from the wall and accept those positions. Make it clear that if a card isn’t chosen, that means it won't get done. Period.

Do this with good humor and with a sense that everything’s going to be OK. Ask your Unit Commissioner, your Unit Serving Executive and the head of your sponsoring organization to help. Heck, you might even be able to line up training for these new committee people on the spot!

Do it now! The sooner you get all your positions filled, and get these people trained, the sooner your Pack will be a playing like a full orchestra.

And that always sounds better than a one-man band.



Eric Hoadley

Wotamalo District Commissioner

Copyright 2021 - W. D. Boyce Council, BSA   Login