Pack Committee Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

Every pack is under the supervision of a pack committee, which consists of at least three members (chair, secretary, and treasurer). By handling administrative and support tasks, the pack committee allows the Cubmaster, den leaders, and their assistants to focus on working directly with the Cub Scouts.

With a committee of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more. Although packs can and do operate with a minimum of three committee members, experience has shown that a larger committee generally ensures a stronger, more stable pack and is better able to perform all the required functions to ensure a successful pack program. It is also a way of involving more pack families in meaningful service to the pack.


  • Is at least 21 years old
  • Is selected by the chartered organization
  • Is registered as an adult leader of the BSA.

Committee Chair- The pack committee chair leads the pack committee and thus is responsible for the administration, oversight, and support of the pack program. The pack committee chair’s role is to:

  • Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organization representative and the chartered organization to cultivate harmonious relations and maintain communications.
  • Confer with the Cubmaster on policy matters relating to Cub Scouting and the chartered organization.
  • Supervise pack committee operation by
    • Calling and presiding at pack leaders' meetings.
    • Planning for pack charter review, roundup, and reregistration. (whole committee does this)
    • Approving bills before payment by the pack treasurer. (whole committee does this)
  • Conduct the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders’ meetings.
  • Ask the committee to assist with recommendations for Cubmaster, assistant Cubmasters, and den leaders, as needed.
  • Recognize the need for more dens, and see that they are formed as needed.
  • Work with the chartered organization representative to provide adequate and safe facilities for pack meetings.
  • Cooperate with the Cubmaster on council-approved money-earning projects so the pack can earn money for materials and equipment.
  • If the Cubmaster is unable to serve, assume active direction of the pack until a successor is recruited and registered.
  • Develop and maintain strong pack-troop relationships, and work closely with the unit commissioner and other pack and troop leaders in bringing about a smooth transition of Webelos Scouts into the troop.

Assistant Cub Master- An assistant Cubmaster’s responsibilities (as designated by the Cubmaster) are to:

  • Help the Cubmaster as needed. Be ready to fill in for the Cubmaster, if necessary.
  • Complete Cubmaster Fast Start training and position-specific Basic Leader Training.
  • Participate in pack meetings.
  • Supervise den chiefs and see that they are trained.
  • Work with neighborhood troops that supply den chiefs and into which Webelos Scouts may graduate.
  • Along with the pack committee, develop and promote an ongoing plan for recruiting new boys.
  • Along with the Cubmaster and pack committee, assist with pack reregistration.
  • Help with pack activities, such as dinners, derbies, bike safety workshops, and service projects.
  • Along with the pack committee (and Outdoor Chairman), coordinate outings to see that the pack and dens qualify for the National Summertime Pack Award.
  • Participate in the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders’ meetings.

Membership Chair- Along with the Cubmaster and pack committee, develop and carry out a plan for year-round membership growth.

  • Conduct an annual census of boys in the chartered organization for systematic recruitment.
  • Work with pack committee members to promote recruitment plans.
  • Follow up on Cub Scout dropouts to help return them to full, active membership.
  • Along with the Cubmaster and pack committee, see that eligible boys transition to the next rank's den at the appropriate time, and that Webelos Scouts and parents/guardians have a smooth transition into a Boy Scout troop.
  • Arrange for periodic uniform inspections with the unit commissioner.

Treasurer- The treasurer ensures the pack’s finances are sound.

  • Help the pack committee and Cubmaster establish a sound financial program for the pack with a pack budget plan.
  • Maintain a bank account in the pack’s name and arrange for all transactions to be signed by two assigned people.
  • Approve all budget expenditures. Check all disbursements against budget allowances, and pay bills by check. The pack committee chair should approve bills before payment.
  • Keep up-to-date financial records. Enter all income and expenditures under the proper budget item in the finance books. Credit each Cub Scout with payment of dues. From time to time, compare the records with those of the den leaders to make sure they agree. Give leadership in developing a coordinated recordkeeping system in the pack.
  • Periodically report on the pack’s financial condition at the monthly pack leaders’ meeting. Make regular monthly reports to the pack committee at the pack leaders’ meeting, and report to the chartered organization as often as desirable on the financial condition of the pack.

Pack Trainer- Remaining current with training material and program updates 

  • Conducting orientation of new families
  • Providing Fast Start Training to new leaders. (Fast Start Training can be used as a recruiting tool. The pack trainer should contact the new leader within two or three days to review the information and answer questions. Fast Start Training can be completed completing the training on your council’s Web site.)
  • Encouraging pack leaders to attend:
    1. Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, which includes New Leader Essentials Training and Cub Scout Leader Specific Training
    2. Youth Protection Training
    3. Roundtable
    4. BALOO
    5. Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders
    6. Wood Badge
  • Encouraging den chiefs to attend Den Chief Training
  • Maintaining pack training records

Assistant Advancement Chair- (assist the Advancement Chair in the following)

The advancement chair helps boys move through the ranks of Cub Scouting and transition into a Boy Scout troop. The advancement chair will:
  • Have a working knowledge of the Cub Scout advancement plan.
  • Help plan and conduct induction and advancement recognition ceremonies, coordinating as needed with the den leaders or Cubmaster.
  • Educate parents, guardians, and pack committee members in ways to stimulate Cub Scout advancement.
  • Promote the use of Cub Scout den advancement charts and other tools to recognize and record advancement in the den.
  • Train Den leaders to use Pack Master.
  • Promote Boys' Life magazine as an aid to advancement.
  • Help build or obtain advancement equipment for use in making advancement ceremonies more effective.
  • Promote the wearing and proper use of uniform and insignia.