Does your pack have a Pack Trainer?
For most packs in our council, the answer is no. What if there was someone in your Cub Scout Pack who took care of orienting new parents, maintaining all training records, and making sure that all your leaders knew what they were doing? What if your pack had a person who was qualified to actually train leaders who were unable to make it to training courses?
For the packs which have Pack Trainers, the Cub Scout program is a dream come true. The program is easier for families and leaders to participate in. The program is more fun and fulfilling for boys. Pack meetings are better attended, fundraisers are more enthusiastically supported, and parents are more willing to be involved. These packs grow without effort, as families and boys recruit others through their excitement for the program, and more families are retained from year to year.
Depending on how your pack functions and how it has functioned for the last few years, this could be a very easy position to fill. In a well-organized pack, a Pack Trainer’s job consists of maintaining 100% trained leaders, and introducing new families to the program. Even in the roughest of situations, this position could be challenging for a while, but then become easier as momentum gathers. The Pack Trainer position can even be filled by an experienced leader until it is possible to move someone into filling only this position. A description can be found in the Cub Scout Leader Book, in the section on the Pack Committee. Pack Trainers should be recruited as soon as possible around Fall Recruitment time, and can be well-prepared for the Trainer Development Conference in early October.
For further resources, including help in selecting prospects, contact Jake Twaddle (763)231-7226 (Program Relations Executive)