Cub Scout Parent Info
Every Parent can be involved with their child with various capacities, from becoming a pack or Den leader, a member of the pack committee or just an involved parent. Here's how you can be active in your child's scouting life.
All the Cub Scout Pack leadership and committee roles are volunteers, we get paid in smiles and the joy of the accomplishments of the youth.
Roles in the Cub Scout Pack
Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster - Cubmaster (CM) is the most visible adult leader in the Pack, he or she conducts the program and interacts with other Adult Leaders. The CM attends required training and monthly roundtable meetings. The CM will delegate some of the duties to one or more Assistant Cubmasters.
Den Leader - Den Leaders work directly with the youth of their grade level and their parents/guardians to execute the Cub Scouting program in the den. They also plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the help of an Assistant Den Leader and Den Chief (Den Chief, is a Scouts BSA youth member who helps the Den)
Committee Chair/Member - Every Cub Scout pack is under the supervision of a Pack Committee. This committee consists of registered adult members, one of whom will be the Pack Committee Chair. The Pack Committee Chairperson organizes and chairs the Pack Committee. In small packs, committee members may hold multiple roles, including Den Leader, and not all roles are filled. Larger packs, may have sub-committee members. Click here to see a list of The Pack Committee roles.
Parent/Adult Partner - Lions(K) and Tigers(1st) join Cub Scouting with his or her parent or adult guardian. Lions or Tigers and their adult partners are just that, partners. They attend meetings together, go on adventures like field trips together, and complete requirements together.
Active Parent/Adult - Sometime a parent or adult cannot commit to a specific role, but still want to help, derby coordinator, planning a pack outing, etc.
Required Adult Leader Training
Every registered leader receives a background check and is required to take and renew Youth Protection Training.
For details on No One on One Contact and Two Deep Leadership review the BSA's Youth Protection at this link.
Additionally each role has required on-line and in person training, as well as additional training to enhance the scouting experience. Click the button below for Training offerings.
Opportunities for Parents
Parents and Adults, have many opportunities, to be a leader with their child’s chosen pack, or volunteer with other scout units. Opportunities exist for adults to share your talents, and be an activity pin instructor, camp staff, instructors or even office assistants.
Adults also can take training classes like Woodbadge which can give them leadership skills and techniques which can further their own career.
Groups like the Camp Decorah Corps can always use individuals with building and maintenance tasks.
Local Scout Shop, La Crosse, WI
National BSA Scout Shop
Our Local Council
Gateway Area Council #624
Serving Youth in Houston County, Minnesota and Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin.
District Setup of Council Area and Districts
Cub Scout to Scouts BSA Transition
The Cub Scout grade 4 & 5 years dens called Webelos, works to prepare the adult provided program to a youth led program in Scouts BSA, for more click here.
On-Line News and Resources
Gateway Area Council Newsletter
Scoutingwire.org - Weekly News and Info
Scouting.org - Official site of the BSA