How to create a pack manual for new parents

In a few Months, families across America will walk into Scouting Nights, staring wide at the prospect of participating in Cub Scouting. But those googly eyes might turn glassy at the start of Scoutspeak. “We just start tossing ‘den’, ‘pack’, ‘Akela’ and all those terms, and they look at us like we speak a foreign language – which we are,” Cubmaster Perry Lipker of Pack 148 tells Hilliard. , Ohio.

While it is good to be fluent in the lingo, many packs go one step further by providing families with a pack manual that introduces them to Scouting in general and their pack in detail. If your pack doesn’t have a manual, you might want to start one over the summer when the Cub slows down a bit. Here are some tips to get you started.

Choose your content

A simple manual would cover these topics:

  • Basic Cub Scouting: The objective of the program, the structure of the pack and how the advancement program works
  • Basic information about the pack: Details about your chartered organization and when and where you meet
  • Activities and outings: Information on camping trips, summer activities and big events like the pinewood derby and the blue and gold banquet
  • Direction: Leadership positions and the role of parents
  • Finances: Membership fees, membership fees and fundraising possibilities
  • Uniforms: Where to buy uniforms and where to put patches
  • Communication: Details on the pack newsletter, web page and social media presence
  • Code of conduct and discipline policy pack: Highlights of the BSA Youth Protection Guidelines
  • Resources: Informations about Boys’ lives and Spotting magazines, the Cub Hub (cubscouts.org) and your town hall

Also, think about the questions people often ask you. “If we start to see a trend in some frequently asked questions that don’t have an answer in the manual or on the website, we’ll put that in the manual,” Lipker says.

Keep content up to date

Some information will change. This year, for example, every pack manual that describes the Cub Advancement program will need a major update. Summer is a good time to make the necessary changes.

Don’t just trust your own eyes, as you might only see things that are relevant to your position. Ask the den leaders and committee members to identify things that need to be changed.

Finally, don’t be surprised if you hear from animators who want to borrow your work. “I’ve been contacted a dozen times by packs who have found this thing and want a copy of Word so they can edit and make it their own,” Lipker explains. “I always tell them: I wish we could get all the credit for it, but that’s the job of BSA volunteers across the United States.”