In a recent Ask Andy Blog that I came across talked about having a Committee Meeting and a Cub Master meeting.
OK, but what if a pack committee chair wants the committee to call a vote to amend the pack’s bylaws so that Den Leaders can attend committee meetings and vote on all pack issues? Can they, as a pack committee, decide this? Does this in any way interfere with BSA policy? (Mike Czyzewicz)
This sort of “vote” is unnecessary, and its intent is not according to the way a Cub Scout pack is structured or run. Had these people paid attention when they took training this would be a non-issue.
Den Leaders have no need to attend pack committee meetings. Den Leaders attend monthly Den Leaders meetings, which are run by the pack’s Cubmaster and pertain to the pack’s yearly program and monthly themes. The Cubmaster, following these meetings, attends the pack committee meetings and informs the committee of the pack’s program initiatives for the current month and plans for upcoming months. Following this, the Cubmaster keeps the Den Leaders informed on how the committee will be supporting their efforts.
In a well-run pack, “voting” is simply not necessary in either of these monthly meetings. There’s simply nothing to “vote” on. The purpose of the pack’s committee is to support the Cubmaster and Den Leaders. It is not to “vote” on the plans they’ve made. Consequently, the idea of “allowing” Den Leaders to “attend committee meetings” is effectively adding to their burden by anticipating yet another meeting for them to go to, when they’re already busy enough! Moreover, there’s absolutely no need for “pack rules” or “pack bylaws.” BSA policies and procedures have already taken care of this. All these people need do is follow the BSA model for how packs are organized and run, all of which is described in detail at training sessions that they all should have already taken and in BSA publications.
Our pack holds only one meeting with Cub Master, Committee Chair, Treasurer, Membership Chair and all Den Leaders. Outside of the meeting, we email a lot between eachother. What do you do as a Pack, Troop, Crew or Ship?