Cub Scouting is powered by parents -- parents who take the next step and become leaders in the pack. Leadership can seem scary, especially if you've never been in Cub Scouting. Fortunately, the Boy Scouts of America makes it easy.
How to Become a Leader
Step 1 is to fill out an adult application (which you can preview at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf). This application is important because it gives the pack and the BSA enough information to evaluate you and place you in the right position. Some of the questions may sound a little intrusive, but protecting our Scouts is our first obligation.
Within 30 days of registering as a leader, you must complete Youth Protection Training, which you can do online at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx. (You'll need to create an account and, once you have a member number, enter it in your account to get credit for the courses you take.) You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.
How to Get Trained
Next up are two training courses: Fast Start and Position-specific Training. These courses are available at https://my.scouting.org/. Fast Start, as the name implies, gives you a quick introduction to your job, while Position-specific Training goes into more detail. Each course is customized for your role in Scouting (den leader, Cubmaster, etc.) Position-specific training is also available in a classroom setting; see the pack calendar for details or visit http://lhcbsa.org/Training. You can also access the fall training schedule on our website's forms page.
Once you've taken Position-specific Training, you are considered trained and can wear a Trained patch on your uniform.
Additional Training Opportunities
Depending on your needs and interests, you'll probably want to take advantage of some of these opportunities:
- BALOO: information on Cub Scout camping
- Outdoor Skills for Webelos Leaders: advanced camping skills for Webelos dens
- University of Scouting: a full day of short training courses where you can pick the topics that interest you, everything from ceremonies to games to religious emblems
- Roundtable: a monthly gathering of Cub Scout leaders from across the Seneca District (northeastern Jefferson County)
- Wood Badge: an advanced training course held over two weekends
- Philmont Training Center: week-long courses on a variety of topics at the BSA's national volunteer training center; family programs keep spouses and children of all ages entertained while you get trained
Visit http://www.scouting.org/training for more information.
Den Leader Resources
Beyond training, your most useful resource is probably the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, which you can access at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/CubScouts/Leaders/DenLeaderResources.aspx. The guide includes complete meeting plans for each week for your age group.
Other useful resources at that site include these documents:
Thank you for agreeing to serve. Your son and his friends (and you) are going to have a great experience!