- The monthly Pack Meeting is the biggest, most important job of the Cubmaster. Interestingly, good packs, with lots of involved and motivated parents and leaders, are often the packs that have great pack meetings! They set the tone for the entire pack program!
- Show up in your scout uniform and be a role model and commanding presence at events (primarily Pack Meeting and Campout).
- Touch base with the Pack Meeting Coordinator who will provide the agenda, slides and pull together logistics.
- Everybody likes to be entertained. So instead of running a "meeting", focus on presenting a “Pack Performance” every month! That is a much better description of what your monthly gathering is—a show! Make it interesting to both boys and the adults...which means you may sometimes need to think and act like a nine year old. Otherwise the audience will stop paying attention and you’ll lose control. Being loud enough to be heard without a microphone is helpful! Put up the Cub Scout sign at a meeting when needed. Keep it loud, visual and dynamic. Physiologically, boys have short attention spans, process information visually, and don't hear a good percentage of what is said to them.
- Sprinkle brief, informative moments throughout the show, some surprises,...work on eliminating gaps, pauses, extensive preparations, long speeches, or readings. Help keep the program moving along. Avoid having any single act deal exclusively with one boy or one den for too long, especially during recognition ceremonies. If you’re handing out awards to Den 2, nobody but Den 2 will be paying attention. Instead, try to incorporate the entire pack into your recognition segments.
- Feel free to pull parents and leaders, boys and siblings into the program. No matter how naturally entertaining you may be, a one-man show gets old after a while! Use older siblings to help with lighting, stage setup, and ceremonies. Involve parents and boys in skits and run-ons. And get your entire audience into the act with songs and audience participation stunts.
- Complete Cubmaster Fast Start, Cub Scout Leader Basic Training and Youth Protection Training
- Official Boy Scouts of America information about the Cubmaster role