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Pack Leadership

Cubmaster Position

Each pack must have a Cubmaster and, ideally two or more assistant Cubmasters. The Cubmaster is the "face man" for the Cub Scouts and their families. Friendly and engaging, he sets an example for the Cub Scouts and helps them understand what it means to be a Cub Scout. The Cubmaster runs all pack meetings and provides guidance and direction to the den leaders in the pack.

Den Leader

Cub Scouts are arranged into dens, which are grade-level based. To run each den, there needs to be a den leader and, ideally, an assistant den leader. These adults plan out and deliver all of the programming for the boys in their den, and are responsible for providing the boys with the opportunities that they need in order to fulfill the requirements to earn their next rank. Typically this includes two den meetings, one outing and then an activity or skit for the pack meeting each month.

Pack Committee Positions

In addition to the Cubmaster and den leaders, there is also another group of adult leaders that help run the pack; the pack committee. The pack committee is responsible for planning all pack activities for the year and for managing the finances of the pack. The pack committee is responsible for the pack re-charter each year, and for maintaining the relationship between the pack and the chartering organization. The pack committee consists of a minimum of three adult members but ideally has at least five, peopling the positions of Committee Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Pack trainer and Advancements chair. 

The Pack Trainer is responsible for making sure that each adult leader has the proper and necessary training for their position within the pack and for providing opportunities for them to get this training when needed. 

The advancements chair is responsible for obtaining all awards that the boys earn.


In order to hold any of these leadership positions within the Cub Scout program, the leader must be an adult, at least 21 years of age, and must be approved by the chartering organization. Each leader must be capable of and willing to uphold the Scout law and promise to model the type of behavior that is expected of the boys. An adult leader must possess the moral, emotional and educational qualities that the BSA deems necessary to provide positive leadership to the boys. Once a leader has been approved by the chartering organization, they must complete mandatory training, including Youth Protection training and position specific training, depending upon their role in the pack.

All adult leadership positions within a Cub Scout pack are volunteer positions, and as such there is no monetary compensation offered. The vast majority of the training available is free of charge and in many packs, the training that does have a cost or is often reimbursed by the pack.

Read more: Cub Scout Leadership Job Descriptions