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Cub Scout Pack 901
(Evanston, Illinois)
 
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Leader Training & Help


Being a Leader may seem daunting, but the BSA has amazing ways of assisting you.  You can find virtually anything you need online, plus there are many training courses and resources. 

Pack 901 also has a vast library of information to help you on your way.  There are over 140 documents on our secure server for Leaders to use with the various positions.  More are added regularly.
The next Training Day is in the fall!

See attached for an idea of what courses may be available and how the day is set up.

Training is $10 for the entire day, regardless of how many courses you take.

CPR will be available at this session!  The cost for CPR is only $15 (in addition to the $10 for the day)  You can't beat that price!

To register, contact Jill.


Roundtables

While not required, Roundtables are the best way to stay informed, get trained, and help you organize your Scouting role.

At Roundtables, you get new ideas for the program and people to help you with whatever Scouting role you are in.  All new training courses and many Scouting opportunities are introduced at the Roundtables.

Roundtables are the 2nd Thursday of each month, August thru May.  They are held at the LDS Stake Center, 2727 Lake Avenue, in Wilmette.  Doors open at 7, and the discussions begin at 7:30pm.  Roundtables are FREE.


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Positions


Here are detailed descriptions of various positions as well as required training, and the approximate time involved.

*Cubmaster/Assistant Cubmaster:
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Specific Cubmaster (either can be taken online or in-person), BALOO/WLO (must be taken in-person)
Time: Cubmasters & Assistant Cubmasters must plan (with the help of the Pack Committee) and run 9 Pack Meetings (September-May) throughout the year. Scouting is a year-round program, so there will also be activities in June, July, & August.  These can be other activities such as field trips, camping trips, etc. Pack Meetings are generally an hour long, and depending on subject, can take about an hour to plan.  Planning materials are available or meetings can be planned from scratch.  The more Cubmasters & Assistant Cubmasters you have, the less time it takes for each person.  This position should take 1+ hour per Pack Meeting & 1-2 hours per month to plan, plus attending Field Trips.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Cubmasters/Assistant Cubmasters to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for planning meetings as well as the help it provides the Scouts they lead.

*Committee Chair
Training:  Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time:  The Committee Chair leads the Pack Committee and is in charge of signing off numerous documents (recharter, awards, applications, etc.)  There should be a minimum of four Committee Meetings per year.  The time for the meetings (which depends on the Committee), make plans, and the time it takes to sign documents is all that is needed.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Committee Members to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for planning meetings.

*Committee Member
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time: Committee Members attend Committee Meetings to help make decisions for the Pack including Pack Meeting subjects, budget, etc. There should be a minimum of four Committee Meetings per year.  The time it takes to attend meetings and help make plans is all that is needed.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Committee Members to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for planning meetings.
 
*Chartered Organization Representative
Training:Youth Protection, Chartered Organization Representative, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (YPT & Pack Committee may be taken online or in-person, COR must be taken in-person)
Time:  The Chartered Organization Rep is the liaison between the Pack and the Chartered Organization, in our case Lincoln PTA.  They coordinate service projects that the Pack should perform for the PTA and help with any issues that the PTA may have.  For us, that means also assisting the PTA with those people that assume our Pack discriminates and promoting our Non-Discrimination Policy. They are a part of the Pack Committee and need to attend those meetings. They should attend PTA Meetings as well as BSA District Committee Meetings.  The Chartered Organization Rep can also be the Committee Chair.  This position should take a few hours per month for attending external meetings as well as Pack and Committee Meetings, plus any time needed to work on  service projects and other needs of the PTA.
Other Requirements: The COR must also be a member of the Chartered Organization. 

*Tiger Den Leader
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Tiger Den Leader (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time: Tiger Den Leaders work with the Tiger parents to run Den activities.  There should be one or two Den Meetings per month (September-May).  Meeting subjects are based around the Tiger Cub Handbook.  Meeting planning materials are available or can be planned from scratch. The parents should help with the planning, so the amount of help the Den Leader has, the less work they have to do on their own. This position should take 1 hour per Den Meeting & 1-2 hours per month to plan, plus attending Pack Meetings and Field Trips.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Den Leaders to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for the Leader as well as the help it provides the Scouts they lead.

*Wolf & Bear Den Leaders
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Wolf or Bear Den Leader (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time: Wolf & Bear Den Leaders should have two Den Meetings per month (September-May).  Meeting subjects are based around the Wolf or Bear Handbook.  Meeting planning materials are available or can be planned from scratch. Wolf & Bear Scouts should be Denners, which means they take turns assissting in Den Meetings.  This position should take 1 hour per Den Meeting & 1-2 hours per month to plan, plus attending Pack Meetings and Field Trips.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Den Leaders to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for the Leader as well as the help it provides the Scouts they lead.

*Webelos Den Leaders
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Webelos Den Leader (either can be taken online or in-person), BALOO/WLO (must be taken in-person)
Time: Webelos Den Leaders should have two Den Meetings per month (September-May). Meeting subjects are based around the Webelos Handbook.  Meeting planning materials are available or can be planed from scratch. Webelos must also attend Boy Scout Troop Meetings, Field Trips, and Camping Trips.  They may also go on Den camping Trips.  This position should take 1 hour per Den Meeting & 1-2 hours per month to plan, plus attending Pack Meetings, Field Trips, and Boy Scout events.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Webelos Den Leaders to attend Roundtables and Webelos to Scouts Transition Training.  These are not required, but are very helpful for the Leader as well as the help it provides the Scouts they lead.

*Scout Parent Unit Coordinator
Training: Youth Protection, Scout Parent Unit Coordinator Fast Start (YPT can be taken online or in-person, Scout Parent Unit Coordinator can be taken online only)
Time:  The Scout Parent Unit Coordinator finds parent volunteers to fulfill positions within the Pack.  This includes both registered and non-registered positions.  They need to get to know the parents to have an idea of their time availability and and skills as well as understand the needs of the Pack.  This position requires more work in the spring, when Leader positions for the following year need to be established, and again in the fall when new people sign up. It then requires less time throughout the year to find volunteers for jobs as they come up.  This position should take perhaps 5-10 hours in the spring and first couple months of the school year, then an hour or less per month after that.
It is required for the Pack to have either a Scout Parent Unit Coordinator or Pack Trainer.

*Pack Trainer
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Trainer, Trainer's EDGE (YPT and Leader Position Specific can be taken online.  YPT may also be taken in-person.  Trainer's EDGE must be taken in-person.)
Time: The Pack Trainer ensures that everyone is trained properly and keeps track of training certificates. They need to have a good understanding of all training options. This position will take several hours when new people sign up or change positions.
It is required for the Pack to have either a Scout Parent Unit Coordinator or Pack Trainer.

Finance Chair

Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time: The Finance Chair is a Committee Member and attends Committee Meetings. They help make budget decisions, help to handle the Pack bank account, sign checks, purchase supplies, keep track of receipts, etc. There should be a minimum of four Committee Meetings per year.  This position requires several hours per year for Committee Meetings in addition to the time needed to handle the financial needs. 
Other Requirements:  This person must be known and trusted by the Pack.  A second person is required to look over or sign checks and payments. This is typically the Committee Chair.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Committee Members to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for planning meetings.
Position currently held by Jill Baker Oda.

Camping Chair(s)
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time: The Camping Chair is a Committee Member and attends Committee Meetings. They plan all Pack camping trips, including Webelos-only trips - location, supplies, awards, activities, logistics, food, notification to parents, family sign-up, etc.   They work with-in the budget and/or figure out how much each person owes.  They may also need to work with scholarships for some families.  There can be multiple Camping Chairs - one for each camping trip or multiple people working on different aspects of each trip.  There should be a minimum of four Committee Meetings per year.  This position requires several hours of planning for each trip.
Other:  It is strongly advised for Camping Chairs to attend Roundtables.  It is not required, but is very helpful for planning trips.  Camping Chairs should also take Weather Hazards and BALOO/WLO training.  It is not required for this position to take the training, however it is required for there to be at least one person with these certifications present at all times during camping trips.

Webmaster/Social Media Chair
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time:  This person is in charge of the website (including figuring out fees if they want to change it), e-mail, Facebook, NEIC's My Unit page, beascout.org page, tumblr, and press releases. This position requires 1+ hours a week. Some weeks will require more work than others.
Other: This person has to have a perfect understanding of BSA's social media policy and know who has and has not signed a talent release.

Advancement Chair
Training: Youth Protection, Leader Position Specific Pack Committee (either can be taken online or in-person)
Time:  This person is in charge all advancement for the Scouts.  They have to keep track of all Scouts' awards through the BSA's online tracking system.  They also may have to fill out paper forms while the system is being updated. 
Other: The BSA's online system requires access to Internet Explorer.  This person would have to have access to Internet Explorer. 


PLEASE NOTE:  If the training requirements say "Leader Position Specific...", you must take Leader Specific for credit.  Taking "Fast Start..." training instead does not fulfill the requirement.

*Denotes positions that must be filled in order to run.  This is a requirement of the BSA and is also necessary for everyone to have a fair workload.

Required Training



All registered Adult Leaders need to take some training.  There is also optional training you may take.  In order to be considered fully trained, and be able to wear the emblem pictured at left, you must complete the following training:
1) Youth Protection Training
2) This Is Scouting
3) Training specific to your position

For instance, if you are Cubmaster, you will need to take Youth Protection Training, This Is Scouting, and Cubmaster Leader Position-Specific Training.

Most required training can be done online.  Most training is also available through the Council. Some training is available by a Pack Trainer.  At the completion of the online training, a certificate will be available for printing and saving.  You need to give the completed certificate - either printed or e-mailed - to Jill. 

In-Person training allows you to ask questions and collaborate with others. There may be a fee associated with in-person training. To view the Training Calendar for the Northwest Illinois Council, go to:
www.neic.org
Click on "Calendars" on the left, then "Training Calendar"

You can also take in-person training through a Pack Trainer.  The Pack Trainer can come to Unit meetings to administer the training.

Online training can be completed by anyone at any time. There are no restrictions. There are no fees for online training. To complete online training, go to:
www.myscouting.org
Click on "Create an Account"
Follow the steps. Once you have a Member ID number, you will need to use this number and connect it to your account so that training shows up under your ID.

Required Training available online
(* indicates training also available in Spanish.)

Under the "Cub Scout" tab:
Youth Protection - All registered Adult Leaders - it is also a good idea for all parents to take the training so they understand the policies.

Leader Position-Specific Training

Tiger Cub* - Tiger Den Leader and Assistant Tiger Den Leader
Wolf Cub* - Wolf Den Leader and Assistant Wolf Den Leader
Bear Cub* - Bear Den Leader and Assistant Bear Den Leader
Webelos* - Webelos Den Leader and Assistant Webelos Den Leader
Cubmaster* - Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster
Pack Trainer* - Pack Trainer. Additional training required for the Pack Trainer position.
Pack Committee* - Pack Committee Chairman and Pack Committee Members


Supplemental Training
This Is Scouting - All registered Adult Leaders
Weather Hazards - All Adult Leaders who attend outings with Scouts. Expires two years after taken.
ScoutParents Unit Coordinator Fast Start - ScoutParents Unit Coordinator

Under the "General" tab:
Fast Start Training
Chartered Organization Representative Fast Start - Chartered Organization Representative. The Chartered Org Rep must also take in-person training.

Supplemental Training
Trek Safely - Optional. Expires two years after taken.
Climb on Safely
- Optional. Expires two years after taken.

Generally, "Fast Start" training does not qualify you as trained.  If there is another training session that does not say "Fast Start" you should always take that. 

Council In-Person Training
The online training listed above is also available in-person.  There may be other training available in addition to what is listed below.  See the Training Calendar for more information.  Training may also be available at Roundtables.  See the Upcoming Events page close to the Roundtable date to see if any training is available at the next Roundtable.

BALOO/WLO - An adult leader trained in this must be present at all camping trips.
The Trainer's EDGE - One of the requirements to be a Pack Trainer
CPR/First Aid - An adult leader trained in this must be present at all meetings and outings.

Pack Trainer In-Person Training
The following courses can be administered in-person by a Pack Trainer.   This training allows you to ask questions and either train in a group setting or one-on-one. Contact Jill to schedule one of these sessions.

Tiger Cub* - Tiger Den Leader and Assistant Tiger Den Leader
Wolf Cub* - Wolf Den Leader and Assistant Wolf Den Leader
Bear Cub* - Bear Den Leader and Assistant Bear Den Leader
Webelos* - Webelos Den Leader and Assistant Webelos Den Leader
Cubmaster* - Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster
Pack Trainer* - Pack Trainer. Additional training required for the Pack Trainer position.
Pack Committee* - Pack Committee Chairman and Pack Committee Members



Optional Training


There are also many other optional training courses.  You may take these courses to help you with your position or just because you want to do something more for yourself.

Training available online:
Under the "General" tab

Physical Wellness
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Afloat

Climb on Safely
Trek Safely


Training available in-person:
The in-person training options vary. 

Wood Badge - is the most advanced training course available for leaders.  This course takes place over several weekends and meetings.  For more information, go to: http://www.neic-woodbadge.org/

Baden-Powell University of Scouting - takes place in Wisconsin and offers many different course options.  You can go for specific courses or stay the whole weekend. See NEIC's training calendar for details.

Council Training Day - takes place several times a year somewhere within the Northeast Illinois Council's territory.  It is a day-long event with many course options.  See NEIC's training calendar for details.

Philmont Training Center - is in New Mexico and offers great training and even activities for children and spouses while a Leader is training.  http://www.philmontscoutranch.org

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics - This is not a required course for Cub Scout Leaders (it is for Boy Scouts), however it is very helpful when working with children outdoors.  See NEIC's training calendar for details.

Roundtables


Roundtables take place once a month during the school year.  They are a gathering place for Leaders and parents  to share information and ideas about Scouting. 

During a Roundtable, you will see displays & hear announcements of various upcoming events.  You will then either go to the Cub Scout meeting, where you will be given ideas on crafts, meeting preparation, outings, and how to handle situations - or you can go to a training session.  Well-behaved children can attend Roundtables.

The May Roundtable is different.  This meeting is set up like a trade show and you can go to different booths to learn about different programs and activities.  Scouts may attend this meeting, and they will probably find several activities to enjoy.

Roundtables take place at the LDS Stake Center, 2727 Lake Street in Wilmette.  They are completely free.  Roundtables are required for certain Leader awards.  Meetings start at 7:30.  Doors open at 7pm.

Upcoming Roundtables:

September 11th, 2014
October 9th, 2014
November 13th, 2014
December 11th, 2014
January 8th, 2015
February 12th, 2015
March 12th, 2015
April 9th, 2015
May 14th, 2015