The Pack Trainer conducts, or facilitates, the training of leaders and parents in the pack. Pack Trainer is a registered pack position and is a voting member of the pack Committee. Under the direction of the Pack Committee Chairperson, the pack trainer helps leaders and parents understand purposes, policies, and procedures of the Cub Scouting program. The pack trainer orients parents and leaders and guides pack leaders in carrying out their specific position responsibilities. The pack trainer promotes training to help leaders learn to plan and conduct pack and den meetings and activities. Regardless of the size of the pack committee, every pack should have one of its committee members registered as a pack trainer.
The goal of the pack trainer is to have 100 percent of the pack leaders trained in their position responsibilities. New leaders and adult family members should receive orientation within one week of joining the pack, and leaders should receive position-specific training within 30 days.
The pack trainer is responsible for:
- Conducting orientation of new families and pack leaders.
- Encouraging pack leaders to attend Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, which includes New Leader Essentials and Cub Scout Leader Specific Training.
- Helping with Unit Leadership Enhancements during pack leaders' meetings.
- Conducting other training as designated by the district and/or council.
- Encouraging pack leaders to attend ongoing training such as Youth Protection training, roundtable, Pow Wow, BALOO, Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders, and Wood Badge.
- Remaining current with training material and program updates.
- Keeping track of pack training records.
- Encouraging Den Chiefs to attend Den Chief Training.
- Is at least 21 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. Is registered with the BSA as a pack trainer.
- It is recommended that the pack trainer have at least one year of experience in a leadership position in Cub Scouting, preferably as a Cub Scout or Webelos den leader. Pack trainers should be trained at a district or council Trainer Development Conference. The Pack Trainer is a member of the Pack Committee. For new packs and those lacking experienced leaders, an experienced leader from the district training team or another pack may be appointed as pack trainer until the new leaders gain experience.
|An award application is available: Pack Trainer Award|
|Pack Trainer Award|
Pack Trainer Award Knot
Recognition awards are available to Cub Scout leaders who complete training, tenure, and performance requirements. These awards are presented by the local council. All of the awards require the completion of Fast Start Training, Basic Leader Training for the position, Youth Protection training, and participation in roundtables or a pow wow or University of Scouting. Some require additional supplemental training. One or two years of registered service in the appropriate position is a requirement for each award, and tenure used for one award may not be used for another.
Pack Trainer requirements
|Cub Scout Leader portal|
- Nameplates - Official BSA Name plates for your uniforms.
- Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scout Leader Recognition Awards
- Pack Trainer Award
- Boy Scouts of America: The Pack Trainer