Pack Assessment Survey / Unit Service Plan

This is Cub Scout Pack Assessment Survey (sometimes called a Unit Service Plan) for use by both Pack Leaders and Unit Commissioners as an alternative way to enter data that could otherwise go into (because not everyone has access to that). Commissioners are volunteers who provide "Unit Service", which means their goal is to help units better serve more youth through Scouting, with four objectives: 1) Support unit growth and quality, 2) Contact units and capture their strengths and needs, 3) Link unit needs to district operating committee resources, and 4) Support timely charter renewal. This is part of serving units in the Southern Crescent District.

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* 1. First . . . so we know who is completing this ...

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* 2. My relationship to this Unit is (select all that apply):

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* 3. A Unit Assessment can include review of the following elements: Program (Activities), Membership (Recruitment), Leadership (Governance), and Finance. We'll start with Program plan and Activities.

Does the pack have an active program plan, invite parental involvement in planning meetings and communicate the plan to pack families?

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* 4. About how many Cub Scouts attended camps in the last year – Cub Scout day/twilight camp, family camp (pack campouts), and/or Cub Scout summer camp?

Can we help you with activity planning ideas and the BSA objective of “The pack has activities in the outdoors”, maybe with ideas for outdoor activities? FYI ... has a Month by Month Activity Ideas page with lots of outdoor ideas.

  Fewer than 10 Scouts 11-20 Scouts More than 20
Cub Scout day/twilight camp
Family camp (pack campouts)
Cub Scout summer camp

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* 5. Do the pack and the dens have regular meetings?

Can we help with any resources for fun meetings?

FYI … at, we have a have a Cub Scout Meeting Plans ideas page full of advancement and fitness adventures.

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* 6. Are new Scouts earning the Bobcat Badge, and are Scouts earning their rank badges by the spring (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light)?

Can we help you with the BSA objective of “Increase the percentage of Cub Scouts earning rank advancements”, maybe with advancement activity resources?

Do pack and den meetings and activities include physical fitness components?

Answer any or all below ... FYI … at, we have a Links page full of advancement and fitness adventures.

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* 7. Does the Pack participate in service projects, including any benefiting your chartered organization?

Can we help you with ideas for projects?

FYI … at, we have a Helping Units / Units Helping page with service project resources and more.

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* 8. Does the Pack have a membership growth plan for recruiting new youth?

Has the Pack increased in youth members and/or is the Pack large enough for you now?

Can we help you with the Journey to Excellence objective of “Have an increase in membership or be larger than the average size Pack at recharter time”?

Answer any or all below ... FYI … at, we have a Recruiting Tools page with tools and information.

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* 9. Does it look like the Pack is keeping eligible Scouts year to year?

Can we help you with the BSA objective of “Improve youth retention rate”?

FYI … good activities can help retention … at, we we have a we have a Links page with resources and lots of outdoor ideas.

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* 10. Does the Pack have a Webelos-to-Boy Scout transition plan and activities with a pack or packs?

Can we help the Pack with any introductions to Troops?

FYI … at, we have a list of Units, including Troops, on the About Scouting & How to Join page, and some Troops and Packs advertise their camping events on the What Our Scouts and Units are Doing page to attract interest.

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* 11. A Unit must complete charter re-registration, obtain all signatures, and submit paperwork and payment to the Volunteer Service Center or your commissioner prior to December 31. Can we help make this easier?

FYI … at, we have a Unit Charter Renewal page with tools and information.

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* 12. Leadership and Governance:

Do you have a trained and engaged pack leadership team, including cubmaster, den leaders, assistants and committee members and helpers?

Can we help connect your leaders with training resources?

Are next year’s leaders identified early (before school lets out in the spring)?

Can we help with leader recruitment?

Feel free to answer any or all below ... FYI … at, we have a Leader Training Live and Online 24/7 page with tools and information, and a Links page with tools and information, including about the Patrol Method.

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* 13. Finance:

Does the Pack have a budget that is regularly reviewed by the committee and circulated to families and follows the BSA policies relating to fundraising and fiscal management?

How can we help you with that? FYI … at, we have a Unit Finances page with tools and information and a ScoutReach Resources page.

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* 14. Unit Priorities:

What are the three biggest needs / priorities / issues / wishes that the Pack has today? How can we help?

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* 15. Thank you for your responses. Please let us know if you have any other questions or comments about how we can help your unit -- like whether you have specific topics, questions or issues you would like to see covered in this class? -- put them below, or email with your comments.