A Pack Code is a way of expressing how members of members of our section are going to act, what acceptable behaviour is, and how the Pack will operate. Every section should have a Scout Code developed annually by its members.
A Pack Code is about:
- How we treat each other
- Respecting our environment
- Looking after possessions and property – both ours and everyone else’s
In many ways, it’s how we live by the Cub Scout Promise & Motto!
How to Develop Your Code
- Read through this whole document, make sure you understand all of it.
- Sit down with Pack Council and decide how, as a team, you’re going to work with the whole Pack to get everyone’s input. The Sixers and Seconds can lead the discussions in the Sixes, but they may need help from the Leaders both before and during the task.
- Set aside time in your program for the Sixes to have discussions, and time for the Pack Council to come back together to work out the whole Pack Code.
- Sixes meet and discuss the Pack Code. They should cover the key areas that are important to them and draft ideas for inclusion in the whole Pack Code. You can tailor this step to suit your own Pack, but make sure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input.
- A foundation for the discussion could be based around the Cub Scout Promise and Law.
- It may help to think about grouping your thoughts into ‘What We Do’ and ‘What We Don’t Do’, but remember that it is up to you how you present your Scout Code. Would pictures help? Does your constitution already have a helpful basis you could start from? There are no right or wrong ways to do this!
- The Pack Council then comes together to collate all of the teams’ feedback. Don’t forget, it’s hard to follow a document that is too long or hard to remember! Make sure that your Pack Code covers the key areas –
- respecting each other,
- building resilience against bullying and harassment,
- the environment, and
- possessions / property.
- Present the document back to the whole Pack and make sure everyone is happy with what is included.
- Have everyone, including the Leaders, sign the Code to say that they will live by it.
- Display your Pack Code up in your hall for everyone to see!
- Make sure that when new people (don’t forget the Leaders!) join your section that someone explains your Pack Code to them.
- Review your Pack Code annually to keep it up to date.
Check out these resources to start you off, but remember to make your Pack Code your own!
- Examples on the Breaking the Cycle: Bullying is not a part of Scouting website,
- Bullying resources on the Breaking the Cycle: Bullying is not part of Scouting website, Facebook page and Scouts in Action Month website
- Code of Conduct (in Policy and Rules)
A Pack Code template is downloadable here: Pack Code Template