Pack 78 Den Leader
Cub Scout den leaders work directly with Cub Scouts and their parents/guardians to execute the Cub Scouting program in the den. Dens may have a den leader and assistant den leader or two co-den leaders. In all situations, den leaders work with parents as a team to deliver the program. Qualifications: Is at least 21 years old, and should be an experienced leader and is usually a parent or guardian of a child in the den. Recommended by the Cubmaster after consultation with the parents and guardians of the Cub Scouts involved, and approved by the pack committee and chartered organization.
Registered as an adult leader of BSA and current with Youth Protection training.
Den leaders carry out the activities listed for each rank adventure in the handbook in order for the Scouts in the den to earn their badge of rank.
Communicate details and Inform parents of the dates/times/locations in advance.
Plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings.
Work with other parents to come up with ideas and execute them - but the responsibility to choose the activities lies with the Den Leaders.
Make sure that all activities are age appropriate and that parents attend with their child.
Attend the monthly pack committee meetings.
Ensure that each child and their adult partner have the opportunity to be the host team, planning and executing the den activities. Rotate responsibilities monthly.
Provide meaningful responsibilities for Boy Scout volunteers so that they can learn responsibility and gain satisfaction from their efforts. See Den chief training guide for details.
Lead the den at pack activities.
Den Leader Training
Core to succeeding with these responsibilities is the concept that every Cub Scout deserves a trained leader. Being a trained leader helps you deliver the program in a way that is effective and efficient with a focus on the core objectives of Scouting. Becoming a trained leader requires completion of the following training:
Both trainings are available online at my.scouting.org and as an in-person training through your local council service center. Leaders who have completed these two trainings qualify to wear the Trained Leader emblem.
This Den Leader Guide is designed to be self-contained, including all the information you will need to run your
den meetings. However there are additional resources which may be helpful to the Cub Scout leader’s experience. Many packs have pack libraries as well for sharing among their pack leadership.