The Den Meeting is the most important part of Cub Scouting. It is where Cub Scouts build friendships, work together to learn new things, and progress towards earning their common badge of rank. Serving as a Den Leader is providing an opportunity to make a positive life long impact on your child and others in the den.
Den Leader Guides
Den Leader Guides are your best resource. They contain detailed and specific meeting plans for all required and elective adventures. The come three hole punched so you can easily customize a folder for the year.
Parts of a den meeting
Den meetings have seven distinct parts. These help keep the meeting organized and structured. Each den meeting plan in the Den Leader Guides follows these seven parts.
This is the time to read the den meeting plan, the adventure in the handbook, and secure the materials needed to run the meeting.
As the Cub Scouts begin to arrive, they join in an informal activity or game, often conducted by the den chief to keep everyone interested and active until the entire group has arrived. The gathering activity should be completed prior to the formal start of the meeting as it encourages everyone to arrive on time so the meeting can start on time. A gathering activity is optional.
The Opening is the official start of the den meeting. It consists of a formal ceremony, usually including a flag ceremony, and a group recertation of the Scout Oath and Law.
This is where the business items of the den take place. Business items can include dues, recording advancement, notification of upcoming events, introducing a new adventure or a new Scout to the den. Talk Time should be brief so the den can get right to the fun of the meeting.
The Activities part of the meeting is focused on the activities related to the adventure the den is working on.
The Closing draws the meeting to an end. It’s usually serious and quiet. Den leaders could present a thought for the day or give reminders about coming events.
After the Meeting
The den leader reviews the events of the meeting, finalizes plans for the next den meeting, and reviews upcoming plans pack events or activities.
CubCast provides monthly topics for Cub Scout leaders. The CubCast team interviews volunteer leaders from around the country and subject matter experts on topics such as conducting great outdoor experiences to how to handle conflict among Cub Scouts.
You can subscribe by searching for CubCast or you can visit our website at https://podcast.scouting.org
Scouting magazine is provided to all registered adult leaders as part of their registration with the BSA. It contains articles not only about Scouting but about youth development and parenting.
Scouting’s website is chock full of information and resources for leaders and parents.
Parents and other non-registered adults can subscribe for $15 a year (five issues).
Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders may ask a scout in a local Troop, Crew, or Ship to serve as a Den Chief. This youth leadership position is designed to assist the Den Leader with simple tasks such as gathering Cub Scouts for a game or assisting Cub Scouts with a craft or activity.
Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders select a Scout to serve as a denner on a rotational basis so each Scout gets the opportunity to serve at least once. The responsibilities of the denner should be simple and appropriate for the age of the Cub Scout. This may be the honor of holding the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony or leading the pledge of allegiance.
The denner is identified by wearing a yellow cord on the left shoulder.
Resources, Forms, and Applications
A full list of resources available on-line and available at your local Scout Shop or at www.scoutshop.org is available.
The Guide to Safe Scouting is your guide to ensure the activities you conduct are part of the Cub Scout program. Leaders should bookmark the site and use it as a reference.
Here you will find a listing of all official forms, certificates, and documents for Cub Scouting. Check back often for updates and revisions.