Resources for Den Leaders

Overview

First and foremost, please refer to the den leader job descriptions and get familiar with the cub scouts’ guiding principles.

Training

There are 3 steps to becoming a trained leader:

  1. Set up a My.Scouting account. Visit My.Scouting and create an account.  Once you have an account you can access online training.
  2. Take Youth Protection Training. Scouts BSA places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members (refer to BSA Youth Protection).
  3. Position specific training. The BSA Learning Center is at My.Scouting. Select your position and a learning plan will be created for you. The plan includes modules that are designed to allow you to complete them at your own pace.

Den meetings

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 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.

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:

  1. Preparation. This is the time to read the den meeting plan, the adventure in the handbook, and secure the materials needed to run the meeting. Refer to this den meeting plan template.
  2. Gathering. 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.
  3. Opening. 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.
  4. Talk Time. 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.
  5. Activities. The Activities part of the meeting is focused on the activities related to the adventure the den is working on.
  6. Closing.  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.
  7. 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.

Resources