Cub Scout Den Leader

Your job is to lead the activities, or find a Scout Family members to lead, in the Handbook that will lead to the rank achievement of your Den cubs.

Den Leader Patch

The responsibilities of the Cub Scout den leader can be summarized as follows:

  • Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that their den is an active and successful part of the pack.
  • Plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the assistant den leader and den chief.
  • Attend the pack leaders' meetings.
  • Lead the den at the monthly pack activity.
  • Complete Cub Scout den leader Fast Start Training and position-specific Basic Leader Training.
  • Attend monthly roundtables.
  • Lead the den in its participation at pack meetings.
  • Help the Cubmaster (or assistant Cubmaster) and pack committee recruit new boys throughout the year.
  • Utilize the den chief and guide him in working with your Cub Scouts. See that he receives recognition for his efforts at den and pack meetings.
  • With the assistant den leader, meet with the den chief and let him help plan den meetings and den activities; allow him to serve as den activities assistant.
  • Provide meaningful jobs for the denner and assistant denner so that they can learn responsibility and gain satisfaction from their efforts.
  • Use Boys' Life and Scouting magazines, Cub Scout Program Helps, the boys' handbooks, and other Cub Scouting literature as sources for program ideas.
  • Maintain a friendly relationship with Cub Scouts; encourage them to earn advancement awards. Keep accurate advancement records and see that boys receive recognition for their achievements.
  • Promote the religious emblems program.
  • Help the den and pack earn the National Summertime Pack Award.
  • Help establish a close working relationship with the assistant den leader and den chief, functioning as a den leadership team.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship and open communication with den families. Use their talents to help enrich the den program. Hold den adults' meetings as often as needed to get acquainted with family members and strengthen den operation.
  • See that a leader is available for all den meetings and activities. Call on the assistant den leader to fill in when necessary.
  • Take part in the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders' meetings.
  • Help set a good example for the boys through behavior, attitude, and proper uniform.
  • Support the policies of the BSA.