Den Leader

New Leader Training

To become a trained leader, you must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and meet the requirements for your position. Below is a list of training that you may need to become a trained leader.

  • Youth Protection Training

  • Position Specific Training

  • Den Leader Fast Start

 

All of the training above can be completed in a classroom setting or online at my.scouting.org. Training available throughout Middle Tennessee Council can be found here.

Den Leader First 8 Weeks of Responsibilities

Week 1

  • Take online training (Youth Protection Training and Leader Specific Training).

  • Welcome families to your den.  Make sure you have good contact information, including parents’ names, phone numbers, and email addresses.

  • Plan a convenient meeting time and location.  Notify families of the schedule.

  • Obtain a Den Leader Guide Book, a Cub Scout Handbook, and a uniform.

  • Plan your first den meeting, follow the Bobcat Den meeting example by clicking on the links below

Week 2

  • Attend the pack leaders’ meeting.

  • Inform parent of any upcoming events.

  • Recruit parents to help at the meetings.  You must have two-deep leadership.

  • Become familiar with the adventure requirements for your rank.  Choose the first adventure you will work on.

  • Hold your first den meeting, following the Bobcat Den meeting example.  Remember to have FUN with it.

  • Plan your second den meeting, the online resources at www.cubscouts.org/learning-library.  This will be the start of your first adventure.  For any new Scouts, plan to complete the Bobcat requirements. 


Week 3 (Pack Meeting)

  • Conduct second den meeting.  This one will not be so stressful.

  • Record advancements (requirements completed) online or report to the pack advancement chair.

  • Inform parents of any requirements to be completed at home, and tell them about upcoming den and pack activities. (Pack meeting is next week.)


Week 4

  • At the pack meeting, greet Cub Scouts and parents. 

  • Conduct your den’s portion of the pack meeting.

  • Plan your third den meeting using the online resources at www.cubscouts.org/learning-library.  

  • Think ahead about den outings.

 

Week 5

  • Conduct your third den meeting.  You’re a pro!

  • Record advancements online or report to the pack advancement chair.

  • Inform parents of any requirements to be completed at home.

  • Plan your fourth den meeting.  You should be thinking about starting your second adventure.  Are there skilled parents that can help?


Week 6

  • Conduct your fourth den meeting.

  • Record advancements online or report to the pack advancement chair.

  • Attend the pack leaders’ meeting.

  • Inform parents of any requirements to be completed at home, and tell them about upcoming den and pack activities. Cub and Family Camp Out and the popcorn sale should be happening.  

  • Plan your fifth den meeting.

 

Week 7

  • Conduct your fifth den meeting.

  • Record advancements.

  • Inform parents of any requirements to be completed at home.  Keep communicating about pack activities.

 

 

Week 8

  • Arrive early for the pack meeting, and make sure your Cub Scouts are ready for their part.

  • Encourage the Cub Scouts to participate.

  • Plan your sixth den meeting.  Look ahead to your third adventure and plan for outings and needed supplies.

Other Resources

Tiger meeting plan 1 - My Tiger Jungle

Wolf meeting plan 1 - Call of the Wild

Bear meeting plan 1 - Bear Claws

Jet Potter Scout Service Center

3414 Hillsboro Pike * Nashville, TN 37215 * (P) 615-383-9724(F) 615-297-9916