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DEN CHIEF 

                                                                     
What is a Den Chief?

 (See specific responsibilities summarized below.)

A Den Chief is an older Boy Scout appointed by the Scoutmaster and Cubmaster, who receives training, and participates in planning and running Cub Scout den meetings with the den leaders.  For example, a den chief is close enough in age to the Cub Scouts to referee their games, show them how to do crafts, lead them in ceremonies, help with advancement requirements, and in the general, function as a real leader.  It is an opportunity to become a role model, someone who younger Scouts look up to and want to be like. Den Chief's are vital to the success of a Boy Scout Troop because they expose Cub Scouts to the adventures of Boy Scouting through close peer interaction.  Den Chiefs are good for Cub Scouting, and good for Scouting, and at the heart of it all-- good for ALL of the individual boys-- it just makes it more fun! 

 

To help the Scouts along, the Council provides training for these Scouts.  Den Chief training is supposed to prepare Boy Scouts to work with younger youth and provide excellent resources that will help the Den Chief work to support the Den and Pack. This training is a half day training and is a requirement for Den Chiefs in Pack 75.  Den Chief training is also provided online at the BSA Online Learning Center and should be taken by any boy scout contemplating being a Den Chief, and any Den Leader requesting a Den Chief.  (Click here.)


The role of Den Chief is an important commitment by the scout-- in terms of time and energy, and towards fulfilling leadership requirements for rank advancement (den's typically meet a couple of times a month after school).  Scoutmasters receive feedback on each Den Chief's performance throughout the year, and ongoing coaching by the Den Leader, Cubmaster and Scoutmaster to help assure steady development.

Den Chief reports to:

·         The den leader for tasks to support den and pack activities

·         The unit leader (Scoutmaster or Asst. Scoutmaster) for advancement counseling

·         Den and unit leader to approve Den Chief Service Award participation

               
Pack 75's Den Chief Progress Report

Click here for the one-page review the Den Leader completes in Nov., Mar, and end of May.  This assessment tool is excerpted from page 87-88 of the Den Chief Handbook and is designed to be quick, not personal, not judgemental-- just a progress "check."  (Save to computer, can then complete online and save under new name.)

Common Den Chief Resources


Pack 75 SKIT GUIDELINE:  All skits that will be performed in front of the pack have to be approved in advance of the meeting by the Cub Master.  We know, for example, that some very common “old” skits, like the “Submarine” or the “Undertaker on the Bridge,” which are included in many web-based resources, have been around for years but we have concluded they are not appropriate for our audience.  Despite the punch line at the end of it all---- we find the enactment of things such as suicide, or human violence upsetting and inappropriate. 
 

WEBELOS DEN CHIEF DUTIES

 

Be the Activities Assistant

·         Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings

o        Lead Games

o        Lead stunts and skits

o        Lead songs

o        Lead sports and physical fitness activities

·         Help with Webelos overnight campouts and other outdoor experiences

·         Help with joint Webelos Scout-Boy Scout activities

Set a Good Example
·         Set a good example through attitude

o        Scouting Spirit
o        Follow the Cub Scout Promise
o        Follow the Law of the Pack

·         Help Webelos understand what it means to be a Boy Scout

 o        Boy Scout Oath or Promise
o        12 points of the Scout Law
o        Scout motto, slogan, sign, salute, and handshake

·         Set a good example through proper wearing of the uniform

Take Part in Webelos Den Meetings

·         Help lead weekly Webelos den meetings.  (see plan outline)

o        Gathering Period - Helps teach boys tricks, puzzles, games, while den leader is busy checking attendance and collecting dues, activities could be related to the monthly theme or activity badge
o        Opening - Helps organize boys and get them ready for the more serious part of the den meeting and the opening ceremony, hold a uniform inspection 
o        Business - Contribute ideas for theme activities, service projects, trips, planning campouts, etc...
o        Activities - Leading boys in games, songs, craft projects.
o        Closing - Helps restore order and quiet for closing ceremony, help make announcements
o        After Meeting - Planning for next meeting - obtain specific responsibilities and tasks from den leader

·         Help Webelos achieve the Webelos Award and Arrow of Light
·         Help Webelos Scouts in their work with activity badge counselors

 Assist with the Pack Meeting Program

·         Help the Webelos den in its part of the monthly pack meeting

o        Help den leader set up displays
o        Help get the boys organized and seated
o        Help den leader during stunts or skit time
o        Helps with applause stunts and audience participations
o        Helps with den yell or song - or activity badge demonstration
o        Helps den leader maintain good behavior from Cub Scouts
o        Helps remove displays at end of pack meeting
o        Helps return pack meeting room to order

 Be a Friend
·         Be a friend to the boys in the den
·         Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible

Meet with Adult Leaders
·         Meet regularly with the Webelos den leader to review den and pack meeting plans
·         Meet as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop
·         Maintain contact with the Assistant Scoutmaster working with den chiefs
Help the Assistant Scoutmaster and Cubmaster in planning graduation ceremonies for Webelos Scouts 



                

 

CUB SCOUT DEN CHIEF DUTIES

Be the Activities Assistant

·         Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings

o        Lead Games

o        Lead stunts and skits

o        Lead songs

o        Lead sports and physical fitness activities

 

Set a Good Example

·         Set a good example through attitude

o        Scouting Spirit

o        Follow the Cub Scout Promise

o        Follow the Law of the Pack

·         Set a good example through proper wearing of the uniform

 

Take Part in Den Meetings

·         Help lead weekly Cub Scout den meetings.  (see plan outline)

o        Gathering Period - Helps teach boys tricks, puzzles, games, while den leader is busy checking attendance and collecting dues, activities could be related to the monthly theme or activity badge

o        Opening - Helps organize boys and get them ready for the more serious part of the den meeting and the opening ceremony, hold a uniform inspection 

o        Business - Contribute ideas for theme activities, service projects, trips, etc...

o        Activities - Leading boys in games, songs, craft projects.

o        Closing - Helps restore order and quiet for closing ceremony, help make announcements

o        After Meeting - Planning for next meeting - obtain specific responsibilities and tasks from den leader

·         Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting

 

Assist with the Pack Meeting Program

·         Help the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting

o        Help den leader set up displays

o        Help get the boys organized and seated

o        Help den leader during stunts or skit time

o        Helps with applause stunts and audience participations

o        Helps with den yell or song - or activity badge demonstration

o        Helps den leader maintain good behavior from Cub Scouts

o        Helps remove displays at end of pack meeting

o        Helps return pack meeting room to order

 

Be a Friend

·         The Den Chief is what every Cub Scout and Webelos Scout wants to be: a Boy Scout.  You are the guy they’d like to follow and be like.

·         Be a friend to the boys in the den

·         Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible

 

Meet with Adult Leaders

·         Meet regularly with the den leader to review den and pack meeting plans
Meet as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop                                                        

Cub Scout

Den Chief

Scout wears this over his left shoulder only while he is a Cub Scout Den Chief

Webelos

Den Chief

Scout wears this over his left shoulder only while he is a Webelos Den Chief

Den Chief

Service Award

Scout wears this special cord only if he earned it as Den Chief