Heritage DistrictCub Scout Den Resources
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Characteristics of a Great Den

Recently research revealed what a den needs to be great. Hopefully this describes your den. If not, maybe you can start applying these methods to build a strong and successful den.

  1. Our den has a motivated den leader - that's you. (by the way, parents responded that this is the most important element to them.)
  2. A trained and prepared den leader.
  3. Every boy in our den has his own book for his rank.
  4. Our den has a program plan. (This can be shared with families in the form of a calendar.) Also, our den communicates regularly with the parents.
  5. We conduct fun, relevant den meetings.
  6. Our parents are actively involved with the den.
  7. Our Cub Scouts experience advancement on a regular basis.



The den leader position could be the most important one in the Boy Scouts of America. As den leader, you personally affect the future of six to eight Cub Scouts. Will they have a good experience that will influence them positively for the rest of their lives? Or will they have a negative experience, which can have the opposite effect? What you do is so important. Thank you!

Did you know that the BSA provides many resources to help you as a den leader? In addition to the direct support you receive from your district and council in the form of training, activities, program planning, and other help, we offer many supplemental resources on our websites.

Here are some of those resources.

For frequently asked questions, new parent orientation, training, awards, and more

Specifically for den leaders:

Resources for new leaders:

Cub Scouts Academics and Sports Program

Den meetings

Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide

CubCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Cub Scout leaders and parents.




http://www.BSAUniforms.org andwww.ScoutStuff.org

We hope these resources help you fulfill your position responsibilities. If you would like to share your comments or ideas with us, we have a site for that, too. Just email the national office atprogram.content@scouting.org. Good luck.