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Den Chief Training

A den chief is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer assisting a Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout den. But the story is far more important than those words suggest. The den chief:
• Holds a leadership position in the troop, team, or crew, a requirement for many steps in Boy Scout and Venturer advancement
• Is a model for the boys in the den, as well as the entire pack
• Promotes Scouting in general and the local troop in particular
• Facilitates the transition of Webelos Scouts into Boy Scouting
In addition, a trained den chief:
• Is capable of effectively assisting the den leader with planning and conducting den meetings
• Understands the Cub Scouting program and the differences between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting
• Will be comfortable with the den leader's duties and confident in carrying them out
• Is familiar with resources for age-appropriate activities for Cub Scouts
• Has a repertoire of activities that Cub Scouts enjoy

This training is designed to build on each of these ideas using a framework that will allow the new den chief-or perhaps the den chief looking for new ideas-to have fun and learn the role.

This training is also available online for all scouts and can be found by clicking here

Adult leaders need to make sure the role is seen as important and necessary. Cubmaster's request den chief help from Scoutmasters, Varsity coaches, and crew Advisors. Scoutmasters and Advisors need to acknowledge the importance of den chiefs before the whole troop or crew, and make sure all members understand that the den chief holds a leadership position in the troop or crew. For more information please contact John Miller.

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