Den Leader Getting Started Guide

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<big><center>The [[Den Leader Getting Started Guide]] has what you need to get started today!</center></big>
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<big><center>The [[Den Leader Getting Started Guide]] has everything [[Tiger Den Leaders|Tiger]], [[Cub Scout Den Leader|Wolf & Bear]] and [[Webelos Den Leader]]s need to get started today!</center></big>
First of all, Welcome! Thank you for volunteering to be a [[Den Leader]].
First of all, Welcome! Thank you for volunteering to be a [[Den Leader]].
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Your son, nephew, or grandson may be one of the boys in your den. What fun! These are the "good old days" you will always remember. As he grows up, his friends may change. But some day if they work hard, they can be [[Eagle Scout]]s! The friends with him that day might very well be these buddies from your Cub Scout Den.
Your son, nephew, or grandson may be one of the boys in your den. What fun! These are the "good old days" you will always remember. As he grows up, his friends may change. But some day if they work hard, they can be [[Eagle Scout]]s! The friends with him that day might very well be these buddies from your Cub Scout Den.
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Here are the three most important things:
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Here are the three most important things: Keep It Simple, Make it Fun, and Keep Them Safe.
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You probably have a [[Den Meeting]] coming up, so let's get started!
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You have a [[Den Meeting]] coming up, so let's get started! Don't try to reinvent the wheel. [[MeritBadge.Org]] already has the resources you need!
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'''Application.''' First, make sure that your [[Pack]] has turned in your [[Adult Application]]. You need to be registered.
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'''Applications & Roster.''' Make sure that your [[Pack]] has turned in your [[Adult Application]] and has each boy registered in your den. Share a roster of the boy's names, addresses, home numbers, and names, cell numbers, and emails for their parents or [[adult partners]]. Include your [[Cubmaster]] and [[Assistant Cubmasters' names and phone numbers on the roster information.
'''Online training.''' Your online training is really good and you can have it done today.
'''Online training.''' Your online training is really good and you can have it done today.
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* [[Youth Protection Training]] will help provide additional security.
* [[Youth Protection Training]] will help provide additional security.
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'''Leader Specific Training.''' The last part of your [[New Leader Training]] is [[Leader Specific Training]] through your [[local council]] or district. A class should be coming up that will be designed specifically for your level: [[Tiger]], [[Wolf]] & [[Bear]], or [[Webelos]]. You will learn a lot.
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'''Leader Specific Training.''' The last part of your [[New Leader Training]] is [[Leader Specific Training]] through your [[local council]] or district. A class should be coming up that will be designed specifically for your level: [[Tiger]], [[Wolf]] & [[Bear]], or [[Webelos]]. You will learn a lot and make great contacts.
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OK, now to plan your first Den Meeting. Wouldn't it be great if the last den leader had left you a great set of notes?
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'''Den Leader Meetings.''' Each month your [[Cubmaster]] will host your Den Leader Meeting. You will review previous and upcoming events. Your Cubmaster should provide a list to you of all of the other leaders' names, position, and phone numbers. Do not hesitate to call with any questions! Find out about [[Uniforms]] and monthly [[Roundtable]] meetings for Cub leaders from your whole area share ideas.
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'''Fast Tracks.''' Someone did! They are called [[Fast Tracks]]. [[Fast Tracks]] are great lesson plans and ideas for to help you with your ''first 16 den meetings'' each year. Note that new Cub Scouts always work on [[Bobcat]] first. You can cover Bobcat in two meetings using the [[Fast Tracks for Tiger Cub Scouts]]. If they have earned already earned Bobcat, they do not need to do it again.
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'''Den Meetings.''' Work with the parents or adult partners to set up a weekly hour-long Den Meeting time and location. You might meet at your [[Chartered Organization]], a church, school, or boy's home. The location must be safe and have plenty of room for workspace and games. The [http://old.scouting.org/cubscouts/resources/13-231.pdf Welcome New Den Leader] has great ideas. Also, make sure everyone knows dates and times for your [[Pack Meeting]]s and activities.
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'''Belt Loops.''' As you plan your meetings, keep the requirements and electives in mind. Often with just a little more work they can earn a [[Belt Loop]] at the same time. Here are the requirements and the tie-ins:
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'''Fast Tracks.''' Wouldn't it be great if a past den leader left you their notes? They did! They are called [[Fast Tracks]]. [[Fast Tracks]] are great lesson plans and ideas for to help you with your ''first 16 den meetings'' each year. New Cub Scouts always earn [[Bobcat]] first. You can cover Bobcat in two meetings using the [[Fast Tracks for Tiger Cub Scouts]].
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*'''[[Tiger]]''' - ''[[TBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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'''Belt Loops.''' Your rank requirements and electives often they lead right into [[Belt Loops]]!
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:[[Tiger Cub Electives|Electives]] - ''[[TEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Tiger]]''' & ''[[TBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]'' - '''[[Tiger Cub Electives|Electives]]''' & ''[[TEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Wolf]]''' & ''[[WBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]'' - '''[[Wolf Electives|Electives]]''' & ''[[WEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Bear]]''' & ''[[BBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]'' - '''[[Bear Electives|Electives]]''' & ''[[BEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Webelos Badge]]''' & ''[[WABL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]'' - '''[[Webelos Activity Badges|Activity Badges]]''' & [[Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets|(Worksheets)]]
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*'''[[Wolf]]''' - ''[[WBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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The Belt Loops are a part of the [[Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program]]. Each belt loop has a [[Cub Scout Worksheets|Worksheet]] with whatever diagrams, charts, maps, and other resources you need. The [[Cub Scout Academics|Academics Belt Loops]] tend to be indoor activities and the [[Cub Scout Sports|Sports Belt Loops]] outdoors. For instance, [[Cub Scout Collecting]] makes for a great Show & Tell night.
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:[[Wolf Electives|Electives]] - ''[[WEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Bear]]''' - ''[[BBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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'''Other awards.''' There are also a list of other [[Cub Scout Awards]] including the [[Outdoor Activity Award]], [[National Summertime Award]], [[Leave No Trace Award (Cub Scouts)|Leave No Trace Award]], and more.
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:[[Bear Electives|Electives]] - ''[[BEBL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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*'''[[Webelos Badge]]''' - ''[[WABL|Belt Loop tie-ins]]
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'''Parents.''' Parents are the key. In [[Tiger Cub Scouts]], a parent or adult partner has to be with the Tiger at all times. Every Tiger needs his own "handler!" But parents are important at every level. "Drive-by" or "Drop and Dash' parents will drain your resources. Sadly, these boys are often the one who drop out. It is hard to convince a boy that something is important if the parents show each week how unimportant it is.
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:[[Webelos Activity Badges|Activity Badges]] &nbsp;[[Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets|(Worksheets)]]
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The Belt Loops are a part of the [[Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program]] and are fun! For each belt loop there is a [[Cub Scout Worksheets|Worksheet]] with whatever diagrams, charts, maps, and other resources you will need. The [[Cub Scout Academics|Academics Belt Loops]] tend to be indoor activities and the [[Cub Scout Sports|Sports Belt Loops]] outdoors. For instance, [[Cub Scout Collecting]] makes for a great Show & Tell night.
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Involve your families right from the start. Ask families to look at the list of meeting topics and [[Fast Tracks]] and divide up who will coordinate each one. If you need a trip to the fire station, does anyone have a contact at the fire department? Police department? Local park?
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'''Other awards.''' Your primary focus each year is your rank but the belt loops are a lot of fun to mix in. There are also a list of other wonderful [[Cub Scout Awards]] you can work on including the [[Outdoor Activity Award]], [[National Summertime Award]], [[Leave No Trace Award (Cub Scouts)|Leave No Trace Award]], and many more.
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'''Denners.''' Each meeting his family coordinates, let the boy get to be the [[Denner]]! Being the Denner is the best! The Denner helps lead Pledge of Allegiance. The Denner gets to pick the treats he will bring that night (typically something easy and cheap like granola bars and water or juice boxes). The Denner and his adult partner also help with setup and cleanup.
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'''Parents.''' Parents are the key. In [[Tiger Cub Scouts]], the parents or an adult partner has to be with the Tiger at all times. At this age, every Tiger needs his own "handler!" But parents are just as important at every level. "Drive-by parents" or "Drop and Dash parents" will drain your resources. Sadly, these boys who probably need scouting the most, are often the one who drop out. It is hard to convince a boy that something is important if the parents show each week how unimportant it is.
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If each boy and his family have important jobs coming up, they stay in Scouting. No boy will drop out if he knows he is going to get to be Denner! And you will not end doing everything yourself.
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Involve all of the families right from the start. Ask families to look at the list of meeting topics and divide up which boy will act as your host. If you need a trip to the fire station, does anyone have a contact at the fire department? Police department? Local park? If they families each have important jobs coming up, odds are very good that they will not drop out.
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'''Assistant Den Leader.''' It is just as important to share the load with your [[Assistant Den Leader]]. Some [[Packs]] register Assistant Den Leaders as Den Leaders with all of the same training. This way you can both earn your [[Cub Scout Leader Awards]]. Make sure you have someone who will help share the load.
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'''Denners.''' Next, involve the boys. Each night that the family is hosting, their boy gets to be the [[Denner]]! Being the Denner is the best! The Denner helps lead Pledge of Allegiance. The Denner gets to pick the treats he will bring that night (typically something easy and cheap like granola bars and juice boxes). The Denner and his adult partner help with setup and cleanup.
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'''Fun Nights.''' Have at least one Fun Night each year. Ask each family bring their favorite board games and soft drinks. Order pizza and you have a party! Fun Nights are also a chance to help boys catch up who have missed meetings. Consider doing a fun Belt Loop.
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No boy will drop out if he knows he is going to get to be Denner! And you will not end having to do everything by yourself. See [[Denner]] for much more.
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'''Belt Loop Day.''' Also consider having at least one Belt Loop Day each year. Your den can do your own but it can be more fun if other dens or the whole pack is involved. See the [[National Summertime Award#Activity Ideas|National Summertime Award]] for a list of great activity ideas. In one day, your Cubs could have a hike or bike ride, a picnic lunch, and earn fun Belt Loops!
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'''Assistant Den Leader.''' It is just as important to share the load with your [[Assistant Den Leader]]. Some [[Packs]] register the Assistant Den Leader as a Den Leader with all of the same training. This way you can both earn your [[Cub Scout Leader Awards]]. If you are sharing the responsibilities, your job is to help coordinate everything and you don't have to do it all.
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'''Fun Nights.''' Have at least one Fun Night each year. Ask each family bring their favorite board games. Order pizza and you have a party. Fun Nights are also a chance to help boys who have missed meetings to catch up. Or consider doing a fun Belt Loop.
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'''Belt Loop Day.''' Also consider having at least one Belt Loop Day each year. You can do it for your own den but it can be a lot more fun if other dens or the whole pack is involved. See the [[National Summertime Award#Activity Ideas|National Summertime Award]] for a list of great activity ideas. In one day, your Cubs could have a hike or bike ride, a picnic lunch, and earn a couple of great Belt Loops!
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'''Take it one day at a time.''' You just need to be one meeting ahead in your handbook. Get every family and boy involved. Ask for help. Get trained. And never forget KISMIF: Keep It Simple! Make it FUN! (And always keep them safe.)
'''Take it one day at a time.''' You just need to be one meeting ahead in your handbook. Get every family and boy involved. Ask for help. Get trained. And never forget KISMIF: Keep It Simple! Make it FUN! (And always keep them safe.)
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That is a lot of information! And this is just the beginning of the resources you will find at [[MeritBadge.Org]]. Here you will find great information on [[Day Camp]], [[Cub Scout Resident Camp|Resident Camp]], [Pack Meeting]]s, [[Scout Skits|Skits]], [[Scout Songs|Songs]], [[Scout Cheers|Cheers]], [[Pinewood Derby]], [[Blue & Gold]], and [[Roundup]]s. And as you might guess from the name ''([[MeritBadge.Org]])'', there are just as many resources for Boy Scout Leaders. But let's leave that for another day.
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That is a lot of information! And this is just the beginning of the resources. There is information on [[Day Camp]], [[Cub Scout Resident Camp|Resident Camp]], [[Scout Skits|Skits]], [[Scout Songs|Songs]], [[Scout Cheers|Cheers]], [[Pinewood Derby]], [[Blue & Gold]], and [[Roundup]]s. And as you might guess from the name, ''([[MeritBadge.Org]])'', there are just as many resources for Boy Scout Leaders. But that's another day...
Go have FUN! Did they tell you? ''"It Is Just an Hour A Week!"'' ☺
Go have FUN! Did they tell you? ''"It Is Just an Hour A Week!"'' ☺

Revision as of 11:38, May 1, 2009

The Den Leader Getting Started Guide has everything Tiger, Wolf & Bear and Webelos Den Leaders need to get started today!

First of all, Welcome! Thank you for volunteering to be a Den Leader.

Your son, nephew, or grandson may be one of the boys in your den. What fun! These are the "good old days" you will always remember. As he grows up, his friends may change. But some day if they work hard, they can be Eagle Scouts! The friends with him that day might very well be these buddies from your Cub Scout Den.

Here are the three most important things: Keep It Simple, Make it Fun, and Keep Them Safe.

You have a Den Meeting coming up, so let's get started! Don't try to reinvent the wheel. MeritBadge.Org already has the resources you need!

Applications & Roster. Make sure that your Pack has turned in your Adult Application and has each boy registered in your den. Share a roster of the boy's names, addresses, home numbers, and names, cell numbers, and emails for their parents or adult partners. Include your Cubmaster and [[Assistant Cubmasters' names and phone numbers on the roster information.

Online training. Your online training is really good and you can have it done today.

Leader Specific Training. The last part of your New Leader Training is Leader Specific Training through your local council or district. A class should be coming up that will be designed specifically for your level: Tiger, Wolf & Bear, or Webelos. You will learn a lot and make great contacts.

Den Leader Meetings. Each month your Cubmaster will host your Den Leader Meeting. You will review previous and upcoming events. Your Cubmaster should provide a list to you of all of the other leaders' names, position, and phone numbers. Do not hesitate to call with any questions! Find out about Uniforms and monthly Roundtable meetings for Cub leaders from your whole area share ideas.

Den Meetings. Work with the parents or adult partners to set up a weekly hour-long Den Meeting time and location. You might meet at your Chartered Organization, a church, school, or boy's home. The location must be safe and have plenty of room for workspace and games. The Welcome New Den Leader has great ideas. Also, make sure everyone knows dates and times for your Pack Meetings and activities.

Fast Tracks. Wouldn't it be great if a past den leader left you their notes? They did! They are called Fast Tracks. Fast Tracks are great lesson plans and ideas for to help you with your first 16 den meetings each year. New Cub Scouts always earn Bobcat first. You can cover Bobcat in two meetings using the Fast Tracks for Tiger Cub Scouts.

Belt Loops. Your rank requirements and electives often they lead right into Belt Loops!

The Belt Loops are a part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. Each belt loop has a Worksheet with whatever diagrams, charts, maps, and other resources you need. The Academics Belt Loops tend to be indoor activities and the Sports Belt Loops outdoors. For instance, Cub Scout Collecting makes for a great Show & Tell night.

Other awards. There are also a list of other Cub Scout Awards including the Outdoor Activity Award, National Summertime Award, Leave No Trace Award, and more.

Parents. Parents are the key. In Tiger Cub Scouts, a parent or adult partner has to be with the Tiger at all times. Every Tiger needs his own "handler!" But parents are important at every level. "Drive-by" or "Drop and Dash' parents will drain your resources. Sadly, these boys are often the one who drop out. It is hard to convince a boy that something is important if the parents show each week how unimportant it is.

Involve your families right from the start. Ask families to look at the list of meeting topics and Fast Tracks and divide up who will coordinate each one. If you need a trip to the fire station, does anyone have a contact at the fire department? Police department? Local park?

Denners. Each meeting his family coordinates, let the boy get to be the Denner! Being the Denner is the best! The Denner helps lead Pledge of Allegiance. The Denner gets to pick the treats he will bring that night (typically something easy and cheap like granola bars and water or juice boxes). The Denner and his adult partner also help with setup and cleanup.

If each boy and his family have important jobs coming up, they stay in Scouting. No boy will drop out if he knows he is going to get to be Denner! And you will not end doing everything yourself.

Assistant Den Leader. It is just as important to share the load with your Assistant Den Leader. Some Packs register Assistant Den Leaders as Den Leaders with all of the same training. This way you can both earn your Cub Scout Leader Awards. Make sure you have someone who will help share the load.

Fun Nights. Have at least one Fun Night each year. Ask each family bring their favorite board games and soft drinks. Order pizza and you have a party! Fun Nights are also a chance to help boys catch up who have missed meetings. Consider doing a fun Belt Loop.

Belt Loop Day. Also consider having at least one Belt Loop Day each year. Your den can do your own but it can be more fun if other dens or the whole pack is involved. See the National Summertime Award for a list of great activity ideas. In one day, your Cubs could have a hike or bike ride, a picnic lunch, and earn fun Belt Loops!

Take it one day at a time. You just need to be one meeting ahead in your handbook. Get every family and boy involved. Ask for help. Get trained. And never forget KISMIF: Keep It Simple! Make it FUN! (And always keep them safe.)

That is a lot of information! And this is just the beginning of the resources. There is information on Day Camp, Resident Camp, Skits, Songs, Cheers, Pinewood Derby, Blue & Gold, and Roundups. And as you might guess from the name, (MeritBadge.Org), there are just as many resources for Boy Scout Leaders. But that's another day...

Go have FUN! Did they tell you? "It Is Just an Hour A Week!"

See also

The Building Blocks of New Leader Training
 
  Trained Patch jpg
After completion a leader is Trained
  Leader Specific Training
Completed as soon as possible (within 3 months)
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Required for Troop, Team, & some Crew* leaders
  Fast Start
Training

Taken Immediately
Youth
protection
training

Prior to submitting Application
<--- Basic Leader Training --->
"Leader Specific Training"
Online, or
Classroom
Online, or
Classroom
Online, or
Classroom
Classroom &
outdoors only
*Some councils require Crews with Outdoor emphasis to take IOLS, other councils require all Crew leaders to take IOLS, the flyer on scouting.org[1] does not include IOLS for Venture leaders.
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