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Cub Scout Denner
Selected by:Den Leader or Den election
Term:usually one or two months
Reports to:Den Leader and Den Chief



A Denner is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den or patrol. All Tiger, Wolf, and Bear dens as well as Webelos Patrols should elect a Denner. A den may elect a new Denner every few weeks, monthly, or other term. The Denner wears the gold double-strand Denner shoulder cord No. 00368 over his left shoulder.


Certain ranks require that every boy serve as Denner. Also, the Denner leads the flag and opening ceremony as required for various ranks. However a popular boy who is re-elected may deny others the opportunity to learn and advance. For this reason, the Den Leader may decide that boys who have already served as Denner may not be elected again until every other boy has had a turn. Alternately, a single Denner election may be held at the beginning of the year to determine the Denner schedule for the year, with new den leaders rotating monthly or of every few weeks.


The Denner (typically along with his parent or adult partner) may have many important duties assigned by the Tiger Cub Den Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader or Webelos Den Leader including:

  • Help with den meeting setup.
  • Lead the opening ceremony (flag, oath, law).
  • Take the Den Attendance and dues meetings.
  • Help with the meeting activities.
  • Lead the closing ceremony.
  • Help with den meeting cleanup.
  • Help with other responsibilities as assigned by the Den Leader.

Assistant Denner

The Assistant Denner assists the Denner at den meetings and fills in for the Denner when the Denner is not available. The Den Leader may establish a practice of the Assistant Denner becoming the Denner in the next term. This way the Assistant Denner can watch and learn from the Denner so that he will be ready for the next term. Using this approach, the Assistant Denner is elected each month to become the Denner the next month.

The Assistant Denner wears the gold single-strand Assistant Denner shoulder cord No. 00385 over his left shoulder.

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