This January Goldenrod District will be holding a Den Chief training for Boy Scouts throughout the district. This training will give Scouts a chance to learn the skills necessary to serve as a Den Chief for Cub Scout Packs. However, few packs in Goldenrod utilize this resource and much of that may be due to a lack of understanding about the role of the Den Chief in the Cub Scout Pack. This blog post will be am attempt to better explain just where the Den Chief fits into your Cub Scout Pack.
Why have a Den Chief?
- Cub Scouts often relate better to older boys than to adults. The Den Chief has stories to tell about his adventures as a Boy Scout and his experience as a Cub Scout. By hearing a firsthand account of the fun and excitement that lies ahead a Cub Scout is more likely to continue in the pack and much more likely to cross over to Boy Scouts.
- They are an asset to the Den Leader. The Den Leader benefits from the training and knowledge that a Den Chief provides. In addition the Den Leader gains another valuable set of hands to assist with den activities.
- They are an asset to the Cubmaster. Den Chiefs help with pack activities, including songs, skits, games, ceremonies, and much more. In addition the Den Chief’s influence can extent beyond his den and can serve as an example to parents in the pack of the skills and confidence their sons can acquire as they become Boy Scouts.
- They are a link between the pack and troop. Successful Scoutmasters know the Den Chief is not only a communications link to the pack and its leadership, but that the Den Chief should be a key participant in planning joint activities between the pack and troop. This helps to strengthen the youth leaderships skills of both the Den Chief and the entire troop, and creates further opportunities for advancement.