Den Leader Resources

Den Leader Guide
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Welcome New Cub Scout Family
Den Leader Guide
Den Leader Guide
Den Leader Guide
Den Leader Guide
Cub Rank Advancement 1H-2024
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Tips and tricks videos for Den Leaders, locally created content to help inspire, including resources in Spanish, and hack videos for ScoutBook’s Den Leader Experience.  A growing number of videos to help support Den Leaders. 

Den Leader Tips and Tricks Videos

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Cub Chat Live is a Facebook Live event that happens every Friday at 2 p.m. Central.  Hosted by Scouting magazine this weekly show addresses Cub Scout program questions. All episodes are recorded and can be watched on the Scouting magazine Facebook page.  Cub Chat Live!

Chart showing all cub scout rank advancement adventures. Required and elective.

Youth Leadership

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Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders may ask a scout in a local Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew, or Sea Scout Ship to serve as a Den Chief.  This youth leadership position is designed to assist the Den Leader with simple tasks such as gathering Cub Scouts for a game or assisting Cub Scouts with a craft or activity. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEN CHIEF.

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Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders select a Scout to serve as a Denner on a rotational basis so each Scout gets the opportunity to serve at least once.  The responsibilities of the Denner should be simple and appropriate for the age of the Cub Scout.  This may be the honor of holding the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony or leading the pledge of allegiance. The Denner is identified by wearing a yellow cord on the left shoulder.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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Shooting Sport


Scouting for Food

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