Den Leader

Preferred Tenure:

1+ Years (0 years for Tiger Leader)

Typical Months of Activity:

Year round - heaviest during school year

Time Commitment:

  • 7 - 15 hours per month (planning and conducting 1 to 2 Den Meets per month)


  • Scout Leader Uniform - Yes
  • Attend Monthly Pack Leader Meetings - Yes
  • Training - Youth Protection & leader-specific online training
  • Ideal Characteristics - Interested in working with boys in small groups, friendly, outgoing, and a little silly with a lot of patience.  Ability to plan games and activities to accomplish rank adventures.  


  • Guide, support, motivate, and inspire the boys in your den.
  • Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that the den is an active and successful part of the pack.
  • Plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the assistant den leader and den chief (if Wolf, Bear, or Webelos den leaders) or adult partners (if Tiger Cub den leaders).  Den Planning Guides are available. 
  • Attend the pack leaders’ meetings.
  • Facilitate your den’s participation in pack meetings and pack activities, such as helping to prepare your den for Pinewood Derby, performing skits, or conducting flag ceremonies.
  • Keep advancement records in ScoutBook and share with the Advancement Chair so advancements can be purchased and awarded in a timely fashion.  Communicate with parents regarding homework and missed requirements.  Ensure the transition of Cub Scouts to a den of the next rank (or to a Boy Scout troop if Webelos Scouts) at the end of the year.
  • Develop good working relationships with den parents and families.  Use their talents to help enrich the den experience. 
  • Help ensure that your boys participate in pack fund raising activities.  Facilitate volunteers to fill slots at store fronts during popcorn sales.