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New Den Leader First Steps

So, You're A New Den Leader

Welcome to the fun and adventure of Cub Scouts. Your time volunteering as a Den Leader will be both rewarding and fun!

So, what’s next? We will cover the top 5 things you need to know as a new den leader along with resources to help you navigate the critical first month of Cub Scouting.

How to Get Started
STEP 1: Get Trained

The BSA is a proven leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. The first thing any new leader must do is create a my.scouting account and complete Youth Protection Training. Our council’s University of Scouting is also a great training option for all new leaders.

STEP 2: Know Your Den

Before you hold your first den meeting you need know who’s in your den and when and where it’s happening. Complete the den roster. 

STEP 3: Get the Uniform

The uniform is an iconic and important part of the Scouting experience. By putting on the uniform, you also set the example for all the Scouts in your den. 

STEP 4: Follow the Guide

Den Leader Guides are your best resource along with online lesson plans through Scoutbook. Both contain detailed and specific meeting plans for all required and elective adventures.

STEP 5: Conducting Your First Meeting

The Scouts will be showing up for their first meeting soon. Here are a few tips to kick-off your first meeting right.

Welcome to Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family.  In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

As you get ready to welcome new Scouts to your den, here are the 5 most frequently asked questions by new Cub Scout families.

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