Webelos Den Meetings
Cub Scouting is for Boys Cub Scouting has an Advancement Plan
Cub Scouting is for boys, and each boy is different. Cub The advancement plan recognizes a boy’s efforts and
Scouts come in all sizes, shapes, and colors and from a achievements. It provides fun for the boys, teaches them
variety of backgrounds. There are no “average” boys. Cub to do their best, and helps strengthen understanding as
Scouting is easily adaptable to a boy with a physical, family members work with boys and advancement
mental, or emotional limitation, just as it is adaptable to requirements. Badges are awarded to recognize
boy who come from low-income, urban or rural areas. advancement, and boys like to receive and wear these
badges. The real benefit comes from the worthwhile
Cub Scouting is Fun things the boy learns while he is earning the badges, as his
self-confidence and self-esteem grow.
Boys join Cub Scouting because they want to have fun.
For boys, however, fun means a lot more that just having
a good time. Fun is a boy’s code word for the satisfaction Cub Scouting Belong
he gets from meeting challenges, having friends, feeling Belonging is important to boys. They like to be accepted
good, and feeling he is important to other people. While as part of a group. In Cub Scouting, boys belong to a
boys are having fun and doing things they like to do, they small group called a den where they take part in
also learn new things, discover and master new skills, interesting and meaningful activities with their friends. In
gain self-confidence, and develop strong friendships. Cub the den they learn sportsmanship, good citizenship, and
Scouting is a positive place where friends and leaders loyalty. They learn how to get along with others and how
accept and support each boy. to do their best for themselves and their den. Cub Scouts
also belong to a pack, which is a larger group made up of
Cub Scouting is for Families
There are many different types of family structures in
today’s society. Scouting is a support to all types of The Cub Scouting Den
families as well as to organizations to which families A den is a group of six to eight boys within the pack,
belong. We believe in involving families in the training of usually at the same grade level, that meets several times a
youth, and we are sensitive to the needs of present-day month between pack meetings. The den organization
families. Cub Scouting provides opportunities for family allows boys to build relationships with leaders and other
members to work and play together, to have fun together, boys. The den provides opportunities for activities that
and to get to know each other a little better. would be difficult with a large group. The den also
provides leadership opportunities for the boys.
Cub Scouting Provides Adventure
Cub Scouting helps fulfill a boy’s desire for adventure More Information
and allows him to use his vivid imagination while taking This and the following information are brief overviews of
part in skits, games, field trips, service projects, outdoor the Cub Scout Den and how it is organized. For more
activities, and more. The use of monthly themes lets a boy detailed information please refer to the Cub Scout Leader
play the role of an astronaut, clown, explorer, scientist, or Book and the Webelos Leader Guide .
other exciting characters. Boys find adventure in
exploring the outdoors, learning about nature, and gaining
a greater appreciation for our world.
Program Ideas for your
First Month’s Den Meetings
Theme: “Bobcats All”
Every boy in second, third, fourth, or allowed to do in your home?” As boys assume the same position, they find they
fifth grade must earn the Bobcat badge respond, have them agree on their rules cannot even budge.
first. So, what could be a better first them on the piece of paper. When they
theme than “Bobcats All”? agree on the list, post it at all of your Guess Who I Am.
The Bobcat requirements include the The leader starts by saying, “I will answer
fundamentals of Cub Scouting. Keep Ask, “What should happen if someone ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to twenty questions while
in mind that Cub Scouts and Webelos breaks a part of the code?” and let the you try to find out who I am.” This is a
Scouts should do these requirements boys discuss this. One possibility is that good den game that will also keep boys
with their parents at home. The den the first time he must phone home and busy and quiet at the pack meeting. With
meeting plans will include practicing have his parents pick him up the help of one leader for each den,
the requirements at the meeting, but immediately. (If you do this, make leaders can decide who they will be, and
parents should still approve their provisions for someone to pick up your the game can be conducted as a contest to
completion in the boy’s book. son if necessary.) see which den can guess who they are.
Rotate leaders each time.
Cub Scout Den Meeting Share the code of conduct with the
parents of your Cub Scouts. Magic Knot Trick.
The objectives for this month’s den
meetings are to give every boy the Some dens use a “Conduct Candle” as The den leader provides several pieces of
opportunity to earn his first award- an incentive for good behavior. A large rope or cord about three feet long. Ask a
Bobcat; to complete den organization, candle is lit at the start of the den Cub Scout if he can tie an overhand knot in
get acquainted, and elect boy leaders; meeting, and stays lit until there is a the middle of the cord without letting go of
and to give leaders and boys an idea of behavior problem, or until the end of either end. He lets the Cub Scout try it, then
how den meetings are conducted. the meeting. Tell the boys that when shows him the trick:
the candle burns to the end, there will
A grid on the next page will outline all be a special den party or field trip. First he folds his arms over his chest, then
four of the Cub Scout den meetings this he leans over and picks up each end of the
month. Here are the details. The Months Den Activities cord without unfolding his arms. As he
straightens up, he unfolds his arms-still
Den Code of Conduct This month’s openings, closing holding the ends of the cord- and, presto,
gatherings, and den activities are there’s the overhand knot!
Boys will respond to and respect rules designed to be simple and fun, using
materials you might have around your Clothespin Game.
if they have a part in setting them.
Before your first den meeting, think house.
Place a wide-mouthed bottle or jar upright
about some of the rules you would like
Gathering Activities on the floor. Give each boy, in turn, ten
to have your den follow at meetings.
clothespins. Have him stand over the bottle
Have a large piece of paper or poster
It Can’t Be Done. and, holding each clothespin at eye level, try
board and a marking pen ready for the
to drop them into the bottle.
First, the leader says that he can jump
Webelos Den Meetings
Webelos dens are similar in many ways to Cub Scout dens, but there are a few differences. Webelos
Scouts are older, and are looking for something different. These are the parts of a Webelos den meeting:
1. Gathering 4. Preparation
As is the case with Cub Scouts, if Webelos Scouts do not
have something to do, they will find something on their This is when you can practice for your den’s part in the
own. Tricks, games, puzzles, or practicing the Boy Scout pack meeting and/or for upcoming projects or activities.
joining requirements should keep them busy.
Use this time for announcements and a formal end of your
In addition to getting the meeting off to a formal start, this meeting. A good closing can be the opportunity to get
may be another good time to practice the Boy Scout some strong messages out to your Webelos Scouts about
joining requirements. After the ceremony, a roll call, the aims of Scouting – Citizenship training, character
uniform inspection, and collection of dues may be building, and personal fitness.
5. After the Meeting
3. Activity Badge Fun
Den leadership should evaluate the meeting and review
As your Cub Scout Leader Book says, this is the heart of plans for the next meeting and upcoming events.
the meeting. This is a time for instruction, practice,
games, and contests related to the activity badge you have
chosen for this month. Consider asking a parent who has
knowledge or skill related to your activity badge to help
out as an “activity badge counselor.”
No matter what grade a boy is in when he chooses to join Cub Scouting, he needs to earn an award during this first month as
he starts along the Scouting trail. First-grade boys will begin their adventure in Scouting by earning the Tiger Cub belt totem.
Boys in all other grades will complete the Bobcat requirements, which include learning the fundamentals of Cub Scouting.
The following pages have been designed to take the “guesswork” out of running den meetings your first month. We have
provided you all of the information needed for you to get your den meetings off to a great start and have your boys earn their
You will need to acquire the appropriate Tiger Cub, Cub Scout or Webelos books in order for you to fully utilize these
materials. Information included:
Tiger Cubs........................1st months den meeting plans and activities
Objective: Earn the Bobcat Badge
and Webelos Scouts..........1st months den meeting plans and activities
Objective: Earn the Bobcat Badge
Webelos Scout Den Meetings - 1st Month “Bobcats All”
Sportsman Activity Badge
For your first meeting you will need to have the Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Leader Book, Webelos Scout Handbook and
the How To Book. These items are available through your pack or the Scout Service Center. Review items below to prepare for
your first month’s den meetings.
First Month Den Activities
Welcome to Webelos (We’ll be Loyal Scouts) Keep the age and abilities of your Webelos
Scouting! As a new Webelos leader, you and Scouts in mind, and keep them looking
your Webelos Scouts are probably anxious to forward to the excitement of Boy Scouting.
get started on the activity badges in the Webelos Prepare them to become Boy Scouts when the
Scout Book. However, if most or all of the boys time comes, but don’t make them Boy Scouts
are new to Cub Scouting, they will first need to too early.
earn the Bobcat rank. The meetings outlined
here are designed to get the den organized, to
help all the boys become Bobcats, and to help
them earn the Sportsman activity badge. Forehead Squeeze Play
Look over the material in the Cub Scout section Sportsman Activity Badge Activity level: Moderate
on the Den Code of Conduct and the gathering
activities. We will be using these in the Needed: Large playing area, even number
Your Webelos Leader Book (page 138) will of players, several tennis balls or oranges
Webelos den meetings, too. have more detailed information about other
activities and requirements for earning this The object is for two players in each team to
Activity Badges activity badge. carry a ball or orange across the room and
back again by holding it between their
Each month the Webelos den program will Sports are usually high on the list of favorites foreheads. If dropped, start again. When the
feature one of twenty Webelos activity badges. for Webelos Scout-age boys, so most boys first pair completes their circuit, the next
For the first month we will work on Sportsman. will show an instant interest in the Sportsman pair in that team begins. Hand over the ball
activity badge. Chances are some of them will or orange quickly.
Don’t be afraid of the technical-sounding names already know enough about the rules.
like Geologist and Engineer. Keep in mind that Techniques, and scoring of several sports to (How-To Book, page 3-16)
these badges are designed for fourth and fifth pass the requirements quickly. But that isn’t
graders, and there are lots of resources to help enough.
you. Take advantage of them, and if you aren’t
careful, you might have some fun and learn We’re not as concerned with the athletic skills
something, too! as we are with fitness and good citizenship,
which help fulfill the purposes of Cub
When you start using Program Helps, you will Scouting. Your own example will help to
find that there is a pattern involved in earning achieve these goals. Be sure that the least
the activity badges that leads toward earning the skilled boys get just as much instruction and Balloon Battle Royal
Webelos badge and the Arrow of Light Award. encouragement as the best athletes. See that
Keep this pattern in mind when you plan so that the better athletes learn not only to tolerate Activity level: High
your Webelos Scouts do not miss an activity more awkward boys but to help them, and that
badge that they need. all boys learn to win and lose with grace. Needed: Any # of players, balloons, string
Stress the fun of the game, not just the
Webelos-To-Scout Transition winning. Arrange Cub Scouts in a large circle, each
with an inflated balloon tied to his ankle.
If your Webelos Scouts are in the fifth grade (or To earn this badge, boys must earn Cub Scout On a signal, players try to break all other
are 10 years old) it is not too early to contact a Sports participation awards for two individual balloons by stomping on them, while not
Boy Scout troop and begin the process of sports and two team sports. This means that a letting their balloon get broken. When a
preparing your Webelos Scouts to become Boy variety of opportunities should be available to balloon is broken, that player leaves the
Scouts. Your Cub Scout Leader Book and them in den meetings. game. The game continues until only one
Webelos Scout Program Helps can help with player is left. Scouts knocked out of the
ideas. game should be encouraged to cheer on
those still playing.
However, you need to be careful, regardless of
how old the boys are. Some of us who were (How-To Book, page 3-3)
Boy Scouts tend to do too many “Boy Scout
things” too early.
1st Month Webelos Den Meetings
First Month's Cub Scout Theme: Bobcats All and Sportsman Activity Badge
First WeekFirst Week Second Week Third Week Fourth Week
BEFORE THE Review the meeting Review the meeting Review the meeting Review the meeting plans,
MEETING STARTS plans, set up a den plans, gather the plans, gather the gather the materials and den
record book for materials and den records materials and den records, and set up the
attendance and dues, and set up the meeting records, and set up the meeting room.
and set up the meeting room. meeting room.
Have a parent, or the Play Guess Who I Am. Play Balloon Battle Let the boys try their hand at
first boy to arrive lead Royal the Clothespin Game.
the It Can't Be Done
OPENING Explain the Cub Scout Have the boys stand in a Recite the law of the Ask the denner to lead in the
(Ceremony) sign. Have the boys give semicircle, then give the Pack. Light the Conduct Law of the Pack. Light the
the sign and say the Cub Cub Scout sign and Candle. During roll call, Conduct Candle. Give
Scout Promise. Show repeat the Law of the have each boy step recognition to those in
the Cub Scout salute, Pack. Light the Conduct forward and salute as uniform.
and repeat the Pledge of Candle. his name is called.
Allegiance. (Cub Scout
Leader Book page 2-3) Tell the boys about the
Introduce the den pack meeting, and work
leaders and den on a den yell.
ACTIVITY BADGE Discuss Sportsman Practice skills of one or Practice skills of one or Play another den in a sport or
FUN (Instruction, requirements. Discuss more of the sports for the more of the sports for practice skills of one or more
practice, games, the importance of Sportsman requirements the Sportsman of the sports for the
and contests teamwork and 3 and 4. Review and requirements 3 and 4 Sportsman requirements 3
related to Webelos cooperation in sports. practice official's signals. and 4.
skills) Play Forehead Squeeze (requirement 1)
Relay (How To Book
Discuss the meaning of
PREPARTION Discuss and establish Practice the Cub Scout Elect the denner and Prepare a demonstration or
(Making props and the Den Code of handshake and work on a assistant denner by display for the pack meeting.
equipment; getting Conduct. Explain and den yell. (How To Book secret ballot (Cub Scout Check with your Cubmaster
set for future light the Conduct page 5-11) Discuss a Leader Book page 20- for details.
special events) Candle. Tell what the name for your den. 7). Then ask the boys to
Webelos den will be suggest their den yells.
doing at the pack
CLOSING Remind the boys of up- After reminders, have the Close with the boys Talk about the theme for next
(Announcements, coming meetings and to boys form a line and sitting in a circle as you month. Ask the assistant
ceremony) work on their Bobcat re- repeat the Cub Scout tell them the meaning of denner to lead in giving the
quirements at home. Promise, then blow out the Cub Scout motto. Cub Scout sign, and then say
Form a "Living Circle," the Conduct Candle. Blow out the Conduct the motto together. Extinguish
then blow out the Candle. the Conduct Candle.
AFTER THE Put away equipment, put Put away equipment, put Put away equipment, Put away equipment, put
MEETING records in order, and records in order, and put records in order, records in order, review the
review the meeting with review the meeting with review the meeting with meeting with your leadership
your leadership team, your leadership team, and your leadership team, team, and assign duties for
and assign duties for assign duties for next and assign duties for next week.
next week. week. next week.
The denner supervises cleaning up after the den meeting.
For more program ideas, read Boys' Life and Scouting magazines
and attend your district's Monthly Adult Leader Roundtable.
Cub Scout Sports
Den Recognition Report
When requesting Cub Scout Sports recognition items, den leaders should enter B
for belt loops and P for pins. Present the den’s recognition report at the next pack lead-
ers’ meeting so that a composite pack request can be made. Awards should be avail-
able for presentation at the next pack meeting.
Tiger Cubs BSA
Sports Belt Loops and Pins ennis
Den No.__________Pack No. ________
Den leader________________________________________ ___________________
Cub Scout Academics
Den Recognition Report
When requesting Cub Scout Academics recognition items, den
leaders should enter B for belt loops and P for pins. Present the
den’s recognition report at the next pack leaders’ meeting so that a
pack request can be compiled. Awards should be available for pre-
Tiger Cubs BSA sentation at the next pack meeting.
Academics Belt Loops and Pins
Den leader________________________________________ ___________________
730176342931 ISBN 0-8395-4293-3
1999 Boy Scouts of America
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This booklet idea came from Heart of America Council.
We have updated it and added a few graphics and the forms for our leaders.
If your Pack can afford PackMaster you might want to purchase this software.
PackMaster is the most powerful and popular Cub Scout pack management
system in America. Developed by experienced Scouters, PackMaster makes
your job easier and SAVES YOU TIME! And it comes to you from the Flagship of
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The next PDF in this packet is one designed by www.cubroundtable.com to
make Den Advancement recording easier. This was a Wood Badge ticket item
and was sent to National for evaluation. Other ranks are available at this web
Lastly, I have included a Cub Advancement Trail by www.cubroundtable.com
for easy overview of the Advancements in the different Cub ranks.
WEBELOS CITIZEN ______ Technology group FORESTER _____
ACTIVITY (Page 143) (Page 259)
BADGE Do This: ENGINEER ______ Do five of these:
SCOREBOARDS 1. (Page211) 1.
For Do all of these: Do both of these: 2.
___________________ 2. 1. 3.
AQUANAUT _____ 3. 2. 4.
(Page 83) 4. Do 4 of these: 5.
Do all of these: 5. 3. 6.
1. 6. 4. 7.
2. 7. 5. 8.
3. 8. 6. 9.
Any three of these: Do any two of these: 7. 10.
4. 9. 8. Outdoor group
5. 10. 9.
6. 11. 10. GEOLOGIST _____
7. 12. Community group (Page 279)
8. 13. Do five of these:
Physical skills 14. FAMILY 1.
15. MEMBER ______ 2.
ARTIST ________ 16. (Page 227 ) 3.
(Page 101) 17. Do all of these: 4.
Do these: Community group 1. 5.
1. 2. 6.
2. COMMUNICATOR ___ 3. 7.
Do 5 of these: (Page 165) 4. 8.
3. Do any seven of these: 5. 9.
4. 1. 6. Outdoor group
5. 2. Do any two of these:
6. 3. 7. HANDYMAN ____
7. 4. 8. (Page 299)
8. 5. 9. Do this:
9. 6. 10. 1.
10. 7. 11. Do 6 of these:
11. 8. 12. 2
Mental skills 9. 13. 3.
10. Community group 4.
ATHLETE ______ 11. 5.
(Page 123) 12. FITNESS _______ 6.
Do these two: 13. (Page 245) 7.
1. 14. Do this: 8.
2. 15. 1. 9.
3. 16. Do any six of these: 10.
4. Community group 2. 11.
5. 3. 12.
CRAFTSMAN ____ 4. 13.
Do any 2 of these: (Page 197) 5. 14.
6. Do all of these: 6. 15.
7. 1. 7. 16.
8. 2. 8. 17.
9. 3. Physical skills Technology group
Physical skills 4.
NATURALIST ____ . 12. In Puppetry 8.
(Page 317) 13. Do #1 and 1of these 9.
Do this:: 14. not done for #1: 10.
1. 15. 2. 11.
Do 5 of these: Community group 3. 12.
2. 4. 13.
3. SCHOLAR ______ 5. Mental skills
4. (Page ) 6.
5. Do this: 7.
6. 1. In Music
7. Do 3 of these: Do #1 and 1of these
8. 2. not done for #1:
9. 3. 8
10. 4. 9.
11. 5. 10.
12. 6. 11
13. 7. 12.
Outdoor group 8. 13.
OUTDOORSMAN____ And do 3 of these: 15.
(Page 343) 10. In Drama
Do 2 of these: 11. Do #1 and 1of these
1. 12. not done for #1:
2. 13. 16.
3. Mental skills 17.
Do any five of these: SCIENTIST ______ 19.
5. (Page 401) 20.
6. Do all of these: 21.
7. 1. 22.
8. 2. 23.
9. 3. Mental skills
11. Do any six of these: SPORTSMAN ____
12. 5. (Page 455)
Outdoor group 6. Do all of these:
READYMAN _____ 8. 2.
(Page 365) 9. 3.
Do all of these: 10. 4.
1. 11. Physical skills
3. 13. TRAVELER ______
4. 14. (Page 461)
5. Technology group Do any five of these:
7. SHOWMAN ______ 2.
8. (Page 429) 3.
Do two of these: Do one of the following: 4.
9. Puppetry, Music, or 5.
10. Drama 6.
11. 1. 7.
Arrow of Light 2nd year __________________
Complete #7 Character Connections
4 Activity Badges = Metal Compass point
4 Activity Badges = Metal Compass point
4 Activity Badges = Metal Compass point
4 Activity Badges = Compass Point Emblem
**Webelos Badge ________________
And **Fitness Activity Badge _______________
And **Outdoorsman Activity Badge
1 Activity Badge from other group _____________
Activity Badges to work from:
**Bold = Arrow of Light.
Physical Skills: Aquanaut, Athlete, **Fitness and Sportsman
Mental Skills: Artist, Scholar, Showman, and Traveler
Community: **Citizen, Communicator, Family Member, and
Technology: Craftsman, Engineer, Handyman and Scientist
Outdoor: **Forester, Geologist, Naturalist, and
Advancement Trail from Tiger to Arrow of Light Earned
Using BSA Cub books 2003 and the 2006 Tiger edition Activity Pins
3 Achievements=4 Gold Beads are placed on
to award the Scout Webelos Colors
represented by the 4 sets of Wolf prints
(59 tracks through all 12 Achievements) his advancement
This program is during 2nd Grade
to award the Scout
3 Achievements=4 Red Beads
represented by the 4 sets of
bear prints (81 tracks through
These are awarded after the all 12 Achievements)
If a Bo y jo in s Cub Sc o ut s now
Wolf Badge is earned This program is during 3rd Grade
If a Bo y jo i ns C ub Scou ts now
For the first 10 electives These are awarded after the
his f ir s t bad ge w il l b e the Bob c at
Ceremony a Gold ar r ow is earned Bear Badge is earned
his frst badge wil l be the Bo b cat badg e
to award the Scout Foreveyr 10 electives For the first 10 e lectives
ba dg e
his advancement f
ater ward s aSilver a rrow a Gold ar r ow is earned
is earned For ever y 10 electives
There are 8 requirements
afterward s a Silve r a rrow
to earn the Webelos Badge
to award the Scout
to award the Scout Ceremony
his advancement to award the Scout
his advancement There are 4 requirements
There are 6 requirements to earn the Compass Badge
There are 15 Tiger paws achievements to earn the Arrow of Light
( 5 white beads for family activities, Ceremony
5 orange beads for den activities and One of them is that a Scout must to award the Scout
5 black beads for Go See It activities. earn the Webelos Badge and a total his advancement
There a re 8 tra ck s to After the Tiger earns all 15 beads he of 8 Activity badges that include: Fitne , ss
comp lete t he B obca t tra il receives his Tiger patch to put on the Citizen, Readyman, One from the Outdoor
If a Boy joins Cub Scouts back side of his Tiger Cub Belt totem. group, one from the Mental Skills group, one
now his first badge will be The Tiger can earn 1 yellow Tiger track from the T echnology group, and 2 more of your
the Bobcat badge. beads for every 10 electives he completes. choice For every 4 activity badges earned
This program is during 1st Grade a Scout earns a metal “compass point” (only 3 total)