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									Den Leader Training




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Objectives
• To discuss the purposes of the program
• To learn what a den leader does
• To plan and conduct a den meeting
• To plan a field trip (Go See It for Tiger Cubs)
• To learn about advancement and
  record keeping
• To discuss behavior issues
• To have fun


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Purpose of the Program
• Beginning and continuing steps in
  Cub Scouting
• Age-based activities
• Family-centered activities
• Den-centered leadership
• Introduction to and developing with the
  fun of Scouting
• Higher level of self-reliance
  (for Webelos Scouts)
• Getting ready for Boy Scouts
  (for Webelos Scouts)
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The Den Leader
• Gives leadership to den program planning
• Works with adult partners (Tiger Cubs) or an
  assistant and den chief
• Helps or makes sure that the boys advance
• Maintains den records
• Works with other pack leaders
• Participates in pack program planning
• Attends monthly roundtables
• Approves advancement (Webelos)

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The Assistant Den Leader
•   Provides support to the den leader
•   Serves as a backup leader
•   Attends pack meetings
•   Assists in program planning




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Leadership Skills
•   Shared leadership
•   Teamwork
•   Cooperation
•   Communication
•   Working with boys
•   Attitude
•   Setting the example




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Uniforming
•   Sense of belonging
•   Attention
•   Identification with Scouting
•   Webelos Scouts
    may wear the blue
    or tan uniform.




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Summary
•   Grade-based and progressive
•   Adult partners are the key.
•   Leaders support it.
•   Leaders set uniforming example.
•   Adults assist as activity badge
    counselors (Webelos).




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Planning for the Pack and Den
•   Annual program planning conference
•   Monthly pack leaders’ meeting
•   Den meeting planning and preparation
•   Plan in small segments to be successful.




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Nine Elements of Planning
1. Objective
2. Fun
3. Variety
4. Action
5. Boy Appeal
6. Family Appeal
7. Achievement
8. Resources
9. Flexibility

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Program Planning Steps
1. Annual pack program planning conference
2. Monthly pack leaders’ planning meetings




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Annual Pack Program
Planning Conference
• Led by the pack chair.
• Supported by the pack committee
  and Cubmaster.
• Den leaders and interested parents attend
  and participate.




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Monthly Pack Planning Meeting
• Led by the pack chair.
• Supported by the pack committee
  and Cubmaster.
• Den leaders and interested parents attend
  and participate.
• Follows a regular order:
  –   Part 1:   Evaluating the previous month
  –   Part 2:   Finalizing the current month
  –   Part 3:   Planning ahead
  –   Part 4:   Unit Leadership Enhancements
  –   Part 5:   Social time and fellowship
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The Scouting Month
• Two or more den meetings with leaders
  and/or adult partners
• One outing, activity, or camping experience
  (or Go See It for Tiger Cubs)
• Participation in the pack meeting




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Den & Pack Meeting
Resource Guide
• Most important resource for den leaders
• One-stop shop for planning den meetings
• Introduction to Cub Scouting and
  den leader responsibilities
• Den meeting plans for all ranks
• Pack meeting plans
• References and resources


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Using the Den Plans
• Two types of den meeting plans
  are provided.
• A school year’s worth of plans:
   – Focused on path to advancement.
   – Should be followed in order.
   – Assumes a September start and May transition
     with continued summer activities.
   – Assumes two den meetings are held per month.
• Additional for dens needing more meetings:
   – Used in any order.
   – Focused on electives.
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Den Meetings
•   Before the Meeting
•   Gathering
•   Opening
•   Business Items
•   Activities
•   Closing
•   After the Meeting




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Before the Meeting
• Review and make final preparations.
  – Consult the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.
  – Review materials and preparation needed early
    and often.




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Gathering
• Have something for them to do:
  –   Game
  –   Puzzle
  –   Magic
  –   Outdoor activity
  –   Supervision is important!




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Opening
• Opening ceremony of some type:
  –   Flag ceremony (always)
  –   Cub Scout motto
  –   Song
  –   Den yell
  –   Prayer




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Business Items
• Character Connection for monthly
  Core Values
• Pack meeting preparation
• Prepare for special den activities
• Verify home assignment completion




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Activities
• Advancement and electives
• Defined in the Den & Pack Meeting
  Resource Guide.




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Closing
• Awards and recognition
• Reminders (upcoming events and
  home assignments)
• Den leader’s minute
• Brief closing ceremony
• Cleanup




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After the Meeting
•   Review this meeting.
•   Plan/review the next meeting.
•   Clean up.
•   Relax.




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Great Den Meetings . . .
• Are planned well in advance
• Operate with shared leadership
• Use the boys’ handbooks and Den &
  Pack Meeting Resource Guide as the
  primary guides
• Follow the den meeting plans from the
  Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide
• Anticipate any behavior problems
• Are FUN!

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The Tiger Cub Den




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Let’s Plan a Tiger Cub
Den Meeting
• Be guided by the Den & Pack Meeting
  Resource Guide.
• Cover all parts of the meeting.
• Focus on how the advancement activities
  will be handled.
• Are no more than one hour long.




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Tiger Cubs are Boys
• First-grader (age 7) behavior
• Inquisitive
• First year of school
• New environment, peer group, adults
• Parental involvement is essential.
• Tiger Cubs must follow the code of conduct
  in meetings and other locations.
• Teach individual responsibility.


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Tiger Cub Advancement
•   Standard is to “Do your best.”
•   Achievement is encouraged and recognized.
•   Achievement is recognized when accomplished.
•   Activities are age- and grade-related.
•   Activities are to be done by the boy and his
    adult partner.




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Tiger Cub Advancement
•   The Bobcat badge
•   Tiger Cub Immediate Recognition Emblem
•   Tiger Cub badge
•   Tiger Track beads




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Achievements
• Five achievements lead to the Tiger
  Cub Badge:
   –   Making My Family Special
   –   Where I Live
   –   Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe
   –   How I Tell It
   –   Let’s Go Outdoors
• Each achievement includes a family activity,
  den activity, and a “Go See It.”


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Achievement Recognition
• Earn the Tiger Track by knowing:
  – The Cub Scout motto
  – The Cub Scout sign
  – The Cub Scout salute
• Add beads by completing achievements:
  – White bead—family activity
  – Orange bead—den activity
  – Black bead—“Go See It”




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The “Go See It”
• A monthly “field trip”*
• Opportunity for boys to discover new things
• Will be related to handbook advancement or
  the monthly Core Value
• In the immediate locale
• Remember the age group (7-year-olds)
• Have fun!
* The Tiger Cub Handbook has lots of suggestions.




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Planning Tiger Cub
“Go See Its”
•   Do five Go See Its during the year.
•   Prior planning is a must.
•   Share the planning and execution.
•   Involve your Go See It location contact.
•   Use a Tour Planning Checklist.




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Electives
•   50 electives
•   Lots of different experiences
•   For Tiger Cubs and their adult partners
•   Earn a yellow Tiger Track bead for
    each 10 electives completed.




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Recognition
•   Immediate
•   At pack meeting
•   Tiger Cub transition
•   Belt loops




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Record Keeping




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Six Great Tiger Cub Den
Leader Secrets
• Adult partners come to all meetings.
• Boys need a fast-moving program.
• Alternate energetic activities with quiet ones.
• “Hands-on” activities are better than lectures.
• Boys will learn self-control when
  given guidelines.
• Codes of conduct work when
  enforced consistently.

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Tiger Cub Den Leader Recognition
• Tenure
   – Complete one year as a registered
     Tiger Cub den leader.
• Training
   – Complete Fast Start, Youth Protection,
     Tiger Cub Den Leader Position-Specific
     Training, and This Is Scouting.
   – Attend one pow wow or University of Scouting,
     or at least four roundtables.




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Review and Questions




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Congratulations!




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