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Can an Adult Serve as a Den Leader for Multiple Dens?

John sent in this question:

Can a den leader serve as den leader for more than one den?

My understanding is that it really not recommended. Since Cub Scouting is a family program, the ideal is to get more parents involved, although I know this can be difficult. There might be situations which are the exception, but in general it would be better to find another parent to serve as den leader for the second den. Then you could be a den leader for one den and an assistant den leader for another den. Providing a quality program for one den requires a lot of time. If you are trying to do this for two dens, it can be even more challenging.

Readers, what do you think? Add your ideas to the comments below.

4 Responses to Can an Adult Serve as a Den Leader for Multiple Dens?

  1. LaVon June 24, 2015 at 10:24 PM #

    It can be done but it is double the time and preparation for the leader. One idea is that you could be the den leader (since that scares some people) but ask each of the parents to be responsible for a meeting so the responsibility is shared and you don’t have to do it all. You would want to have a parent’s meeting and get their “buy in” and have them sign up for dates before you commit.

    Because our rural pack was about to fold due to no den leader and just 5 boys total, I decided to be a den leader again. I did Tiger, Bear, and Webelos at the same meeting and it felt like 10 times the work to me. I wanted them to meet together as much as possible since there so few of them. I had them together as much as possible then often broke them up into individual groups with a parent at the meeting so they could get their requirements completed. What I did is definitely not recommended but I didn’t want the pack to close after being in our town 70 years! There was a book to help with meeting in a mixed group like that but since our group didn’t meet weekly, it wasn’t much help.

    • cgcowner June 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

      I agree, that would be difficult. One note on the parent involvement front from your suggestion: make certain you have absolutely committed parents. Our group last year was forced to do that (parents in charge/leading every meeting), and the parents wouldn’t commit. So the boys suffered. That’s how I ended up with the group for this upcoming year, even though I really don’t have the time in my schedule. I don’t want to see my child not do the work just because the other parents won’t commit. Thank goodness my spouse is willing to assist and make it a tag-team effort.

  2. Jessica July 22, 2015 at 9:15 PM #

    I am an Assistant Cubmaster, Tiger den leader, Webelos den leader, and our Den Chief Coordinator. My hubby is our Committee Chair and an Assistant Scoutmaster in our son’s troop. We both commit one week’s vacation for summer camp also. It is difficult to juggle all of these tasks. One system that I implemented, is to have a resource box for each one of our dens in our closet at the church that charters us. The boxes contain the den leader guide and a handbook for that rank, a binder of meeting plans and craft supplies or activity supplies for the meeting plan. This helps in a number of ways – if a leader cannot attend a meeting, any one of the parents can get into their own den’s box and pull out a meeting plan and the corresponding activity items. This also serves as a back-up when a meeting just doesn’t go as planned and we need a plan B. I am now working on a supply of common pack items – tubs of crayons, construction paper, glue sticks, inflatable fun game items, etc so any leader can take from the common shared items if needed. Parental involvement is a must, and if you are fortunate enough to have a den chief, have them make plans and run them by you once they are acclimated to their role. Share the load with parents who are willing, and starting out organized helps to retain your volunteers. Good luck!

  3. Li nda Suarez February 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM #

    Unfortunately, it happens a lot in LDS packs! Since Den Leader positions are callings within a church setting, there are many times that people move, are assigned a new calling, or aren’t as enthusiastic about being a leader for young boys. Lots times the parents of these scouts are already busy with other church positions at the time dens meet. It seems to take forever to find a new den leader, forcing a the other leaders to do double duty.

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