Den Chief

Den Chief Pledge

The Scouts BSA Troop had elections last night. In Scouts BSA Troops, after the Senior Patrol Leader  and patrol leaders are elected, the SPL  starts asking the other Scouts BSA to fill leadership positions.

One of those positions is Den Chief, and we have a new Tiger Cub den in our Cub Scout pack which does not have a Den Chief yet. So for his Scoutmaster Minute, my husband read the Den Chief Pledge and asked any of the Scouts who are interested in learning more about being a Den Chief to see him.

Den Chief Pledge

I promise to help the scouts in my den to the best of my ability, to encourage, guide, and protect them in all den and pack activities, and show them by my example what Boy Scouts of America stands for.

I will strive to be prompt and dependable, and to cooperate with the leaders in carrying out the den program.

As each boy becomes eligible to move along the Cub Scouting trail (earning the Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge, or the Arrow of Light), I will encourage him and do all in my power to interest him in someday becoming a Boy Scout.

3 Responses to Den Chief Pledge

  1. Donna September 18, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

    Tiger dens shouldn’t have den chiefs or assistant den leaders. This is the year that they have Tiger Adult Partners. They are the ones who are supposed to take turns running or assisting in meetings, providing a fun game, teaching a skit or song. This will not only get the parents involved with their son, this will give the pack future leaders, because once they survive their first meeting as a leader, they realize they can do this and it’s fun. From Wolf on up, then you can have den chiefs, den leader and asst den leader, the traditional den organization. .

  2. Tom October 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

    Show me any official BSA resource that does not allow for a Tiger Den to have a Den Chief?

    I have run several tiger dance, and currently a cub master with to Tiger Den, and have always had a den chief.

    Den Chief can take the boys to play a game while you talk with parents and make plans for upcoming meetings, decide who is going to host what meeting, and other business of the den. This stuff will bore the boys, and can take away valuable time from the meeting.

    While doing this, I have the den Chief take the boys on the one foot hike, or play Team games comma or teach them some basic scouting skills like tying knots, or the basics on map and Compass, all of these are requirements for tigers, that can easily be taught by a den Chief while the adults make plans.

    As for assistant Tiger Den leaders, there is no such position in the BSA. It does not exist. The reason being is because of the adult Partners, but there is no rule saying you can’t have multiple people be a den leader. Why turn down someone who was willing to volunteer? I don’t know if any Scout unit in the country that could not use another volunteer leader.

    • Samuel September 25, 2018 at 8:05 AM #

      The Den Chief handbook says that tiger dens should not have Den Chiefs. I also think den leader handbooks say the same thing.

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