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Den Chief Service Award

PREPARATION. Before you begin work on this service award, discuss with your den leader and either your Scoutmaster or Cubmaster the role and importance of the den chief. Your discussion should include the:

  • Importance of the attitude of service within Boy Scouting
  • Attitude regarding service within the den
  • Attitude regarding service to the den leader
  • Importance regarding leadership within the den
  • Length of service to the pack
  • Need to purchase, carry, and use the Den Chief Handbook .

Period of Service

  • Den chief has served the pack faithfully for 1 full year.


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  • Attended den chief training (if available within year of service) OR was trained by the Cubmaster.

Service Requirements

  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting. The den chief understands the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Help Cub Scouts achieve the purpose of Cub Scouting. The den chief knows and uses the following within the den:
    • The Cub Scout Promise
    • The Law of the Pack
    • The Cub Scout motto
    • The Cub Scout salute
    • The Cub Scout sign
    • The Cub Scout handshake
    • The meaning of Webelos
  • Be the activities assistant in den meetings. The den chief has led the following activities:
    • Five songs
    • Five stunts of skits
    • Five games
    • Five sports activities
  • Set a good example by attitude and uniforming. The den chief has maintained the following for a period of 6 months:
    • A cheerful Scouting attitude within the den
    • Proper uniforming at meetings of the den
  • Be a friend to the boys in the den. The den chief understands the following:
    • The meaning of friendship
    • What Cub Scout-age boys are like
    • The need to praise and build up the boys
  • Take part in weekly meetings. The den chief took part in weekly meetings for 6 months.
  • Assist the den at the monthly pack program. The den chief has assisted the den at the monthly pack program at least three times.
  • Know the importance of the monthly theme. The den chief has discussed the monthly theme and he understands its importance.
  • Meet as needed with the adult members of the den, pack or troop. The den chief understands the need to work together. He has maintained a notebook (preferably the Cub Scout Leader Program Notebook, ) with the telephone numbers of the den leader, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and any other odult member of the troop or pack named by the den leader. This notebook has been used to mark down the dates and times of all den functions for 1 year. The den chief has either attended the annual pack planning conference or met with the Cubmaster in order to prepare his notebook. The den chief has called leaders concerned if unable to attend scheduled meetings.

Complete four of these projects:

  • Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout special event, such as a Scouting show, bicycle rodeo, etc.
  • Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout Day camp.
  • Advance one Boy Scout rank.
  • Assist in recruiting three new Cub Scouts.
  • Assist three Webelos Scouts to join a troop.
  • Help to plan and carry out a joint pack-troop activity.
  • Recommend another Boy Scout to be a den chief to your Scoutmaster.
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