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1 Den Leader Training Say (in your own words): Welcome to den leader training. My name is _______. The other trainers are_______. We are here to help you learn about your role in the den and how thatwill affect the lives of boys. My/our experience with the Cub Scout programis _______. In this module, we will build on what you learned in This Is Scoutingand Fast Start training. Then we will go into more detail on some of the skillsyou will use in your role as a Cub Scout den leader.Do:Be sure that you exhibit energy and enthusiasm as you introduce yourselfand the other trainers.
2 Objectives To discuss the purposes of the program To learn what a den leader doesTo plan and conduct a den meetingTo plan a field trip (Go See It for Tiger Cubs)To learn about advancement and record keepingTo discuss behavior issuesTo have funSay (in your own words):This session will show you what it takes to be a den leader.Do:Briefly discuss each objective. Reassure participants that when they havecompleted this training, they will be ready to plan and conduct a den meeting.Show the Cub Scout Leader Book and tell the participants that most of theirquestions are answered in the book. Tell them where to find the appropriateinformation in the book.
3 Purpose of the Program Beginning and continuing steps in Cub Scouting Age-based activitiesFamily-centered activitiesDen-centered leadershipIntroduction to and developing with the fun of ScoutingHigher level of self-reliance (for Webelos Scouts)Getting ready for Boy Scouts (for Webelos Scouts)Say (in your own words):Scouts do things that are made just for them. Tiger Cubs are beginning their CubScouting experience. Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts are continuing to learn. WebelosScouts are experiencing things that prepare them for Boy Scouting.Do:Explain that activities should be based on age and grade. Parents are importantresources for each level of Cub Scouting. In Tiger Cubs, relationships between theboys and adult partners will be in a setting with other adults and boys. The boys candevelop new and different relationships within the Tiger Cub den. Parents of Wolfand Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts support leaders by helping with meetings,supervision, and transportation.
4 The Den Leader Gives leadership to den program planning Works with adult partners (Tiger Cubs) or an assistant and den chiefHelps or makes sure that the boys advanceMaintains den recordsWorks with other pack leadersParticipates in pack program planningAttends monthly roundtablesApproves advancement (Webelos)Say (in your own words):Here is what a den leader does.Do:Discuss the role of the Cub Scout den leader. Use the Den Leader Responsibilitieshandout in the back of this book and position responsibilities from the Den & PackMeeting Resource Guide and Cub Scout Leader Book.
5 The Assistant Den Leader Provides support to the den leaderServes as a backup leaderAttends pack meetingsAssists in program planningSay (in your own words):Here is what an assistant den leader does.Do:Discuss the role of the assistant den leader. Use the appropriate positiondescription from the Cub Scout Leader Book as a guide.
6 Leadership Skills Shared leadership Teamwork Cooperation Communication Working with boysAttitudeSetting the exampleSay (in your own words):As a den leader, you will need to use these leadership skills.Do:Depending on the group, you may want to ask different people what these skills meanto them. Otherwise, briefly discuss each.
7 Uniforming Sense of belonging Attention Identification with Scouting Webelos Scouts may wear the blue or tan uniform.Say (in your own words):Depending on the group, the uniform is or may be the first uniform a boy has everworn. It identifies him as part of the Boy Scouts of America.Do:Use a Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout Uniform Inspection Sheet to pointout each badge and badge location on the uniform. Encourage the leaders to beuniformed as well.Webelos Scouts may wear the blue Cub Scout shirt and trousers, or the den maychoose to wear the tan and green uniform. Boys are now growing and want to lookolder. Switching to the Boy Scout–style uniform can give them a sense of thatgrowth and may be practical, since the Webelos Scouts are getting ready forBoy Scouts.Note that the Webelos belt buckle will fit either the blue or olive belt, but thebelt loop recognitions for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program fit onlyon the blue web belt.
8 Summary Grade-based and progressive Adult partners are the key. Leaders support it.Leaders set uniforming example.Adults assist as activity badge counselors (Webelos).Say (in your own words):We have briefly discussed what you will be doing as a den leader.Do:Reinforce the points on the slide. Point out that without leaders and helpful parents,the program cannot exist. You may want to use a morale feature here, such as a yellthat a den might use.
9 Planning for the Pack and Den Annual program planning conferenceMonthly pack leaders’ meetingDen meeting planning and preparationPlan in small segments to be successful.Say (in your own words):In dens, planning is essential to the success of your activities and toensuring that the boys have fun.Do:Discuss that leading a den requires planning and coordination. For Tiger Cubs, theadults’ meeting is very important. It allows them to get to know each other andto set the ground rules for the den.Remind participants about the monthly Core Value and pack activity, the packleaders’ meeting, and the annual program planning meeting.Meanwhile, the Webelos Scout den’s program is different from the Cub Scoutden’s program. Webelos Scouts complete activity badges for advancement.Remind the participants of the monthly Core Value and pack activity, the packleaders’ meeting, the annual program planning meeting, and the remainder ofthe points on the slide.Resources: Cub Scout Leader Book, Webelos Leader Guide
10 Nine Elements of Planning 1. Objective 2. Fun 3. Variety 4. Action 5. Boy Appeal 6. Family Appeal 7. Achievement 8. Resources 9. FlexibilitySay (in your own words):When planning the Cub Scouting program,include the following elements:1. Objective. Program activities should meet the purposes of Cub Scoutingand provide opportunities for physical, spiritual, mental/emotional, andsocial growth.2. Fun. Cub Scouting must be fun, not only for the boys, but for the wholefamily. If the program is fun, boys will continue to attend.3. Variety. A variety of activities is used to achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.Include games, crafts, skits, songs, stunts, ceremonies, trips, and outdoor activitiesfor a well-rounded program.4. Action. Activities that require action and participation help boys enjoy theexperience. Boys need to do, not just watch. Action does not necessarily meanrunning around (although boys love to do that). It means being engagedin an activity versus passively receiving information.5. Boy Appeal. Plan activities that are appropriate for Cub Scout–age boys,such as those that include action, experimenting, mystery, and excitement.6. Family Appeal. Cub Scouting is a family program, with families workingand playing together. Activities should help strengthen and enrich families.7. Achievement. Boys need recognition so that they will feel a sense of achievementwhile they are having fun.8. Resources. Make good use of all people, facilities, materials, and equipmentavailable. Use the talents and skills of leaders, families, boys, and neighborhood friends.9. Flexibility. Have a backup plan for unexpected changes or surprises.Be prepared to change the program for special circumstances that affectthe local community or area.
11 Program Planning Steps 1. Annual pack program planning conference2. Monthly pack leaders’ planning meetingsSay (in your own words):Planning a Cub Scout program can seem daunting at first, but don’t be intimated.By working as a team and breaking planning down into steps, leaders can createa great program for Cub Scouts. Cub Scout program planning involves twomain steps:Conducting an annual pack program planning conference.2. Conducting monthly pack leaders’ planning meetings.
12 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.Say (in your own words):The annual pack planning conference is probably the most important Scoutingmeeting each year as it sets the direction and calendar for the year. And parentsare waiting for the calendar.Do:Reinforce that the meeting is led by the committee chair but is the joint responsibilityof the committee and the Cubmaster.Tell leaders about the pack program planning chart and how it can be used build thepack’s program for the year.Let attendees know that the annual meeting will cover program, financial, and membershipgoals and plans.
13 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 monthPart 2: Finalizing the current monthPart 3: Planning aheadPart 4: Unit Leadership EnhancementsPart 5: Social time and fellowshipSay (in your own words):Part 1: Evaluating the previous monthThe pack committee chair calls the meeting to order. The Cubmaster reviewsthe previous month’s den and pack meeting activities and asks for comments andsuggestions. This evaluation will help with planning for the upcoming month.Part 2: Finalizing the current monthThe Cubmaster confirms assignments for the current month’s pack meeting.Special committees report on plans for the current month’s pack meetingor special event. Den leaders turn in den advancement reports to the personresponsible for obtaining awards for the next pack meeting. Den leaders turnover den dues to the pack treasurer and receive a receipt.Part 3: Planning aheadThe pack committee chair leads a general discussion about the upcoming month’sden and pack meetings. The Cubmaster comments on next month’s den and packmeetings and confirms assignments concerning den participation in next month’spack meeting. Special committees report on plans for the upcoming pack meeting orspecial events for the upcoming month. Den leaders report on their den meeting plansfor the upcoming month. Activity badge counselors report on projects planned fornext month’s activity badges.The pack committee chair reports on pack needs, problems, and progress. Thepack committee completes plans such as the organization of new dens, pack-trooprelations, financial matters, improving family participation, etc.Part 4: Unit Leadership EnhancementsAs part of the regular new business items at monthly pack leaders’ meetings,the pack trainer should include one of the Unit Leadership Enhancement topics.Part 5: Social time and fellowship
14 The Scouting MonthTwo or more den meetings with leaders and/or adult partnersOne outing, activity, or camping experience (or Go See It for Tiger Cubs)Participation in the pack meetingSay (in your own words):Our goal is to get Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scoutsto see and do as many interesting things as possible.Do:For Tiger Cubs, point out that:1. Each boy and adult partner pair will conduct two den meetings in one month.2. The den leader will help plan them.3. The Go See It is a third part of the monthly program4. The Tiger Cubs go to the pack meeting to get their awards and to share in the fun.Discuss the importance of the Go See It. It gets the boys out of the house andlets them learn about things around them that they might not otherwise see. It alsohelps the parents get to know one another and builds stronger den bonds.For other Cubs Scouts, point out that:1. The den leader plans the den meetings.2. The Cub Scout den may meet up to four times a month. That may includetwo den meetings, an outing, and the monthly pack meeting.3. The Cub Scouts go to the pack meeting to get their awards and toshare in the fun.
15 Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide Most important resource for den leadersOne-stop shop for planning den meetingsIntroduction to Cub Scouting and den leader responsibilitiesDen meeting plans for all ranksPack meeting plansReferences and resourcesSay (in your own words):The Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide is the most important tool in the den leader’stoolbox. It, and the plans inside, are the key to your boys advancing smoothlyin the Cub Scout program. They are also the key to planning and running your denmeetings smoothly and with confidence.Do:Describe and show each portion of the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.Take time to review the table of contents and each section.
16 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.Say (in your own words):There are two sets of plans in the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide. The firstset might be thought of as the basics; they are the plans that, if followed, will lead aboy to advancement in rank. These plans must be followed in numerical order becausesome activities build off others.The second set of plans, called Additional, are provided for dens that meet more thantwo times per month as a den or that meet year-round. These plans are more involvedwith electives and other activities.
17 Den Meetings Before the Meeting Gathering Opening Business Items ActivitiesClosingAfter the MeetingSay (in your own words):To make planning a den meeting easier, it is divided into seven parts. All dens followthe same structure, regardless of rank.Do:Discuss that having defined parts of the meeting makes it easier to plan: You planeach part and then put them together. Say that most meetings last about an hour, butsome may be longer or shorter.If you have experienced den leaders in your training, acknowledge that TigerCubs and Webelos historically followed a different den meeting structure but thatnow all dens follow the same one.Distribute a den meeting plan from the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guidefor next month and use it to illustrate how a den meeting is planned and conducted.Provide a copy of this pre-planned meeting to each participant. Review eachpart of the meeting and show how the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guidecontains helpful information.Resource: Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide
18 Before the Meeting Review and make final preparations. Consult the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.Review materials and preparation needed early and often.Say (in your own words):Planning for a meeting should begin well before the day of the meeting.Materials and preparation are required, and already spelled out in the Den &Pack Meeting Resource Guide. They are listed in “After the Meeting” of theprior den meeting plan so that planning may begin early. Before the meeting, theden leader and others assisting should get together for a last-minute check to makesure that everything is ready.Do:Show where to find this information in the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.Tell the participants that this step may be done in person or using some othermethod. Say that (for Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts) the denner and denchief may also be part of the preparation. Organize seating, flags, advancementcharts, handouts, etc.
19 Gathering Have something for them to do: Game Puzzle Magic Outdoor activitySupervision is important!Say (in your own words):The boys will probably not all get to the meeting at the same time. Some may beearly. Have something for them to do so they don’t have to find something todo themselves (perhaps something they shouldn’t be doing)!Do:Explain that the purpose of the gathering activity is to have something for the boysto do so they don’t have to find something else to do—in other words, you wantthem to be busy with something you have planned. While others are supervising, youcan do things such as collect dues, record attendance, or record achievements andelectives completed during the week.
20 Opening Opening ceremony of some type: Flag ceremony (always) Cub Scout mottoSongDen yellPrayerSay (in your own words):The purpose of the opening is to separate the gathering activity from the meeting.Do:Mention that all den meetings should start with a flag ceremony. In addition,any of the ideas listed on the slide are useful. Depending on the group, have theparticipants repeat the Cub Scout motto, Do Your Best, as their opening to themeeting—or repeat the Cub Scout Oath.If necessary, remind participants that the Webelos Scouts will be working towarda transition to Boy Scouting and that the opening part of the meeting is a goodtime for them to review some of the things they will need to know to fulfilltheir Arrow of Light requirements.Other ideas for opening ceremonies can be found in Cub Scout Ceremonies forDens and Packs.
21 Business Items Character Connection for monthly Core Values Pack meeting preparationPrepare for special den activitiesVerify home assignment completionSay (in your own words):This section of the meeting helps you get some of the hard work done first. Itis a good time to discuss the monthly Core Value. This time may also be usedfor the den to prepare for its role in the pack meeting. Use this time to review theboys’ handbooks to confirm that home assignments have been completed.Do:Discuss the points on the slide. Follow formats and content from the Den & PackMeeting Resource Guide and Webelos Leader Guide.
22 Activities Advancement and electives Defined in the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.Say (in your own words):The activities portion of the meeting is the fun part that the boys really like.These activities may take place in your den meeting location or an outingsomewhere in the community.Do:Highlight the items on the slide, and have example activities prepared for the group.For Tiger Cubs, explain that more than one requirement or elective typicallywould be worked on in each activity session and that all activities are designedto be accomplished by the boy and his partner together, not the boy alone.For Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, show the Wolf Trail (Achievements) and Bear Trail(Achievements) chapters and both Arrow Point Trail (Electives) chapters in theWolf Handbook and the Bear Handbook.For Webelos Scouts, select an activity badge that boys will be working on forthe next few meetings.Resources: Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, Cub Scout Leader How-To Book,Webelos Leader Guide
23 Closing Awards and recognition Reminders (upcoming events and home assignments)Den leader’s minuteBrief closing ceremonyCleanupSay (in your own words):There are many ways to close a meeting. Award or recognize any advancementcompleted at this meeting. Thank any assistants, guests, and parent helpers. Makesure you remind the boys (and their parents) of any home assignments they needto complete before the next den meeting. Keep announcements brief and to thepoint. Providing a family information letter will keep reminders to a minimumand keep parents informed. You may have an inspirational thought to share andthen conduct a closing ceremony. Vary your closings to make them memorable.Everyone can help clean up.Do:Conduct a simple closing ceremony. Show the participants the resource thatyou used. Share a sample family information letter.Resources: Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, Cub Scout Ceremonies for Dens and Packs
24 After the Meeting Review this meeting. Plan/review the next meeting. Clean up.Relax.Say (in your own words):After the meeting, get together with the hosting adult partner/assistant den leader/den chief (depending on the group) and identify positive aspects of your meetingand what can be improved. Discuss the materials and meeting plan for the nextweek. Review the preparation requirements for the next meeting in the Den &Pack Meeting Resource Guide.Do:Discuss that after the meeting is really the beginning of the next den activity.
25 Great Den Meetings . . . Are planned well in advance Operate with shared leadershipUse the boys’ handbooks and Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide as the primary guidesFollow the den meeting plans from the Den & Pack Meeting Resource GuideAnticipate any behavior problemsAre FUN!Say (in your own words):Remember, planning makes meetings great!Do:Discuss the points on the slide.Explain that good den meetings and den activities are more than just learning activities.They need to be fun because the boys are looking for activities that are fun andexciting. Add things to your den program that give them a chance to be creative.
27 Planning a Webelos 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.Say (in your own words):As we complete this session, it will be your turn to plan a good den meeting.Do:Intorduce an activity badge that is coming up in the next month and give a copy ofthe Webelos den meetings from the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide thatfeatures the activity badge.Show the resources that they have available to help them. Have them shareinformation on how they might approach the den meeting and have them plan ameeting around the activity badge.Resources: Webelos Handbook, Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Leader How-To Book, Cub Scout Songbook, Group Meeting Sparklers, Den & Pack MeetingResource Guide
28 Webelos Scouts Are Boys Fourth- and fifth-grader (age 10) behavior.Inquisitive but growingSchool is now routine; boys are looking for new challenges.Some are new to Scouting, some are previous Cub Scouts.Build trust.They have a new leader—you!Say (in your own words):These boys are older and becoming more mature. They will rely on you astheir leader. Set the example!Do:Discuss these points with the participants. Ask for examples, if time permits.
29 Webelos Scouts Are Boys Parental involvement is needed.They need hands-on projects.More independence should be expected of the boys.Follow a code of conduct in meetings and other locations.Teach individual responsibility.Say (in your own words):Parents are still important.Do:Discuss these points with the participants. Ask for examples, if time permits.Discuss the use of a code of conduct in a den setting. Show the Cub Scout LeaderBook as a reference.Resource: Cub Scout Leader Book
30 Webelos Scouts Are Boys As Webelos, allow the boys to set and determine the boundaries of their own behavior – let them write their Code of Conduct as a group.Allow the Den to decide if they want to be recognized as a Den or as a Patrol.Promote and foster the idea of activities separate from the Pack.Shift focus of advancement to each boy as opposed to the group.Say (in your own words):These boys are older and becoming more mature. They will rely on you astheir leader. Set the example!Do:Discuss these points with the participants. Ask for examples, if time permits.
31 Webelos Advancement Encouragement and recognition of achievement Grade-related and age-appropriateWebelos den leader encourages, ensures, and approves advancement.Say (in your own words):Boys love to learn things and they also like to be recognized for what they do.In younger dens, parents help with advancement activities. In Webelos dens,the den leaders are responsible for all advancement activities.Do:Note that you have mentioned activity badges, the Webelos badge, and the Arrowof Light, and that this is when participants will learn the details.
32 Webelos Advancement Bobcat badge Webelos activity badges Webelos badge Compass points emblemArrow of LightSay (in your own words):The first step in Webelos Scout advancement is earning the Bobcat badge. Ifthey already have the Bobcat badge they do not need to earn it again.Do:Remind participants that boys cannot earn badges that are for younger boys: WebelosScouts, who are in the fourth or fifth grade, cannot earn the Wolf or Bear badge.Explain that the “standard of performance” for achievements and electives isfor the boys to “do their best.” If they did their best, they completed the requirement.Tell participants that the boys will earn Webelos activity badges to fulfill requirementsfor earning the Webelos badge.Explain that Webelos and the Arrow of Light are two separate ranks, withArrow of Light being the highest a Cub Scout can earn and the only one that canbe worn on the Boy Scout uniform.Explain that the compass points emblem and compass points are a way to recognizeelective achievement and not a rank.Explain that the pack meeting is the place where you will publicly recognizeeach Webelos Scout’s completion of the Bobcat badge, activity badges, Webelosbadge, and Arrow of Light.
33 Webelos Activity Badges Physical SkillsAquanautAthleteFitnessSportsmanOutdoor ActivityForesterGeologistNaturalistOutdoorsmanCommunityCitizenCommunicatorFamily MemberReadymanMental SkillsArtistScholarShowmanTravelerTechnologyCraftsmanEngineerHandymanScientistSay (in your own words):There are 20 activity badges in five different categories.Do:Explain that the activity badges are in areas of interest to boys of this age andthat they teach important life lessons and provide skills needed for the transitioninto Boy Scouting.Using the Webelos Handbook, review the requirements for the activity badge participantsused in planning the den meeting.Make sure that the leaders understand that most activity badges have some mandatoryand some optional requirements.Assure the leaders that if they are not experts in an activity badge topic, it isbest to find people who are and who can help boys with the badge.Resource: Webelos Handbook
34 Activity Badge Counselor Helps Webelos Scouts earn activity badgesProvides instruction at Webelos den meetingsThe service is temporary and is not a registered BSA positionSay (in your own words):Webelos den leaders can use the Parent Talent Survey forms in their recruitmentof activity badge counselors. The activity badge counselor helps WebelosScouts earn activity badges.This person may be an adult family member of a Webelos Scout, a pack leader,a teacher, a coach, or another adult qualified to teach skills of an activitybadge to Webelos Scouts.Do:The counselor provides activity badge instruction at Webelos den meetings, asrequested by the Webelos den leader. For instance, this could include providingresources, leading field trips, or providing instruction, depending on the activity badgerequirements. The service is temporary, usually extends over three or four denmeetings for each badge, and is a not a registered BSA position.
35 Earning the Webelos Badge Eight total requirementsComplete three activity badgesFitness (Physical Skills)Citizen (Community)One from any of the three other groups:Outdoor ActivitiesMental SkillsTechnologyBoy Scout preparation and knowledgeSay (in your own words):The requirements for the Webelos badge are found in the Webelos Handbook andthe Webelos Leader Guide.Do:Show the requirements in the Webelos Handbook. Also show the location of therequirements in the Webelos Leader Guide.Using the Webelos Handbook, discuss the requirements for the Webelos badge. Showhow the den meeting plans outlined in the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guideutilize the activity badges to complete the Webelos requirements.Resources: Webelos Handbook, Webelos Leader Guide, Den & Pack MeetingResource Guide
36 Earning the Arrow of Light Six months in the denPreparation to join a Boy Scout troopEight activity badges, including the three for the Webelos badgeTroop visitCampoutSay (in your own words):Earning the Arrow of Light is the top accomplishment in Cub Scouting. AnArrow of Light Award earned as a Webelos Scout can be worn later onBoy Scout and adult uniforms.Do:Show the requirements for Arrow of Light in the Webelos Handbook.Using the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, discuss the requirementsfor the Arrow of Light and how the outlined den meeting plans lean toachieving the Arrow of Light rank.Reinforce that the Arrow of Light is a significant accomplishment and shouldbe awarded in a special ceremony.Resources: Webelos Handbook, Webelos Leader Guide, Den & Pack MeetingResource Guide
37 Recognition Immediate At pack meeting Belt loops and pins Webelos colorsAt pack meetingActivity badgesCompass points emblemBelt loops and pinsAcademics and SportsSay (in your own words):We reward the completion of activity badges by placing activity badge pins onthe Webelos colors. As Webelos Scouts earn activity badges, the pack may alsochoose to award them the compass point emblem and compass point pins. Theboys may also have completed the requirements for an Academics or Sportsbelt loop or pin. All of these are awarded at the pack meeting.Do:Show the Webelos colors and sample activity badge pins.Using the Webelos Leader Guide, discuss the requirements for the compass pointsemblem found in the “Webelos Planning Guide” section. Briefly explain how theAcademics and Sports loop program works. Mention how the Academics partof the program makes learning fun and how the Sports part keeps our kids active.Webelos activity badge pins are awarded at a pack meeting.Resource: Webelos Leader Guide
38 The Field Trip A monthly field trip Opportunity for boys to discover new thingsWill be related to handbook advancement or the monthly Core ValueIn the immediate localeRemember the age group (10- to 11-year-olds)Have fun!Say (in your own words):The field trip is often the most exciting part of the Cub Scout program.Do:Discuss the points of the slide.Show the participants field trip planning points in the Cub Scout Leader Book andDen & Pack Meeting Resource Guide.
39 Planning Webelos Field Trips Prior planning is a must.Share the planning and execution.Involve your field trip location contact.Use a Tour Planning Checklist.Say (in your own words):What would make for an exciting field trip?Do:Have the group provide suggestions about where to go in the community.List any safety precautions, and discuss information possibly related to electives.Talk about the importance of filing a Tour Planning Checklist and how to do that.
40 Record Keeping Say (in your own words): To make sure that the Webelos receive the recognition they have earned, wehave to do some record keeping.Do:Show the record keeping section in the back of the Webelos Handbook and saythat this is the first step in record keeping.Show the Webelos Den Record and other forms. Explain that the informationfrom the boys’ handbooks is transferred to the forms during the den meetings.Explain that when a boy has earned the Bobcat badge, activity badges, theWebelos badge, or Arrow of Light, the den leader must inform the pack advancementchair. The advancement chair will then get the badge and have it for the boy at thenext pack meeting. If possible, notify the chair at least two weeks before the packmeeting so that the badge can be obtained in time. Please do not disappoint the boy!Resources: Webelos Den Record, Webelos Handbook
41 Webelos Activities Pack meeting participation Activity-badge-related outingsCamping!Pack overnightersFamily campingWebelos den campingBoy Scout troop joint campoutsDay campsResident campGood TurnSay (in your own words):Den and pack meetings start the fun for the boys, but there are many other thingsto enjoy in Cub Scouting.Do:Discuss the items on the slide.Explain that camping as Webelos Scouts prepares the boys for Boy Scouting.Tell them that Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders is an excellent courseto help the leader prepare for camping.Webelos dens are encouraged to participate in joint den-troop campouts, particularlyin the fifth-grade year. Webelos Scouts should be under the supervisionof a parent or guardian. These campouts should be conducted with an individualtroop for the purpose of strengthening ties between the pack and troop.Discuss the need for a Tour Planning Checklist.Resources: Cub Scout Leader Book, Webelos Leader Guide, Tour PlanningChecklist, Webelos Scout Overnight Checklist
42 Webelos-to-Scout Progression Start early.Visit multiple troop meetings.Organize joint Webelos/Troop campouts.Visit troop activities and camporees.*Discuss options with adults and boys.Explain that not all boys will go to the same troop.Encourage completing the Arrow of Light.Encourage movement to Boy Scouts of Webelos Scouts and parents.* Webelos Scouts may not participate in activities or stay overnight.Say (in your own words):Prepare early for helping the Webelos Scouts become Boy Scouts.Do:Discuss these points with the participants.Point out the “Webelos-to-Scout Progression” section in the Webelos Leader Guide.Review the material with the participants.Refer the leaders to the Cub Scout Leader Book for more information.Resources: Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Leader Book
43 Webelos-to-Scout Progression When visiting Boy Scout Troops, look for the following:Who leads the Troop – it should be a Boy Led TroopHow do the members of the Troop wear the uniformIs the meeting organized – and does it run as scheduledIs the Patrol Method clearly in place and being usedHow many uniformed adults are presentSay (in your own words):Prepare early for helping the Webelos Scouts become Boy Scouts.Do:Discuss these points with the participants.Point out the “Webelos-to-Scout Progression” section in the Webelos Leader Guide.Review the material with the participants.Refer the leaders to the Cub Scout Leader Book for more information.Resources: Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Leader Book
44 The Denner and Assistant Denner Boy leadershipHelp the den leader.May lead activities.Denner service teaches responsibility.Say (in your own words):We can teach responsibility by having the boys participate in the den’s leadership.The denner and assistant denner positions should be rotated among den membersso all boys will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills.Do:Explain the roles of the denner and assistant denner.Resource: Cub Scout Leader Book
45 The Den Chief Boy Scout or Venturer leadership position Older boy influenceHelps the den leader.Leads activities.Positive attitudeLeads by example.Say (in your own words):The den chief may also be of help.Do:Explain the role of the den chief. (See the position description andadditional materials in the Cub Scout Leader Book.)Add that the den chief will be a better resource for the den if he orshe has completed den chief training.Resource: Cub Scout Leader Book
46 Six Great Webelos Den Leader Secrets Be tolerant regarding boys’ increasingly busy schedules.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.Guide boys to Boy Scouts.Say (in your own words):Let’s review what makes a Webelos den leader great.Do:Explain that at this point in the life of a boy, he has a lot of things going on.He may not make it to all meetings and activities, but it is important to keep allboys in the program and to tolerate their early choices in life, showing them youbelieve that each boy is important.Discuss how these points make being a Webelos den leader most rewarding.
47 Planning a Webelos Meeting Leader Resources:Cub Scouts 2010 programWebelos handbookAcademic & Sports programCub Scout Leader bookOther resourcesSay (in your own words):Now it’s your turn to plan a good den meeting.Do:Separate the group into Webelos “dens,” with no more than four people ineach group.Choose an activity badge that is coming up in the next month and give a copy ofthe Webelos den meetings from the Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide thatfeatures the activity badge.Show the resources that they have available to help them. Have them shareinformation on how they might approach the den meeting and have them plan ameeting around the activity badge.Allow 20 minutes for their planning session. Have one or two groups discusswhat they have planned.Resources: Webelos Handbook, Webelos Leader Guide, Cub Scout Leader How-To Book, Cub Scout Songbook, Group Meeting Sparklers, Den & Pack MeetingResource Guide
48 Webelos Den Leader Recognition TenureComplete one year as a registered Webelos den leader.TrainingComplete Webelos Den Leader Fast Start training, Youth Protection training, Webelos Den Leader Position-Specific Training, and This Is Scouting.Complete Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders course.Attend a Cub Scout leader pow wow or University of Scouting, or at least four roundtables.Say (in your own words):So you want some recognition too? As you complete your time as a Webelos denleader, Scouting has not forgotten you.Completing the requirements for the Webelos Den Leader Award is the bestway for you to excel as a leader and learn more about the things you wantto accomplish.Do:Refer to the Cub Scout Leader Book for information on the Webelos DenLeader Award.Resource: Cub Scout Leader Book
49 Review and Questions Say (in your own words): Do you have any questions?Do:Answer questions, if any. If the questions require complex answers, ask to defer themuntil later or arrange for another trainer to handle the questions after training.
50 Congratulations! Say (in your own words): Congratulations—you have completed Webelos Leader training. Now go and havefun with your Cub Scouts!Do:Award the participants their training completion cards. You may also wish to presenta completion certificate. Make sure that all participants are furnished with thedates, times, and locations of their district roundtable before they leave. Encouragethem to attend roundtable regularly.Confirm completion of all elements of the Trained Leader requirements beforeauthorizing the “Trained” status.