By Annaleis Smith
Oct 28, 2014

A Den Leader’s Dream Come True

(Part 6 of 10 in a series about the new Cub Scout Adventure program)


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I asked some of my fellow Utah National Parks Council leaders who attended the Philmont Training Center this past August (pictured in part 1 of this series) if they would share with me and you some of their favorite highlights from our week of training in New Mexico.  The first to respond with an answer was Gail :

 “My favorite take away was the Den leader books. That would have saved me time as a leader. I like the Adventures for the boys but the Den Leader book will help get the program to the boys”  

So I asked her to tell me more and below is her assessment of the new Den Leader Guides due out by May, 2015:


Click on image to see a Den Leader Guide Sampler

“My wish when I became a Den Leader was to find all the resources I needed in one place. I had Program Helps, the Cub Scout Leader book, Pow Wow books and the boys handbook to make my Den Meetings exciting for the boys in my den.

Now with the new Cub Scout Adventures. Abracadabra. . .  Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos will each have their own Den leader’s Guide.

1.  Den Leaders and the Den choose the Adventure.
2.  Open the book and read the plan.
3.  Use or tweak the plan for your boys.
4.  Prepare materials and Den Meeting is ready to go. Go and have fun!

Here are some specific parts of the new den leader guides and why I like them.

The Den Leader Guide has a simple to follow plan for each adventure .

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A page from the new Wolf Den Leader Guide

The Den Leader Guide has a Rational for the Adventure . Boys need to conquer their world and this is how we help them.

The Den Leader Guide has Takeaways for the Cub Scouts. How this adventure applies in their life.

The Den Leader Guide has each Adventure requirements just like is in the boys book.

The Den Leader Guide has “Notes to the Den Leader.” This is a heads up information of what needs to be done or policies that need to be remembered.

My dream now as a leader is to watch the boys have fun being boys. Learning and using skills that will take them into adulthood . Perhaps taking my place in Cub Scouts so applied skills help even more boys.”


Gail Hyde

Contributor: Gail Hyde | Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Great Basin District, Salt Creek Sub-district


And another related question from the Cub Adventure FAQ

Q:  As I understand it, boys complete six den-based adventures plus a family-based Duty to God adventure to earn the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks, and each adventure will require about three den meetings to complete. Will this plan require a total of 21 den meetings to complete each rank? I’d appreciate any clarification.

A:  The number of meetings required to meet the requirements for each adventure was presented as what is “typical” for dens. Most of the adventures were designed so that two meetings and one outing complete each adventure. The Duty to God adventures are designed to be completed by families. This would translate into about six months of programming to complete advancement toward the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks. All of the additional adventures provide ample opportunities for an entire year of programming for Cub Scout dens

Annaleis Smith
Author:  Annaleis Smith,  Council Cub Scout Chair

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2 thoughts on “A Den Leader’s Dream Come True

  1. AvatarLeah Overson

    I’m so Happy for the Boys and for the leaders and their families – always onward and upward : -)

  2. Susan CheeverSusan Cheever

    Thank you for this helpful information. It makes me want to be a Den Leader again. This sounds like how I would have written the program.


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