Den Meeting Planning
Along with the Cub Scout’s family, the den meeting is critical to the Cub Scout’s success and enjoyment of Cub Scouting. It is in and through the den that Scouts make social connections, have fun, attain advancement, and bond with the pack. Den meetings that are fun, organized, and interesting make a great environment for our youth.
What Is a Den Meeting Plan and How Do I Use Them?
The den meeting plans for each rank are designed to be conducted in sequential order. Certain activities are partially completed in one meeting and finished in another. Other activities or skills are natural prerequisites for activities that come later in the den’s year.
Local conditions (weather, events, etc.) or your den’s schedule may make altering the order of the den meetings attractive. As a den leader, you may change the order as long as you make sure the change does not jeopardize the Scouts’ opportunity to earn rank in the allotted time or disrupt the logical order of the activities and achievements.When there is any doubt, the planned order should be used. Discuss with your Cubmaster any changes, as they may also affect pack activities.
There are two types of den meeting plans.
Den Meeting Plans: These plans, modeled to support a school-year program, will, if followed, result in everyone in the den advancing in rank. The plans are developed around the following:
- Two den meetings per month in addition to the pack meeting and other outings or activities
- Beginning the Scouting year in September
- Resulting rank advancement by the blue and gold banquet, usually in February
- Continuing den and pack meetings through the school year and summer
- The plans support other start dates. However, if starting later than September, it may be necessary to have more than two den meetings per month if rank advancement by blue and gold is the objective.
Supplemental Den Meeting Plans: Plans are provided for dens that meet more than twice per month during the school year or for dens that meet year-round. These may also be used after rank advancement is achieved to continue working toward electives, Academics and Sports belt loops/pins, and other individual and group awards.
Do, Home Assignment, and Verify
At the beginning of each rank section and throughout the den meeting plans, you will find the terms “do,” “home assignment,” and “verify.” These will guide you, your boys, and their parents.
- Do: Activities to be done during den meetings
- Home assignments: Activities that boys and/or their parents must do outside den meetings but that you should assign (usually during the closing)
- Verify: A reminder, usually during the business items section of the den meeting, for you to confirm completion of a home assignment