The Den Leader Coach Role
Be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age and of good moral character. Should be an experienced person (usually a former den leader) who is a good listener and capable of recruiting, encouraging, and training Cub Scout or Webelos den leaders. Preferably a member of the chartered organization. Recommended by the Cubmaster, approved by the pack committee and chartered organization, and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. If a pack has three or more Webelos dens, a Webelos den leader coach should be selected, in addition to a den leader coach for Cub Scout dens.
The den leader coach's responsibilities are to:
- Help ensure stable, active, enthusiastic den leaders for all Cub Scout or Webelos dens.
- Complete Fast Start training, Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, and the Den Leader Coach Seminar. Attend monthly roundtables.
- Help Cub Scout or Webelos den leaders understand the purposes, policies, and procedures of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
- Give immediate help and Fast Start training to new den leaders. Help them plan and conduct their first several meetings.
- Encourage den leaders to attend basic training and to qualify for Cub Scout leader recognition awards. See that leaders are appropriately recognized.
- Encourage den leaders to attend monthly roundtables, or represent them there.
- Hold monthly meetings with den leaders to help plan den activities and programs agreed upon at monthly pack leaders' meetings.
- Be thoroughly informed and up-to-date on the latest program literature and materials.
- Give continuing support and help to den leaders. Offer help, encouragement, direction, training, and new ideas, without taking over the den.
- Be available to attend den meetings as needed.
- See that dens are never without a leader and assistant. Be ready to fill in for a den leader in case of emergency.
- Help the Cubmaster in recruiting new den leaders and assistant den leaders.
- Be sure den leaders understand the pack budget plan.
- Be sure den leaders understand the importance of maintaining den records.
- Serve as the communications link between the Cubmaster and Cub Scout or Webelos den leaders. Keep the Cubmaster informed on the successes and needs of dens.
- Participate in the annual pack program planning conference and pack leaders' meetings.
- Participate in pack meetings.
- Support the policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
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