Before the Cub Scouts arrive, leaders gather to make preparations and handle last-minute details
As the Cub Scouts begin to arrive, they join in an informal activity or game, often conducted by the den chief to keep the boys interested and active until the entire group has arrived. Once everyone is in attendance, the opening marks the official start of the den meeting. It usually consists of a formal ceremony, such as a flag ceremony, and a group recital of the Cub Scout Promise
The Activities part of the meeting will vary by the age of the scouts (see below), and may be broken into two or more parts. Generally, most of the meeting consists of craft projects, games, and activities that are all based on the current adventure. There are two main areas that are focused on during these activities:
Required adventures. These adventures are required to advance from rank to rank.
Elective adventures. These add to the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. One elective adventure is required to earn the Tiger, Wolf, and Bear ranks. Two are required to earn the Webelos rank, and three are required for boys to earn the Arrow of Light rank.
The Closing draws the meeting to an end. It’s usually serious and quiet. Den leaders could present a thought for the day or give reminders about coming events.
For more information about the den, its leader and what to expect from the years activities, click on the den below.