What is a Den Chief?

photo of a boy scout.As a Boy Scout, you have the unique opportunity to become a Den Chief, a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout Den leader or Webelos Scout Den leader at Den meetings, Pack meetings, and other events. The Den Chief is a ready source of games, songs, skits, and skills, and he encourages the other boys in their advancement.

Why a Den Chief is important to the Cub and Boy Scouts program

The Den Chief is a key means of building relationships between Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troop. The Den Chief regularly reminds the Cub Scouts about Boy Scouts—its outdoor activities, trips, summer camp, etc.—as he leads activities and shares his enthusiasm for Scouting with them so they can make the right choice when it’s time to advance to a Webelos Den or Boy Scout Troop.

Becoming a Cub Scout Den Chief

Are you looking for a leadership position and want to work with younger Scouts? Contact your local District Training Chairman to find the next Den Chief training program.


  • A Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer selected by the senior patrol leader and Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Advisor at the request of the Cubmaster
  • Approved by the Cubmaster and Pack committee for recommendation to the Den leader
  • Registered as a youth member of a Troop, Team, or Crew


  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting
  • Help Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting
  • Serve as the activities assistant at Den meetings
  • Set a good example through attitude and uniforming
  • Be a friend to the boys in the Den
  • Help lead weekly Den meetings
  • Help the Den in its part of the monthly Pack meeting
  • Know the importance of the monthly theme and Pack meeting plans
  • Meet regularly with the Den leader to review Den and Pack meeting plans. Meet as needed with adult members of the Den, Pack, and Troop
  • Receive training from the Den leader (and Cubmaster or assistant Cubmaster) and attend Den Chief Training
  • Encourage Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible.
  • Help the Denner and assistant Denner to be leaders
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