Dens

Den Rank Grade Leader Day & Time Location
1 Webelos I 4th Grade Leader Shawn Cross
Leader Jeff Goetz
Sundays at 3pm St. Mary Magdalene
2 Tiger 1st Grade Leader Bill Steigerwald Sundays at 3pm St. Mary Magdalene
3 Arrow of Light 5th Grade Leader Bill Steigerwald Sundays at 3pm St. Mary Magdalene
4 Wolf 2nd Grade Leader Matthew Trotter Sundays at 3pm St. Mary Magdalene
5 Bear 3rd Grade Leader Lawrence Stokes
Leader Hank Holseberg
Sundays at 3pm St. Mary Magdalene

What is a Den?

Pack 420 usually meets as a whole unit at 3pm on one Sunday per month at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in the Parish Center. The schedule may change due to holidays or other specials events. A den is a group of six to eight boys, within the pack, that meets several times a month between pack meetings. The den structure allows boys to build relationships with leaders and other boys. The den provides opportunities for activities that would be difficult with a large group. The den also provides leadership opportunities for the boys.

Tiger Cub Program – 1st Grade

Tiger Cubs generally have at least four meetings each month: they attend the Cub Scout pack meeting, participate in a “Go See It” outing, and take part in at least two den meetings.

The program section of the Tiger Cub den meeting is usually divided into three parts, corresponding to the Tiger Cub motto:

  • Share. The Share part of the den meeting gives each boy a chance to share something that he’s done since the last meeting. This activity gives boys time to share family experiences.
  • Search. During the Search time of the meeting, the leaders will talk about plans for the Go See It outing. This activity could fulfill one of the achievement requirements or one of the elective requirements, or it could relate to the monthly theme.
  • Discover. During Discover time, the den leader may introduce the monthly theme and talk about what the den will be doing for the pack meeting. Then the boys will play games, work on craft projects and puzzles, take part in outdoor activities, or work on advancement requirements.

Wolf and Bear Cub Scout Program – 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade

Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts devote part of their weekly meeting to “business items” such as monitoring the boys’ progress toward rank advancement and other awards and choosing, planning, and preparing their activity for the upcoming pack meeting.

Every den meeting should include at least one game, to be conducted by the den chief; craft projects that are started at the meeting and completed at home with the boys’ families; and other group activities such as songs, stunts, and puzzles related to the monthly theme.

Often, den meeting activities enable the Cub Scouts to complete some requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys’ handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate the requirement has been completed.

Webelos and Arrow of Light Scout Program – 4th Grade & 5th Grade

The program activities in a Webelos den meeting often focus on “Activity Badge Fun.” It’s a time for instruction, practice, games, and contests related to the activity badge of the month. It’s a chance for the boys to learn by doing.

The Webelos Leader Guide provides den meeting outlines for each activity badge. Many Webelos den leaders use these outlines as guides and incorporate ideas or plans they develop themselves. A well-planned den meeting program will ensure that most of the boys will qualify for the activity badge by the end of the month.

Webelos Scouts also prepare for the den’s part in the next pack meeting. They may work on projects that they will exhibit, or practice ceremonies, skits, songs, and other activities that they will conduct.

Finally, the den meeting is a good time to plan and prepare for other activities, such as service projects and outdoor events, that are also key parts of the Webelos Scouts’ experience.