Den Chief Training

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Boy Scouts,Venturers, and Sea Scouts wishing to become den chiefs need to take Den Chief Training. The training identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks, and describes the den chief’s relationship to the adult den leaders and how that relates to the den chief’s activities with the den. After finishing the training, den chief candidates receive their certificate of completion.

Leadership roles in the Scouting program are an important part of the advancement process. One significantly underused position of responsibility is that of the den chief.

As packs and troops begin to develop their programs for each year, planning to train and support den chiefs is an important part of the Scouting process for leadership development. The Den Chief Training Facilitator Guide (syllabus), which was updated in March 2018, is available at this web address: http://www.scouting.org/training/youth/den-chief-training/.

How long and how effectively a den chief will serve depends upon how seriously the position is valued. If the adults rate the den chief position highly, the den chief will take their role more seriously.

Den Chief Training is intended to build enthusiasm, develop higher morale among den chiefs, and provide the tools a new den chief will need to be successful. District and council level training for this role should be offered and units should be encouraging Scouts to attend. The den chief who completes this training will be better able to function in the position and will have unlimited opportunities to learn and grow as a leader and Scout.

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