A Den is a small group of a Cub Scouts in a Cub Scout Pack, ideally six to eight boys in size. Upon joining Cub Scouting, a boy is assigned to a den, which are commonly based on grade: Tiger Cub (first-graders), Wolf (second-graders), Bear (third-graders), or Webelos (fourth- and fifth-graders). Dens usually meet weekly.
A Den is not like a Patrol
A Cub Scout Den is very different from a Boy Scout Patrol. A den is run by an adult Den Leader with the aid of Assistant Den Leader(s). In Cub Scouts, the Den Leader plans, organizes, and runs den meetings and activities. In Boy Scouts, the boys elect a member of their Patrol as their Patrol Leader who plans, organizes, and runs Patrol meetings and activities. In Cub Scouts, the Den Leader represents the den at Den Leader Meetings. In Boy Scouts, the Patrol Leader represents the patrol at Patrol Leaders' Council meetings.
A Webelos Patrol is a type of Cub Scout Den. A Webelos Patrol helps provide the transition from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. The boys in a Webelos Patrol are given more responsibility but the Webelos Den Leader still plans, organizes, and runs the den meetings and activities.
Key Den Leaders
Each Den should have the following key leaders:
- Tiger Cub Den Leader, Cub Scout Den Leader, or Webelos Den Leader
- Assistant Cub Scout Den Leader or Assistant Webelos Den Leader
- Den Chief - a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout Den Leader or a Webelos Den Leader.
- Denner - a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den or patrol.
- Cub Scout Pack Organization Chart