A Den is a group of six to eight boys, within the pack. The den has two to three den meetings a month between pack meetings. The boys in a den building relationships with leaders and other boys are usually at the same grade level: Tiger Cub (first-graders), Wolf (second-graders), Bear (third-graders), and Webelos (fourth & fifth graders).
The den provides opportunities for activities that would be difficult with a large group. The den also provides leadership opportunities for the Cubs through the Denner program.
A very small pack of six or fewer boys may have only one den. A small pack of 9 - 14 may have a Tiger den, a combined Wolf and Bear den, and a combined Webelos I and II den. A pack of 15 or more should have at least one Tiger den, Wolf den, Bear den, Webelos I den, and Webelos II den. A pack of 50 to 90 will probably have two dens at each level. Packs of 100 or more will typically have at least three dens at each level.
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 with the help of an Assistant Den Leader, Den Chief, and Denner. The Den Chief is a Boy Scout appointed to help the den. The Denner is a Cub Scout elected by the boys. The Den Leader represents the den at adult Den Leader Meetings.
In contrast, in Boy Scouts, the boys elect a member of their Patrol as their Patrol Leader who plans, organizes, and runs Patrol meetings and activities. The Patrol Leader represents the patrol at boy-led Patrol Leaders' Council meetings.
A Webelos Den is a type of Cub Scout Den that helps provide the transition from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. The boys in a Webelos Den are given more responsibility, but the Webelos Den Leader still plans, organizes, and runs the den meetings and activities. The Webelos Scouts choose their own den name (usually from the list of Boy Scout patrols) and may wear a Boy Scout patrol patch on their uniform in place of the den number patch. The Insignia Guide refers to this insignia as a "Webelos den emblem" and notes that its use is "optional." The Webelos Den may also make their own flag based on the patrol emblem that they have chosen.
|— Cub Scout Leader Book, BSA No. 33221|
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