Den Chief

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Serving as Den Chief can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle.
Den Chief
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader/Scoutmaster or
Varsity Team Coach or
Crew Advisor
Reports to:Cub Scout Den Leader AND
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain or
Crew President

The Den Chief is a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout or a Venturer who assists a Cub Scout Den Leader or Webelos Den Leader with a Cub Scout or a Webelos Den. He helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.


Request, selection and approval

The position of Den Chief serves at the request of the Cubmaster.

He is selected by the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster in a Boy Scout troop, or by the Varsity Team Coach in a Varsity team, or by the Crew Advisor in a Venturing crew.

He is approved by the Cubmaster and the Pack Committee for recommendation to the Den Leader.

Reports to


  • 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.
  • Is 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.
  • Encourage Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
  • Help the Denner and assistant denner to be leaders.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit


  1. A Den Chief must be an older registered member of a Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team or Venturing crew.
  2. To serve as a Crew Den Chief, the Venturer must have achieved at least First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout.
  3. For a Crew Den Chief to apply this leadership as an Eagle position of responsibility, the Venturer must have earned Life Rank after January 1, 2007.

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Varsity Scout portal

Venturing portal


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