Thursday, August 10, 2017
An Introduction to Becoming a Cub Scouts Den Leader
Mike Loftus has spent the last 15 years as president of MLE Merchandising and Sign Solutions, Inc., in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Mike Loftus contributes to a number of philanthropic organizations through MLE, which manages annual revenue exceeding $25 million. He also supports the local Cub Scouts of America as a den leader.
Individuals must meet several eligibility requirements before becoming a den leader with the Cub Scouts of America. A den leader must be at least 21 years of age and should, ideally, have experience as a Scout leader. Prior leadership experience is not necessary for parents and guardians of Scouts, though they will need to demonstrate their dedication to the pack. All den leaders must register with the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader, regardless of their past engagements with the organization.
Following a meeting with the Cubmaster, who will likely discuss potential den leader candidates with the parents and guardians of the Scouts involved, den leaders will be introduced to their new responsibilities. A few of these responsibilities include planning and hosting den meetings, engaging with fellow leaders at pack meetings, and, most importantly, preparing Scouts for their next rank or their transition to the Boy Scouts.