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Recruiting Adult Leaders

Recruiting, training and maintaining Pack leadership is just as important as recruiting new Cub Scouts.

Who to look for:

  • Parents who were former Scouts.
  • Parents who seem to lead the group and take a much greater interest in the program.
  • Parents with a child already in the Pack that have a younger child joining.
  • Seasoned parents or Leaders that would be willing to take on a new opportunity.

Who to avoid:

  • Anyone you feel will not pass a background examination.
  • Having a couple as Den Leaders. If the family moves or has a crisis the entire Den can suffer. Spread the leadership among two families.

Use job descriptions, not job titles.

  • People may be put off by the term “Den Leader”, but might respond better to the request, “We need a parent to work with the boys for about 2 hours every other week”.

Strong emphasis should be placed on the following:

  • Training and support are available from multiple sources and on-line.
  • Scouting is unique in that Leaders and parents get to participate with their children, rather than just cheering from the sidelines.
  • Cub Scouting is family-oriented. Families are welcome at all events.
  • They will get to know their son’s friends and their families.
  • As a Leader they will have a say in what the Pack does and be able to bring their own talents to Cub Scouting.
  • The core values of Scouting, which they will help to deliver.

Point out what new Leaders receive in return:

  • The distinct privilege of helping to enrich and strengthen boys and their families and watch them grow into responsible young men.
  • A sense of pride as you watch the Cub Scouts in your Den receive recognition for their accomplishments.
  • The good fortune to view the world through the eyes of boys, and to occasionally be a “big kid” yourself.
  • An opportunity to meet and share your ideas and experiences with other adults who share common interests and goals for their sons.
  • The satisfaction of being a member of a worldwide movement, and pride in being publicly identified as a part of this organization.

How to counter the main excuse: “I don’t have time”.

  • For a Den Leader the time commitment is just an hour or two a week on average. Be honest!
  • Other Den families should also help. You don’t have to do everything.
  • This is the time of when your son really needs and wants you to be involved in his life. – The rewards of being a Den Leader far outweigh the time commitment.
  • “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of clothes I wore. But the world may be much different because I was important in the life of a child.” 

The most successful Packs identify leadership for new Dens prior to the Joining night. (This is one reason to do Spring recruiting of Tigers!)


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