Just found this in my email, and thought I'd share it with you!
Characteristics of a Great Den
Recently research revealed what a den needs to be great. Hopefully this
describes your den. If not, maybe you can start applying these methods to build
a strong and successful den.
Our den has a motivated den leader - that's you. (by the way, parents
responded that this is the most important element to them.)
A trained and prepared den leader.
Every boy in our den has his own book for his rank.
Our den has a program plan. (This can be shared with families in the form of
a calendar.) Also, our den communicates regularly with the parents.
We conduct fun, relevant den meetings.
Our parents are actively involved with the den.
Our Cub Scouts experience advancement on a regular basis.
The den leader position could be the most important one in the Boy Scouts of America. As den leader, you personally affect the future of six to eight Cub Scouts. Will they have a good experience that will influence them positively for the rest of their lives? Or will they have a negative experience, which can have the opposite effect? What you do is so important. Thank you!