Re: What about a young den chief?
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 16:43:59 -0700
In message <19971103223821Z542515-15145+1596@outbound.Princeton.EDU>, Jan
> Could we have some discussion on the pros and cons of a young den chief?
> One of my Bear Scouts has an older brother who is a first year Boy Scout.
> It would be beneficial for these Bears to have a den chief, beneficial to
> MOM to have the boys in the same place. What are the leadership
> requirements for the first year Boy Scout? Would there be benefit for the
> older brother/Scout?
My personal feeling is there should be at least a three-year gap between the
Den Chief and the Cubs. The Den Chief has to view them as "little kids"
rather than as playmates. Otherwise, he is no help to the Den Leader.
There is a great benefit to the scout, in having a responsible position where
he can be "looked up to" by a group of younger scouts. There is also a
benefit to the troop, in that the cubs are more likely to join the Den
Chief's troop. The Den Leader can also have a great resource in teaching the
Cubs and in running the meetings. The Cubs get exposure to a real Boy Scout.
This can truly be a big win all around.
Scoutmaster, Troop 70
Longs Peak Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City