Young Den Chiefs
Kim Moye (kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 08:11:30 -0600
It is *recommended* that the scout be First Class (or higher) and at least
two years difference between him and the boys he is helping. It is also
recommended that a brother not be a den chief for his little brother's den.
I know of three cases where the older brother is his little brother's den
chief and everything is going great. Since most of the den chiefs can't drive
yet, I would not want to make it more difficult for the den chief to get to
the meeting by having his parents have to make additional trips.
The two years separation is so the younger kids will not see the den chief
as "another kid in the den". This would be a problem, regardless of the
age of the scout, if the boy did not take his job seriously.
Two den leaders approached me about my son being a den chief. CJ joined the
troop in March. He knew that these leaders wanted him as a den chief. He
and I talked about the pros and cons of the ages of the dens. I encouraged
him to watch the ages of the boys going thru the BB range and decide if he
wanted to be a den chief and to see what age he wanted to work with.
I have recently placed another boy in my pack as a den chief with the tigers.
As most of these boys from my pack are now hitting First Class, they are
asking me to place them in the pack. I think it would be great for all the
kids to see the older boys, even if they were in the pack just last year.
However, as already stated...it depends on the boy.
cubmaster/pack 308/allen, tx/circle 10 council
cub rt commish/arrowhead district
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