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A Scouting coordinator, a member of the chartered organization, acts as a liaison between the pack and the organization.
The Cub Scout Den
A Cub Scout Den is made up of small groups of six to eight boys. They meet weekly under the direction of adult den leaders and boy den chiefs. The den organization allows boys to get to know each other better and provides opportunities for activities which would be difficult in a large group.
Den meetings are planned and run by an adult den leader, with the help of an assistant den leader and den chief. A den leader coach works closely with all den leaders, coordinates den activities and plans for pack meeting participation and provides training and support.
Den meetings activities are planned around the monthly theme and include games, handicraft, hikes and other outdoor fun, practicing skits and stunts in preparation for the next pack meeting, and taking part in simple ceremonies and songs.
The Cub Scout Pack
The pack is a group made up of several dens. Most packs have from four to six dens. The pack includes not only boys in those dens, but also their families and leaders.
The pack meets once a month, usually in a room provided by the chartered organization. Summer pack meetings or activities are often held outdoors. The pack meeting is a climax of the month's den meetings and activities. It gives the dens something to look forward to and work toward. It gets parents and families involved with the boys, and is a chance to recognize boys, parents, and leaders.
In addition to regular pack meetings, occasionally the pack will take trips and conduct service projects or money-earning activities. During the summer, the pack might conduct outdoor activities such as a swimming party, a family picnic, sports, and others. Important to the successful operation of the pack is the pack committee. It is made up of a group of adults who manage such things as recordkeeping, finance, leadership, and reregistration.
The Webelos Den
Webelos dens have a different program from Cub Scout dens and are led by an adult male or female Webelos den leader, assisted by an adult male or female assistant Webelos den leader and Webelos den chief.
Webelos Scouts work on activity badges in one of 15 different interest areas at each of the month's den meetings. Weekly den meetings also include games, songs, stunts, preparation for the Webelos den's part in the pack meeting, and work on other advancement requirements. In addition, Webelos Scouts have the opportunities for dad-and-son overnight campouts and joint activities with a Boy Scout troop. One of the main purposes of the Webelos den is to prepare boys for Boy Scouting and to graduate them into a troop.
A district is made up of several packs and troops. The purpose of your district is to work with chartered organizations to organize and support successful units. Part of this support is by the training of adult leaders and providing commissioner service. The supervision of a district is carried out by a volunteer district committee. The district committee is headed by the key-three (district executive, district chairman, and the district commissioner). Other positions within the district include unit commissioners, roundtable commissioners, activity chairman, camping chairman, advancement chairman, and secretary. You will learn more about these positions later in this chapter.
Your council is a voluntary association of citizens, including Scouting coordinators, who implement the Scouting program within a specific geographic area. A council provides service, leadership, management, and overall direction to districts and the organizations using the Scouting
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