Den Chief is a service to the troop. It promotes a healthy connection between the pack and the troop. It is rightly a troop leadership position and it is a key one. I would require nothing of the scout. But I might regularly email the cub master or the den leader to see how the scout is doing.
Here is what we use as a guide: Den Chief duties:
• Serve as the activities assistant at Den meetings
• Communicate regularly with the Pack Leaders to review the Den and Pack meeting plans
• If serving as a Webelos Den Chief, prepare boys to join Boy Scouting
• Project a positive image of Boy Scouting
• Know the purposes of Cub Scouting
• Encourage Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout Troop upon graduation
• Help out at monthly Pack meetings
• Attends at least 2/3 of the den meetings/events during his service period
• Be a friend to the boys in the den
• Participate in Troop outings. Attendance requirement 75%
• Attend Troop meetings. Attendance requirement 75%
• Set a good example
• Wear the Class A uniform correctly to all regular Troop meetings and other events
• Wear the Class B uniform to all outings and other Troop activities
• Live by the Scout Oath and Law
• Show Scout Spirit
How do you define such when the position of authority is not within the troop? Den Chief is service to a Pack, not a troop but is an approved position of responsibility for this requirement. As a SM, what would you require of the scout in order to demonstrate that the scout has "serve[d] actively" enough to sign off on their Conference?
A side note on the importance of earning Eagle. When we went to Sea Base this year, 2 of our Eagles who just aged out went with us as adults. In the airport, someone noticed that one was wearing his Eagle badge and because of it, bought the crew a dozen donuts. So Eagle is all that and a box of donuts.
From a different forum thread, a Scout has been denied Eagle by BSA National because he missed the age deadline by two months. There has been community outcry and petitions over this. See https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/greenburgh/2018/08/15/boy-scouts-no-eagle-rank-greenburghs-hari-channagiri/996348002/ So if the CO, CC, and SM have a thoughtful organized dissent with BSA National over this issue, I guess it's ok for them to just go purchase some Eagle badges on eBay and award them to the boy anyway, right? We are justified in disobeying BSA National (over any issue I suppose), so long as we are thoughtful and organized in our defiance, right?
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