Make sure that you get a copy of the newest Wolf Handbook and Den Leader Guide.
When you come up with your den meeting plans, I would recommend that you start with the requirements that are listed in the handbook, then look in the Den Leader Guide for ideas / suggestions. In many cases, you don't have to do all of the requirements (do X of Y of the following requirements), so this gives you some flexibility on how to best deliver the program to your Wolf Scouts.
Talk to your pack leadership about rank advancement and when it traditionally happens for your pack. You can use that date to backwards plan your meetings.
Remember that you can assign requirements to be done at home or with the family. Some den leaders assign the Duty to God adventures to be done at home. The pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide needs to be done at home.
Communicate with the parents about what they need to do to help their Wolf Scout earn the rank or other adventures / awards. Written communication is frequently better than verbal (because they have something to refer to).
Whenever possible, keep it simple, make it fun!
That's awesome your taking this one. Being a den leader is one of the best volunteer jobs ever.
I'd go further than ask the pack committee for materials. Your pack ought to have a membership co-ordinator. This person should be driving a program of recruiting new members every year. No worries if you pack doesn't have one - most don't. However, if they don't, you ought to lean on the pack committee to help in recruiting for your den.
Things I'd do:
- publicize to the pack and any attached troops & crews that you're looking for members to grow the den. Ask for their help in referring folks
- get fliers out to the school classes that feed your pack
- get the Cubmaster to get a recruiter program started amongst the boys. Make a big deal when a scout recruits a friend
- ask for help from pack families to send emails to neighborhood email lists
- put up flyers in libraries, shopping centers, etc.
- work with the pack committee to get a visit the pack day schedulded. Put the word out that you want visitors.
- reach out to your district membership chair. See if they have any ideas on how more to recruit in your area.
Best of luck!!!!
I hope Philmont would be safe given your comments. But what about Sea Base? I was really hoping to go there with my son in a few years.... but I could imagine that is prime real estate. Hope that they can hold onto it.
I think it'd be hard to sell too. It's in the middle of nowhere. People only come their because it's Philmont. People only work there for low pay because it's Philmont. Remove the property from being a BSA property, and it loses much of it's value.
The only thing it would be sold for is resource extraction, and that'd be a darn shame.