Greetings from Northern California. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. It's all fun from the adult side! I was a den leader for 6 years, Cubmaster for 5, Webelos for 4, and too many other things to count. Some suggestions I have are to sit the boys down and have them make up "Den Rules of Conduct" and what to do if they are broken. This way the boys can have a say in it and you can guide the discussion by following the Cub Scout Law and Oath. I was sneaky enough that if they didn't say one of the items I thought should be on the list, I would "suggest" Well, what happens if someone does this? Should that be a rule? It worked well and I had a den of 13 boys. Thank goodness for assistant den leaders and den chiefs! Another thing we did was right after the flag ceremony, (which rotated each week with a different boy who also brought a healthy snack to share) we had each boy stand up in front of the room and share something fun or whatever that they did since the last meeting. They each had 2 minutes or less to talk. It helped them learn to talk in front of groups and they were the den most likely to have a lot to say during pack meetings. After that we went outside and did some exercises for 15 minutes. (Wore them down a bit for the inside activities) Then we came inside and worked on their requirements in their books. We made moccasins, real pvc rockets, a radio, a shelf for their scout items so they wouldn't lose them each week, a cub mobile and a lot of other fun things. We also scheduled some field trips to things like the Saturday morning at 6 am wildlife refuge walk/ with a ranger to see what animal life was up and about. They still talk about that one and they are 16-18 years old now. They earned a National Wildlife pin for it which I paid for and enjoyed giving them to them. We visited the planetarium, discovery center, airport, crop duster, cheese factory and too many other places. But the memories are sure worth it. Probably why I had so many boys in my den. Ask around for people to come and talk. We called the district attorney who had us in for a "legal talk". He also set up a mock court where the boys got to play all the parts- Judge, lawyers, defendant, and jury. He had the baliff come in too.
Most people I asked to come to den meetings to share their work and what they do there came. It's hard to say no to little guys! We had a bridge builder/contractor come in when we made popsicle stick bridges. He helped the boys with structural designs. We had the health department over to talk about alcohol and smoking and what they do to your body.
It all fell in with chapters in their cub books. Just remember to keep it simple and make it fun. KISMIF
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