POW WOW’s Across Our Nation
don’t have any Pow Wow information this month, but we do have some great
WONDERFUL TRAINING OPPORTUNITY!!!
Hopefully, coming soon to a Council near you!!!
Welcome to 21st Century Wood Badge, the
ultimate leadership training program for ALL adult leaders of the Boy Scouts
of America. Established in 1919 by Scouting’s founder Robert Baden-Powell,
Wood Badge has been the training ground for hundreds of thousands of Scouters
throughout the world. It is the only internationally recognized training
Through the years, Wood Badge has evolved to provide
leaders with the skills they need to strengthen today’s Scouting in meaningful
ways. The latest version of Wood Badge represents the most significant changes
in the program since the early 1970s. Building on the past, understanding the
present, and looking to the future, 21st Century Wood Badge stands
ready to provide leadership for Scouting and leadership for America.
The 21st Century Wood Badge course brings
together leaders from all areas of Scouting—Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Reflecting the best of nearly a century of
Scouting experience, 21st Century Wood Badge draws upon the most
current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and
successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country.
Den Chief Training
How many of you have
heard of this program? Oregon Trail Council has had a Den Chief Training
Program since it was done as a Ticket item from WE1-697-93. There are people
willing to help you put together this valuable training opportunity. The
following is a Q & A to a collection of questions asked by Den Leaders and
prospective Den Chiefs (Boy Scouts!)
What is a Den Chief?
A Den Chief is the
"Big Guy" that comes to a Cub Scout or Webelos den meeting to help the Den
Leader lead the boys. You get to help the boys learn songs, games,
skits, and tricks. You
help the Den Leader with the teaching of ranks and achievements for the boys,
and you show the younger Scouts what a great thing it is to be a Boy Scout.
Who can become a Den
Any BSA Registered
Scout who has been recommended by his Scoutmaster. It is recommended that you
be 12 years old and/or a First Class Scout. It is also helpful to be 2‑4 years
older than the boys that you will be leading.
Why should I become a
This is one of the
leadership positions that count towards advancement in Boy Scouts. You will be
a real leader for younger Scouts. This is also a chance to encourage younger
boys to stay in Scouting, share with them the many things that you have
learned in scouting, and have fun, too. And where else can you be the "Big
Guy" to a bunch of young boys, who look up to you with adoring eyes?
How do I become a Den
Talk to your
Scoutmaster or SPL. Tell him that you want to become a Den Chief. Attend the
Den Chief Training and then ask your Scoutmaster to help you find a den in
need of a Den Chief.
Can I be a Den Chief
Yes, but you cannot
earn the Den Chief Award. Also, just as in all leadership positions, you are a
better leader if you are trained.
Do I have to have a
den ready to accept me?
No. You can get the
training and then take the leadership position when you find a den that needs
your help and leadership.
So, what do you do at
You will learn what
your duties are (and what are not your duties, too). You will learn how to
help the Den Leader, how to lead Songs and Games, Safety, and how to encourage
younger scouts to continue in Scouting on the Boy Scout level.
Is this going to be
Not at all! We will
have to do some classroom‑type training, but there is a lively staff that will
be teaching and demonstrating songs, games, tricks, and puzzles that you can
share with your Cub Scout or Webelos Den.
So what do I get?
A "Trained" patch to
go under the Den Chief Leadership patch that you wear on the sleeve of your
1st Class uniform shirt. A packet of great activities to teach your den,
including Songs, Games, Tricks, etc. A Training card showing attendance and
completion of the course. You will be able to use this training towards the
Den Chief Award.
I am a Cub Leader.
How can I get a Den Chief?
There are several ways
to do this. First, if you are working with a Troop, talk to the leadership
about the opportunity you have for a Scout to get some leadership experience
(and, maybe help to recruit some Cubs into the boy’s Troop!) If you are not
working with a Troop, simply call your friendly local Council Office and ask
your District Executive to help you get a Den Chief. You will be glad you
Frank Sharpy, Oregon