10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEN CONTROL
Connecticut Rivers Council
Regularly use the Cub Scout Ideals: the Motto,
the Promise and Law of the Pack, in ceremonies, and as a guide to conduct. You
must set the example.
Use Den Rules. Start using them immediately.
Boys need to know what is expected of them. Make sure both boys and parents know
what the rules are.
Make uniforms important. Have regular uniform
inspections and instill pride in wearing their uniforms. Boys behave differently
when they dress up.
Be firm, fair and consistent. They will test you
from time to time to make sure that you really mean it.
Use positive incentives. When the conduct candle
burns down or the marble jar is full, give them the special party or outing you
Make each boy feel special. Use warm greetings,
compliments, words of praise, and fond farewells, liberally for each boy. Make
them feel appreciated and wanted.
Boys must have input to rules. If you want them
to cooperate they should feel that they have some control of how the den
operates. You empower them and teach responsibility when they help set the
Den programs must be full of short, fun
activities. Boys at this age are active and quickly become bored or frustrated.
Long talking sessions and complicated craft projects make it difficult to keep
control of the meeting.
Use lots of help. From time to time, boys
require individual attention. They will need help, encouragement, reassurance,
advice or just want to tell you something important. You can't give them that
attention if your doing it alone.
Get to know each boy. Every boy in your den is a
unique individual with his own dreams, fears, and sense of humor. He needs to
know that you care about him.
Leader Induction Ceremony
Baltimore Area Council
Now that you have recruited new leaders, be sure to
induct them properly into their positions. All leaders appreciate recognition
even if they insist they donít. It is, also, one of the greatest tools for
Pack Committee Chairman and new leaders.
Equipment: Candles and candle board
Before you is a ceremony board that has five
candles on it. The top two, like the alert ears of a wolf represent the two
upright fingers of
the Cub Scout sign. They mean TO OBEY and TO
HELP OTHER PEOPLE.
The three candles at the bottom represent the folded three fingers
our Cub Scout sign. These three fingers stand for the three important letters in
our law: F-H-G. These letters represent FOLLOWS, HELPS, GIVES. They also mean
FAIR. HAPPY and GAME. And finally, they remind us of something each Cub Scout,
represents - FREEDOM, HOME, and GOD.
All of our leaders want to do their best to teach Cub Scouts to learn to
follow, to help, to give, to be fair and happy whatever the game might be and to
respect their freedom, home, and God.
Will the new leaders of our Pack please come forward? (Pause while the new
leaders gather at the front of the meeting place.) Please repeat after me:
1, (your name), promise to do my best, to help the Cub Scouts in my Den
and in my Pack to do their best, to help other people, and to do their duty to
God and their country, and to obey the Law of the Pack.
As chairman of this Pack. I take pleasure in presenting to you your
registration cards and personally welcome you into active leadership in Cub
Scouting. May the days ahead be: FUN, HAPPY, and GIVING.