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For Den leaders only

Den Leader Materials and To-Do Items

To apply to become a Cub Scout Leader:

Set up TWO online accounts:  As a scout leader, you will need access to the National and Local Council websites to access online tools to manage your various your involvement in Scouting:

  • Create an account for BSA National ( to take online leader training and more
  • Create an account for Greater Hudson Valley to register for Council and District events and take local in-person training. This Council account is not part of the BSA Adult application process and can be set up at a later date.

1. Download and complete BSA Adult Application

2. Take online Youth Protection Course at Print the Certificate of Completion.

3. Sign and date the Background Authorization Check.

4. Submit hardcopy of the Adult Application, YPT Certificate of Completion, and Background Authorization form to Cubmaster. Contact Cubmaster at to coordinate submitting the forms.

5. Take your Position-Specific Training within your first 30 days

View an at-a-glance grid of training to take in your first 30 days  - Position-specific training for Cubmaster|Den Leader|Pack Committee

Where to take Leader Training:  In-Person local training calendarOnline via My Scouting (return to the same website where you took Youth Protection Training and take additional leader training. Not sure what to take?  See this recommended set of courses)

Resources to Help Run a Den Meeting

Den Leader/Assistant Den Leader Meeting Resources

Video Series: Tips & Tricks for Den Leaders

Guide to Safe Scouting, the rules to follow to keep scouting safe (online or PDF)


Scoutbook (digital tool)

Once you are a registered as a Pack Committee Chair Scoutbook is your online resource to assist you with managing the Pack.  Calendars, tracking and reporting awards, and communication with parents.  

Scoutbook now features special Den Leader experience that helps  den leaders plan and prepare for den meetings.  Details on what to do before, during, and after meeting along with the resources needed to deliver the program right at their fingertips. 

Scoutbook is free for everyone registered in Scouting.  Once you are registered, you or another leader can set up who is in your den and off you go!

Welcome New Pack Committee Members:  Onboarding Resources (Steps to take in the first 30 days)

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