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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 and authorization for Criminal Background Check

2. Take online Youth Protection Course (YPT) at A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you within 24 hours as a PDF file.

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

4. Within your first 30 days, take the online Position-Specific Training via My Scouting (this is the same website for Youth Protection Training. Not sure what to take?  See recommended set of courses for Den Leader, Cubmaster, Pack Committee)

Prefer in-person training? See the Council's In-Person local training calendar 

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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