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Leadership Requirements for Star Scout


To attain Star Rank, BSA requires 4 months' active service in a "position of responsibility" or leadership. Troop 2 accepts for Star rank any of the leadership positions listed in the BSA requirements such as Troop Librarian, Den Chief as well as Assistant Patrol Leader. (See list below.)


The Scout must demonstrate positive, responsible leadership in one of these positions for a period of 4 months.
(The requirement of 4 months in a leadership position is only a guideline. It may take longer depending upon the den and pack structure. Although every effort is made to have Boy Scouts be as involved as possible, so as to assist them in their progress, the Den Chief assignment may require a commitment longer than 4 months.)


Acceptable Positions of Responsibility or Leadership*

  • Patrol leader

  • Assistant Patrol Leader

  • Troop Guide

  • Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

  • Den Chief

  • Scribe

  • Librarian

  • Historian

  • Quartermaster

  • Bugler

  • Chaplain Aide

  • Instructor

  • Leave NoTrace Trainer


*Troop 2 may not take advantage of all the possible positions listed. Check with your advancement leader, Mr. Ishler or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop.

Den Chief

The most common position of leadership in Troop 2 for First Class Scouts is Den Chief. As a Den Chief, a Scout:

  • Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting by reading the Den Chief book and completing the test of understanding of the Den Chief's role and responsibilities

  • Attends Den and Pack Meetings and is the active assistant at these meetings

  • Sets a good example by attitude and uniforming

  • Is a friend to the boys in the den

  • Knows the importance of the monthly theme and pack meeting plans

  • Meets, as needed, with the adult members of the den, pack, and troop

  • Receives training from den leader

  • Encourages Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible

  • Encourages Webelos to become Boy Scouts when they are eligible

  • Has increasing levels of responsibility within the Den or Pack setting, including planning and leading an activity, station, or meeting

The Den Chief is a key means of building relationships between the pack and the troop. The Den Chief regularly reminds the boys about Boy Scouts in a positive way as he leads activities and shares his enthusiasm for scouting with the boys. The Den Chief is in the den so that the Cub and Webelos scouts will have a real, live Boy Scout helping them. Because of the Den Chief, when they become Boy Scouts, they will find it easier to work with boy leaders as well as with adult leaders.

While a Den Chief, the Scout wears the Den Chief patch directly under the Troop 2 numeral on the left shoulder. See "Current Position."

Den Chief Service Award

Scouts who serve a pack faithfully for one full year and complete the following requirements are awarded the Den Chief Service Award

  1. Attend den chief training (if available within year of service) OR be trained by the assistant Cubmaster and den leader.

  2. Know the purposes of Cub Scouting

  3. Help Cub Scouts achieve the purpose of Cub Scouting.

  4. Be the activities assistant in den meetings.

  5. Set a good example by attitude and uniforming.

  6. Be a friend to the boys in the den.

  7. Take part in weekly meetings.

  8. Assist the den at the monthly pack program.

  9. Know the importance of the monthly theme.

  10. Meet as needed with the adult members of the den, pack, or troop.

  11. Complete FOUR of the following projects:

  • Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout

  • special event, such as a Scouting show, bicycle rodeo, etc.

  • Serve as a staff member of a Cub Scout day camp or resident camp.

  • Advance one Boy Scout rank.

  • Assist in recruiting three new Cub Scouts.

  • Assist three Webelos Scouts to join a troop.

  • Help to plan and carry out a joint pack-troop activity.

  • Recommend to your Scoutmaster another Boy Scout to be a den chief.

The Den Chief Service Award is worn over the left shoulder, through the epaulet, and under the arm.

The Troop 2 Den Chief Advisor - Meighan Maguire

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