Each den is led by an adult den leader in addition to other parents, together they plan and carry out a year-round program of activities for the den. Many parents serve as a Den Leader or Assistant Den Leader.
Kindergarten – Lion and first-grade – Tiger dens use a shared-leadership model, which means that the Den Leader works with a different Lion/Tiger adult partner each month to plan the Den’s program. This team hosts that month’s Den Meetings as well as the Den’s part in the Pack Meeting.
In second-grade Wolf, third-grade Bear, and fourth/fifth grade Webelos Scout Dens, the Den Leader works with an Assistant Den Leader or co-leader and potentially, a Den Chief (an older Scout from a troop, crew, or ship). The den may also elect a Denner and an Assistant Denner, who are Cub Scouts in the den, to work with the Den Leader and Den Chief.