This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
Population may be scattered in such a way that there will be a few farm boys in a town Cub Pack. Such distributions occur in some rural churches, for example. These rural Cubs may be made into one "Den" with Den activities planned in terms of where they live, how close to each other, and the ease and naturalness of getting in touch with each other. Such a Den of rural boys may have a different meeting schedule from the other Dens, as well as having program features related directly to the farm. In some cases this Den meets "around" weekly-first at one boy's home and then at another, in turn. Sometimes, one home proves to be better than the others because of a more central location. Transportation, snow, mountains, dust storms, floods, crops to be harvested, or other seasonal conditions may necessitate less frequent Den meetings and more individual action "on their own" between meetings. The important thing to keep in mind is to keep the program plans elastic- adjustable, so as to fit the individual farm and neighborhood needs.
CUBS MEET COLT-NEW JERSEY.
Neighborhood Dens which have been organized as independent units, may later attach themselves to a Pack in this fashion and thus get the advantages of the periodic Pack contacts and assistance. In such cases, it may prove desirable to bring the interested group of fathers into the Pack Committee, if they wish-registering them and continuing and widening their interests.
The Neighborhood Den:-This is a form of organization developed especially to be of service to the small rural community, where two or three, or a half dozen families live fairly close together in farm areas. It enables them, as a small neighborhood group, to give their boys the benefits of Cubbing without having to send the boys to town to get these benefits. Where there are only three or four boys of Cub age in such a neighborhood, it would be impossible otherwise for them to have a Pack, as eight is regarded as a practical number for a Pack, perhaps of two Dens.
Since there is no sponsoring institution, three or more fathers are accepted as an informal neighborhood sponsoring group and they must endorse the application of the Cubmaster, who preferably is one of the men out of the same neighborhood. Once he is selected, the district helps train him and the District Commissioner Staff helps him with his problems.
The Cubmaster registers just as a Scoutmaster does. The "endorsing fathers" may register and receive the paper called "Cub Leaders' Round Table" if they so desire-but it is not required.
The aim with the Neighborhood Den is to keep it as simple, as easy to do and easy to continue.