Dens and their Leaders

Parents with Den Leaders

A den is a small group of youth — an ideal size is eight, but there may be more or less.

Den leaders are selected and approved by the pack committee based on abilities and character.

In Lion (kindergarten) and Tiger (first grade) dens, each Cub Scout is required to have a parent or other caring adult with them at all meetings and activities because, at this age, children are still developing control over their emotions and often need a caring adult to guide them, especially during new experiences

In Wolf (second grade), Bear (third grade) 2-3 parents should be assigned to stay during the meetings to assist the Den Leaders. 

And by Webelos (fourth grade) and Arrow of Light (fifth grade) Cub Scouts can be dropped off with the permission of the registered den leaders with advanced notice.

Den leaders, like Committee Member, Scouter Reserves, and Unit Key 3 are registered members of BSA that must complete a federal background check, Youth Protection Training, and role specific training modules

Den leaders plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the assistant den leader, attend the pack leaders’ meetings, ensure Cub Scouts earn their badge of rank and continue in Cub Scouting. Den leaders also coordinate shared leadership among the families in the den

Parents are expected to follow these participation guidelines, assist their child, and volunteer to help with specific tasks regularly

Lion Den Leader

Zach Knoch 224-422-8296

Emily Hinz – Asst Den Leader 847-644-0085


Tiger Den Leader

Colleen Williams 312-420-1436

Mike Wilkening – Asst. Den Leader 847-830-1882

Katie Wilkening – Asst. Den Leader 224-436-4130


Wolf Den Leader

Nora Kostro 847-910-5035

pending – Asst. Den Leader


Bear Den Leader

Colleen Kaminiski 847-899-7354

Mike Kill – Asst. Den Leader 847-809-2860


Webelos 1 Den Leader

Justin Kuehlthau 312-519-2111

Moira Warnement – Asst. Den Leader 847-767-2788


Webelos 2 / Arrow of Light Den Leader

Kymberlie Lobacz 847-997-3039

Maura Whiston – Asst. Den Leader 847-975-9579