The Lion program has been a pilot with the Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout program for many years by selected councils. Patriots’ Path Council joined the pilot three years ago to provide a Scouting opportunity to boys in kindergarten. Now, “Lion is transitioning from a pilot to an official Cub Scout rank and program taking effect for the 2018-2019 program year. Recognizing the success of the national Lion pilot program, the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors have approved integrating Lions into the Cub Scout program empowering chartered organization with packs to offer the experience to kindergarten-age children nationwide.”
Scouting.org/lion states that the decision was made “To achieve our mission.” This program has been an innovative program that enables units to offer the Cub Scout program to more youth, which families have been requesting and appreciated in markets the pilot was offered.
The new program will have a newer curriculum compared to the one they have been using for the pilot.