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What are Lions
- Lion Scouts are kindergarten-age boys and girls.
- Lions join with a parent or caring adult partner.
- Lions form dens of six to eight Lion Scout pairs (youth and accompanying adult).
- Lion dens are part of a Cub Scout pack.
- Lions may wear a special Lion T-shirt to their activities.
- Lions move to the next Cub Scout level (Tigers) at the end of kindergarten.
When does the pilot stop and Lions become part of Cub Scouting?
At the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Lions will officially kick off as a new Cub Scout rank for fall of 2018. Click here to read more (PDF).
Have Fun, Make Friends, See New Things.
Pinewood Derby—This is now a Pack decision, it can be open to Lions if the Pack chooses. Three options are recommended.
1) Integrate Lions into Pack with Cub Scouts as Pack decides.
2) Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
3) Have Lions do a Veggie Car Derby—information on website.
Fundraising—This is now a family option. Fundraising and mandatory levels are not required. Some parents do want to have the individual option to fundraise. If popcorn is sold by Lions then Show and Sell with older boys and parents would be the preference, door to door selling needs the parents at the Lions’ side. Spring Fundraising is the better selection.
Patriots’ Path Council now participates in the Lion program. This program does not change any of the current ranks and organization of other Scouting programs. It’s unique as it reaches out to a slightly younger group of boys and girls. Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages 4 and 5, about the time youth begin formal education. That’s where Scouting comes in. Like many of the BSA’s programs which supplement the learning and growth boys and girls experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, the Boy Scouts of America has developed this program as a permanent new program
Den meetings and outings are facilitated by a Lion Guide and participating parents. The Lion Guide is an experienced Cub Scout Leader. He or she will lead the first den meeting of the year. The Lion Guide will help each adult partner lead one of the following meetings. The den meeting plans are provided in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.
A Lion Guide is a registered to a unit
The adult partner participates with the Lion in fun meetings and outings. He or she takes turns with other adult partners to lead a den meeting and/or outing.
A Lion Guide is a volunteer leader who provides direct support to your Lion Den. A Lion Guide is a unit position so the Lion Guide will be registered in the pack. The position description for the Lion Guide is:
Has previous successful experience as den leader
Works directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that the den is an active and successful part of the pack
Plans and prepares for initial Lion den meeting and outings
Mentors adult partners in the delivery of Lion den meetings
Attends the pack leaders’ meeting
Leads the den at the monthly outings and other pack activities
Ensures the transition of Lion Scouts to Tigers at year-end
Prepares the Lions for day camp at the end of the Lion year if appropriate
Coordinates shared leadership among the Lion adult partners in the den
Ensures that each Lion and his adult partner have the opportunity to be the host team, which plans and executes the den activities, and rotates responsibilities monthly
The Cubmaster serves as the master of ceremonies for the monthly pack meeting. The pack meeting is an event where all of the dens in a Cub Scout pack come together for fun activities and awards. For the Lions, each month one meeting will be a den meeting and one meeting will be a pack meeting or outing.
The Lion program is made up of 12 adventures. Each adventure is designed to help your son have fun and learn useful things. Earning the five required adventures leads to your son achieving the Lion badge. In addition to the five required adventures, there are seven elective adventures that the boys in the den may earn for further fun and enrichment. It is not expected that boys will complete all 12 adventures. BSA suggests that dens complete the Lion’s Honor adventure first, however there is no required order for the remaining adventures.
- Lion’s Honor*
- Fun on the Run*
- Animal Kingdom*
- Mountain Lion*
- King of the Jungle*
- I’ll Do It Myself
- Pick My Path
- Gizmos and Gadgets
- On Your Mark
- Build It Up, Knock It Down
- Rumble in the Jungle
- Ready, Set, Grow
The Lion pilot encourages boys and girls to learn and explore through hands-on, high-energy activities. Adult partners take turns leading a den meeting or outing during the year. Most meetings and outings are approximately 45 minutes in length.
Boys and girls are recognized for their accomplishments as they work toward the Lion badge. The Lion badge is earned by completing five adventures. Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. When an adventure is completed, the youth receives a sticker to put in his keepsake Lion Adventure Book.
Resources available for the approved national pilot councils are:
Recruitment: Build an Adventure recruitment materials, this flier, FAQS Orientation and training:
1) For parents, Lion guides, and Cubmasters
2) Specifically for Lion guides
People: Your local council, unit, and experienced Cub Scout leaders
from the council Scout shop:
For completion of the five required adventures
Lion Recognition Stickers (.79 per set)
( Available in Scout Shop)
- Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook:
12 den meeting plans and outing plans
- Lion Adventure Book: Youth keepsake
(This is all in one package not available separately.)
Lion Adult Men’s & Women’s polo shirts
(Available in the Scout Shop)
Lion Adult T-Shirts
Lion T-Shirts for youth
(larger sizes now available)
Lion Hats for Cubs
(larger sizes now available)
The uniform for Lions is a Lion T-shirt with an optional cap. These items are available from your council’s Scout shop for all approved pilot councils.
The Lion guide wears the same official adult uniform as other Cub Scout leaders in the pack. A Cub Scouting activity T-shirt is also appropriate.
Lion Uniform Flyer –kindergarten
New Tool: Using Preschools to Recruit Lions
Submitted By: Mary Comerford, Sussex District membership chair
Passing the word to “Scout Me In!” With the welcoming of kindergarten students and girls, we have so much new space to recruit from! Check out one-way Sussex District tapped into a new market. Sussex District hand-delivered a cover letter with a Lions flyer to each of the 44 preschools in 21 towns within the district.
These flyers are meant to spread the word that:
- our Lions program is open to all kindergarteners
- our Family Scouting program now allows girls to participate in the Cub Scout program.
Flyers are to be further distributed by the schools to the parents of all boys and girls entering kindergarten in the fall. These flyers are a follow-up to the letters sent out by Patriots’ Path Council earlier this year. Our flyers were well received and responses were very positive.
Free flyers and recruitment materials/ support is provided by the dollars donated to the Friends of Scouting campaign. Take a look and order what’s provided to you at: https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/