There is an exciting new Scouting program called “Lion” for Kindergarten-aged boys that will be available as a national pilot for Patriots’ Path Council this fall. 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.
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 experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, the Boy Scouts of America has developed this pilot program for 5-year-old Kindergarten boys.
In order to participate in the Lion National Pilot Program you must join a local Cub Scout pack that has applied to and been accepted as a participating Patriots’ Path Council – Pilot Lion Cub Scout pack. Check the list below to see if there is a Pack with Lions in your area.
Lion Program Update
The Lion Pilot program continues to go strong in 2017 at Patriots’ Path Council. We wanted to share with you some updates from the national service center regarding the Lion pilot program.
- The Lion Pilot program ended 2016 with 204 councils and 30,559 new members. Unofficial year-end numbers for 2017 are 46,851 in 245 councils.
- Focus groups and surveys were conducted that indicate overall success of the program – youth and families are enjoying the program, indicating that they believe it provides value to their child.
- Adventure Loops are now available to Lions, in addition to their stickers.
- A motion has been made and unanimously approved by the Program Development Support Committee for a recommendation to the Membership Growth Standing Committee to move the Lion program from a pilot to an official part of the Cub Scouting program. Pending approval by the Committee, it may be on the consent agenda for the National Executive Board during the February meeting.
Need to update your Lion contact information, contact Bill SanFilippo at [email protected].
The Goals of the Lion Program
Patriots’ Path Council is happy to offer this great scouting program. This is the first year we will be running the Lion program having become part of the national pilot program. The Lion program has the same mission as the rest of the Scouting program, but is simple, extremely flexible and a great way to introduce families to Scouting. A Lion learns by doing things himself while having fun. As he learns and grows, the relationship with their adult partner grows as well. We hope to have the early enthusiasm caused by this, stay with the boy through the rest of his Scouting experience. At the conclusion of their kindergarten year, the Lion will transition to Tiger Scout and continue on their journey through Cub Scouting. If you are interested in leading a Lion den, please reach out to your district commissioner. Training is offered at one of our Membership Breakfast events August 5 or 26. For more information, visit our membership resources page at https://ppcbsa.org/membership/currentmembers/resources/
Lions is a family-oriented program. A youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of six to eight boys and their adult partners meet together in a group called a den. Dens will meet approximately twice per month. They have fun participating in den meetings and outings while making memories together.
The Lion pilot encourages boys 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 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.
What are Lions
- Lion Scouts are kindergarten-age boys.
- Lions join with a parent or caring adult partner.
- Lions form dens of six to eight Lion Scout pairs (boy 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.
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
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 Coordinator is a district position not a unit position. However, this does not mean the Coordinator is the coordinator for the entire district. There are many Lion Coordinators registered in each district.
The position description for the Lion Coordinator is:
Is an experienced and successful den leader
Understands den and pack operations within the overall structure of Cub Scouting
Demonstrates excellent communication and organization skills (and will remain in at least monthly contact with the Lion Cub dens)
Participates as needed in the unit’s School Night with all new Lion Cubs and their parents
Assists the Lion Cub Guide in hosting the first orientation meeting for all the individual Lion Cub dens in their pack
Serves as a coach and mentor for Lion Cub Guide
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
As of November 5, 2017
Pack Town District
750 Allamuchy – SX
181 Andover – SX
451 Basking Ridge – BR
201 Boonton – FI
69 Boonton Township – FI
94 Branchburg – RV
185 Branchburg – RV
315 Branchburg – RV
64 Bridgewater – RV
99 Bridgewater – RV
62 Budd Lake – BR
101 Butler – FI
276 Byram – SX
145 Clark – MN
30 Clark/Linden – MN
523 Colonia – MN
75 Cranford – MN
31 Denville – BR
99 Denville – BR
26 Dunnellen – RV
20 East Hanover – FI
12 Edison – RV
47 Flanders – BR
2 Florham Park – FI
53 Fords – MN
90 Franklin – SX
129 Green Brook – RV
40 Hanover Township – FI
298 Hardyston – SX
186 Hillsborough – RV
189 Hillsborough – RV
389 Hillsborough – RV
489 Hillsborough – RV
88 Hopatcong – SX
148 Iselin – MN
49 Jefferson – BR
277 Kinnelon – FI
111 Lake Hopatcong – BR
54 Liberty Corner – BR
36 Long Valley – BR
236 Long Valley – BR
193 Manville – RV
133 Mendham – BR
15 Metuchen – RV
69 Metuchen – RV
45 Middlesex – RV
45 Mine Hill/Wharton – BR
179 Montville – FI
228 Morristown – FI
513 Morristown – FI
60 Mt. Arlington – BR
1776 Neshanic – RV
93 Netcong – SX
85 Newton – SX
135 North Plainfield – WM
142 Parsippany – FI
215 Parsippany – FI
143 Parsippany – FI
79 Pequannock – FI
47 Rahway – MN
50 Randolph – BR
53 Randolph – BR
109 Randolph – BR
166 Randolph – BR
113 Rockaway – BR
160 Rockaway – BR
165 Rockaway – BR
54 Roxbury – BR
42 S. Bound Brook – RV
98 Scotch Plains – WM
4 Scotch Plains/Fanwood – WM
113 Somerset – RV
195 Somerset – RV
80 Somerville – RV
207 South Plainfield – RV
224 South Plainfield – RV
150 Sparta – SX
295 Sparta – SX
73 Springfield – MN
159 Succasunna – BR
68 Union – MN
183 Vernon – SX
404 Vernon – SX
153 Wantage – SX
182 Warren – WM
58 Woodbridge – MN
Districts: (Click on district for towns served and other information)
– BR= Black River
Fish = Fishawack
– RV=Raritan Valley
– WM=Watchung Mountain
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 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)