There is an exciting new Scouting program called “Lion” for Kindergarten-aged boys starting in the fall of 2016.
What Is the Lion Program?
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 program for 5-year-old Kindergarten boys.
The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents. The activities introduce the family to Scouting activities and principles, and provide an exciting way for the little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, they “graduate” to Tiger, and advance through Cub Scouting.
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 Goals of the Lion 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.
The uniform for Lions is a Lion T-shirt with a baseball cap.
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 theyear. 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.