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Lion Scout
Target age group:Kindergarten
Created:2008
Current status:Permanent program as of 2018-2019
Latest Requirements Revision:2016
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Tiger Scout

This was a pilot program in the 2016-2018 program years created to introduce a new Cub Scout program for boys age 5 or in Kindergarten and their adult partners. The program is focused on parent planning and delivery with support from the Cub Scout pack using literature specifically designed for the younger age group (Lion Scout Adult Guide and Lion Scout Adventure Guide). The Adult Guide contains a detailed plan for each month’s curriculum and breaks down each section into Family/Den Activities, At-Home Activities and Grand Adventures.

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Historic Notes

From the beginning of Cub Scouting in the US, until 1967, there was a Cub Scout Rank called Lion, but it was for 11 year olds, and was replaced by the Webelos rank.

In fact, WeBeLoS originally meant "Wolf Bear Lion Scout", rather than the current "We'll Be Loyal Scouts"

Pilot Program

Lion Scouting was released by the National Council as a national pilot program in 2016 with 198 participating councils across the country -- it was not rolled out to each council, but rather each council could choose whether or not to apply to join the pilot program. During the year, Adult Partners are be asked to provide answers to detailed survey questions and provide feedback on each month’s theme, plans and activities. The primary curriculum/educational outcomes are for parents/Adult Partners to learn the basics of youth development using Scouting’s proven tools for raising happy, healthy children; the outcome for kids is to discover the fun of Scouting at an earlier age.

The Lion Scouts pilot program was well received and became a permanent program at the start of the 2018-2019 program year.

The Cub Scout adventure begins with the Lions using a program of exciting indoor and outdoor activities designed for kindergarten boys and their adult partner. Adults are there as a support and guide, and allow the new Cub Scout to discover the activities and consequences under adult supervision. The Lion Scouts will learn by doing these things themselves. And as they learn and grow the relationship with their partner will grow as well.

At the end of the school year, the Lion Scouts will earn the Bobcat badge. Then in each following year they will advance through the Cub Scout program as a Tiger, then Wolf, then Bear, then finally as a Webelos Scout.

Who are Lion Scouts? · Lion Scouts are kindergarten boys or girls · Lion Scouts join with a parent / adult partner · Lion Scouts form dens of 6-8 Cub pairs · Lion Scouts dens are part of a Cub Scout pack · Lion Scouts may wear a special Lion t-shirt and Hat to their activities · Lion Scouts move to the next Cub Scout level (Tigers) at the end of kindergarten

The goals of the Lion Scouts program
  • To strengthen Scouting’s position in the community
  • To reflect the diversity of our communities
  • To offer greater support for children and their families
  • To introduce children and their families to the fun of the outdoors
  • To provide extended learning opportunities outside of school
Lion Scout Family benefits
  • Offers age-appropriate activities each month
  • Provides value for families
  • Enhances quality family time
  • Provides a forum for adult interaction
  • Encourages positive interaction between Scouts
  • Strengthens parenting skills
  • Introduces families to Scouting Goals of the Lion Cubs Program
Pack Coordinator Position Concept
  • Serves as the pack’s representative to the Lion den.
  • Lead and promote Lion recruitment programs in your pack.
  • Assist with the transition of Lions to Tigers at the end of the Kindergarten school year.
  • Completes evaluation of the Lion program.
  • As a parent or caring adult, you want your Lion Scout to grow up to be self-reliant and dependable, worthy and caring. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him.


Lion Scout requirements

  1. Complete each of the following Tiger required adventures with your den or family:
    a. Animal Kindgom
    b. Fun on the Run
    c. King of the Jungle
    d. Lion's Honor
    e. Mountain Lion
  2. The Lion elective adventures are optional but encouraged for further fun and exploration.

Footnotes



The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook (Pilot Materials), 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #622059)



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LION CUB PROGRAM DETAILS

1. WHAT IS THE UNIFORM FOR LION CUBS?
Each Lion Scout will be able to purchase a T-Shirt and a optional Cap from their Local Scout Shop.
2. HOW ARE LION CUBS RECOGNIZED?
Instant Recognition Stickers are included in the Lion Scout activity book.
3. HOW OFTEN SHOULD LION CUB DENS ATTEND PACK MEETINGS?
Lion Cubs and their adult partners may be invited to two or three pack meetings – possibly a holiday party, Blue and Gold and Graduation in May or June.
4. WHEN DO LION CUBS TRANSITION TO TIGER CUBS?
A Scouts rank year runs from June 1st to May 31st of every year.
5. SHOULD LION SCOUT FAMILIES PARTICIPATE IN FRIENDS OF SCOUTING AND The POPCORN OR UNIT PRODUCT SALE?
Lion Scouts and their adult partners are not required nor encouraged to participate in FOS or popcorn sales.
6. ARE LION SCOUTS ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OTHER RECOGNITION (IE
ADVENTURE LOOPS, ETC.)?
KIS-MIF (Keep it Simple, Make it FUN) applies to Lion Scouts. The curriculum was developed as an age appropriate program for Kindergarten boys and girls and should not be confused with other Cub Scout programs. This program is focused on parent planning and delivery, with youth participation. The Pack Lion Cub Coordinator should “coordinate” with Lion families, not lead as a den leader.
7. SHOULD LION SCOUTS PARTICIPATE IN THE PACK PINEWOOD DERBY?
In keeping with a limited number of pack meeting attendance and the age-appropriate curriculum, we would recommend that the Lion Cubs do not build their own pinewood derby (something to look forward to as a Cub Scout.) You may invite the Lion families to attend and provide sample cars for them to race.
8. HOW DO PACK LION COORDINATORS REGISTER?
Coordinators should register as a Den Leader on a BSA “Adult” application. They may be “dual” registered. Please write “LION CUB COORDINATOR” under the words “ADULT APPLICATION”.
9. SHOULD LIONS PARTICIPATE IN PACK CAMPING PROGRAMS?
Think age-appropriate activities. We would recommend that Lion Cubs wait until they graduate to Cub Scouts to participate in camping activities. They will participate in many Grand Adventures with their Lion dens throughout the year.
  • Additional uniform option: although the Lion T-shirt is still the required uniform (along with the optional baseball cap), Lion Scouts may purchase a Cub Scout blue button-down uniform shirt/pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.
  • New printed Lion material: became available for the 2018-2019 year.
  • More den participation: Lion families may desire to participate in more than the 2-3 required pack meetings, and packs should strive to find ways to include lion dens along with the other dens, as appropriate.
  • Pinewood Derby: Packs may, if they so choose, involve a Lion den in the Pinewood Derby. Lions may not use tools, but might perhaps buy the precut wedge kit (item #614417) or could instead make cars out of vegetables, attaching the wheels to potatoes or cucumbers, etc., using the Lion Veggie Car Derby Flyer.
  • Fundraising: Individual families may choose to fundraise, if they want. If Scout popcorn is sold, Show and Sell is preferable -- door-to-door selling would require a parent at their youth's side.
  • New adult uniform options: Adult T-shirt, ladies polo, recruitment patch, and Lion drawstring bag are available from [email protected] or (800)323-0736

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