There is an exciting new Scouting program called "Lion" for Kindergarten-aged boys that will be available as a national pilot for the Mississippi Valley Council this fall. This program does not change any of the current ranks and organization of any other Scouting program. 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.
The Goals of the Lion Program
The Mississippi Valley Council is happy to offer this great Scouting program. This is the first year we will be running the Lion program having joined the National Pilot for Lions. 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. At the conclusion of their kindergarten year, the Lion will transition to Tiger Scout and continue on their journey through Cub Scouting.
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 wile making memories together.
The National 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. However, the average size of our Packs are significantly smaller than the average BSA Pack. Consulting with many leaders we realize that the National structure may be a challenge to implement, therefore alternative meeting schedules may need to be implemented. Please follow the intent of the program. If you need to implement an alternative, please make sure to include that in any evaluations.
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.
The uniform for Lions is a Lion T-shirt with an optional cap. Adults are encouraged to wear a Cub Scout activity shirt or the Mississippi Valley will have adult T-shirts available. These items are available in the Burlington Service Center and the Gardner Service Center in Quincy.
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 your son to 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 the 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.
Youth Protection training is requred for all Lion guides. It is suggested that all adult partners complete the training as well. All Lionn Guides and Adult Partners are required to watch the 2 minute Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video. Please also take a few moments to review the Lion Guide and Parent Orientation slide presentation. This slide deck is requred for all Lionn Guides and is recommended and encouraged for each adult partner. The presentation will be presented at the August Roundtables, presented by Cubmasters, or reviewed for self study.
National Lion Website
Lion Leadership Orientation PowerPoint
My Lion Den Roster (From Workbook)
Lion Program Planning Calendar (Excel)
Lion Program Planning Calendar (PDF)