Lion is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age youth. The mission
of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young people build character, learn citizenship, develop
personal fitness, become effective leaders, and have fun in the outdoors. Cub Scouting is a program of
the Boy Scouts of America for youth in the first through fifth grades. The Lion pilot is exploring the
value of a Scouting program for kindergarten-age youth. (Youth must be 5 years old by September 30 and
not yet 7 years.)
If your pack is
interested in participating in the Lion pilot Program, complete the informational survey.
Lion is a family-oriented program. A youth and his or her parent or caring adult partner join Scouting
together. A group of six to eight youth 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 youth 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 last approximately 45
minutes to an hour; outings are slightly longer.
Youth 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 or her Lion Adventure
Fun on the Run
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
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 remaining meetings. The den meeting plans are provided in
the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.
The adult partner participates with the Lion in fun meetings and outings. He or she takes turns with
other adult partners in leading a den meeting and/or outing.
A Lion guide is a volunteer leader who provides direct support to your Lion den.
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. Lion dens
usually attend only two special pack meetings to accommodate the earlier bedtimes of Lions.
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 pack leaders.
A Lion adult polo shirt or Cub Scouting activity T-shirt is also appropriate.
Resources available for the approved national pilot councils are:
Recruitment: Build an Adventure recruitment materials and promotional video
Orientation Video and PowerPoint and FAQs:
For parents, Lion guides, and Cubmasters
Specifically for Lion guides
Lion merchandise from council Scout shop:
Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook (12 den meeting plans and outing plans)
Lion recognition stickers
Lion Adventure Book (for youth)
rank badge (for completion of the five required adventures)
Youth T-shirt and optional cap
People: Your local council, unit, and experienced Cub Scout leaders
The program materials were developed under the auspices of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of
America and were based on years of experience in four pilot councils. The program was then modified by a
development team, which included experts in child development and education working with the Boy Scouts
of America. Collectively, this team had more than 75 years of volunteer service to Scouting and
experience in education, including advanced work in child and curriculum development.
Evaluations will be conducted throughout the year. Because this is a pilot, your participation is
needed to provide feedback for program continuation or expansion.
To support the feedback, it
is important to deliver the program as designed.
Contact your local council to enroll you and your youth in the Lion program. Enjoy!