Lion is a Scouting 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. (Youth must be 5 years old by September 30th and not yet 7 years.)

LION Program info
Lion is a family-oriented program. A youth and their 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 program 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 their Lion Adventure Book.
  • 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
Den meetings and outings are facilitated by a Lion guide and participating parents. The Lion guide is an experienced Cub Scout leader. They 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.

Adult Partner

The adult partner participates with the Lion in fun meetings and outings. They take turns with other adult partners in leading a den meeting and/or outing.

Lion Guide

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 the Scout shop.
  • 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.
  • Recruitment: Build an Adventure recruitment materials and promotional video
  • Orientation Video and PowerPoint and FAQs:
    1. For parents, Lion guides, and Cubmasters
    2. Specifically for Lion guides
  • Lion merchandise from council Scout shop:
    1. Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook (12 den meeting plans and outing plans)
    2. Lion recognition stickers
    3. Lion Adventure Book (for youth)
    4. rank badge (for completion of the five required adventures)
    5. 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.
Contact your local council to enroll you and your youth in the Lion program. Enjoy!

San Diego–Imperial Council
1207 Upas Street
San Diego, CA 92103