This is an exciting new program offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Beginning in the Fall of 2018 it is an official program of BSA after being a pilot program for the past several years. Pack 595 has offered the Lions program since its inception.
The Lions program introduces scouting to kindergarten age boys and their adult partners. The activities are rooted in the fundamental goals of scouting including personal fitness, love of country and caring for others. The program helps youth build self-confidence, try new things, have fun together and strengthen family ties.
Family is an important part of the Lion’s program and all scouts participate along with an adult partner. Usually this is a parent, but any significant adult in the youth’s life might participate – grandparent, other relatives or even a close friend. Adult partners must be over 18 years of age.
Boy Scouts of America wants Lions and their families to:
Have Fun Together, Know One Another, Grow Together, Get Along Together and Discover Together
Lion advancements consist of 8 themes and 3 special awards. In each theme, the lion cub completes a den activity, a family activity and (in most cases) a special requirement. These are listed in this leader guide and in each scout’s handbook.
The Themes are:
1. Getting to know you
2. I am fit (Staying Healthy)
3. I am safe (Life Skills for Safety)
4. I am a citizen (Understanding our Community)
5. I use money (The Basics of Needs and Wants, How Banks Work)
6. I care (How We Can Help Others)
7. I respect (We Are All Different)
8. I have courage (How to Deal with Things that are Scary)
Three special awards are also presented to Lions who participate in specific activities. They are not required for the Lion badge. These are:
I love to race (Build and race a Pinewood Derby Car or Rain Gutter Regatta Boat)
I love to travel (2 trips with the Den or Pack)
I love to camp (Participate in Pack Camping or an Outdoor Council/District Activity)
Completing all 8 themes results in presentation of the Lion Cub Award.
As the Lion program is becoming an official program of the BSA, new awards and themes will be introduced in the Summer of 2018. Some of the changes will include allowing Lions to earn their own special belt loops like other Cub Scouts!
Download the attached brochure for more information