Lion Pilot Program
The Samoset Council has been selected to participate in the Lion Pilot Program of the Boy Scouts of America. Councils across the country have been selected to “test run” this new program aimed at providing kindergarten-age boys and their adult partners a Cub Scout experience.
The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents. The activities introduce the family to Cub Scouting, and provide an exciting way for the participants to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination and creativity as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, participants “graduate” to Tiger and advance into Cub Scouting.
Apply to Participate
Packs that wish to participate must apply using this application form.
Please download and save the application to your computer and submit via email.
Applications are due by May 31, 2016.
A maximum of 20 packs will be chosen to participate. Selected packs will be notified by July 1, 2016 and invited to participate in training and other activities to prepare to welcome new Lion families in the fall.
Lion Program Overview
The goal of the Lion program is to offer an age-appropriate introduction to Cub Scouting which fosters the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America in kindergarten-aged boys and serves as a bridge to the traditional Cub Scout program.
- Boys must be five years old by September 1, 2016.
- Dens consist of 6-8 boys, plus an adult partner for each boy.
- Dens meet twice per month: one den meeting, and one pack meeting OR den outing.
Program and Materials
- Lions earn their Lion badge by completing five adventures. After the required adventures are completed, there are seven electives that can be completed.
- The main recognition item for completing adventures is a sticker for the Lion Adventure Book, which Lions use to explore, learn, and record experiences.
- Each adult partner takes a turn at leading a den meeting or outing during the year. Most meetings and outings are approximately 45 minutes.
- Lions do not participate in pack fundraising efforts.
- Lions wear a Lion t-shirt as their uniform.
- Lion dens are facilitated by a Lion Guide, an experienced leader who runs the first den meeting of the year and mentors the adult partners as they lead all subsequent meetings on a rotating basis.
- A brand new/incoming Lion adult partner may not be the Lion Guide.
- The Lion Guide and adult partners use the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook to plan den activities.