Lion Scout Resources for a Great Program
Lion Scouts is a fun introduction to the Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys and girls eager to get going! Lions do adventures with their adult partners and other Lions every month. This program introduces youth and their families to Scouting and the outdoors as it builds a foundation of character. Everything as a Lion is done with an adult partner.
A new Lion Scout receives a Lion Handbook which guides the scout through adventures, all with guidance from the Lion's adult partner.
A Lion will need a Lion Scout Uniform which is a blue t-shirt and hat. This part of the boy scout trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin Tiger adventures after kindergarten is completed.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.
The Lion program provides fun, hands-on activities for scouts to learn and grow while having a good time with their friends and family. The scout and adult partner do every part of the program together under the facilitation of a Lion Guide. The Lion den meets once a month to do things separately from the rest of the pack. These den meetings are done at a place and time convenient for the den members. The Lion den also joins all the other scouts to participate in a Pack meeting once a month. Meeting sounds pretty boring, but a good scout meeting is active, fun, and interesting. The 45 minutes to an hour time should be packed with games, activities, and safe adventure.
Lion Scouts have fun exploring and doing adventures that move them ahead towards their Lion rank. The Lion rank is earned by completing five adventures. The Lion's adult partner participates the whole time, but the recognition items are only for the scouts.
Lion Rank Requirements:
Complete each of the following Lion required adventures with your den or family:
Akela is the name given to the Cub Scout's leader. This is the Lion's adult partner, and that person is responsible for helping the Lion complete each adventure and marking the Lion's handbook.
Once a Lion has completed enough adventures to earn rank, there's still more to do. There are many more adventures to explore until it's time to move on to a Tiger den. Some scouts strive to earn the remaining seven adventures.
An energetic, experienced, and caring Lion Guide is important to the success of a Lion Den. The Guide plans the program of activities for the year and makes that plan available to all the adult partners. But, the guide does not organize and run every den meeting and outing, instead the actual running of the program is done through shared leadership with the adult partners.
A Lion Den relies on the support and enthusiasm of its families! This shared leadership helps ensure participation by all, provides a sense of ownership to all, and gives each scout family a chance to lead the den.
The Lion Guide is a registered BSA volunteer who has had experience as a den leader. Every Lion Den is required to have a registered leader whose responsibilities are:
- Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that their den is an active and successful part of the pack.
- Plan and prepare for initial Lion den meeting and outing.
- Mentor adult partners in the delivery of their particular den meetings.
- Attend pack leaders' meetings.
- Lead the den at the monthly meeting and pack activities.
- Ensure the transition of scouts in the Lion den into a Tiger den at the end of the year.
- Prepare Lions for day camp at the end of the Lion year.
- Coordinate shared leadership among the Lion adult partners, ensuring that each Lion and adult partner get to be the host team to plan and execute the den activities.
The most valuable resource available to help the Lion Guide plan and run a successful, interesting program for the scouts is the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook. It has an explanation of the program and how it works, den meeting plans for all adventures, and many ideas for activities that promote the purposes of Cub Scouting, and that Lions will enjoy.
Tip: Keep in mind that participation is the key goal of the Lion program. There is no level of competence or skill required to earn the rank badge. Don't push your scout to succeed, just participate and enjoy the time together.
This information is intended to make Lion dens more productive and interesting for the scouts. A cub scout at the Lion level needs a lot of activity made up of short, interesting games, projects, and challenges.
More Lion Scout Information to Use:
Lion Scout Leaders - Responsibilities of the Lion den leader
Lion Scout Adventures - Do five for the Lion program, plus more for extra fun
Lion Scout Activities - great den meeting and pack activity ideas
Lion Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Lion scouts
Lion Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremonies
Cub Scout Games - den or pack games just right for kindergarten scouts
Lion Scout Graces - fun meal graces
Lion Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Lion Scout Projects - community or conservation projects for your Lion den
Lion Scout Recipes - easy recipes you can make with your lions for fun snacks
Lion Scout Skits - skits that Lion Scouts like to do
Lion Scout Songs - songs for scouts
Lion Scout Stories - choose stories that Lion scouts will enjoy and understand
Lion Scout Uniform - looking like a Lion den
May 15, 2017 - David Mathews
I am curious where you are getting the info, I see nothing posted about Lions on the scouting.org site.
May 15, 2017 - Scouter Paul
Feb 14, 2018 - misti goetzinger
Feb 14, 2018 - Scouter Paul
Feb 15, 2018 - Jane
-rectangular rank patch (will replace the current diamond Lion patch)
-rank cards (rank pocket certificates / pocket cards)
-advancement chart (I think they mean the den advancement chart poster for Lion dens)
-Lion adventure loops (belt loops)
I don't see any mention of Lion parent pins, but hopefully they are included.
Mar 03, 2018 - Savannah
Mar 03, 2018 - Jane
you can select "Cub Scouts" and put in your zip code to find some Cub Scout packs in the area where you will be moving. Make sure you ask them if they have Lions - not every pack has a Lion den.
Good luck with your move!
Jul 25, 2018 - Trish
Mar 20, 2019 - Kate
May 10, 2019 - Brian
Pack 159 in Virginia does our Rank Advancement at Blue and Gold (excluding AOL bridging). We included Lions in the advancement this year.
May 10, 2019 - Jane
For #1, the pack should present a Lion Scout with the Lion rank patch soon after it has been earned by the Scout, preferably at the next pack meeting. The current Cub Scout program encourages immediate recognition (please see section 22.214.171.124 of the BSA Guide to Advancement).
There is a "Cub Scouts Ceremonies for Den and Pack" available for purchase at Scout shops or online at scoutshop.org.
In addition, there are also lots of ceremony scripts online. You can also modify a script to make it however you'd like.
Oct 06, 2021 - Pam Hartmann
Oct 07, 2021 - Saul Zebovitz
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