Lion Program - Pilot
Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages four and five, about the time youth begin formal education. To supplement the learning and growth boys experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, Boy Scouts of America has developed a pilot program for five-year-old kindergarten boys called Lion.
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 little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. Lions join with a parent or caring adult partner. Lions form dens of six to eight Lion pairs and have one den meeting and one outing per month. They wear a special t-shirt and have their own adventures. They are a part of the pack, but they do not participate in every pack meeting. At the end of the Lion year, they graduate to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting.
As recently announced by the National Service Center, BSA will continue the kindergarten-age Lion Cub pilot program for the fall 2017 program. Sam Houston Area Council has elected to participate in a limited pilot this fall. Dens and packs in Sam Houston Area Council are not eligible to conduct a Lion program in their unit unless they have applied to do so as members of Orion District.
Learn More about the BSA Lion Program Lion Adventures Overview