Yucca CouncilResourcesLion Pilot Program

Download the Application for Pack Participation in the Pilot  Program

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What is the Lion Cub Pilot Program?

This is a Boy Scouts of America pilot being tested this year in Councils across the country, including ours.

The Lion Cub Program was developed by the BSA to provide kindergarten-age boys with a Scouting experience that is suitable to their age, skills and experience levels.  Kindergarten is a time where doors are opening – going to a school, perhaps getting on the bus, building strong foundations that will carry on through school careers.  It’s also a time where families are exploring options when it comes to engaging their children in the community.

With Lions, kindergartners and their families now can explore the basic concepts of Scouting and experience the fun in an age-appropriate format.  With a curriculum combining the best of Scouting and early childhood development, Dens of kindergarten boys will explore their creativity, their world and the community they live in through Den meetings and outings.  They’ll do so in a fun, active, highly engaged program with their parents.  When the school year is complete, Lions will step up to Tiger Cub Scouts and full engagement with their Packs as their Scouting careers take off!

The Lion Cub Program – launching in select Cub Scout Packs across the Yucca Council in Fall 2016!

The Lion Cub Program…

  • IS an introduction to Cub Scouts
  • IS for Kindergarten Boys only
  • IS a Family shared program
  • IS NOT a Sibling program
  • IS NOT designed for other age groups, they have their own program

What’s new in Lions for 2017-2018?

  • Pack meetings and activities will be open to Lion families who want to participate. Lion families said they wanted more pack involvement, and now they have the option of being included in program, skits, and more.
  • Pinewood Derby open to Lions. Packs have three recommended options for implementing this:
    1. Integrate into the pack Derby with other Cub Scouts.
    2. Use the wedge car from the Scout Shop to eliminate cutting.
    3. Have Lions participate in a Veggie Car Derby, where potatoes and cucumbers replace wood blocks.
  • Fundraising will be allowed as a family option. Although they don’t want mandatory levels of funds to raise, Lion families indicated they do want to have the option to raise funds. Spring fundraising is encouraged. If popcorn is sold by Lions, a show-and-sell approach where older boys and parents are also present is preferred. Door-to-door selling would only be appropriate if the parent is by the youth’s side.
  • Uniform T-shirt won’t change, but families can buy button-down if they want. Parents and boys love the required Lion T-shirt and optional cap. But this change allows families to buy official blue Cub Scout button-down shirts and blue pants as desired for special occasions and pack ceremonies.
  • A Lion-specific page in Boys’ Life. Parents can use this great resource to help unlock the world of reading for their child.

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