Lion Program

UPDATED 09/18/2017


Lion is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age boys. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young people build character, learn citizenship, develop personal fitness, become effective leaders, and have fun in the outdoors. Cub Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for boys in the first through fifth grades. The Lion pilot is exploring the value of a Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys. (Boys must be 5 years old by September 1 to be enrolled during the Fall 2017 recruiting season.)

 Lion Program Patch


Lion is a family-oriented program. A youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of six to eight boys and their adult partners meet together in a group called a den. Dens will meet approximately two times each month. They have fun participating in den meetings and outings while making memories together and gaining an introductory exposure to Scouting.



The Lion pilot encourages boys to learn and explore through hands-on, high-energy activities. Adult partners take turns leading a den meeting or outing during the year. Most meetings last approximately 45 minutes to an hour; outings are slightly longer.



Boys are recognized for their accomplishments as they work toward the Lion badge. The Lion badge is earned by completing five “adventures”. Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. When an adventure is completed, the youth receives a sticker to put in his Lion Adventure Book.



Den meetings and outings are facilitated by a Lion Guide and participating parents. The Lion Guide is typically an experienced Cub Scout leader. He or she will lead the first den meeting of the year. The Lion Guide will help each adult partner plan and lead one of the remaining meetings. All den meeting plans are provided in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook. 

Lion Program

  • Adult Partner - The adult partner participates with the Lion in fun meetings and outings. He or she takes turns with other adult partners in planning and leading a den meeting and/or outing.
  • Lion Guide - A Lion guide is a volunteer leader who provides direct support to the Lion den.
  • Cubmaster - The Cubmaster serves as the master of ceremonies for the monthly pack meeting. The pack meeting is an event where all dens in a Cub Scout pack come together for fun activities and awards. Lion dens usually attend only two or three special pack meetings to accommodate the earlier bedtimes of Lions.



All Packs in Connecticut Yankee Council are encouraged to participate in the Lion Program for the 2017-2018 school year. To get started, please let us know - ASAP - the name and contact information (email and/or cell phone number) of the primary point of contact in your pack (it could be the Cubmaster, Committee Chair, or someone else). Please also let us know the name and contact information of the adult Lion Guide. If you don't have a Lion Guide yet - NO PROBLEM. Simply let us know that and you can then identify the Lion Guide at a later date.


A Lion Program Overview is posted below. The Overview contains a Pack Application. Effective September 1, 2017, we NO LONGER REQUIRE a formal Pack Application to get started with Lions. We only need you to tell us "Our Pack is interested in Lions".





Training is available for each Lion Guide (the adult leader of the Lion Den, typically an experienced Cub Scout Leader), as well as Lion Adult Partners, other Cub Scout Leaders, and Commissioners. Each Lion Guide is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED (read: required) to complete this classroom training, and other interested adults are also welcome to attend one of the following orientation sessions. Each session will take about 60 minutes and is free.


Wed, Sept 13, 7:30 PM - St Thomas Church, Bethel - CANCELLED

Wed, Sept 20, 7:30 PM - St Thomas Church, Bethel



 Lion Program