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Lion: Lions is a new program from BSA for kindergarten-age boys and girls. It is part of BSA’s Cub Scout program for boys and girls in first through fifth grades. 

Overview:  Lion is a family-oriented program. A youth and their parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A group of six to eight Lions and their adult partners meet together in a group called a den. Dens will meet approximately twice per month. They have fun participating in den meetings and outings while making memories together.

Program: The Lion encourages kids 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.

Recognition: Lions 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 Lion receives a sticker to put in their Lion Adventure Book


Lion’s Honor Pick My Path
Fun on the Run Gizmos and Gadgets
Animal Kingdom On Your Mark
Mountain Lion Build It Up, Knock It Down
King of the Jungle Rumble in the Jungle
I’ll Do It Myself Ready, Set, Grow

Leadership: Den meetings and outings are facilitated by a Lion guide and participating parents. The Lion guide is 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 lead one of the remaining meetings. The den meeting plans are provided in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.

Adult Partner: The adult partner participates with the Lion in fun meetings and outings. He or she takes turns with other adult partners in leading a den meeting and/or outing.

Lion Guide: A Lion guide is a volunteer leader who provides direct support to your Lion den.

Cubmaster: The Cubmaster serves as the master of ceremonies for the monthly pack meeting. The pack meeting is an event where all of the dens in a Cub Scout pack come together for fun activities and awards. Lion dens usually attend only two special pack meetings to accommodate the earlier bedtimes of Lions.

Uniform: The uniform for Lions is a Lion T-shirt with an optional cap. These items are available from our council’s Scout shop.

The Lion guide wears the same official adult uniform as other Cub Scout pack leaders. A Lion adult polo shirt or Cub Scouting activity T-shirt is also appropriate.


Recruitment: Build an Adventure recruitment materials and promotional video

Orientation Video and PowerPoint and FAQs:

  1. For parents, Lion guides, and Cubmasters
  2. Specifically for Lion guides

Lion merchandise from council Scout shop:

  1. Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook (12 den meeting plans and outing plans)
  2. Lion recognition stickers
  3. Lion Adventure Book (for youth)
  4. Lion Rank Badge (for completion of the five required adventures)
  5. Youth T-shirt and optional cap

People: Your local council, unit, and experienced Cub Scout leaders.