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Lion Program Coming this Fall!

Lions is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America for kindergarten-age boys (5 years old by September 1). This program will only be offered by packs in the Northern Lights Council that apply and are selected to participate.

Lions is a family-oriented program. A youth and his parent or caring adult partner join Scouting together. A collection of six to eight boys and their adult partners meet 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. 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 and outings are approximately 45 minutes in length. Boys are recognized for their accomplishments as they work towards the Lion badge. The Lion badge is earned by completing five adventures (out of a total of 12). Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. When an adventure is completed, the youth receives a sticker to put in his keepsake Lion Adventure Book. 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. The uniform is a Lion t-shirt, available at Scout Shop locations in August.

Download a flyer showing Lion Pilot items available in the Scout Shop.

A fact sheet and Pack Interest form can be downloaded here. The interest forms must be submitted by June 1 to be considered for inclusion in the pilot for 2017.

If you would like a copy of the slide show used during the council orientation sessions or have a question that isn't listed below - contact Darin Steindl, Director of Field Service

FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

How much do the books and t-shirts cost?

Answer - Click here for the latest pricing and items available.

When will the Fargo Scout Shop have items available to purchase?

Answer - All items are available now. The Scout Shop phone number is (701) 499-0699

Will items be available for purchase in the Bismarck & Grand Forks Scout Shops?

Answer - yes, but only in limited quantities.

Can Lions attend Day Camp?

Answer - Boys don't register to be in Lions until August or September, therefore they would not be able to attend Day Camp in June or July. Our council conducts fall Day Camps, which are held after the boys would be joining Lions, so they could attend those one-day events. Next June and July, the boys would be able to attend the summer Day Camps, because at that time, they would be considered Tigers.

Can Lions attend Winter Camp and other events at Camp Wilderness?

Answer - Not until they have graduated into Tigers.

When the Lion badge is earned, where can they wear it?

Answer - The Lion badge is earned when the Lion has completed the 5 required adventures. It may be worn on the t-shirt or cap or placed on a blanket or in a collection album as desired.

I see that the Lion badge is the same diamond shape as the Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf and Bear rank badges. Can my Lion wear his Lion badge on his Cub Scout uniform when he becomes a Tiger?

Answer - There is currently not a permanent place for the badge on the Cub Scout uniform. The badge should be treated as a great recognition piece for the hard work of earning the 5 required adventures, but as it represents a pilot program, it should not be worn as part of the official Cub Scout uniform.

Can we change the information in the Lion den meeting plans or deliver it differently? If the Lion program cannot be changed, doesn't that deny talented an creative leaders the opportunity to design and run a program for kindergarten-age boys?

Answer - To achieve the desired outcomes of the pilot program and to gather survey data for the Lion program, we are asking that you use the den meeting plans as they are written and deliver the program as developed. The Lion den meetings plans were developed to help Lion Guides and Lion adult partners deliver a fun and engaging program with all needed resources available or identified in a single document, the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.

Additional information can be found on the National Council's website at scouting.org/lionExternal Link

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