The Lion Cub Scout pilot program is being offered to select Councils to introduce kindergarten age boys and their parents to Scouting. The Pine Tree Council has been accepted as a Pilot council.

The Lion Pilot program is based on fun. It does not stress advancement. Instead, it offers age-appropriate activities designed to engage both the Lion and the parents in ways that encourage character building, participatory citizenship and growth in leadership based on the Scout Oath and Law.

To meet the needs of kindergarten age boys, activities center around a den of six to eight boy/parent teams. A pack may have multiple Lion dens. The den meets twice a month: a themed den meeting and an outing. The outing may be to a Pack Meeting if the Pack meeting is age appropriate for kindergarteners. Parents take turns leading the meetings.

The program materials are contained in the Lion Adventure Book for the Lion youth and the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook. Each Lion/parent team purchases the set of books (available to approved Packs from the Pine Tree Council Scout Shop.) Lion T-shirts and caps are also available. Clothing articles are not mandatory. The uniform (if any) is chosen at the discretion of the Den.

The Council has established a steering committee to initiate and support the Lion Cub Program for the 2016-17 program year. Each Pack must apply and be approved to run the program. The application is downloadable from the navigaton bars above and below. (Works best with Chrome browser which allows you to print to PDF.)

To participate in the program, the Pack must agree to the following guidelines:

  1. Agree to and abide by all requirements found in the National Lion Pilot Memorandum of Understanding
  2. Apply and receive approval for participation in the Lion Pilot Program through the Council Lion Pilot Steering Committee
  3. Have qualified volunteers for the positions of Lion Coordinator (one per pack) and Lion Guide (one for each Lion den)
  4. Attend and participate in all required training sessions
  5. Recruit and register no fewer than 6 kindergarten age boy & adult partner teams
  6. Provide ongoing feedback to and participate in ongoing assessments by the Council Lion Steering Committee

The Lion Coordinator communicates with the District and the Pack Committee and acts as a mentor. The Lion Guide coordinates the shared leadership of the parents, helping them to rotate duties leading den meetings and also acts as the leader for the Adventure meetings.