“Often, children become attached to lifelong activities at an early age—that is certainly a goal we would have, as we know the long-term benefits of Scouting involvement include strong asset development in the areas of character and leadership,” says Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. “However, we also know that when youth participate in numerous activities at an early age, and miss joining Scouting, they are unlikely to do so at adolescence.”
Like Tigers for first-graders, Lions is built around parent-son pairs who share leadership within the den. Leading each Lion den will be the Lion guide, an experienced adult Cub Scout leader. Den activities, which have been developed by experts in Cub Scouting and child development, will introduce Scouting activities and values in age-appropriate ways.
Lions will be part of a Cub Scout pack like their older counterparts; however, their participation in pack activities will be limited. They won’t participate in fundraising projects, overnight outings, or activities like shooting sports that are beyond their ability. Instead, they will attend two or three pack meetings, as well as age-appropriate special activities. They’ll also wear a Lion T-shirt instead of a Cub Scout uniform and will earn stickers instead of belt loops.
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