A new Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys is available as a national pilot for select councils this Fall.
Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages four and five, about the time youth begin formal education. To supplement the learning and growth boys experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, Boy Scouts of America has developed a pilot program for five-year-old kindergarten boys called “Lion.”
What Is the Lion Program?
The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents.
The activities introduce the family to Cub Scouting, and provide an exciting way for the little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, they “graduate” to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting.
Councils will apply to become a national pilot site for Fall 2016. Scout Executives have been made aware of the procedures to do that. If approved, councils will track their experiences and provide feedback to national development teams for further study.
More information will be made available in the coming months around the specifics of the program, FAQ’s, and much more. Please join the excitement as we test new ways to reach America’s youth with the benefits of Scouting! What do you think about adding the Lion pilot program to Scouting?