Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program

Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program

When Scout mom and blogger Penelope of Penelope’s Oasis heard from her son that he was interested in joining Scouting, she jumped at the opportunity to sign-up her first grader for the organization she always admired.

Her son loved his new friends and Penelope loved watching him grow in the pack. But as Penelope’s new Cub Scout explored and had fun with his new group, she looked to her 5-year-old son and saw that he wanted to experience the same type of adventures he saw his older brother enjoy.

“My younger son wanted to join Boy Scouts, like his older brother, but he is still a year too young to become a Tiger Cub,” explained Penelope. “Research shows that childhood development accelerates around age five, so when I recently learned about the Lion program, a new program for littler men who are ready for adventure while in kindergarten, I felt he was ready for it.”

How the Lion Program Benefits Younger Boys

“The Lion program is one of the Boy Scout’s latest innovations to bring life-changing experiences centered in adventure, leadership and character development to even more boys and their families, and it’s a great way to start on the path of formal education and childhood development that takes place in kindergarteners.”

Penelope watched as her Cub Scout built his first Pinewood Derby car, served his community and learned character-building lessons she sees in him today. Penelope says she’s thrilled that these positive lessons and adventures are now available to introduce her younger son to the program, too.

“We plan our schedule for soccer, ice skating, and other activities around Scouts meetings, because for us, Scouts is the most beneficial for young men, and the one thing we wouldn’t do without. Now that the Lion program is being developed, we can include both our dudes too.”

“We plan our schedule for soccer, ice skating, and other activities around Scouts meetings, because for us, Scouts is the most beneficial for young men, and the one thing we wouldn’t do without. Now that the Lion program is being developed, we can include both our dudes too.”

Penelope appreciates that Scouting offers a wide variety of adventures for her sons that’s “all encompassing.” Scouting has taught her Cub Scout the skills he needs to become a well-rounded, smart and capable young man – and now, Penelope can watch her kindergartner grow in the same way through the Lion program.

“It’s a safe place for younger children to start their adventure earlier, and get them excited for all those outdoor adventures to come.”

Share this post with your friends and families not in Scouting to showcase some of the many reasons why joining the Lion pilot program is a lifelong investment into their sons’ futures. What reasons to join Scouting would you tell your friends and family? Share them in the comments below and head to Penelope’s Oasis for Penelope’s complete story.

Hayley Cordaro

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program
Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program
Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program
Why This Mom Is Signing Her Son Up for the Lion Pilot Program