Lion Den

History
From the beginning of Cub Scouting in the US, until 1967, there was a Cub Scout Rank called Lion, but it was for 11 year olds, and was replaced by the Webelos rank (currently called Webelos 2 or Arrow of Light). In fact, WeBeLoS originally meant "Wolf Bear Lion Scout", rather than the current "We'll Be Loyal Scouts". The first rank badges had Cubs BSA embroidered on them, were made of felt, and had wide borders.

The Lion rank was resurrected in 2016, but this time for Kindergarteners. The Lion pilot program to introduce kindergarteners to scouting was released by the National Council as a national pilot program in 2016 with 198 participating councils across the country - it was not rolled out to each council, but rather each council could choose whether or not to apply to join the pilot program. Our Council, The Ozark Trails Council, fully supported the pilot program; however, becuase it was a pilot program, individual Packs were not obligated to participate. Pack 200 decided to adopt the Lion program starting in 2017 with foresight that the pilot program would be successfull. The BSA officially rolled out the Lion program during the 2018-2019 Scout Year.

Overview
A boy or girl that is 5-6 years old or is in Kindergarten joins Cub Scouting with their parent or adult guardian as a Lion. Lions and their adult partners are just that, partners. They attend meetings together, go on adventures like field trips together, and complete requirements together, one-on-one. As a Lion, your son or daughter will be part of a group of boys or girls of their same sex and age called a Den, which is part of a larger group called a Pack. With their Den, they can build confidence and self-esteem and learn recognition.

Expectation
Lion Scouts work side-by-side with their adult partner(s) during Den meetings and outings.

The Program
Den meetings are 45 minutes to an hour; outings are slightly longer. Dens have six to eight boys or girls and meet two to three times a month. Dens are seperated by sex. Each Den meeting and Den activity is led by a Den leader and an Assistant Den Leader. If no Assistant Den Leader has been elected, Adult partner(s) may substitue. Adult partners can be parents, relatives, or friends who are at leat 18 years old. Each adult partner takes a turn working with the Den leader to plan and lead a Den meeting and/or activity.

Rank Advancement and Adventures
Lion Scouts are recognized for their accomplishments as they work toward the Lion badge. Adventures are completed during the Den meetings and outings. When an adventure is completed, the Scout receives a belt loop that is placed on the oficial Cub Scout belt.

To earn the Lion Badge, Lion Scouts must take part in each of the five required adventures:
  • Lion’s Honor
  • Fun on the Run
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Mountain Lion
  • King of the Jungle
There are seven other adventures called electives and may be completed in any order. They are optional but encouraged for further fun and exploration by Lion Scouts and their families.

Uniform
Officially, Lions do not have an uniform inspection sheet. Because of that, the BSA does not offer equivalent uniform items found in the other ranks. However, Pack 200 has decided to make the Lion uniform requirements the same as the other ranks. The uniform for the Lions consists of:
  • Blue class “A” shirt - Required
    • Worn at Den meetins, Pack meetings and other official BSA events
  • The official navy-blue web belt with metal buckle - Required
    • Needed to place belt-loops.
    • A Lion specific buckle is not available as of yet. Instead, obtain the belt with the non-rank-specific Cub scout buckle. The wolf emblem over gold is the offical Cub Scout logo. The official buckle will also be the one with the wolf emblem. There are no colors on the buckle. So, the offical buckle and the wolf buckle are one in the same. The official buckle can be used in any rank.
  • Patches (Council Strip, World Crest, Den #, Pack # [200]) - Required
  • Lion Handbook - Required
  • Neckerchief and slide - Required
    • The Pack provides the Neckerchief
    • The slide does not have to be the metal-rank-specific-BSA slide.
  • Official uniform pants, shorts, or skorts, and Cub Scout socks - Optional
    • Not required by the Pack