Beginning in the fall of 2018, Lions are now an official part of the Cub Scouting program offering Scouting adventure to Kindergarteners! Available to all 5 year olds or kids in the year before First Grade, Lions is a program specially designed and proven effective with these youngsters. Watch this video to get answers to some commonly asked questions. Other FAQs are below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Lions be available?
This fall — as part of the 2018-2019 program year. You can find a Pack and enroll now online or you can attend Join Scouting Night on August 23 at 6:30 at your local elementary school.
What are these new Lion adventure loops?

Lions, like their older packmates, will get to earn adventure loops.

Over the course of a year, Lions will complete all five of the required adventures (compared to at least seven for Tiger and above). They also may complete one or more of the nine elective adventures.

Adventure loops are immediate recognition items, meaning packs should present them to Lions right away — not wait until a big event like a blue and gold. Adventure loops should be worn with pride on the Cub Scout belt.

Lion adventure loops, as well as a Lion advancement chart, will be available in your council’s Scout Shop by late summer.

Do Lions come to every pack meeting?

Lions should participate in at least two or three pack meetings a year. Ultimately, it’s up to the family. If they’d like to attend more pack meetings, they are welcome.

Lions can also have lots of fun doing elective adventures and earning additional adventure loops beyond what’s required.

Can Lions camp?

Yes. Lions can participate in family camping with their pack.

Lion dens shouldn’t participate in overnight den-specific camping, but pack and family camping are encouraged. Day camp and activities such as shooting sports are reserved for older Cub Scouts. Lion dens should focus on exciting (and age-appropriate) adventures and fun family outings.

Can Lions participate in the Pinewood Derby?

Yep! Lions can participate in the pack’s regular Pinewood Derby routine or Packs may encourage Lions to use the wedge car available at Scout Shops — no cutting required.

Will Lions wear the blue Cub Scout uniform shirt?
No. They’ll wear the blue Lion T-shirt and blue Cub Scout belt. The hat, neckerchief and neckerchief slide are optional and can be worn after the completion of the “Gizmos and Gadgets” adventure.
What is the Lion rank strip?
Once Lions complete their rank, they can wear the rectangular Lion patch on the upper left of their T-shirt. (That’s the Lion’s left, or over his or her heart.) When Lions move into Tigers, they can sew the patch under the left pocket — below where the Tiger rank patch will go. The previously introduced diamond-shaped Lion patch is going away.
Do Lions now earn Bobcat first before working on the Lion rank?

No, Lions work on their Lion rank first. When they become a Tiger, they’ll begin to work on Bobcat.