LION PILOT FAQs - Boy Scouts of America

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LIONPILOTFAQs
2016–2017
OVERVIEW
Q:WhatexactlyistheLionpilot?
A:TheLionpilotisaBoyScoutsofAmericaprogramthatisdesignedtointroducekindergarten-ageboys
andtheirfamiliestothefunofScouting.
Q:WhoareLions?
A:Thekindergarten-ageboysparticipatingarecalledLions.Lionsmustbe5yearsoldbySeptember30
toparticipate.
Q:WhatisaLionden?
A:ALiondenisagroupofusuallysixtoeightkindergarten-ageboyswhomeettogethertoparticipatein
theLionprogramwiththeiradultpartners.Lionsisnotasiblingonlyprogram—wewanttospreadthis
newopportunityfarandwideforotherboystojoin.It’salsoachancetocreatememoriesthatwilllast
alifetime,andbuildastrongerfamilywhileyouenjoytheScoutingprogramwithotherfamilies.
Q:WhoisinvolvedintheLionpilot?
A:Theprogramisrunbyvolunteersattheunitlevel.Akindergarten-ageboyandhisadultpartnerjoin
andattendmeetingsandactivitiestogether.Thenationalpilotisforapprovedcouncils.Besuretocheck
andseeifyourlocalcouncilisparticipating.Thelistofapprovedcouncilsisavailableat
www.scouting.org/lion.Ifyoudon’tknowyourlocalcouncil,usethecouncillocatorfoundhere.
Q:Howlongwillthispilottakeplace?
A:Thenationalpilotbeginsinthefallof2016throughMay2017andwillremainapilotuntilotherwise
determinedbytheNationalExecutiveBoard.Successoftheprogramwillbebasedinpartonfeedback
fromthepilotparticipants.
REGISTRATION
Q:WillnewapplicationsbechangedandreprintedwithaspotforLions?
A:No,sincethisisstillapilot,youwillcontinuetousethesamestandardyouthapplicationformyou’ve
beenusing.
Q:ThenhowwillweregisterontheapplicationthatweareregisteringaLion?
A:Justwritein“Lion”attheTopoftheform.Andinthegradearea,puta“K”.
Q:Willadultsberegisteredonthesameapplicationformastheyouth?
A:Yesandonejointregistrationfeeischargednottwo.TheonlyexceptionistheLionGuidewillneed
tocompletetheirownadultapplicationlikeanyotherleaderandpaytheadultfee.
RECRUITMENTANDMARKETING
Q:Willwegetmarketingresources/flierstobeabletorecruitnewLions?
A:Yes,sinceLionsisnotasiblingonlyprogram,wewantyoutorecruit!Youmayusethenewlycreated
Lionfliersorthe“BuildanAdventure”materials.TheLionfliersaremoreageappropriateandwillonly
featureelementsintheLionprogram.Theseareavailableatwww.scouting.org/lion
Q:Canwecreateourownmaterials?
A:Youshouldusethematerialscreatedbynationalatwww.scouting.org/lionnooriginaldesignsor
logouseisallowed.
Q:WhatifweneedtocreatesomethinguniqueforaLionevent?
A:TheLionprogramlogo/insigniaaretheintellectualpropertyoftheBSANationalCouncil.Thecouncil
maynotgrantotherstherighttousetheLionprogramlogoforanypurpose.Ifnationaland
www.scouting.org/liondoesn’thavewhatyouneedthenyoucanrequestapprovalbypresentingyour
[email protected]
Q:Canwepostthematerialsonourcouncilwebsite?
A:Yes,youmaypostanythingfromthewww.scouting.org/lionwebsite.
Yourcouncilhasagreenottoreproduce,adapt,ordistributetheprogramcurriculum(sellableprogram
items)orothermaterialswithoutpriorwrittenconsentofthePilots&ProgramDevelopment
[email protected]
PROGRAM
Q:Howoftenandforhowlongdoesthedenmeet?
A:Thedenmeetsforeighttoninemonthsoftheyear,twotimespermonth,onceforadenmeeting
andonceforanoutingorpackmeeting.Thedenmeetingsusuallylastforonehour.Theoutingsand
packmeetingsarelonger,dependingontheactivity.
Q:DoestheLionprogramsupporttheaimsandmissionofScouting?
A:Yes
Q:WhatmethodsusedbytheCubScoutingprogramdoestheLionprograminclude?
A:CubScoutsign,CubScoutsalute,CubScoutmotto,ScoutOath,andScoutLaw
Q:Tellmemoreaboutthese.
A:Thesemethodsareimportantguidingprinciplesthatareintegratedintothevalueandprogramofall
levelsofScouting.
Q:DoLionsmemorizetheScoutOathandScoutLaw?
A:LionyoutharenotaskedtomemorizetheScoutOathandScoutLaw.TheLionprogramisan
introductiontoCubScouting.ThegoalisforLionparticipantstobecomefamiliarwiththeideasandnot
emphasizememorization.
HelpfulLeaderHints:
• TheadultleadershouldpracticeleadingthegroupinsayingtheScoutOathandScoutLaw
together.
• Apostercanalsobeagoodsupporttool,asLionsdevelopliteracyskillsduringtheir
kindergartenyear.
• TheLionGuideorAdultLeaderisencouragedtoemphasizeandhelptheyouthunderstandwith
practicalexamplesthemeaningoftheScoutOathandLawthroughouttheyear.
Q:DoLionscompletetheCubScoutingBobcatrankrequirements?
A:BecauseLionisapilotandaprecursortotheTigerrankinCubScouting,theywillnotearntheBobcat
rankuntiltheybecomeTigers.
Q:WhatisaLion“adventure”?
A:ALionadventureisacontentthemethatwilltietogetheradenmeetingactivityandpossiblyan
outingthatshareacommonfocus.
Q:Inwhatordershouldtheadventuresbecompleted?
A:Thereisnoprescribedorderfortheadventures;howeveritisrecommendedthataLiondenbegin
withtheLion’sHonoradventure.Considerlocalneeds,includingtheweather,localholidaysandschool
schedules,andotherresources,andthenplantheadventuresinanorderthatmakessenseforyour
circumstances.
Q:CantheboysworkonLionelectiveadventuresbeforetherankrequiredadventures?
A:Yes,theadventuresaredesignedsothatthefamiliesandLionGuidemaydeterminethemost
appropriatetimetodelivereachadventure.
Q:CanwechangetheinformationintheLiondenmeetingplansordeliveritdifferently?IftheLion
programcannotbechanged,doesn’tthatdenytalentedandcreativeleaderstheopportunityto
designandrunaprogramforkindergarten-ageboys?
A:ToachievethedesiredoutcomesofthepilotprogramandtogathersurveydatafortheLionprogram,
weareaskingthatyouusethedenmeetingplansastheyarewrittenanddelivertheprogramas
developed.TheLiondenmeetingplansweredevelopedtohelpLionGuidesandLionadultpartners
deliverafunandengagingprogramwithallneededresourcesavailableoridentifiedinasingle
document,theLionParentandLeaderGuidebook.
YouaretousethematerialintheLiondenmeetingplanstoachievethosegoals.Andyouare
encouragedtouseyourcreativeenergytomaketheprogramfunandactivefortheyouth.Deliverthe
curriculumaswrittenandkeepitfun!
Q:WhathappensifmyLionmissesameeting?
A:TheLionadultpartnerandhisfamilywillworkwithhimtobringhimuptospeedonwhatwas
missed.CommunicatewiththeLionGuidetoverifywhatwasmissedandtoinformhimorherthatthe
Scouthascompletedtheactivities.
UNIFORM
Q:WhattypeofuniformdoestheLionwear?
A:ALionT-shirtandanoptionalcapspecificallydesignedforLionyouthisinlocalcouncilScoutshops.
$9.99retail
$12.99retail
Q:DotheLionGuideoradultpartnerhaveauniform?
A:TheLionGuideoradultpartnermaywearthesameofficialadultuniformasotherCubScoutleaders
inthepack.AlsoanappropriateuniformiseithertheAdultembroideredLionPolooraCubScouting
activityT-shirt.
LionLogoEmbroidered$29.99retail
LEADERSHIP
Q:WhatistheleadershipoftheLionden?
A:TheidealLionGuideisanexperiencedCubScoutleader.TheparentsorLionadultpartnerstaketurns
leadingtheactivitiesanddenmeetingsfortheyouth.TheLionGuidehelpsmentoreachParentto
preparefortheirmeeting/outing.TheDenMeetingPlansareoutlinedintheLionParentandLeader
Guidebookwithsimpleeasytofollowstepbystepinstructionslistingeverythingdowntoanysupplies
needed.
Q:WhatdoesaLionGuidedo?
A:YousetthestageforasuccessfulScoutingexperienceforfamiliesinyourDen
• Overseestheden
• Communicateswithparticipatingfamilies
• WatchthefreeLionGuideandParentOrientationvideo
• Leadsinitialdenmeetingsandoutings
• Mentorsadultpartnersastheyleaddenmeetingsandoutingsduringtheyear
• PointpersonforintegrationwithPackandPackmeetings
• HelpscreateanatmosphereoffunandfamilywithintheDenforfamiliesandyouth
Q:IamanAdultPartnerwhatdoIdo?
A:You
• AttendallDenMeetingsandoutings/Packmeetingswithyourson.
• WatchthefreeLionGuideandParentOrientationvideo.
• TaketurnsinleadingaDenmeetingandoutingduringtheyear.
• TheLionGuidewillhelpmentoryoutopreparefortheDenmeeting/outingyouwilllead.The
DenMeetingPlansareoutlinedintheLionParentandLeaderGuidebookwithsimpleeasyto
followstepbystepinstructionslistingeverythingdowntoanysuppliesneeded.
• HavelotsoffunwithyoursonandotherScoutingfamilies!
Q:Whatdoesco-leadershipmeanandwhyisitimportant?
A:ThesuccessandpartofthefunofLionsisthatyougettotaketheleadershiproleatonemeetingand
outing.Thisisreallyimportantforseveralreasons.
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Itshowsyouleadingandyoursonwillbesoproudofyouandyourinvolvement.
Itmakestheleadershipeasierbyeveryonetakingasmallpart.
It’sfuntobeapartofmakingyourDengreatbyeveryonecontributingtoitssuccess.
Q:HowdoIgetstarted?
A:ViewthefreeLionGuideandParentOrientationvideoandPowerPoint.
• GetthecontactinformationfortheotherfamiliesinyourDen.
• DeterminewiththeotherfamilieswhenandwhereyourDenwillbemeet.
• HaveeachfamilyselecttheDenmeetingtopicandmonththeywillbepresenting.
• GetfamiliarwithyourLionParentandLeaderGuidebookandyourselectedDenmeetingplanin
thebackoftheguidebook.
• TalkwithyourLionGuidetoprepareforyourpresentationtopic.
• Ifyouwantmore,checkoutthewebsiteandresourcesatwww.scouting.org/lion
TRAINING
Q:WhattypeoftrainingisrequiredfortheLionGuideandtheLionadultpartners?
A:Avarietyofresourcesareavailable.
• YouthProtectiontraining,andtheLionGuideandParentOrientationareavailable.Youth
ProtectiontrainingismandatoryforLionGuidesandishighlyrecommendedforalladultsandis
availablefreeonline.ThetrainingisanimportantaspectofScoutingthatwillfamiliarizeyou
withthesafetymeasuresinplaceforyourfamily.
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LionGuideandParentOrientationVideoisavailableatwww.scouting.org/lionfreeforallLion
volunteers.This2minutevideoisrequiredforbothLionGuideandParents.
LionGuideandParentOrientationPowerPointisavailableatwww.scouting.org/lion.
ItisrequiredforLionGuidesandrecommendedforParents.
Areallygoodguidetohelpkeepyourchildrensafeisreferencedhere.Itisavailableat
http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CubScoutandishighlyrecommendforall
families.
Noothertrainingisrequired.
RESOURCES
Q:WhattypesofresourcesareavailabletodelivertheLionprogram?
A:Thefollowingresourcesareavailable:
PROGRAMMATERIALS&WEBSITE
• LionPilotProgramOverviewflier(1pager)
• FAQs
• LionParentandLeaderGuidebook
• LionAdventureBookforyouth
• StickersforyouthtoaccompanytheLionAdventureBook
• www.scouting.org/lionwillhaveallthelatestinformation
TRAINING&RECRUITING
• LionGuideandParentOrientationVideo
• LionGuideandParentOrientationPowerPoint
• YouthProtectionTraining
• PromotionalLionVideo
• BuildanAdventurerecruitmentmaterials
LionProgramKitis$9.99forthesetof3.
LIONMERCHANDISE
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T-shirtforyouth
Capforyouth(optional)
Lionpatchforachievingthefiverequireddenmeetings
AdultLionEmbroideredPolo(optional) Includes:
• LionParentandLeaderGuidebook
• LionAdventureBookforYouth
• StickersforYouth
CUSTOMERSERVICE&HELP
• [email protected]org
• [email protected]coutstuff.org
• LionGuideandcouncilCubScoutleadersandotherexperiencedvolunteers
RECOGNITION
Q:DoLionshaveadvancementliketheotherlevelsintheCubScoutingprogram?
A:TheLionlevelwilluseimmediaterecognitionstickersandacompletionbadgeaspartofafun
introductiontoScouting.Lionswillbegintheiradvancementtrailandadventurebeltloopswhenthey
beginworkingontheBobcatrankinTigers.
Q:WhatrecognitionisgivenwhenaLioncompletesanadventure?
A:Whenanadventureiscompleted,theLionwillreceiveastickerthatmatchestheadventure.These
stickersaredesignedtobeplacedonthe“MyLionTrail”pageintheadventurebook.
Q:Whenistherecognitiongiven?
A:TheLionGuidemaygivetheyouththestickerduringthedenmeetingorpackmeetingasdesired.
Themajorconsiderationshouldbesothetimingprovidesimmediateopportunitytoencourageand
rewardtheyouth.Theclosesttimetocompletionoftheadventureisusuallybest.
Q:WhentheLioncompletionbadgeisearnedwherecantheywearit?
A:TheLionbadgeisearnedwhentheLionhascompletedthe5requiredadventures.Itmaybewornon
theT-shirtorcaporplacedonablanketorinacollectionalbumasdesired.
$1.99retail
Q:IseethattheLionbadgeisthesamediamondshapeastheTiger,Wolf,andBearrankbadges.Can
myLionwearhisLionbadgeonhisCubScoutinguniformwhenhebecomesaTiger?
A:ThereiscurrentlynotapermanentplaceforthebadgeontheCubScoutuniform.Thebadgeshould
betreatedasagreatrecognitionpieceforthehardworkofearningthe5requiredadventures,butasit
representsapilotprogram,itshouldnotbewornaspartoftheofficialCubScoutuniform.
Q:IsthereapocketcertificateavailabletogivewhentheLionbadgeispresented?
A:No,Lionsisapilotprogram,anditwillnothaveacertificateuntilitbecomesanofficialpartofthe
CubScoutingprogram.
PACKMEETINGS,CAMPINGANDMORE
Q:WillLionsbeapartofthepack?
A:Yes.Forunitsparticipatinginthepilot,LionsareapartoftheCubScoutpack.Itisimportanttonote,
however,thatLionswillonlybeapartofthepackatanintroductorylevel.TheLionprogramis
designedtointroduce5-year-oldkindergarten-ageboystothefunandexcitementofScouting,butin
waysthatmaintainappropriateexpectations.Becauseoftheirage,developmentlevel,physical
abilities,andstamina,itwouldbeunrealistictoexpectLionstoparticipatefullyinpackactivities.
Forexample,Liondensshouldnotparticipateinpackfundraising,overnightdencamping,daycampor
activitiessuchasshootingsports.Thoseexperiences,andothers,aremoreappropriateforolderboysas
theymovethroughTiger,Wolf,Bearandbeyond.Instead,keeptheLiondensfocusedontheirexciting
(andage-appropriate)adventuresandfunfamilyoutings.
Remember,theLionprogramisanintroductiontotheworldofScouting.It’sgoodtosavesomeofthe
funforthemtolookforwardtoTigers!
Q:WhatismeantbyattendingafewCubScoutpackmeetings?
A:Invitethemtoattendjustafew(twotothree)packmeetingsthroughouttheyear.Youmightthink
ofsomespecialtimeslikeaHolidayPackmeetingorBlueandGoldorendoftheyearfuntime.Besure
toincludetheminspecialactivities,butonlyifappropriateforkindergarteners.IftheLionsareplanning
toattendaPackmeeting—besuretohavesomethingstheycanparticipateinthatareageappropriate.
Q:MayLionsreceivepatchesforparticipatinginspecialpack,district,andcouncilevents?
A:Yes,ifthatisthepracticeinyourlocalcouncil,thenyoumayexpectthatitwillcontinue.
Q:DoLionsgotodaycamp?
A:DaycampbeginswhentheLionbecomesaTigerandgoestodaycamp.
Q:IsthereanythingelsethatissavedonlyforTigerranksandabove?
A:YestheseitemsandactivitiesshouldbesavedforTigerranksandabove:
• DayCamp
• PinewoodDerby
• AdventureLoops
• ShootingSports
• Bobcat
• FundraisingisreservedforthoseTigerageandabove.WewantfamiliestotaketheLionyear
andsimplyenjoytheScoutingexperience.TherewillbeplentyoftimetohelpsupportthePack,
DenandScouting.
EVALUATION
Q:Sincethisisapilotwillitbeevaluated?
A:Yes,theLionpilotwillbeassessedandevaluatedthroughouttheyear.Forthepilottobevalid,itis
importanttodeliverthecurriculumandprogramaswritten.Thiswillhelptostandardizetheprogram
acrosspilotcouncilsandcanprovideformoreaccurateevaluationofcurriculuminordertoensurethat
itisengagingandrelevanttoyouth.
• Feedbackwillberequestedfromeveryoneincluding:
• Parents
• LionGuides
• Cubmasters
• Councils
• Sopleasemakesurewehaveyourcorrectemail.
THEREALBACKSTORY
Q:HowdidtheLionprogramreallystart?
A:Itbeganwhenacouncilortwosawaneedwithfamiliesandrespondedtomeetthatneed.They
servedthismarketandthenbroughtittotheattentionoftheNationalCouncil.Thecurriculumwas
reviewed,refinedandtestedwith4councils,kidsandadults,andexpertsineducation.Thenafterafew
years,itisnowexpandingtoaNationalPilottobroadenthetestingandgetfeedbackfromalarger
nationalsegment.
Q:WhatwerethequalificationsofthedevelopmentteamthatwrotetheLionpilot?
A:Thecurriculumwasdevelopedbyateamofexperts,includingrepresentationfromthefieldsof
childhooddevelopment,education,andchildpsychology.
• Locally-developedcontentwasreviewedbythatteam,andthebestpieceswovenintothenew
curriculum.Withafocusoffastpacedandhandsonactivitiesthatwereageappropriate.In
addition,considerationwasparamounttomaketheLioncurriculumfitinasaprecursortothe
firstlevelofCubScouting,Tigers.
• Thatteamworkedtoensurethattheorganization’shighstandardsweremetindelivering
effective(age-appropriate)characterandleadershipprograms.
• Asmallnumberofcouncilshavetestedthenewcurriculumoverthepasttwoyears,anditis
nowreadytoexpandasanationalpilot.
• AllLionpilottaskforcemembersareexperiencedCubScoutleaders.Inaddition,allhave
contributedpreviouslytoCubScoutingonnationaltaskforcesinvolvingprogramsupport
materialsandtherecentdevelopmentofthe2015CubScoutadventureprogram.Team
membersalsohaveprofessionalexpertiseincurriculumdesignand/orprofessionalexpertisein
youthdevelopment.
Q:WhycontinueLioninthepilotphase?
A:ItisimportanttopilotnewScoutingprogramsinordertogathercriticalfeedbackfromparents,
volunteersandyouth.Assuch,theorganizationhasoutlinedaprocesstoensurenewlydeveloped
programsaretestedandevaluated.TheymustmeetBSA’shighstandardsindrivingcharacterand
leadershipoutcomes.Pilotingisacriticalpartofthatprocess.Thedataandwhatwelearnthisyearwill
guidethenextsteps.
Q:WhataresomepositiveresultsyoucansharefromcouncilsthathavealreadypilotedLions?
A:ThePilotCouncilshavebeenextremelypositiveabouttheirLionprogramexperience.Several
commonthemesemergedfromthoseinitialpilotunits.
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Itwasapositiverecruitmentexperienceforalllevelsinelementaryschooltobeincluded.This
commentwasvoicedbyschooladministration,familiesandleadersalike.
ThepilothelpednewfamiliesengageinScoutingearlierbeforetheygotafullcommitment
calendarwithothernon-Scoutingrelatedactivities.
ThepilotsidentifiedfutureleaderforDensandPacks.BecausetheLionprogramusesashared
leadershipconcept–introducingparentstotheideaofleadingjustafewmeetingsoractivities
throughouttheyear.Thisgivestheparentsachancetotrytheirhandatleadingactivitiesand
givesunitsawaytointeractwiththoseparents.
Inaddition,thepilotunitsshowedverystrongTigerrecruitmentthefollowingyear.Therewill
bemuchmoredatalearnedthisfallasthepilotexpandsnationally.
LionfamilieshadlotsofScoutingfunandareeagertogetstarted!
Q:IsLionsjustaboutgrowth?
A:Absolutelynot!Thedevelopmentofakindergartenprogramisdrivenbythedesiretoreachmoreof
America’syouthwiththepurposefuloutcomesonlyScoutingcanprovide.Oftentimes,familiesmake
“joining”decisionsataboutthekindergartenage.Astheyenter1stGrade,schedulesareoftenfulland
we’vemissedtheopportunity.WeknowfromtherecentTuftsstudythatScoutingworks!Ithasa
tremendousimpactonthelivesofyoungpeople.TheLionprogramisawaytoreachmoreofAmerica’s
familieswiththebenefitsofScouting.
ADDITIONALQUESTIONSORHELPNEEDED
Q:Ihaveadditionalquestions.WheredoIgofirst?
A:MostofyourquestionsshouldbeansweredineithertheParentandLeaderGuidebookortheFAQs.
Butifyou’dliketospeaktosomeonefurtherthebestplaceisMemberCareContactCenter,
[email protected]
Q:IhaveaquestionaboutLionMerchandise?
A:ThebestplacetogoforquestionsaboutLionMerchandiseistocontactyourlocalScoutShoporthe
[email protected]tstuff.org
Q:IstheLionmerchandiseavailableforcustomeronlineordering?
A:No,theLionmerchandiseisavailabletothepubliconlyinstores.Itisarestricteditemonlyavailable
to“Approved”LionPilotCouncilsandtheirstores.
ThankyouandhaveagreattimeintheLionpilot!
FAQsforCouncilsfromthe5/11Webcast
REPORTING,MEMBERSHIP/MARKETSHARE,andJTE
Q:DoLionscounttowardmembershipandwhataboutJTE?
A:Lionscounttowardmembershipandmarketshare,butdonotcountagainstotherJourneyto
Excellencecategories.
Q:Canyouexplainthisfurther?
A:FurtherJTEClarification
BoysparticipatingintheLionpilotprogramwillcounttowardyourmembershipandmarketshare
goals.BecausethereisnoexpectationofadvancementwithinthatLionyear,norovernightden
camping,norfundraisingorcommunityservice,LionparticipantswillnotbefactoredintothoseJTE
measures.Itwouldskewyournumbersdownward.Asaresult,theorganizationmadethe
determinationthatLionyouthparticipantswill“count”towardmembershipandmarketshare,butnot
factorinto…negativelyimpact…yourotherJTEmeasures.
Q:IsthisentireLionprogramjusttoboostNationalandCouncilMembership?
A:TheLionpilotprogramismeanttoreachmoreboys(andtheirfamilies)...atayoungerage...withthe
benefitsandpositiveoutcomesonlyScoutingcanprovide.Today,familiesarejoiningactivitieswhen
theirkidsareataveryyoungage.Scouting,withallofitspositiveoutcomes,shouldhaveaplaceinthat
decisionset.Withmanyfamilies,ourcurrent1stgradeentrypointintoScoutingissimplytoolate.
Q:WilltheLioncompletionbadgecountforCubScoutAdvancement?
A:No,itisnotareportablerankandsothereforewon’tneedtoberecorded.
Q:Soundsliketherewillbenoadvancementrecordstorecord,right?
A:Asapilotprogram,therewillbenoadvancementreportsoradvancementrecordingrequiredto
awardtheLioncompletionbadgeoranyoftheLionadventurestickers.
AGEREQUIREMENTS
Q:TheLionParentandLeaderGuidebooksaystheagerequirementisage5bySeptember1.Local
schools/statelawvaryandourstatesaysage5bySeptember30.Howdowehandlethisdifference?
A:Yes,differentstateshavedifferentagerequirementsforkindergarten.Weinitiallyusedtheaverage
agearoundthenation.
Basedonthedialoguegeneratedfromthe5/11Lionwebcast,andyourfeedbackoverthelastseveral
days,we’reissuingaclarificationontheyoutheligibletojointheLionprogram.
Clarificationandupdatedanswer.
TobeeligiblefortheLionprogram,aboymustbeage5bySeptember30,2016,andnotyet7yearsold.
RECRUITMENT
Q:WhendoyouanticipateseeingtheBuildanAdventurematerialshittingthehandsofvendors?
A:TherecruitingassetswillbeavailablepriortotheNationalAnnualMeetinginlateMay.Theywillbe
postedtotheBSABrandCenteraswellasontheLionlandingpageatwww.scouting.org/lion(scouting
dotorgslashlion).VendormaterialswillbereleasedthroughBSAlicensingasusual.
Q:DidIunderstandinthewebcast,thatKindergartensiblingsofcurrentScoutsarenottargeted,but
only"new"families?
A:TheLionprogramshouldbeofferedtoalleligibleyouth...notsolelysiblingsofcurrentScouts.Aden
containingsixtoeightboysworksbesttofosterthedesiredgroupdynamics.Pleaserecruitandinvite
morethanjustthesiblingsofyourcurrentCubScouts.
REGISTRATION
Q:WilltherebeinstructionsprovidedtoCouncilRegistrarsonhowtoproperlyprocessnewLion
applications?
A:Yes.RegistrartrainingwillbeavailableinJune.NoticeswillbesentouttoScoutExecutivesviatheir
weeklyemailfromtheNationalServiceCenter.
Q:WhenwillwebeabletoregisterLionsfortheFallPilot?
A:Theregistrationsystemwillbeliveafterthe“ProgramandGraderolloverdate”inmidJune.
TRAININGANDCOMMUNICATIONMATERIALS
Q:WherecanwegetthePowerPointusedintheCouncil5/11webcast?
A:Alinktothewebcast,alongwithanaccompanyingPowerPointdeck,willbesenttoScoutExecutives
onMonday5/16aspartoftheirweeklyemailfromtheNationalServiceCenter.Itwillalsobepostedon
www.scouting.org/lion.
Q:CanweuseitasneededintheCouncil?
A:Yes
Q:WilltherebeotherPowerPointsormaterialswecanusefortrainingorcommunicationpurposes?
A:Yes,therewillbeaLionGuideandParentOrientationPowerPointontheLionwebsiteforyouruse.
Youmayalsouseanyofthematerialsonthewww.scouting.org/lionwebsite.
Q:CanweusethematerialstomakepresentationsatRoundtables?
A:Yes,PowerPointmaterialsforuseatRoundtableswillbesenttoRoundtableCommissionersand
othersinJune.Youmayalsouseanyofthematerialsonthewww.scouting.org/lionwebsite.
Q:Whenwilltheothertrainingmaterialsbeready?Wherewilltheybeposted?
A:TheLionGuideandParentOrientationvideoandPowerPointwillbeavailableinlateMayandposted
towww.scouting.org/lion(scoutingdotorgslashlion).
LIONMERCHANDISE
Q:WhenwillScoutshopsgettheLionitemsupforsale?
A:TheLionProgramkitandAdultpoloarecurrentlyavailableforapprovedCouncils.TheLionT-shirt
andcapwillstartshippinginJulyintimeforaFallRecruitinglaunch.
NationalScoutShopssupportingapprovedcouncilshavereceivedtheirLionkitsandAdultpolos.Council
distributorsinapprovedcouncilswillneedtoordertheirLionproductthroughSupplyCustomerService.
SincethisisapilotprogramandrequiresCouncilapproval,thisproductisnotavailableon-line.
Q:Ifthekitis$9.99forthe2booksandstickers,canwegetjustadditionalbooksandstickerswithout
leaderguides?
A:No.Theyouth“AdventureBook”,the“ParentandLeaderGuidebook”,andtheadventurestickers
areshrink-wrappedasoneunit.TheParentandLeaderGuidebookcontainsinformationforbothLion
Guidesandadultpartners.WiththesharedleadershipconceptusedintheLionprogram,adultpartners
(mentoredbyaLionGuide)willeachleadactivities.Asaresult,theyouthbooks,stickers,and
accompanyingadultpartnermaterialsareallneededforeachfamilytohaveasuccessfulLionprogram.
LION,PACKS,ANDACTIVITIES
Q:Whataboutotherdistrictactivities?Pinewoodderbyetc.
A:TheLionprogramisdesignedasanintroductiontoCubScouting.Thekeyisappropriate
expectations.Itisunlikelythatakindergarten-ageboywillbeabletomakehisownPinewoodDerby
car.Assuch,wesuggestyousavethatfunfortheTigerageandabove.Adifferenttypeoffun,racethemedeventatthepacklevel,though,mayindeedbeappropriate.Perhapsaspecialmatchboxcar
raceorsomethingsimilar.Adistrictevent,however,maybeoverwhelmingandgodeeperthanthe
introductorylevel.Perhapsbesttosavethoseexcitingdistrict/councileventsuntiltheboysareabit
olderandcanparticipateinthemmorefully.Yourkeendiscretionandjudgmentshouldguidewhatyou
askLiondenstobecomeinvolvedin.
Q:CanLionsgofamilycampingwiththePack?
A:IffamiliesandtheirchildrenofallagesareinvitedtoattendaCubScoutfamilycampingeventwitha
pack,thereisnoreasontoexcludehimjustbecauseheisaLion.TheLiondenasagroup,however,
shouldnotbeexpectedorrequiredtoattendaspartoftheLionprogram.Itisaboutappropriate
expectationsanddeliveringtheLionprogramaswritten.ItisnotanexpectationintheLionprogram,
norisitwrittenintheadventures,thatkindergarten-ageboysparticipateinovernightdencamping.
DelivertheLionprogramaswrittenandhavefun!
OTHERQUESTIONS
Q:Docouncilsneedapprovaltoparticipateinthepilot?
A:Yes,Scoutexecutives,throughmultiplecommunicationsandchannels,havebeenmadeawareofthe
applicationprocedures.Ifquestionsexistastothatprocess,theScoutExecutiveisencouragedtoreach
outtoher/hisAreaDirectorforassistance.Foralistofparticipatingcouncils,pleasereferto
www.scouting.org/lion(scoutingdotorgslashlion).Forspecificquestionsaboutyourcouncil’s
participation,pleasecontactyourScoutExecutive.
Q:CantheyputtheLioncompletionbadgeontheiruniformoncetheyreachTiger?
A:ThereiscurrentlynotapermanentplaceforthebadgeontheCubScoutuniform.Thebadgeshould
betreatedasagreatrecognitionpieceforthehardworkofearningthe5requiredadventures,butasit
representsapilotprogram,itshouldnotbewornaspartoftheofficialCubScoutuniform.
Q:WasthereconsiderationofthecartoonLionvs.the"real"animalsusedforTigers,Wolves,and
Bears?
A:Asapilotprogram,everyaspectwillbeunderreview.ThatincludestheLionimage.
Q:WasthereaconsiderationofusingthetermLionPrideinsteadofDen?
A:Yesthattermwasconsidered,butforsimplificationandconsistencywithintheoverallCubScouting
programtheterm“den”wasselected.
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