Click here for the Lion's Den Application

***The application can only be submitted by the Cubmaster or Committee Chair

The Lion program is a test program that incorporates Kindergarten age boys into a Lion Den in a currently operating  Pack. This program is currently being operated as a pilot program being tested by National BSA. The Five Rivers Council has been approved as a test Council for this pilot.

Goal      Study the value and effectiveness of a new, Kindergarten-aged (Age 5 or year before first grade) Scouting pilot program that will grow membership by expanding the current council pilot to other councils across the nation.

Why      Research shows that child educational development begins by age 4 and as youth engage in the formal educational process at school, we want to support their efforts with Scouting’s programs.

Participation  The Council Membership Committee is currently developing a application/approval process for units that would like to participate in this exciting new program. Until this process is fully developed please contact your District Professional or your District Membership Chair and let them know of your interest. Please realize that the number of test units for the coming year is low and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Consideration for Participation   There will be several factors taken into consideration for units to be approved to  have a Lions Den in their Pack.

  • Must  have a leader designated this year - they will need to participate in a Council wide training and program planning event (time and location TBA)
  • Unit must be financially sound - Lion's will not be able to participate in any fundraising activities
  • Unit must have an active program with consistent advancement
  • Unit must have consistent membership - this is not based on the size of the unit, but more on the stability of the membership of the unit.

What Do We Know  

  • Parents will register but not pay, similar to  Tiger program
  • Den will meet once per month and have  a monthly activity (Pack meeting, District Event, Activity, Hike, etc)
  • Lion's will not be able to participate in shooting or overnight camping
  • Lion's will be able to participate in many events/activities that a Tiger can
  • There will be a parent/leader guide and a youth guide (with stickers)


As of right now Lion Scouts will wear an activity uniform (T-shirt with Lion logo). There will be a neckerchief. At the end of the program a Lion Scout will earn a Lion badge for uniform wear. A Lion can wear a blue button down uniform for ceremonies.

Pinewood Derby

Lions can participate in Pinewood Derbies. They will be able to race what is known as a Wedge Car. It is a wedge shaped piece of wood that tires are attached to. Wedge cars can be painted and stickers applied. That is it. Any modifications made to the wedge car (cutting, sanding, etc) will result in an immediate disqualification of that car. The goal of Pinewood Derbies is for the Scout to do it, with assistance from the parent/guardian.


With the approval of the Pack and families Lions can participate in fundraising, inlcuding popcorn. Show n Sells with other Cub Scouts is the recommendation. However if the Lion is doing door to door sales an adult must be with them the entire time, inlcuding at the door. This is a great way to help defray costs for uniforms and Day Camp.

Cost of Registration

The cost to register for the youth is $85. This covers registration till December 2017 and renewal until 2018. This also includes the Lions T-shirt and Parent/Leader guide. This is a great value when you consider that you get 18 months of Scouting for less than $5 a month.

The Five Rivers Council would like to welcome Mary Stearns as our Council Lion's Champion. Mary comes from the Thunderbird District and has served in many Unit, Council and District postions and is long time Cubber.

Each district has a Lion's Champion for their District.

***All of the information on this site is up-to-date with what we know. However as a pilot program it is subject to change***

More information can be found at the National Lion's Page

special thanks to Corning Incorporated and its employees for generations of support to Scouting

special thanks to the Corning Foundation for its continued support of Scouting through the Employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers Programs 


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