National Lion Pilot The Boy Scouts of Americas

National Lion Pilot The Boy Scouts of Americas

National Lion Pilot The Boy Scouts of Americas pilot program for kindergarten-age boys For approved councils and key Lion volunteers Lion Pilot The Lion Pilot Created by the Boy Scouts of America to address the needs of kindergarten-age boys - Must be 5 years old by September 30, 2016 and not yet 7 years old to participate The only approved pilot for kindergarten-age boys Curriculum should be implemented as written to ensure validity of the pilot

Designed as an introduction to Cub Scouting Lion Pilot Overview The Lion pilot program offers kindergarten-age boys and their adult partners an experience that includes: Fun while achieving Scoutings desired outcomes Active and fast-paced excitement Hands-on exploration

Values-based and relevant content Focused time together as a family Lion Pilot Basic Structure Dens of six to eight boys, plus adult partners - Not solely a sibling program; recruit new families - Lion guides provide support and leadership Two den meetings per month - Den meeting Usually lasts about 45 minutes - Outing Field trips Participation in two to three pack meetings

Lion Pilot Shared Leadership Lion guide (an experienced den leader) - Oversees the den Communicates with participating families Leads initial den meetings and outings Mentors adult partners as they lead den meetings and outings during the year - Integrates with the pack and pack leadership Adult partner - Participates with a Lion in all meetings and activities - Leads den meetings and/or outings as assigned Lion Pilot

Lion vs. Tiger: Similarities LION TIGER ADULTS: Adult partners required Adult partners required LEADERSHIP: Shared leadership Shared leadership RECOGNITION: Stickers and Lion badge

Adventure loops and Tiger badge UNIFORM: T-shirt and optional cap Cub Scout field uniform OATH and LAW: Scout Oath and Scout Law Scout Oath and Scout Law CAMPING: Family camping with pack (No den camping)

Family camping with pack (No den camping) FUN: ACTIVE and HANDS-ON! ACTIVE and HANDS-ON! Lion Pilot Lion vs. Tiger: Differences LION TIGER BOBCAT: Does not earn Bobcat

Earns Bobcat DEN MEETINGS: 12 times per month 3-4 times per month PACK MEETINGS: Attends a few (23) Attends all FUNDRAISING: Does not fundraise Participates in fundraising

DAY CAMP: No day camp Tiger/Cub Scout day camp (until Tiger) Lion Pilot Training Youth Protection training - Required for Lion guides - Recommended and encouraged for each adult partner Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video (2 min.) - Required for both Lion guides and adult partners

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation PowerPoint - Required for Lion guides - Recommended and encouraged for each adult partner Position-specific and Fast Start training - Not required Lion Pilot Parent/Leader Resources Den meeting and outing plans Program overview Lion Pilot

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation (video and PowerPoint) Online Resource Lion web page: www.scouting.org/lion One-stop shop for parent and leader resources - FAQs Program overview Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video (2 min.) Lion Guide and Parent Orientation PowerPoint Recruiting materials Contact usMember Care at: 972-580-2489 or [email protected] Lion Pilot Adventure Book and Uniform

The youth Adventure Book is designed as a memory or keepsake book The uniform is a Lion t-shirt and an optional cap Adults are encouraged to wear a Cub Scout activity shirt, Lion polo shirt, or follow the packs uniform custom Program materials kit, $9.99 retail (Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook, Lion Adventure Book, and stickers) T-shirt, $9.99; and optional cap, $12.99 retail Lion Pilot Adventures Required Adventures Elective Adventures Lions Honor*

Fun on the Run! Animal Kingdom Mountain Lion King of the Jungle Ill Do It Myself Pick My Path Gizmos and Gadgets On Your Mark Build It Up, Knock It Down Rumble in the Jungle Ready, Set, Grow *First meeting The Lion badge is earned by completing all five required adventures The timing for completing adventures is at the discretion of the den

Lion Pilot Recognition Lion participants are recognized for each completed adventure with an adventure sticker - No advancement report is required - Stickers come with each Lion program kit - Award stickers immediately The Lion badge is earned by completing five required adventures - The badge may be attached to the Lion cap or t-shirt Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings Lion Pilot

Adventure Stickers Lion Pilot Pack Participation Lion dens may attend two to three pack meetings - Focus their attendance on special or fun meetings - Maintain age-appropriate expectations around meeting length, start/end times, and the typical attention span of kindergarten-age boys Lion dens are a part of the pack, but at an introductory level - Lion dens gain exposure to the world of Cub Scouting - It is not appropriate for Lion dens to participate in fundraising, overnight den camping, shooting sports, or other activities geared toward older boys Lion Pilot

Lion Recruitment Councils participating in the Lion pilot are expected to actively recruit new members, not implement it solely as a sibling program Build an Adventurethemed Lion recruitment materials are in development - English, Spanish, and bilingual versions - Assets will include: Fliers Yard signs Email blast templates Social media artwork Promotional video (sharable on social media channels)

Special Lion stock photos will be available for council use, but vendor and licensing rules still apply Lion Pilot Lion Registration The standard $24 national registration fee applies Use standard BSA youth/adult applications - Each youth requires an adult partner Units may charge activity fees Lion participants count toward membership and market share, but do not count against other Journey to Excellence categories (See notes for details) Registrar training will be available by early June Lion Pilot

Getting Started Recruit Lion youth and leaders for fall 2016 Adult partners complete the youth application and submit fees to the pack Lion guides complete the adult application and submit fees to the pack Lion guides complete required Youth Protection training Youth Protection training is free online and available at www.scouting.org/training/youthprotection.aspx Although Youth Protection training is required only for Lion guides, it is suggested that all adult partners complete the training Lion Pilot Activation Timeline May Aug. Recruit and train Lion guides May Aug. Lion merchandise delivered to

approved National Council Scout shops. (Approved council-owned Scout shops need to order as normal via Supply.) Aug. Sept. Recruit Lion youth and their adult partners Aug. Sept. Lion pilot begins May 2017 Surveys, evaluations, and select focus groups conducted by the Pilots and Program Development Dept. Lion Pilot Pilot Evaluation The pilot program will be assessed and evaluated throughout the year Feedback will be requested from:

Parents Lion guides Cubmasters Councils For the pilot to be valid, it is important to deliver the curriculum and program as written Lion Pilot Council Support Lion web page (public-facing) 5/2 Merchandise available for Scout shops 5/2 National Supply customer service

5/2 Member Care customer service: [email protected] 5/2 For council use only: [email protected] Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video 5/2 5/13 Lion Guide and Parent Orientation PowerPoint Promotional video 5/23 5/23 Marketing and recruitment materials 5/23

Photography assets available for council use 5/23 Spark Session at the National Annual Meeting 5/26 Exhibit booth at the National Annual Meeting Registrar training Early June Lion Pilot 5/255/27 Pilot Development Program materials were developed based on the

input and experience of early pilot councils, then further enhanced by the National Council The team included experts in child development, curriculum design, and education, working in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America Many of the developers also worked on the new Cub Scouting curriculum and are active Scouting volunteers Lion Pilot National Lion Pilot The Boy Scouts of Americas pilot program for kindergarten-age boys Lion Pilot

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