Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Program

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Program

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Program The Boy Scouts of Americas pilot program for kindergarten-age boys Welcome Welcome to the Lion orientation! If you are an experienced leader, relaxyou will have this down in no time! If you are new to the program, come with us and enjoy learning about Lions! Thank you for taking on the role of Lion guide. Your role is very important! You will help kindergarten boys and families enjoy their first experience in Scouting.

You will be helping to create memories that will last a lifetime and be helping to build stronger families as they discover the fun of Scouting. The Lion Program Created by the Boy Scouts of America to address the needs of kindergarten-age boys. Must be 5 years old or the year before first grade and not yet 7 years old to participate. Designed as an introduction to Cub Scouting Should be implemented as the curriculum is written to ensure the validity of the pilot. Overview The Lion 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 Scouting Is Scouting is designed to provide a fun adventure for boys that helps them Be Prepared for their future. Scouting will: Build character Foster citizenship

Develop personal fitness Develop leadership skills Participate in outdoor activities But the kids just want to have fun Of course they do! Lions will be too caught up in fun to realize how much theyre growing.

Getting Started Recruit Lion youth and leaders. Adult partners complete one application or online registration for both youth and adult then submit youth fees to the pack. Lion guides complete the adult application or online registration and submit fees to the pack. Lion guides complete the required Youth Protection training. Youth Protection training is available free online 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. What Do You Need to Start?

Youll need the program materials kit (Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook, Lion Adventure Book, and stickers). The youth Lion 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 either a Cub Scout uniform, Lion polo shirt, or Lion T-shirt. . Basic Structure Dens have six to eight boys, plus adult partners Two den meetings per month Den meeting

Usually lasts about 45 minutes Outing Field trips with the entire family Participation in two to three pack meetings. Each individual family may decide to attend more pack meetings as it works with their schedules. Lion Leadership and Den Meetings Lion Guides Set the Example Get started on the right foot. Help families agree to a meeting location and time. Plan and prepare for the initial den

meeting. Show the families a well-run den meeting. Have each adult partner sign up for a turn leading a den meeting and outing during the year. Help with communication and coordination of the Lion Den. 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

Shared Leadership, continued Adult partner Participates with Lion in all meetings, outings and pack activities. Takes turns leading a den meeting and outing, which is important for several reasons: 1) It shows you leading, and your son will be proud of you. 2) Leadership is easier when everyone takes a small part. 3) Its fun to be a part of contributing to the dens success. Why is Shared Leadership Important? Engages the families and helps create ownership of program by families. Creates a stronger loyalty and connection to the

den, families, and Scouting. Provides an opportunity to watch potential leaders in actionas a unit or pack considers future leaders. The boys love watching their parents be the leader! Millennial parents want to try things out before committing. They prefer to commit to small roles first. Leading a Den Meeting Everything you need to lead the den meeting or outing is in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.

Preparation Gathering Opening Talk time Activities Closing After the meeting Weve made it easyits all here! Just follow this guide and youll be fine. Your Lion Guide is there to mentor you. Take a Look Inside the Guidebook Everything you need is here.

Adventures Enjoy the program, have fun, and engage all families. Required Adventures Elective Adventures Lions Honor (First meeting) 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 The timing for completing adventures is at the discretion of the den. 16 Remember Your Audience Kindergartners bring many great attributes to your den. They are eager to learn, with high energy and very short attention spans. Its a time of wonder and curiosity. In your den meetings and outings, remember that kindergartners havent yet mastered sitting still for long periods. To help Lions focus for success, have active time ready to go at a moments

notice. Have them do jumping jacks or stretches with their arms reaching up to the ceiling. If they are having a hard time listening or engaging, STOP what you are doing and try one of these to get back on track. o Try some fun or active elements. Activity will help Lions refocus their energy and be ready to listen and participate. o Be creative, ask them questions, and have fun! o More information available in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook. Recognition Lions are recognized for each completed adventure with a sticker for their Lion Adventure Book. No advancement report is required. Stickers come with each Lion program kit. And extra sticker pages are available

in your Scout Shop. 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 or put on a red vest or in a book. Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. Adventure Stickers Located inside your Lion program kit as shown here: 19

Packs, Training, and Resources Pack Participation Dens from other grades hold their own den meetings. Once each month, all dens in a pack get together for a pack meeting led by the Cubmaster. Lions are a part of the pack, at an introductory level. Lions attend two to three pack meetings. Each individual family may decide to attend more pack meetings as it works with their schedules. When selecting pack meetings, consider these ideas: Pick a few really special or fun pack meetings, and make sure the Lions feel included.

You may want to consider a holiday pack meeting, blue and gold banquet, or end-of-year celebration. Training Youth Protection training Required for Lion guides Available free online at www.scouting.org/training/youthprotection Although Youth Protection training is required only for Lion guides, it is suggested that all adult partners complete the training. Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video (2 minutes) Required for both Lion guides and adult partners

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation slide presentation Required for Lion guides Recommended and encouraged for each adult partner Online Resource Lion web page: www.scouting.org/lion Check here for the most up-to-date Lion information. One-stop shop for parent and leader resources FAQs Program overview Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video Lion Guide and Parent Orientation slide presentation

Recruiting materialsfliers, promotional video, photos, etc. Need help? Contact Member Care at 972-580-2489 or [email protected] Parent/Leader Resources YPTYouth Protection Training for Lion Guides Den meeting and outing plans everything you need!

Program overview Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video and Lion Guide and Parent Orientation Powerpoint New Resources Lion Adult Apparel Available through NDC Customer Service by calling 800.323.0736. Lion logo is

embroidered on left sleeve of Ladies Polo Adult Graphic Tee Sizes S-3XL SKUs #636420-25 $14.99 Adult Tee (Small Graphic) Sizes S-3XL SKUs #636465-70 $14.99 Ladies Polo Sizes S-2XL

SKUs #636744-8 $29.99 Lion Recruiter Patch Councils may order custom Lion program recruiting patches directly through the BSA National Supply Group at [email protected] or through an authorized BSA Licensee at http://licensingbsa.org/bsa-licensee-list/. Production time and pricing depends on quantity and various other factors. Custom Lion Merchandise Councils may order custom designed Lion merchandise directly through the BSA National Supply Group at [email protected] or through an authorized BSA Licensee at http://licensingbsa.org/bsa-licensee-list/. Examples of custom designed Lion merchandise might include: Pens/Pencils String Bags

Cups/Mugs Emblems Production time and pricing depends on quantity and various other factors. Pinewood Derby Its fun! Do a Veggie car race. Doesnt take much prep. Fun for All ages! Lions can easily be included. Can also be done as a Den

meeting activity. More at www.scouting.org/lion Your pack may also integrate Lions into a regular Pinewood Derby too. t a s l e e Buy wh ops h S t u o

c S Flier available at www.scouting.org/lion Consider making this a Den Meeting activity for some special fun. It would work well especially before they make their Pinewood Derby car and compete in the Pack event. Helpful Hint: Many grocery stores throw out their almost old veggies often. This may be something you could ask if your Lions could have some and therefore save additional cost of buying it. Make a racing ramp from a big piece of cardboard. Remember have lots of FUN!!

Appendix 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 vs. Tiger: Differences LION TIGER BOBCAT: Does not earn Bobcat Earns Bobcat DEN MEETINGS:

12 times per month 34 times per month PACK MEETINGS: Attends at least (23) Attends all FUNDRAISING: Participation is optional to each individual family

Participates in fundraising No day camp Tiger/Cub Scout day camp DAY CAMP: (until Tiger) Activation Timeline May Aug. Recruit and train Lion guides Aug. Sept. Recruit youth, Lion pilot begins May 2018 Surveys, evaluations, and select focus groups conducted by the

Pilots and Program Development Department 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 available on the website at www.scouting.org/lion 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 are available for council use, but vendor and licensing rules still apply.

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