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Twin Rivers Council APPROVED for Lion Pilot!

The Twin Rivers Council applied in April to offer the Lion Program to kindergarten age boys beginning in September 2016. The Council received approval on April 24. This is a pilot program that will be for one year duration. 

The Lion program, like all Scouting programs, weaves the concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness, and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun. 

“Adventures” (themed sets of activities and experiences) will assist Lion families in exploring the world around them. As they complete the requirements for each adventure, Lions will earn an adventure sticker to be placed in their Lion Adventure Book. Lions earn stickers, not adventure loops (belt loops) as they will do in Cub Scouting. Additionally, Lions will be led by parents filling the role of “Lion Guides” and will meet as dens of six to eight kindergarten-age boys.

Lions will wear their own approved uniform, a Lion t-shirt! It will be available in pilot-approved Scout Shops to help the Lions feel unique and special. Lions should not wear the Cub Scout uniform until they are old enough to officially transition into Cub Scouting as a Tiger. Lion dens may be invited to participate in a few pack meetings, but care should be taken to ensure that any meetings they attend are fun and engaging for boys of Lion age. Boys are restless by nature, younger boys even more so. Late nights, long meetings, lots of sitting and listening should be avoided for Cub Scouts and Lions, alike. Instead, meaningful and fun activities should be planned for Lions in any meetings they attend. At the end of the kindergarten year, Lions will “graduate” into Cub Scouting as a Tiger – where even more fun and adventure will await!

As a Pilot Program, the Twin Rivers Executive Board passed a Resolution that any packs interested in participating in the Pilot  must meet the following three criteria:

  •                Pack must provide a Trained Lion Coordinator and Lion Guide for the new Den  
  •                Pack must follow the Lion Guide Book as written
  •                Pack must currently have at least three active Dens and Den Leaders
The Council Membership Team will be holding trainings for all Approved Pilot Pack Lion Coordinators and Lion Guides on the following dates and locations. (See Council Calendar for directions):

                               Monday, June 6

                                  Sand Creek Middle School

                                  Colonie, NY

                                  6:30 p.m.

                               Wednesday, June 8

                                   Camp Wakpominee

                                  6:30 p.m.

                               Thursday, June 9

                                   Rotary Scout Reservation

                                   6:30 p.m.  

                               Thursday, June 9

                                   Shenendehowa United Methodist Church

                                   Clifton Park, NY

                                   6:30 p.m.

For some basic information on the Lion program, you can visit 

 CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION.  Packs will have to apply to their District Membership Chair and Key-3 for approval.  Please print application, fill out and return to your District Executive for approval.  Trainings start on June 6.

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