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NEWS RELEASE - Local Cub Scouts Introduce Lion Program for Kindergarten Youth


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Alamo Area Council, to Introduce Younger Youth to Cub Scouting as More Parents Seek Wider Variety of Activities for Younger Children

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (August 30, 2017) – Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, announces its participation in an innovative new program called Lion that will introduce kindergarten-age youth and their families to Cub Scouting through fun adventures that build character and leadership and teach them more about the world around them. Originally launched as a pilot program in 2016, the Lion program is designed as an introduction to Cub Scouting, the Lion badge will serve as a precursor to the Tiger rank. Kindergarteners participating in the program will be members of the Cub Scout pack; attend pack meetings; and learn the Cub Scout sign, the Cub Scout salute, and the Cub Scout motto.

The Lion pilot program responds to parents’ desires to involve their kids in after-school programs that provide an environment for them to make friends, explore their surroundings, and further their learning and development. Research shows nearly one-third of all parents of children age five years or younger enroll their children in after-school activities where they can make friends, explore their surroundings, and further their learning and development. Millennial parents, in particular, are even more likely to engage their young children in after-school activities than older parents. By engaging their children in Scouting, parents can instill in them a strong foundation for which to build their character. A study conducted by Tufts University found that youth who participate in Scouting exhibit positive character attributes, allowing them to embrace new opportunities, overcome obstacles, and become better prepared for future success.

“Combined with the beginning of formal education, the Lion pilot program helps cultivate positive character-building experiences that are vital for young boys at this stage in their childhood development,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America. “We believe families nationwide will see the value of this pilot program—and the value of Scouting—as it builds a solid foundation of character, leadership, values and education that stays with a child for a lifetime.”

As children progress through the Lion program, they will learn new skills by completing at least five of the 12 Lion adventures to earn the Lion badge. These adventures help children learn respect for their peers, the importance of family, building courage, and making good choices. Once children complete these adventures, with the help of their parents and adult leaders, they will graduate to Tiger and advance through traditional Cub Scouting.

“The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council, is proud to introduce this wonderful new program to our families this fall 2017,” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. “By expanding the Scouting program to kindergarten youth, we’re able to introduce them and their families to the fun experiences of Scouting at an earlier age and help families understand more about the Scout Oath and Law.”

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About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council  

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 18,000 youth and 5,900 volunteer adults in South Texas. With Learning for Life, an in-school character education subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America, the Council serves over 22,500 youth.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  Learn more at www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link.



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