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Cub Scout Pack 566
(Saratoga/Cupertino, California)
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Cub Scouts for Kindergarteners - Boys and Girls

Please watch this short video.  It is out of date but still useful.  Note that Girls are now invited to join , it is no longer a pilot, but a permanent standard part of Cub Scouting, and some terms have changed.

 Pack 566 was a pilot for Lions for the last

couple of years. LIONS are now officially part of the Cub Scout program,

Pack 566 is welcoming kindergarteners (boys and girls) and their parents to participate in a new Scouting program for kindergarten-age childrenby joining the Lion program. This program will supplement home and school education with personal growth. It will fuel their imagination, creativity, and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, children will graduate to Tiger Cubs and advance into the next year of adventure in Scouting.

Who can be a Pack 566 Lion?

Lions are children in Kindergarten. They must be age 5 by September 30th. Lions are part of Cub Scout Pack 566 sharing in some of the meetings and activities in grades 1 - 5. The kindergarten-age child and his adult partner join the program and attend meetings and activities together.

What about older siblings?

Older brothers and sisters in the first through fifth grade can also join Pack 566. See the contact page to find joining information. Youth older than Cub Scout age who want to join in the Scouting adventure can join other 566 units: Troop 566 for boys 11 to 18 (Girls in Troop 566 Feb 2019), Crew 566 for boys and girls 14 to 21. For more information about Troop and Crew 566 check the contact us page.  Pack 566 are a family thing and most often you can bring anyone from your family to most things.

How much time does it take?

The Lion Cubs and their adult partner attend one den meeting and one field trip per month from September to May. The den meeting which lasts about one hour includes the 4-8 kindergarten children and their adult partner with an experienced Scout leader, the Lion Guide who will initially run the meetings. Once the adult partners see how meetings are run, they will take turns running the den meeting. The length of the optional field trips will vary depending on the location and activity involved. Most field trips are about 1 to 2 hours once a month.
Additionally, during the year, Lions are attend Pack Meetings with the 1st through 5th graders. The Pack Meeting might be the field trip for that month rather than an additional meeting. Lions and their families are also invited to attend the Fall Pack 566 Camping Trip either as a day trip or as an overnight experience and most Pack Field trips. And don't worry if you don't have any camping experience or equipment. We have lots and love to share!
Total time: approximately 3 to 4 hours per month of FUN!

How much does it cost?

The joining fee varies from $99 to $250 depending upon T-Shirt OR Full Uniform and the month joined. Part of the fee is annual (registration - expires 12/31) and part of the fee is program year (school year). Fees include T-Shirt or Full Uniform and program year materials. Field trip with admissions fees , camping trip costs, and other special den or pack activities are optional and passed along at cost. Click on the Join Us link in the left margin.  Download the detailed costs.

Registration Fee Covers:
Lion Documentation Books for Parent and Youth
Scouting National Fees and Insurance
Monthly Cub Scout Magazine
Pack activities and supplies

Lion Youth Shirt Youth Pack T-Shirt Lion Books and Stickers Boys Life Magazine Lion Hat


The Lion program offers kindergarten-age children 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
Purpose of Cubs Oath Law Motto
Character Development
Spiritual Growth
Good Citizenship
Sportsmanship and Fitness
Family Understanding
Respectful Relationships
Personal Achievements
Friendly Service
Fun and Adventure
Prepare for Boy Scouts
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my
country and to obey the Scout
To help other people
at all times;
To keep myself physically
strong, mentally awake, and
morally straight.
A Scout is
trustworthy, loyal,
helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful,
thrifty, brave,
clean, and reverent.
Do Your Best!

Meeting themes

Meetings themes, agendas, and content are provided in the Scouting document pack each family receives. The order is not important but we start with the 5 required activities and then choose from the remaining elective activities as time permits. Stickers are used as instant recognition of completion.
Lion's Honor Fun on the Run Animal Kingdom Mountain Lion King of the Jungle
Introduce Members
Intro to Cub Scouts

Field Trip:
Visit Pack Meeting
Healthy Eating

Field Trip:
Park Events
Service to to others
Saving Resources
First Aid

Field Trip:
Community Service
Great Outdoors
Buddy System
Lost and Found
Be Prepared
Respect Nature

Field Trip:
Take a Hike
Be a Leader
Flag Ceremony

Field Trip:
Visit Troop Meeting

Want More? Download the Parent/Leader Lion Program PowerPoint at the bottom of this page under Attachments. Note the program is now co-ed.

Joining starts with the paperwork

Click the Join Us link in the left margin.  Download, Fill out, and send to us the 3 fillable forms. Feel free to call, text, or email us using the Contact Us link in the left margin.

(Note you can attend many things on a trial basis without forms and fees)
Click the "Joining" link in the left margin when your ready to join or need detailed costs, etc.