The relationship between Lions Clubs International and Scouts dates back to the early 1900s. As of December 31, 2012, U.S. Lions sponsored more than 2,271 Boy Scout units which included 64,563 Scouts.
The cooperation that exists between Scouts and Lions benefits both organizations. Young people, such as Scouts, need the guidance and mentoring of adult role models, such as Lions. When Lions clubs charter a Scouts unit, they serve as adult role models for Scouts and provide a quality program for youth in the community. Additional information and resources are available from the Boy Scouts of America.
Lions clubs can present the Lions Clubs-Boy Scouts of America Community Service Award to Scouts who participate in joint Lions/Scouts service projects.
Scout troop leaders can request the award from their sponsoring Lions club for every Scout who fulfills the following criteria.
Suggested joint Lions/Scouting service projects include:
The Lions Scouting Service Patch (A65) is available for puchase from the Lions Clubs International online store.
Lions clubs that sponsor a Boy Scout troop can receive the Lions Boy Scout banner patch award. The colorful 3" (7.62 cm) square embroidered patch award identifies your club as a proud advocate of the Scouting movement.
The Lions Scouting Patch (A64) is available for puchase from the Lions Clubs International online store.
A Lions certificate is available for presentation to young men who have attained the highest US Boy Scout rank – the Eagle Scout.
Scout leaders may contact their local Lions club and request the suitable-for-framing certificate. After verifying that the young man is indeed an Eagle Scout, forward the request to the Youth Programs Department at international headquarters.
An award certificate and a letter from international headquarters will be sent to your club for formal presentation to the Eagle Scout.
A Lions Girl Scout Service Patch (A66) is available for puchase from the Lions Clubs International online store. Lions clubs can purchase the badge for Scouts who participate in joint Lions projects.
Lions clubs are active Girl Scout troop sponsors. Currently, there are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts of the USA. There are more than 10 million members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) which exists in 145 countries.