HUDSON — Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, Cub Scouts Pack 3322 in will participate in a pilot program to include kindergartners.

Previously, Cub Scouts was limited to boys in first through fifth grade, with each grade level participating in both Pack (all combined ages) and Den (grade level specific) activities. The newly announced kindergarten age group will participate in Hudson’s inaugural "Lion Den."

"The Lion program is a great way for kids and parents to experience Cub Scouts and all that we do," said Jason Katz, Cubmaster of Pack 3322. "Along with introducing kids to outdoor activities, we also take pride in our charity and community events."

Kindergarten boys in the Lion Den, along with a family member, will participate in traditional scouting activities including hikes, pinewood derby model car races, model rockets, museum tours, charity and community events, campfires (with smores), fishing, canoeing and more.

"Our family has two sons currently involved in Cub Scouts," said U.S. Coast Guard veteran and incoming Lion Den Leader Ryan Kowalske. "It’ll be great to have our kindergarten son get to experience the same memories as his older brothers."

Pack 3322 has several informational sessions coming up where kids and parents can learn about Cub Scouts. The first event is a short meeting and Bike Aboard — a train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad — followed by a towpath bike ride. Bike Aboard will be Aug. 27 and is open to all boys in grades kindergarten through fifth and their families.

The second informational event is a New Family Orientation which will be Sept. 6 at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street.

Both events will give children and their families a chance to learn more about Cub Scouts and to review Pack 3322’s 2017-18 program of events. More information is available at