A boy enters the Boy Scout program when he turns 11 years old. He becomes a member of the ward Scout troop but participates in a separate patrol for eleven-year-old Scouts. Eleven-year-old Scouts meet separately from the older Scouts because they are not yet part of a quorum. They can participate with the ward Boy Scout troop in occasional daytime activities as well as boards of review and courts of honor (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
The Leader of Eleven-Year-Old Scouts
Either the Primary teacher of eleven-year-old boys or another capable adult may serve as the group’s Scout leader (see Scouting Handbook, 6).
A newly called leader of the eleven-year-old Scouts should begin by prayerfully coming to understand the importance of this calling within the ward Primary and Scouting organizations and the significance this service can have in the life of a boy. This leader should:
- Work under the direction of a member of the Primary presidency, meeting regularly to discuss the Scouting program and each boy’s progress.
- Register as the eleven-year-old Scout leader and attend the Boy Scout troop committee meetings.
- Attend Scout training as applicable.
- Attend other Primary meetings as invited.
- Encourage and help each boy achieve the Faith in God for Boys award and advance in Scouting.
- See that the boys participate in a day camp and help plan it if requested.
|FAITH IN GOD||ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD SCOUTS|
|Basic Requirements||The Adventure Begins, Chapter 1, p.4|
|Learning and Living the Gospel|
|Read D&C 89. Discuss how Heavenly Father blesses us when we faithfully live the Word of Wisdom. . .||Second Class 8, 9a|
|Plan and complete your own activity...||Tenderfoot 3, 4c, 7, 9; Second Class 1a; First Class 10, 11|
|Plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal.||Tenderfoot 3, Second Class 3g, First Class 4a|
|Service project||Second Class 4|
|Read and discuss the parable of the good Samaritan...||Second Class 5|
|Learn how to budget and save money...||Second Class 10|
|Make an item from wood, metal, fabric...||First Class 7b, c|
|Plan a physical fitness program...||Tenderfoot 10a|
|Learn about and practice good nutrition...||Tenderfoot 13, Second Class 11, First Class 12|
|Preparing for the Priesthood|
|Discuss with parent or Primary leader how important a good education is and how it can help strengthen you as a priesthood holder in your home and family and in the Church.||Second Class 9 or First Class 10|
A Patrol is a group of six to eight boys who plan, learn, and work together in Scouting. The leader of the eleven-year-old Scouts attends the patrol meeting.
Eleven-year-old Scouts preferably meet in the daytime, but if evening meetings are necessary, the boys should not be away from their homes late at night and must be carefully supervised until they return home (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
One of the goals of Scouting is to help the boys develop leadership skills. Each boy in the patrol should be given leadership responsibilities.
In consultation with the ward Primary presidency and the eleven-year-old Scouts leader, the bishopric appoints one of the eleven-year-old boys to serve as the patrol leader for the 11-year-old Scouts. The patrol leader should, with adult leader assistance, choose his own assistant patrol leaders and assign other duties in the patrol as needed (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
Camping for 11-Year-Old Scouts
Eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in three one-night camps a year. As desired, these overnight camp experiences may be held with the ward’s Boy Scout troop. No other Scout-sponsored overnight camping should be planned for eleven-year-old Scouts (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
Women Scout leaders do not participate in overnight camping with the boys. The bishopric adviser to the Primary or another qualified male adult should be invited to supervise the overnight camping experience when the leader of the eleven-year-old Scouts is a woman. Fathers are invited and encouraged to participate in the overnight camping experiences with their sons and any boys whose fathers cannot attend (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
For information on day camps for eleven-year-old Scouts, see the Scouting Handbook, page 4.
Sabbath Day Observance and Scouting
Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a commandment of the Lord and the practice of the Church. The Church does not approve of hiking and camping trips on Sunday (see Scouting Handbook, 6).
Advancement and Awards
Advancement is one of the most exciting parts of the Scouting program because it means the boys are learning and progressing. It also means that they are being recognized for their achievements. Every eleven-year-old Scout should attend and participate in a court of honor when he is ready to advance.
Eleven-year-old Scouts are encouraged to achieve the rank of First Class before turning twelve years old. (Scouting Handbook, page 4)
- Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States
- “Primary,” 11.5.3, Handbook 2: Administering the Church
- Day Camp Guide for Eleven-Year-Old Scouts
- Teaching, No Greater Call
- Faith in God for Boys guidebook
- The Scoutmaster Handbook (BSA)
- The Boy Scout Handbook (BSA)
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