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, 4-5).
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 Scouting Handbook, 5.
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, 7).
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 (see Scouting Handbook, 4).
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