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, 5).
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.
- “Age Characteristics of Children,” Teaching, No Greater Call
- “Working with Boys,” Scoutmaster Handbook
- Helping Boys Prepare to Receive the Aaronic Priesthood
|FAITH IN GOD||ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD SCOUTS|
|Basic Requirements||Your Adventure Begins, page 16|
|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 3g, 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 5|
|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, or fabric||First Class 7b|
|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 a 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 11|
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