Eleven Year Old Scout Leader
(BSA position code: 10)
Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.
The Purposes of Your Calling: Under the direction of the Ward Primary President and the Scout Committee the Eleven Year Old Scout (EYOS) leader’s primary responsibility is to provide a fun, positive, consistent Scouting experience using the patrol method that allows the boys to prepare for the Aaronic Priesthood and achieve the First Class Rank or beyond, by age 12.
The Eleven Year Old Scouts in the Ward form a Scout Patrol in the Boy Scout Troop. The Eleven Year Old Scout Leader is an Assistant Scoutmaster and, while part of the Primary and under the ecclesiastical authority of the Ward Primary president, also works closely with the Scoutmaster. In addition, the Scout Committee in the Ward is responsible for the administrative side of the Troop. By working with them, they will be able to take care of the administrative responsibilities allowing you to focus more on working with the Eleven year olds.
The purposes of LDS Scouting are twofold. Those of the Aaronic Priesthood:
- Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
- Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
- Give meaningful service.
- Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
- Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
- Obtain as much education as possible.
- Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
- Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.
(Handbook 2 8.1.3)
Second, it is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on the Scout Oath and Law. The aims of Scouting are to develop in youth (1) a strong ethical character, (2) an active, participating citizenship, including leadership ability, and (3) personal fitness: physical, mental, emotional and moral.
Guidelines of Your Stewardship:
Your calling as the Eleven Year Old Scout Leader has many important responsibilities in Scouting:
- Aim to get all eleven year old Scouts to the rank of 1st Class by the time they turn 12. (this 11-Year Old Scout 120-day Activity Plan is helpful)
- Incorporate Faith in God into Scouting (see below for suggestions).
- Hold three one-night camps a year for Eleven Year Old Scouts. As desired, these overnight camp experiences may be held with the ward’s Boy Scout troop.
- See that the boys attend Eleven Year Old Scout Day Camps.
- In consultation with the ward Primary presidency, recommend to the Chartered Organization Rep (Bishopric counselor) the boy who they (the Bishopric) should appoint to serve as the patrol leader for the 11-year-old Scouts.
- Assist the Patrol leader as he chooses his assistant patrol leaders and other positions of responsibilities in the patrol as needed.
- Attend monthly Scout Committee meetings as an adviser to the committee. Let the Scout Committee members know how they can assist the Eleven Year Old Scouts patrol.
- Get position specific basic trained by BSA (information below) as soon as reasonably possible. Ideally within 30-days of being called.
- Attend monthly Stake Scout Leadership Training Council as often as possible.
|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|
As the Eleven Year Old Scout Leader, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as “Leader of 11 Year Old Scouts (LDS Troop)” using position code 10. (Assistant Eleven Year Old Scout Leaders register as “Assistant Scoutmasters”, using position code SA)
While you are waiting for the Scout Office to process your paperwork, which will take about two weeks, we ask that you begin your position specific basic training, which consists of 17 online ScoutingU training classes.
Before the First Meeting classes to be completed after being called, but before you are sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_400 Scouting Organization for Boy Scouting
- SCO_401 Role of the Unit Key 3 for Boy Scouting
- SCO_402 Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting
- SCO_403 Ideals and Beliefs of Boy Scouting
- SCO_404 Scoutmaster and Patrol Leaders for Boy Scouting
- SCO_411 Troop Meeting for Boy Scouting.
- These 6 classes will take a total of about an hour.
Once you finished the Before the First Meeting classes, begin the First 30-days classes, which should be completed within 30-days of being sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_410 Patrol Leaders Council Meeting for Boy Scouting
- SCO_405 Patrol Method for Boy Scouting
- SCO_406 Outdoor Programs for Boy Scouting
- SCO_407 Advancement for Boy Scouting
SCO_412 Troop Committee for Boy Scouting
- SCO_413 Troop Committee Meetings for Boy Scouting.
- These 6 classes will take a total of about an hour.
Finally, you will finish the last 5 ScoutingU position specific basic training classes, which should be completed during the second 30-days after being sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_408 Uniforms for Boy Scouting
- SCO_409 Leader Uniforms for Boy Scouting
- SCO_414 Annual Planning for Boy Scouting
- SCO_415 Intro to Merit Badges for Boy Scouting
- SCO_418 Outdoor Ethics for Boy Scouts.
- These 5 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.
Stake leadership also requests that you take the ScoutingU course “SCO_530 Journey to Excellence”.
After you have completed these online courses you then need to attend “S11 Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills” (commonly referred to as “Northstar” training). This is an in person weekend training course typically offered twice a year.
Continuing and additional training
You will need to retake Youth Protection Training at least once every other year, although annually is preferred.
Please attend the monthly Stake Scout Leadership Training Council as often as possible. During this training training topics that the Stake and the Scout District feel are important are presented.
Recommended, but optional, online LDS Scoutmaster Training Series is designed to guide you through your first several weeks and on to a successful and fulfilling time as an influential mentor of young men. It is designed to teach elements of Scouting in the Church to Scoutmasters that may not be explained in the position specific basic training.
There are many additional training courses that would help you as a Scout leader, including wood badge.