Eleven-Year Old Scouting (EYOS): First-Year Scouting the LDS Way

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1Eleven Year Old ScoutsFirst-Year Scouting the LDS WayDarrell HurtApril 23, 20164/23/16

Served as EYOSL, YM President & Venturing Crew Advisor, Bishopric member (COR), currently as Scoutmaster

Story of my being called as EYOSL

When Darren released, he became EYOSL and is now our Stake President4/23/16darrell.hurt@gmail.com1Priesthood Conference on Scouting

OutlineWhy Eleven-Year Old Scouting?The Eleven-Year Old Scout LeaderThe Eleven-Year Old Scout ProgramPractical tips for Leaders, Committees, and Parents24/23/16

Given agendaUnderstanding the objectives and organization of the 11-year old Scouting Program. How to utilize the Boy Scout Committee for the 11-year old Scout leaders and boys.How the 11-year old scout program prepares boys for the Aaronic Priesthood.

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Bottom Line, Up FrontThe year of EYOS is the most important period of a young mans Scouting career from 8 to 18Demands most organization, communication, record-keepingCapstone experience for Scouting in Primary and sets tone for next six years of Scouting in the Young Men organizationBut it is often neglectedYoung Men ignore itPrimary focuses on Pack34/23/16

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Were all in.Scouting is the activities arm for LDS boys from ages 8 to 18President Thomas S. MonsonLongest serving member of the BSA National Executive Board (since 1969)Silver Buffalo & Bronze Wolf RecipientGeneral Young Mens (YM) President Also serves on the BSA National Executive BoardGeneral YM & Primary PresidenciesServe on the BSA National Advisory Board12,300+ Wards in U.S., each with 4 BSA Units4Stephen W. Owen

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Duty to God (2013 LDS Centennial)

https://www.lds.org/callings/aaronic-priesthood/video-gallery?lang=eng#bsa-duty-to-godorhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HkE_07QKXI

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Purpose StatementsThe Purposes of Primary are to help children:Feel Heavenly Fathers love for them.Learn and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.Feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost.Prepare to make and keep sacred covenants.The Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood are to help each young man to: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.6

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Mission StatementsBSAThe mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.LDSScouting can help young men and boys enhance close relationships with their families and the Church while developing strong and desirable traits of character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness.

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The Three Points of the Scout OathAims of ScoutingCharacter DevelopmentCitizenship TrainingPersonal FitnessScout OathOn my honor I will do my bestto do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;to help other people at all times;to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.8

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Methods of Scouting prepare boys to receive the Aaronic PriesthoodIdeals (Mission, Aims, Scout Oath & Law)Patrols (group living & participating citizenship)Association with AdultsOutdoor Programs (shared responsibility & purpose)Advancement (self-paced achievement)Personal Growth (progress towards goals)Leadership DevelopmentUniform (commitment & brotherhood)

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Always listed in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each Method

Why do you think that Scouting is used as the activity program for the Aaronic Priesthood?

Five reasons Scouting is used as the activity program for the Aaronic Priesthood1.It provides an outstanding training program for adults on how to successfully guide young men to achieve their very best.2.As a quality program it will help retain our youth and create opportunities to invite others.3.Used correctly, the four Scouting programs will provide both a safe and neutral environment. 4.It develops leadership and physical, temporal, mental, emotional, and spiritual self-reliance. 5.It regularly connects trusted adults to a young man beyond the quorum meeting.

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Online ResourcesAuthoritative web siteshttps://www.lds.org/callings/primary/leader-resources/scouting-in-primary/eleven-year-old-scouts?lang=enghttp://www.ldsbsa.org/new-leaders/eleven-year-old-scouts/

Other web siteshttp://www.utahscouts.org/eyohttp://www.lds-scouts.org/ElevenYO.asphttp://www.boyacks.com/scouting/Blogshttp://www.ldsbsa.org/category/blog/stans-eyo-bloghttp://voluntoldscouter.blogspot.comhttp://ldsscouter.blogspot.com

Social Mediahttps://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Scouts-LDShttps://www.facebook.com/ScoutsLDShttps://www.facebook.com/LDSScoutersAssociation/10

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Stan Stolpe was my Wood Badge SPL

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LDS-Chartered Units Reflect Church Structure;Scouting is Age-Based and Year-RoundBSA ages:LDS ages:11 121381071011181418142116171415PrimaryYoung MenWhat are the implications of organizing this way?4/23/1611

11What are some implications for EYOS given this structure?

What is role of Primary leadership?

Traditional BSA:Program takes place during school yearPatrols form based on grade in schoolNew patrols start in SeptemberAlmost everyone ranks together

LDS BSA:Fluid patrol composition requires well-planned annual program and vigilant record-keepingPriesthood Conference on Scouting

SM vs. EYOS LeaderUnit Leader of Boy Scouting in the Young Men organizationYM Presidency is ecclesiastical leaderUnit Leader of Boy Scouting in the Primary organizationPrimary Presidency is ecclesiastical leader12

Registration FormDeaconsPriestsTeachersEach Unit Leader has the right to:Conduct Unit Leader ConferencesSign Merit Badge cards (blue cards)4/23/16

Scout Leaders are accountable to their ecclesiastical leaders. What are the responsibilities of the ecclesiastical leader?

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EYOS Leader TrainingRequiredBefore initial contactRegisterYouth Protection Training (online)First 90 days: Scoutmaster Position-Specific TrainingFirst 120 days: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

OptionalGeneralTraining Awards & KeysUniversity of ScoutingWood BadgeActivity-SpecificSafe Swim DefenseSafety AfloatClimb On SafelyPowder Horn13

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How to Call an EYOS LeaderJob description & expectationsTraining: give a checklistWeekly Scout meetingsMonthly Roundtable & CommitteeCommunication and RecordsPlan for at least 3 years in callingCall an EYOS ASM (two deep!)14If the one being called cannot commit, do not extend the call!4/23/16

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EYOS Advancement GoalsScoutTenderfoot2nd Class1st Class*

Achieve First Class in 12 months*Complete Faith in God (Primary)4/23/1615

15* Starting in 2016, the First Class Rank will not be possible to attain while an Eleven-Year Old Scout. This is because the LDS Church (the Chartering organization) has a policy that prohibits eleven-year old Scouts from camping more than 3 nights. The requirements for First Class rank change in 2016 to require 6 nights of camping instead of 3. Our goal will be to complete as much of the Rank as possible before the Scout turns 12. Then, as a 12-year old, they may quick achieve rank through regular camp outs.Priesthood Conference on Scouting

2016 Program ChangesCamping emphasis6 nights for 1st ClassOutdoor EthicsOther areas of emphasisKnowledge of programService hoursSafety & emergency preparednessFitness16

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Merit Badges for EYOSPersonal Fitness12 weeks for 1st ClassSwimmingNearly every requirement covered

CookingCannot double dip; only ~10% coveredFirst AidOnly 25-30% covered

PioneeringHalf coveredNatureOnly 25-30% covered17

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Easy Optional Awards for EYOS18

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Incorporate Merit Badges and optional BSA Awards (STEM, service, conservation, etc.) for those boys who have already ranked but not aged up

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SwimmingEnviron. ScienceCommunicationsFirst AidEagle-Required Merit Badge ScheduleFamily Life*Personal Fitness*Cit. NationCit. WorldPersonal Mgmt.*Cooking*Cit. CommunityEmergency Prep.Sustainability

HomeCampYoungerOlderAlternatesCampingLifesavingHikingCycling4/23/1619

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More Optional Awards (for later)20

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Each award has a recipe of Merit Badges and/or other activities

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Practical Tips for LeadersProgramCamping is your highlight!Use Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)PL selected by BishopricLeadershipWell-planned annual programClear communicationRapid and efficient advancementVigilant record-keepingUniform214/23/16

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Instant Program in a Bottle!22Kent HansenUniversity of Scouting Co-ChairCouncil Training CommitteeUtah National Parks Council http://www.utahscouts.org/eyo

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Practical Tips for Record KeepingScoutBook.comEndorsed by BSA!Web app works on any device!Revolutionary for leadersPurchase for Ward or StakeRecord, learn, share, communicateOutput for Internet AdvancementMost important to recordJourney to Excellence & ScoutBook.comService hoursInternet Advancement & ScoutBook.comBoards of Review datesScoutBook.com onlyNights of campingMiles hiked234/23/16

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ScoutBook.com video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNr_mIHXDi8

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Practical Tips for the CommitteeOrganizeIdeally, you have separate Pack, Troop, Team, & Crew CommitteesDifferentiate Committee meetings from YM & Primary Presidency meetingsOffer monthly Boards of ReviewEmphasize & Focus OnTraining for Leaders (non-negotiable)Journey to Excellence as a benchmarkAnnual re-charteringMerit Badge CounselorsPolicies on travel and fundraising254/23/16

Women can hold any position in the Committee

Who attends the Scout Committee meeting (for EYOS)?4/23/16darrell.hurt@gmail.com25Priesthood Conference on Scouting

Practical Tips for ParentsIf the program is struggling, step in and help!Work together with other parents and avoid petty comparisonYou MUST work on Scouting outside of Troop meetings (at home and with Merit Badge Counselors)Know the requirementsMany of your normal family activities will count towards advancementPlan regular family activities that will fulfill requirementsSome activities are seasonal. Plan for this!Take advantage of summer or non-busy times264/23/16

Everyone starts at a different time, so it is pointless to compare progress

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Practical Tips for District & CouncilBe InformedGo to Roundtable (ideally all attend; minimum of one per Unit)Sign up for (and READ) District/Council newslettersCheck District/Council website regularly for activities and trainingsHave an open mind during District/Council trainingHow can I use this information to improve my Unit?ParticipateCOR should attend District Committee Meetings as voting memberActively participate in District/Council events,especially if they have tried to accommodate LDS schedules and constraintsVolunteer to be part of District/Council CommitteesTalk to other Leaders in the District/Council274/23/16

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Practical Tips for RecruitingDO NOT have to be LDS to be part of an LDS pack. LDS Scouting Handbook: [Boys from other faiths] should be welcomed and encouraged to participate in Scouting.http://BeAScout.orgDO have to agree to abide by LDS church standards

Take advantage of crossing over ceremoniesLDS Units should excel at recruiting! Like Missionary Work with a slightly different messageEasier, because public is more familiar with ScoutingPresident Hinckley: every convert needs a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing (a good experience)4/23/1628

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Growing Scouting: New York City

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w33k8G7zCgI

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EYOSL Minute Were all in.Use LDSBSA.org, UtahScouts.org, and ScoutBook.comEYOSL functions in parallel to ScoutmasterSM is, by default, also the ecclesiastical leader (the YM 2nd Counselor)Primary Presidency is ecclesiastical leader of EYOSL 2016 increased emphasis on Camping and FitnessDo it smart (annual program, appropriate MBs)Your Committee Chair should be at least as experienced as your LeadersDo it right (District, recruiting, training, uniform)304/23/16

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