LDS Boy Scouting

Training for LDS Boy Scout Leaders

 

Scouting Basics

Scouting is designed to help boys grow up to be a self-reliant, dependable, and to become caring individuals. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has woven lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, good citizenship, and the physical fitness in youth.

Scouting teaches family values, but we know that boys do not join Scouts just to have their character built. Boys join because it is fun.


Scouting is Fun with a Purpose!

A Patrol provides the Boy Scout with a group of boys his own age in which he can earn awards and recognition. In the Patrol, he will also gain a sense of personal achievement for the new skills he learns. The Eleven Year Old Scouts (EYOS) are organized as a Patrol in the Ward’s Scout Troop. The EYOS Leader is an Assistant Scoutmaster and participates in the Troop Committee. Special Note for LDS: A woman can be the EYOS Leader but she doesn’t participate on the overnight activities.

Scouts advance in order, Tenderfoot à 2PndP Class à 1PstP Class à Star à Life à Eagle, based upon completion of the requirements for each rank. The boys between ages eleven and eighteen can work on the rank requirements in any order.

The responsibility of a boy’s advancement in Scouting lies with the family. The Troop assists the family in helping the boys advance. Most requirements for advancement are done at Patrol Meetings but reading and prework are done at home with the family. In Boy Scouts, the Troop Committee maintains records of advancement but it is very important that parents also maintain good records and follow the Scout’s progress.

Keep all Scout Advancement records and dates of leadership position in a safe place. The boys will need them later when they complete their Eagle applications.

The Cub Scout Arrow of Light and Religious Knot are worn on the Scout’s Boy Scout uniform and his adult uniform.

Boys are successful when parents support their sons in the program from Tenderfoot to Eagle.


Scouting Aims and Methods

The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young men to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The aims of Scouting are:

  • Character development
  • Citizenship training
  • Mental and physical fitness

Character encompasses a person’s qualities, values, and outlook.

  • Being confident but not conceited
  • Being honest with themselves and others
  • Having a positive personal appearance
  • Developing special skills and interests
  • Taking care of themselves
  • Doing their best in difficult situations
  • Practicing their religious beliefs
  • Showing respect for other people

Scouts are encouraged to be a good Citizen:

  • Be aware of community organizations and their functions
  • Understand / respect ethnic and social relationships in their communities
  • Apreciate the environment and seek to protect it

Scouts are encouraged to be mentally and physically fit by:

  • Exercising and participation in vigorous activities
  • Adopting healthy habits
  • Keeping weight within a healthy range
  • Avoiding use of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  • Striving to be mentally awake
  • Using good judgment
  • Being resourceful in solving problems
What Scouting can provide a boy:

  • A sense of belonging
  • Achievement & recognition
  • Self-esteem
  • Confidence
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-reliance
  • Healthy interaction
  • Experience of teamwork
The Methods of Scouting:

  • Ideals
  • Patrol method
  • Outdoors
  • Advancement
  • Association with adults
  • Personal growth
  • Leadership development
  • Uniform

Advancement

When a boy turns eleven, if he did not receive the Cub Scout Arrow of Light, he completes the Boy Scout application and Health Form. All new Boy Scouts then demonstrate that they know how to tie a square knot to earn their Scout Badge.

“The promise of the Scout Oath and the twelve points of Scout Law prepare young men for the 21st century.” President Gordon B. Hinckley

Boy Scout Oath
On my honor, I will do my best
To 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.

SSScout Motto
Be Prepared.

Scout Slogan
Do a Good Turn Daily

Scout Law A Scout Is:
T
rustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
F
riendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean
Reverent

 


First Class by Twelve then on to Eagle

The EYOS Patrol focuses on the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. An active Scout will usually earn First Class when he is an EYOS.

Tenderfoot

Second Class

First Class

Star

Life

Eagle

 

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