PRIMARY AND SCOUTING FOR THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WELCOME! Running an Effective Eleven-year-old Scouting Program • Purpose of Scouting in the Church • Effective Adult Leaders • Principles and Policies • Running the program • Resources Why do we use Scouting in the Church? Help young men and boys enhance relationships with their families and the Church Develop strong and desirable traits of character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness. Build testimonies in young men and boys. An extension of the home, Primary classes, and Aaronic Priesthood quorums The Church’s activity program for boys and young men. Scouting Handbook 1.1 Scouting is a Tool “Why have we adopted Scouting? Someone has said that it isn't mentioned in the revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and of course that is true. Neither is the Primary nor the Sunday School, but one of our Articles of Faith clearly indicates that ‘if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things’ Scouting is a help. It is a tool in achieving the objective of the building of real men.” -- Ezra Taft Benson Scouting Prepares Young Men “I feel that there has never been a greater need for youth to acquire the timeless values espoused and taught by Scouting than now. The war between good and evil is raging now as never before. But it is not a war of tanks and guns – but of words, of media, of thoughts and feelings, of Internet, cell phones and earphones – of drugs and drinks that dull the mind and the soul of our youth. And if we as leaders are not valiant, our youth will not be prepared for the challenges that await them.” -- Charles W. Dahlquist, II The Power of Scouting “Impossible to measure is the great good which has come from this organization during the past century. . . . I believe in Scouting. I believe in the goals of the organization. I believe in the power of Scouting to bless and enrich lives for good.” -- President Thomas S. Monson In Short Scouting is a tool that helps young men develop the character and qualities needed to be effective instruments in the hands of the Lord in moving His work forward in the home, the Church, and the world. EFFECTIVE ADULT LEADERS Stake Primary Presidency • Registers with BSA and receive BSA training • Coordinates support for Primary-aged Scouting programs in each ward. • Encourages ward Primary Scout leaders to participate in basic and other approved training • Helps plan day camps for Cub Scouts and 11 year old Scouts in conjunction with the local BSA Council. -- LDS Scouting Handbook 3.4 Can also serve as unit commissioners. Bishoprics • • • Provide general direction for Scouting and ensure that it is properly organized and functioning. Under the Bishop’s direction, counselors see that the various Scouting programs are organized and that adult leaders are called and trained. The bishopric organizes a ward Scout committee to ensure that Scouting functions properly -- LDS Scouting Handbook 4.2 Ward Primary Presidency • • • • Registers with BSA and receive BSA training Serves on the appropriate ward Scouting committee(s) Coordinates Scouting with the Faith in God program Provides support to Scouting leaders and encourages them to attend Scout training • Visits Scout meetings and activities • Reviews each boy’s progress and participation • Helps plan and ensures that boys have an opportunity to participate in day camps -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.5 Ward Organization Bishop Aaronic Priesthood (Ages 12-18) Young Men President Counselor Priests (Ages 16-18) Teachers (Ages 14-15) Counselor Counselor Primary (Ages 3-11) Primary President Counselor Counselor Counselor Deacons (Ages 12-13) Ward Scouting Organization Bishop Aaronic Priesthood (Ages 12-18) Young Men President Advisor Counselor Coach Priests (Ages 16-18) Teachers (Ages 14-15) Counselor Counselor Primary (Ages 3-11) Primary President ASM 11 yr-olds 11 yr-olds Counselor Counselor Counselor Deacons (Ages 12-13) Scoutmaster Cubmaster Den Leaders (Ages 8-10) Eleven-Year-Old Scout Leader TRAINING Either the Primary teacher of eleven-year-old boys or another capable adult may serve as the group’s Scout leader. 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 -- lds.org Selecting Adult leaders Testimony Trained Time Tenure Temperament TRAINING Training “Just because this is God’s work, why do we think that we do not need to be trained . . . . by and large, we do a very poor job in training the leaders we call … and yet expect them to work miracles in the live of their young men.” -- Charles W. Dahlquist, II Training Assistant Scout Master (11 year old Scout Leader) • Youth Protection Training (YPT) – online • Scoutmaster Specific Training • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) For online courses go to myscouting.org Wood Badge Wood Badge is leadership training for all Scouting volunteers “If you haven’t already, we encourage you to sign up now for the next Wood Badge course in your council.” -- Charles W. Dahlquist, II Additional Training • Monthly Roundtable • University of Scouting • Additional Online Training • • • • Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat Weather Hazards Climb on Safely PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES Eleven-year-olds are not Deacons • Eleven-year-old Scouts meet separately from 12-13 year old Boy Scouts (Deacons) • Only three one-night campouts for eleven-year-olds -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 Age based program - boys advance on their birthday, not all together in the spring Weekly Meetings " Eleven-year-old boys meet separately from the Aaronic Priesthood age Scouts because they are not yet part of the quorum. Occasionally, special day time activities for Aaronic Priesthood age Scouts may include the patrol for eleven-year-old Scouts. Eleven-year-old Scouts preferably meet in the daytime, but if evening meetings are necessary, arrangements should be made to ensure that these boys are not away from their homes late at night and that they are carefully supervised until they arrive home." -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 Weekly Meetings • If possible, avoid meeting at the same time/place as the older (or younger) boys. • Have your own meeting place – suitable for Scouting activities. • Eleven-year-olds should participate in Boards of Review and Courts of Honor with the older YM. Camping “Eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in a one-night camp three times each year. No other Scout-sponsored overnight camping should be planned for the eleven-year-old Scouts…. Fathers are invited and encouraged to participate in the overnight camping experiences with their sons and with boys whose fathers cannot attend.” -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 Camping • No more than three one-night campouts for each eleven-year-old • Fathers are not required to accompany their sons in order for them to attend an overnight campout. • 11-yr old (or younger) boys do not go on campouts with their fathers serving in YM callings with older boys. Two-Deep Leadership “Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant (one of whom must be 21 years of age or older) are required on all Scouting trips, outings, classes, and meetings.” -- LDS Scouting Handbook 8.7 This includes campouts… “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-yearold scouts is a woman. Women leaders do not participate in overnight camping with the boys.” -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 Youth Protection • One-on-one contact between adults and youth is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths. • Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations. Sleeping Arrangements • Eleven-year-old Scouts may share a tent while camping – in fact they should share tents so no one is left all alone. • Adult Leaders under no circumstances may share a tent with any Scout • A Father may share a tent with his son while on a campout, but no other Scouts or leaders may share that same tent. Father and son only. Fund Raising 1. Activities are funded from the budget – no fees to participate (13.2.8) 2. If budget funds are insufficient, youth can pay for all or part of the cost of an annual extended camp. (8.13.7, 10.8.9, 13.2.8) 3. If that is not enough, one group fund-raising activity may be permitted each year to help pay the cost of an annual camp or activity, or to buy equipment and supplies needed for camp. (8.13.7, 10.8.9, 13.6.8) • Sales of commercial goods is NOT approved (13.6.8) • Ticket sales for Scout Fairs, Camporees, etc. are approved. (LDS Scouting Handbook 8.13) • Church supports FOS (13.6.8, LDS Scouting Handbook 8.13) Calling Adult leaders Upon being called to a ward Scouting leadership position, and before meeting with the boys, the person accepting the call should complete the BSA Adult Application. In addition, the person must complete Youth Protection training (YPT). The membership application should be submitted with appropriate fees to the BSA local council office immediately. The bishopric should wait two weeks before sustaining the applicant in sacrament meeting. The name of each applicant is checked against the BSA files and a criminal background check is done. If there are any problems, a BSA official will contact the bishop; otherwise, the bishop may assume the application has been accepted. LDS-BSA Relationships May 2011 Running an Effective Program Break and activity Scouting is a… “Game with a Purpose” -- Baden Powell Activities allow Scouts to learn by doing Scouting Methods • Patrol Method • Adult Association • Uniform • Leadership Development • Scouting Ideals • Outdoors • Advancement • Personal Growth Uniforms Wear your uniform Expect Scouts to wear theirs • Field Uniform • • • • Tan shirt with all the patches Pants or shorts Belt and socks Either new or old are OK – but don’t mix/match • Activity uniform • Polo or T-shirt SET THE EXAMPLE! scOUTING sc scOUTING Get out of the classroom Go outside! Boys remember activities and campouts… not Sunday lessons Advancement “Eleven-year-old Scouts … are encouraged to achieve the rank of First Class before turning twelve years old.” -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 This takes planning to accomplish • Develop an annual plan • Do things in parallel – work on requirements for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and First Class at the same time Don’t forget … advancement is just one of the eight methods of Scouting Parallel Advancement - First Aid Tenderfoot: 12a. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking. Second Class 7a. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing…. First Class: 8c. …explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Merit Badge: 3a. Explain what action you should take for someone who shows signals of shock, for someone who shows signals of a heart attack, and for someone who shows signals of stroke. 3b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Then demonstrate proper technique in performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor. 3c. Explain the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Advancement “Eleven-year-old Scouts … are encouraged to achieve the rank of First Class before turning twelve years old.” -- LDS Scouting Handbook 6.2 This takes planning to accomplish • Develop an annual plan • Do things in parallel – work on requirements for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and First Class at the same time Don’t forget … advancement is just one of the eight methods of Scouting Annual Program Planning Goals: • Help each boy achieve the First Class Rank • Prepare each boy to receive the Aaronic Priesthood Things to consider: • Calendars – School, Church, Family, District/Council, Troop • Weather – Camping in July/August isn’t fun • Birthdays – boys advance on their birthdays • Individual interests and needs – be flexible Program Planning Tools • Boy Scout Handbook • Scout Fieldbook • Troop Program Features, Vol. I, II & III • Faith in God for Boys Program Features Weekly Meeting Plan Boy size pieces Every boy gets an assignment Faith in God Preopening Instruction Assignments Plan Games Scoutmaster’s Minute Review Well Planned and Executed Meetings = Fun + Learning • Fast moving • Start and end on time • Have a written plan • Follow a monthly program theme • Include Faith in God Communication with parents is essential! Faith In God • Help boys and their parents become familiar with the Faith in God for Boys guidebook. • Find ways to combine activities from Faith in God with Scout activities. Many activities fulfill requirements in both programs. • Boys should complete two activities in each of the three areas each year. Eleven-year-olds complete five additional activities in “Preparing for the Priesthood.” Some of these activities can be done at home with family. • When a boy has completed the activities in the Faith in God for Boys guidebook, the Primary president and the bishop sign the Faith in God Award certificate on the last page of the guidebook. The boy is then recognized in Primary for his accomplishments. FAITH IN GOD Basic Requirements Learning and Living the Gospel Read D&C 89. Discuss how Heavenly Father blesses us when we faithfully live the Word of Wisdom. . . Plan and complete your own activity... SCOUTING REQUIREMENTS The Adventure Begins, Chapter 1, p.4 Second Class 8, 9a Tenderfoot 3, 4c, 7, 9; Second Class 1a; First Class 10, 11 Serving Others Plan, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal. Tenderfoot 3, Second Class 3g, First Class 4a Service project Second Class 4 Read and discuss the parable of the good Samaritan... Second Class 5 Developing Talents Learn how to budget and save money... Second Class 10 Make an item from wood, metal, fabric... First Class 7b, c 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 parent or Primary leader how important a Second Class 9 or First Class 10 good education is… Day camp “The stake Primary president should see that every boy in the stake has an opportunity to attend day camp.” “Day Camp should provide the 11 year old boys the excitement and fun of putting into practice, in the out-of-doors, the Scouting skills they have learned and are learning.” -- Day Camp Guide Day Camp should be useful and fun Day camp • Do what works for you • • • • 1-3 days Spring, Summer, Fall, Saturday Consider number of boys attending Ask 11-year-old Scout Leaders what would help them • Help with rank advancement • • • • • • Be organized: Plan, Plan, Plan Involve leaders, specialists in your Stake/Ward Keep boys moving, busy and having fun Balance indoor/outdoor activities Involve older Scouts as Patrol Leaders Communicate with families • Great opportunity to engage families new to Scouting Put It All Together Weekly Meetings Sunday Lessons Other Activities Faith in God Campouts Priesthood Preview Day camp Invite the Spirit Always look for opportunities to invite the spirit • Sunday lessons • Spiritual thoughts • Campfires • Scoutmaster’s Minute Online Resources LDS.org • Scouting Handbook • Handbook 2: Administering the Church • Primary / Eleven-Year- Old Scouts Scouting.org • Troop Program Features Vol I-III • Troop Program Resources • Guide to Safe Scouting • Scouting For Youth With Disabilities Manual ldsbsa.org VALIANT LEADERS “One of the tools Satan uses against the Church is to convince priesthood holders that they can do tomorrow what they should do today. But the Lord tells us, ‘Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence’ … a key word to this counsel is now. In a program as demanding as Scouting, some leaders are concerned and tentative and might feel inadequate or overwhelmed. These feelings are normal. The best way to deal with such feelings is to just jump in—now. The Lord has called you, and He will qualify you and bless you to the degree that you learn your responsibilities and magnify your calling.” - David l. Beck Do it NOW Your time horizon is very different from that of your Young Men To have an impact on their lives you must act NOW Questions? REACHING THE ONE “This, then is our assignment: to save every boy, thereby assuring a worthy husband for each of our young women, strong Melchizedek Priesthood quorums, and a missionary force trained and capable of accomplishing what the Lord expects.” -- Thomas S. Monson PRIMARY AND SCOUTING FOR THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY Carolyn Gardner [email protected] Rich Bowman [email protected] Little Philmont documents kleinstake.org/littlephilmont2013/docs/ PRIMARY AND SCOUTING FOR THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD BOY THANK YOU!