Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #18: Teaching Knot Tying

One of the important skills for the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader is teaching knot tying. I found knot tying to be one of the most fun activities for EYO Scouts. I believe that to be successful at developing knot tying as part of the EYO program, you as the EYO Scout leader should: Become familiar […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #17: Ethical and Moral Decision Making

Scouting is a practical program and can be subtle in its teaching methods. It has powerful tools that are neither well understood nor often practiced by Scout leaders. In this blog, I want to review what I presented in my first blog on delivering Scouting for eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts, namely that Scouting is an enriching […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #16: Fun with Tree and Plant Identification

Identification of trees and plants in the forest is all about learning to feel at home in the outdoors. Learning to name the things we see makes the natural world more familiar. Seeing individual shapes of trees and plants amongst the multiple shapes of the wooded terrain gives us a sense of belonging and a […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #15: Planning Your EYO Program

Planning an eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout program has significant challenges that non Latter-day Saint Scout units do not struggle with. Because boys advance in the Primary Scouting programs based on their birthday, each boy is on an individual advancement basis that begins on their birthday. The EYO Scout leader can have new Scouts entering and exiting […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #14: The Eleven-Year-Old Scout Day Camp

Last month I blogged on the topic of the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout camporee that included an overnight. The purpose of that blog was to assist ward and stake Primary presidents in how to make an EYO camporee a spiritual experience as well as an opportunity to practice and learn Scout skills. If an overnight camporee […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #13: THE ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD SCOUT CAMPOREE

So far in my blogs, I have primarily addressed topics with a more direct focus and interest to the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader. This blog is for stake and ward Primary presidents who want to host or sponsor an EYO Scout camporee during the summer. Now is a good time to plan, organize your program, […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #12: Building Faith in God through Scouting

Last month’s blog showed how you can do pioneering in December by staying indoors and doing knots and lashings on a miniature scale. This month, I want to show how you can turn that pioneering project into a Faith in God activity by having the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts build King Benjamin’s tower (using their newly […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #11: December and Let’s Do Pioneering Indoors

First Class Scout requirements include learning to tie a clove hitch and the timber hitch as well as the shear, square, and diagonal lashings (requirements 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d of the new requirements). Pioneering turns the knowledge of ropes and lashings into practical application. As an EYO Scout leader, I not only wanted the […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #10: The Board of Review

As an eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, your Scouts will reach that point where you will send them to their first and second boards of review (BOR) for advancement. The Scout will have completed his requirements for Tenderfoot Scout or Second Class Scout. You will have conducted your Scoutmaster conference, checked and initialed his Boy Scout […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #9: Duties and Responsibilities Unique to the Eleven-year-old Scout Leader

One of my more enjoyable duties is to not only write this monthly blog on the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouting program, but also to answer questions from time to time. Recently an EYO Scout leader asked if the EYO Scout leader could conduct the Scoutmaster conference as an assistant Scoutmaster and sign merit badge cards. The […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #8: Communication and Communicating

In Scouting, communicating and listening are skills essential to the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout program. Not only do adults need good communication and listening skills, but so do EYO Scouts need to continue their journey in communication. As the EYO Scout leader, look for opportunities to teach boys how to communicate as well as how to […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #7 – The Annual Program Planning Conference

  Well, it is August. It is a great time to keep the outing in Scouting. There is so much to explore; late- summer and early-fall wild flowers are out; early mornings and evenings afford opportunities to observe animals and birds; turtles bask in the sun along lakes and streams; and the night sky is […]

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