Stan’s EYO Blog #26: Summertime Fun!

It is summertime and a great time to have your eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts in the outdoors. Hikes, grand vistas, jumping over streams, seeing wildlife, discovering a bird nest, campfires, and star gazing are all great activities for your EYO Scouts. On July 9 and August 6 there will be a full moon, so the weekends […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #25: Connecting Them with Heaven

Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, is quoted as saying “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God”. One of the highlights I remember when I was a Scout, and one that I liked to emphasize as an […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #24: Webelos-to-Scout Transitioning Best Practice

Every Webelos Scout looks forward with great anticipation to the day he will receive his Arrow of Light award, turn eleven, and subsequently cross over the bridge to be welcomed into the troop as part of the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout patrol of the Primary. It is always a joy to see their excitation for the […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #23: Being with your Eleven-Year-Old Scouts

As the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader, you will enjoy so very many opportunities to be with the youth of the Primary, especially the boys you serve. From the moment they first meet you, they will be sizing you up and trying to “figure you out.” Most of them will not realize it, but they need […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #22: A Scout is Friendly

The Boy Scout Handbook talks about each point in the Scout Law and provides a definition for each point. The Scout Law with the Scout Oath provides the basis for Scouts and Scout leaders to guide their thoughts and actions and becomes the basis for a life of ethical living. Knowing the meaning of a […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #21: Love, Leadership, and Service

In earlier blogs I have written about the application of the fundamental and basic Scout leadership principles as presented in Wood Badge—obtaining and maintaining a personal mission, vision, and goals as we serve as leaders of eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts. In this blog, I desire to expand on how to transform your vision into action—for a […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #20: Faith in God—Preparing for the Priesthood

“Complete the following activities while you are 11 years old. They will help you prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and become a righteous young man” (Faith in God for Boys, (2003), 12–13, emphasis added). The Faith in God program strengthens the lives of Primary children and is—in the end—one of THE foremost purposes of […]

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Stans’ EYO Scouting Blog #19: More Ways to Teach Moral Decision Making

In several of my previous blogs I have discussed ways we can teach our eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts moral decision making through communicating to them ways to be. In Scouting we use the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan to correct behavior, but do it in a way that is unobtrusive. Most notably, we tell them […]

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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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