Stan’s EYO Blog #30: Keeping It Simple

Taking on the role as the unit leader of the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts can seem daunting. There is so much material to learn from in the Troop Leader Guidebook, Volume I and II, ranging from the details of advancement for the ranks of Scout through First Class to running your first and subsequent meetings. Where […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #29: Let’s Go Camping and Do Some Cooking!

Eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts in the Primary annually do three nights of camping because three nights are sufficient to fulfill the purposes of the Primary. In my EYO patrol, we do one overnight campout in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall. As I work with the EYO Scout patrol to develop […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #28: Growing Your Youth Leadership Development Skills

In the latest edition of The Scouting Bridge, the Young Men General Presidency theme was on letting the youth lead. In this blog I want to focus on approaches the eleven-year-old (EYO) Scout leader can use to teach and train EYO Scouts to lead. The EYO Scout patrol leader’s success as a boy leader is […]

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Stan’s EYO Blog #27: Eleven-year-old Scout Safety

Safety should be a consistent and constant way of thinking for leaders of eleven-year-old (EYO) Scouts. Adventures in the Scouting program provide the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder-filled activities and experiential knowledge that prepares them to serve others, build unity, and one day be missionaries, husbands, and fathers. The […]

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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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