Scouting in Primary

Cub Scouting for Boys Ages 8 to 10

When properly carried out, Cub Scouting is a fun, home-centered activity program. No Scout-sponsored overnight camping should be planned for boys under age 11. Details for Cub Scout programs are published by the BSA and are available through BSA local council offices.

Scouting for 11-Year-Olds

LDS boys become Boy Scouts when they turn 11 years old. Although they are part of the ward Scout troop, they function in their own patrol and operate under the direction of the ward Primary presidency. They can participate with the ward Boy Scout troop in occasional daytime activities as well as boards of review and courts of honor.

Eleven-year-old boys meet separately from the Aaronic Priesthood–age Scouts. They preferably meet in the daytime, but if evening meetings are necessary, the boys should not be away from their homes late at night and must be carefully supervised until they return home.

Eleven-year-old Scouts participate in rank advancement. They are encouraged to achieve the rank of First Class before turning 12 years old.

Eleven-year-old Scouts may participate in three one-night camps a year, which meets the camping requirements for advancement to First Class rank. If desired, these overnight camp experiences may be held with the ward’s Boy Scout troop. The 11-year-old Scout leader plans the overnight camps in consultation with the ward Primary presidency, the bishopric adviser to the Primary, and the ward Scouting committee. No other Scout-sponsored overnight camping should be planned for 11-year-old Scouts.

In consultation with the ward Primary presidency and the leader of the 11-year-old Scouts, the bishopric appoints one of the boys to serve as the patrol leader. This patrol leader may meet occasionally with the older troop leaders when they plan events that will include the 11-year-old patrol. The patrol leader should, with adult leader assistance, choose assistant patrol leaders and assign other duties in the patrol as needed.

At age 12, boys join the deacons quorum and the Boy Scout troop.

Day Camps

Day camps offer opportunities for boys to have fun outdoors and complete outdoor requirements. If the BSA local council does not provide day camps or if they are not held within a reasonable travel distance, a member of the ward or stake Primary presidency directs the organization of day camps. A Day Camp Guide for 11-Year-Old Scouts is available online at

Leader of the Patrol of 11-Year-Old Scouts

Either the Primary teacher of 11-year-old boys or another capable adult may serve as the group’s Scout leader. This leader should:

  1. Work under the direction of a member of the Primary presidency and meet with her regularly to discuss the Scouting program and each boy's progress.
  2. Register with the BSA as the leader of the eleven-year-old Scouts.
  3. Attend the ward Scouting committee meetings.
  4. Attend Scout training as applicable.
  5. Attend other Primary meetings as invited.
  6. Help each boy achieve the Faith in God award and advance in Scouting.
  7. See that the boys participate in a day camp and help plan if requested.

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 for all Scouting trips, outings, classes, and meetings.


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