One of the challenges facing most Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters in charge of the 11-year-old Scouts is to help each boy in the patrol advance from Scout to First Class within the first year. While the requirements are relatively straightforward, it seems attacking this challenge concurrently is the best strategy.
This plan is developed from a purely observational perspective. I was released shortly after completing my Wood Badge course and writing my ticket to create a 12-month plan to help my 11-year-old Scouts earn their Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
Please note that this plan is unproven, but I have used the latest requirements in the Official Boy Scout Handbook. Additionally, as with all things in Scouting, having others use, tweak, change and ultimately prove is the beauty of the institution we all love to serve as Scouters. Please try this, change it and give me feedback, my ultimate goal in creating this plan is that this framework will help other Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters out there, facing the same quandary I faced, to come up with a sound plan of attack to help new Scouts in their first exposure to the program.
-Kris Beldin, Westview District Webmaster
Download the PDF version of the plan here