Program Planning

It’s no secret what entices new youth and families to join Scouting and keep them involved: a well-planned, fun program. While planning for your upcoming Scouting year may seem daunting or time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be. And “Being Prepared” ahead of time will ultimately save time and headaches for you and your fellow busy adult leaders who volunteer their time to make a difference.

The planning process for each level of Scouting programs differs slightly based on who’s involved and their level of involvement, but consists of the following basic steps:

  1. Decide what activities are going to happen.
  2. Build a budget based on what those activities are going to cost and other associated costs of running a Scout unit (national registration fees, insurance fees, etc.).
  3. Develop a fundraising plan to offset the cost to families and determine a per-Scout fundraising goal.
  4. Communicate the plan with your families (and prospective families, too.)
Download Program Planning Guide - Spring 2017

Has your unit received its Program Planning Kit yet? (Available starting in May 2017). Includes hardcopies of the Program Planning Guide, two leader program notebooks/planning calendars, and a program planning wall chart. Attend your district roundtable or contact your district professional to get your unit’s kit.

Select the appropriate tab below for resources to plan your unit’s Ideal Year of Scouting:

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