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.)
Progressive Program Planning

For new leaders, we know that planning a program can be daunting. With all of the program options, it can be hard to know where to start. For leaders with little outdoor experience, it can be even harder due to not feeling comfortable in the outdoors. It is important to remember that our programs offer a varied program that includes simple but fun local programs, to camp-outs and activities, even summer camp and high adventure.

Here is a guide to take the fear out of how to plan a progressive program for your Scouts!

Progressive Program Planning Guide

Funding the Fun – Maximizing Your Program with Popcorn and Cubsidy (June 2021)

Unit “Be Prepared” Workshops (Fall 2020)

General Session
Cub Scout Packs