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<center><big>The [[Troop Program Features]] are a set of Troop Meetings and Troop Activities.<br>Using this program, a troop will explore dozens of [[merit badge]]s and [[Scout Skills]] each year.</big></center><br>
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<big>Wouldn't it be great to have a set of 36 monthly plans that other troops have used and refined?
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{{shortcut|[[TPF]]{{•}}[[Troop Plans]]}}<center><big>The [[Troop Program Features]] include 36 Monthly Themes with Troop Meeting and Activity plans.<br>Using this program, a troop will explore dozens of [[merit badge]]s and [[Scout Skills]] each year.</big></center><br> <br>
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{{Info|<big>Wouldn't it be great to be able to choose from dozens of monthly plans that other troops have used and refined?<br>What if each monthly plan included sample meeting plans, activities, games, and PLC planning suggestions?<br>'''That's what the [[Troop Program Features]] are!'''</big>}}<br><br>
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What if each monthly plan included sample meeting plans, activities, games, and PLC planning suggestions for each theme?
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Your [[Patrol Leaders' Council]] can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each theme they can tailor their own plan from a variety of resources in the chapter.
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That's what the [[Troop Program Features]] are!</big>
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Each program is designed to let older Scouts teach newer Scouts the associated [[Scout Skills]] for [[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class rank|Second Class]], and [[First Class rank|First Class]]. Older Scouts are encouraged to continue to explore the related [[Merit Badges]] for each topic.
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Your [[Patrol Leaders Council]] can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each topic they can develop their own plan from the many resources provided or their own resources.
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By using this three-year program rotation, every [[Scout Skill]] is reinforced and Scouts are introduced to almost every merit badge. Some programs such as Camping, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness will probably be annual themes for new Scouts with older Scouts teaching and doing the related merit badges.
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Each program is designed to let older Scouts teach newer Scouts the associated [[Scout Skills]] for [[Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class]], and [[First Class]]. Older Scouts are encouraged to continue to explore the related [[Merit Badges]] for each topic.
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Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]] must be with you on all activities and applies to every activity. Also note that the Table of Contents is sometimes out of order because the real subject name is used instead of the chapter name. Both names are shown in the chapter notes below.
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By using this three-year program rotation, every [[Scout Skill]] is reinforced and Scouts are introduced to almost every merit badge along the way. Some programs such as Camping and Emergency Preparedness will probably done every year to allow new Scouts the chance to learn and to allow older Scouts the chance to refresh their knowledge as they teach these basic [[Scout Skills]].
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==Yearly Program Planning==
==Yearly Program Planning==
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A successful [[troop]] meeting begins with advance planning. In recent research, the [[Boy Scouts of America]] determined that inadequately planned and executed troop meetings were the number one cause of boys leaving Scouting.
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:''The full introduction with much more information is here: [[Media:Troop Program Features - Introduction.pdf|Introduction - How to Plan]] {{PDF}}
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{{quote-source|A successful [[troop]] meeting begins with advance planning. In recent research, the [[Boy Scouts of America]] determined that inadequately planned and executed troop meetings were the number one cause of boys leaving Scouting.<br><br>Troop meetings should focus on a monthly program feature, be fast-moving, and start and end on time. The program feature should be interwoven with the program at all experience levels: the new-Scout patrol, experienced patrols, and the Venture patrol.<br><br>Planning a troop program on an annual and a monthly basis is a new task for many leaders. Good planning and execution depend on (1) a [[Scoutmaster]] who understands the process, (2) trained youth leaders who can plan meetings and successfully execute them, (3) sufficient personnel in the form of [[Assistant Scoutmaster]]s and [[troop committee]] members, and (4) parents who are knowledgeable and informed.<br><br>Your first step in planning is to utilize the resources available to set goals for the troop. The next step is to train your youth leaders in the planning process. Then give them the responsibility and authority to plan and implement the troop program. The final step is to get your troop committee and parents to “buy in” to support this “Scout-planned” program.<br><br>The program planning guide in chapter 8 of the [[Scoutmaster Handbook]] will guide you through the basics of planning, from doing your homework to securing parental support for your program. The monthly troop program features found in Scouting magazine are the other principal resources needed to run the program planning workshop.|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>[http://scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/33110_WEB.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. I {{PDF}}]</span>}}
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Troop meetings should focus on a monthly program feature, be fast-moving, and start and end on time. The program feature should be interwoven with the program at all experience levels: the new-Scout patrol, experienced patrols, and the Venture patrol.
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== Troop Program Features Volume I==
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:''Source: <span class=plainlinks>[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/33110.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. I {{PDF}}]</span> ''(last downloaded 8/19/2018) -
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Planning a troop program on an annual and a monthly basis is a new task for many leaders. Good planning and execution depend on (1) a [[Scoutmaster]] who understands the process, (2) trained youth leaders who can plan meetings and successfully execute them, (3) sufficient personnel in the form of [[Assistant Scoutmaster]]s and [[troop committee]] members, and (4) parents who are knowledgeable and informed.
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===How to Plan Troop Programs===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Introduction.pdf|Introduction - How to Plan]] – Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 5–14
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Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14
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Your first step in planning is to utilize the resources available to set goals for the troop. The next step is to train your youth leaders in the planning process. Then give them the responsibility and authority to plan and implement the troop program. The final step is to get your troop committee and parents to “buy in” to support this “Scout-planned” program.
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===Aquatics===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Aquatics]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Aquatics.pdf|Aquatics]] {{PDF}}{{•}}Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15–23. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Backpacking|Backpacking]].).<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Swimming]]{{•}}[[Lifesaving]]{{•}}[[Small-Boat Sailing]]{{•}}[[Mile Swim BSA]]{{•}}[[Snorkeling BSA]]{{•}}[[BSA Lifeguard]]{{•}}[[Boardsailing BSA]]{{•}}[[50-Miler]]{{•}}[[Safe Swim Defense]]{{•}}[[Safety Afloat]]
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*A Canoe Diagram is included
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* Although not mentioned, there are swimming requirements in [[Second Class rank]] and [[First Class rank]]. In addition, [[Canoeing]], [[Rowing]], [[Water Sports]], and [[Whitewater]] are Aquatics Advancement Opportunities.
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* See [[Swimming Skills]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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The program planning guide in chapter 8 of the [[Scoutmaster Handbook]] will guide you through the basics of planning, from doing your homework to securing parental support for your program. The monthly troop program features found in Scouting magazine are the other principal resources needed to run the program planning workshop.
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===Athletics===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Athletics]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] {{PDF}}{{•}}Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25–34. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Physical Fitness|Physical Fitness]].).<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Athletics]]{{•}}[[Personal Fitness]]{{•}}[[Skating]]{{•}}[[Cycling]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Sports]]{{•}}[[Swimming]]{{•}}[[Water Sports]]
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*Note that although this chapter suggests earning your ''Skiing'' merit badge, ''Skiing'' was replaced in the 1990's with [[Snow Sports]].
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* See [[Personal Fitness]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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==Troop Program Features Vol. I==
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===Backpacking===
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:''See: [http://scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/33110_WEB.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. I]
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Backpacking]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Backpacking.pdf|Backpacking]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35–44. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Hiking|Hiking]].).<br>
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* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Backpacking]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]{{•}}[[Orienteering]]{{•}}[[Wilderness Survival]]{{•}}[[Outdoor Code]]
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* See [[Backpacking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Boating-Canoeing===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Boating-Canoeing]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Boating-Canoeing.pdf|Boating-Canoeing]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45–54. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Aquatics|Aquatics]].).<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Canoeing]]{{•}}[[Rowing]]{{•}}[[Small-Boat Sailing]]{{•}}[[Safety Afloat]]{{•}}[[Safe Swim Defense]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Motorboating]] is also a boating merit badge and canoe trips can apply towards the [[50-Miler]] award.
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*This topic does include good Canoe Paddle and Canoeing Strokes diagrams.
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== Troop Program Features Volume 1==
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===Business===
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:''For all 14 Volume 1 topics in one pdf see: [[Image:Troop Program Features Vol 1.pdf|Troop Program Features Vol 1]]
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Business]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Business.pdf|Business]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55–64. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[American Business]]{{•}}[[American Labor]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Community]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Nation]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Entrepreneurship]] is how businesses are created. And the sales campaign activity is from the [[Salesmanship]] merit badge. [[Personal Management]] applies these business skills to help manage your life.
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*The suggested "Business" campout instead features an [[Orienteering]] race and a nature hike.
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===Camping===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Camping]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Camping.pdf|Camping]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 65–74
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Orienteering]]{{•}}[[Wilderness Survival]]
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* See [[Scout Skills]] for many resources including lesson videos. Also see: [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx Teaching Leave No Trace].
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====How to Plan Troop Meetings====
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===Citizenship===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Introduction.pdf|Introduction - How to Plan]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 5 - 14
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Citizenship]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Citizenship.pdf|Citizenship]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75–84. (''Also see the Program Features for [[Troop Program Features#Public Service|Public Service]] and [[Troop Program Features#Leadership|Leadership]].)<br>
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Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]] #4 - [[First Class rank]] #5 - [[Citizenship in the Community]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Nation]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the World]]{{•}}[[American Cultures]]{{•}}[[American Heritage]]{{•}}[[Law]]
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* Although not mentioned, [[Family Life]] is about citizenship in the home.
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* The suggested "Citizenship" campout instead features an [[Orienteering]] race and a nature hike.
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* See [[Citizenship in the Community]], [[Citizenship in the Nation]], and [[Citizenship in the World]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Aquatics====
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===Communications===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Aquatics.pdf|Aquatics]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 15 - 23
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Communications]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Communications.pdf|Communications]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 85–94
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:[[Swimming]] - [[Lifesaving]] - [[Canoeing]] - [[Rowing]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Mile Swim BSA]] - [[Snorkeling BSA]] - [[BSA Lifeguard]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]] - [[Safety Afloat]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Communication]]{{•}}[[Digital Technology]]
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:Canoe Diagram
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*The Communications campout features semaphore flag signaling instruction!
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Public Speaking]] is all about communications as well.
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* See [[Communication]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Athletics====
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===Cooking===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 25 - 34
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Cooking]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cooking.pdf|Cooking]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95–104. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Dutch Oven Cooking]].)
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Personal Fitness]] - [[Athletics]] - [[Cycling]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Skating]] - [[Snow Sports]] - [[Sports]] - [[Swimming]] - [[Water Sports]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Backpacking]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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* This chapter includes: Cooking Recipes, Foil Cooking, and Dutch Oven Cooking
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* See [[Cooking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Backpacking====
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===Cultural Awareness===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Backpacking.pdf|Backpacking]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 35 - 44
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Cultural Awareness]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cultural Awareness.pdf|Cultural Awareness]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105–112. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
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: [[First Class]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Orienteering]] - [[Wilderness Survival]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Citizenship in the Community]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Nation]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the World]] - - [[American Heritage]]{{•}}[[Indian Lore]]{{•}}[[Genealogy]]
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*Although not mentioned in this topic, since 1979, the BSA continues to offer a merit badge about "Cultural Awareness" called [[American Cultures]].
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====Boating-Canoeing====
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===Emergency Preparedness===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Boating-Canoeing.pdf|Boating-Canoeing]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 45 - 54
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Emergency Preparedness]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Emergency Preparedness.pdf|Emergency Preparedness]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113–122. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#First Aid|First Aid]].).<br>
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:[[Canoeing]] - [[Rowing]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Motorboating]] - [[Safety Afloat]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Aid]]{{•}}[[Emergency Preparedness]]
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:Canoe Paddle Diagram, Canoeing Strokes
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*Although not mentioned in this topic, the BSA does offer an emergency preparedness award called the [[Emergency Preparedness BSA Award]].
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* See [[Emergency Preparedness]] merit badge for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Business====
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===Engineering===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Business.pdf|Business]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 55 - 64
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Engineering.pdf|Engineering]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume I pg. 123. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Pioneering|Pioneering]].).<br>
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[American Business]] - [[American Labor]] - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]]
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*Although called "Engineering," this chapter focuses on "Wilderness Engineering" lashings and pioneering projects. Also see [[Troop_Program_Features#Mechanics|Pioneering 1]] and [[Troop_Program_Features#Pioneering|Pioneering 2]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]] #4{{•}}[[First Class rank]] #7{{•}}[[Engineering]]{{•}}[[Pioneering]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Digital Technology]]{{•}}[[Drafting]]{{•}}[[Electricity]]{{•}}[[Electronics]].
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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* Although not mentioned in the chapter, [[Energy]] and [[Nuclear Science]] are also engineering disciplines.
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* A drawing for [[Space Exploration]] is included but the merit badge is not mentioned.
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====Camping====
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== Troop Program Features Volume II==
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Camping.pdf|Camping]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 65 - 74
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:''Source: <span class=plainlinks>[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/33111.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. II {{PDF}}]</span> ''(last downloaded 8/19/2018)
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Leave No Trace]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Orienteering]] - [[Wilderness Survival]]
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====Citizenship====
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===Environment===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Citizenship.pdf|Citizenship]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 75 - 84
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Environment]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Environment.pdf|Environment]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15–24. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].).<br>
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]] - [[Law]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Environmental Science]]{{•}}[[Insect Study]]{{•}}[[Reptile and Amphibian Study]]{{•}}[[Soil and Water Conservation]]{{•}}[[Mammal Study]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos. Also see: [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx Teaching Leave No Trace].
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====Communications====
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===First Aid===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Communications.pdf|Communications]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 85 - 94
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-First Aid]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - First Aid.pdf|First Aid]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25–33. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Emergency Preparedness|Emergency Preparedness]].).<br>
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:[[Communications]] - [[Computers]] - [[Public Speaking]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Aid]]{{•}}[[Emergency Preparedness]]
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* See [[First-Aid Skills]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Cooking====
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===Fishing===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Cooking.pdf|Cooking]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 95 - 104
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Fishing]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Fishing.pdf|Fishing]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 35–44
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Backpacking]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Fishing]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]
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: Cooking Recipes, Foil Cooking, Dutch Oven Cooking
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*Although not mentioned in this chapter, since 2002, the BSA has offered a merit badge about "Fly-fishing" called [[Fly-Fishing]].
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* See [[Fishing]] and [[Fly-Fishing]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Cultural Awareness====
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===Forestry===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Cultural Awareness.pdf|Cultural Awareness]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 105 - 112
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Forestry]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Forestry.pdf|Forestry]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45–54. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].).<br>
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:[[American Cultures]] - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]] - [[Indian Lore]] - [[Genealogy]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[Forestry]]{{•}}[[Mammal Study]]{{•}}[[Geology]]{{•}}[[Fish and Wildlife Management]]{{•}}[[Insect Study]]
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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====Emergency Preparedness====
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===Health Care===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Emergency Preparedness.pdf|Emergency Preparedness]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 113 - 122
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Health Care.pdf|Health Care]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 55–63
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:[[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[First Aid]] - [[Emergency Preparedness]] - [[Emergency Preparedness Award]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Public Health]]{{•}}[[Medicine]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Community]]
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: "Real Thing" Troop Mobilization
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====Engineering====
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===High Adventure===
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[[Image:Troop Program Features - Engineering.pdf|Engineering]] - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 123
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - High Adventure.pdf|High Adventure]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 65–74
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:[[Pioneering]] - [[Camping]] - [[Engineering]]
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* ''High Adventure'' typically means backpacking, canoeing, hiking, or cycling. To the Boy Scouts of America, it means ''Blindfold Soccer'' and ''Soccer Frisbee'' in this topic.
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Backpacking]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Cycling]]{{•}}[[Wilderness Survival]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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==Troop Program Features Vol. II==
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===Hiking===
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:''See: [http://scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/33111_WEB.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. 2]
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Hiking]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hiking.pdf|Hiking]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75–83. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Backpacking|Backpacking]].).<br>
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*Environment
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Backpacking]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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*First Aid
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* Although not mentioned in this chapter, the [[50 Miler Award]] and [[Historic Trails Award]] are related topics.
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*Fishing
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* See [[Hiking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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*Forestry
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==Troop Program Features Vol. III==
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===Hobbies===
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:''See: [http://scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/33112_WEB.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. 3]
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Hobbies]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hobbies.pdf|Hobbies]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85–94
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*Physical Fitness
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Collections]]
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*Pioneering
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*This chapter suggests several other hobbies but does not reveal that they are merit badges: [[Archery]], [[Camping]], [[Coin Collecting]], [[Digital Technology]], [[First Aid]], [[Fishing]], [[Indian Lore]], [[Model Design and Building]], [[Soil & Water Conservation]], [[Pets]], [[Pioneering]], [[Stamp Collecting]], and [[Wood Carving]].
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*Public Service
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*This chapter does not use the BSA name or reveal that these are merit badges: Artwork ([[Art]]), Birding ([[Bird Study]]), Ceramics ([[Pottery]]), Fly tying ([[Fly-Fishing]]), Gun safety ([[Rifle Shooting]] & [[Shotgun Shooting]]), Insect collections ([[Insect Study]]), Model trains ([[Railroading]]), Rock collections ([[Geology]]), Star study ([[Astronomy]]), Still photography ([[Photography]]), and Video photography ([[Moviemaking]]), and Woodworking ([[Woodwork]]).
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*Safety
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*Other merit badges are not mentioned that can make great hobbies: [[Aviation]], [[Basketry]], [[Genealogy]], [[Golf]], [[Horsemanship]], [[Leatherwork]], [[Music]], [[Reading]], [[Radio]], [[Sculpture]], and [[Space Exploration]].
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*Science
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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*Shooting
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*Cooking
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*Tracking
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===Leadership===
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*Wilderness Survival
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Leadership]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Leadership.pdf|Leadership]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95–104
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*Wildlife Management
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badge. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
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*Winter Camping
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class rank]] #5{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Community]]{{•}}[[American Cultures]]{{•}}[[American Heritage]]
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*This chapter includes an excellent group project "Stranded" where alone and then as a group you decide what survival items are important. Includes answer key and explanations. Good for a troop meeting.
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*P. 96 suggests that ''"Older Scouts can concentrate on the Citizenship merit badge this month."'' There is no such merit badge.
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*This chapter does not mention it but the BSA does have a youth leadership program: [[National Youth Leadership Training]].
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===Mechanics===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Mechanics.pdf|Mechanics]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105–115. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Pioneering|Pioneering]].).<br>
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*Although this chapter is called ''Mechanics'', it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good ''Pioneering'' projects and COPE-type games.
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Pioneering]] - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.
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===Nature===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Nature]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Nature.pdf|Nature]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 117–126
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Nature]]{{•}}[[Mammal Study]]{{•}}[[Geology]]{{•}}[[Fish and Wildlife Management]]{{•}}[[Insect Study]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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* Although not mentioned, [[Soil and Water Conservation]], [[Oceanography]], and [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] are Advancement Opportunities in Nature.
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos. Also see: [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx Teaching Leave No Trace].
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===Orienteering===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Orienteering]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Orienteering.pdf|Orienteering]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 127–136
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Orienteering]]
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* See [[Orienteering]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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== Troop Program Features Volume III==
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*''Source: <span class=plainlinks>[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/33112.pdf Troop Program Features Vol. III {{PDF}}]</span> ''(last downloaded 8/19/2018)
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===Physical Fitness===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Physical Fitness]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Physical Fitness.pdf|Physical Fitness]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 15–24
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Personal Fitness]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Athletics]]{{•}}[[Swimming]]{{•}}[[Sports]]{{•}}[[Skating]]{{•}}[[Cycling]]
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* See [[Personal Fitness]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Pioneering===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Pioneering]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Pioneering.pdf|Pioneering]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25–34. (''Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: [[Troop Program Features#Engineering|Engineering]] and [[Troop Program Features#Mechanics|Mechanics]].)<br>
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* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Pioneering]]
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* See [[Pioneering]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Public Service===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Public Service.pdf|Public Service]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 35–43. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class rank]] #4{{•}}[[First Class rank]] #5{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Community]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the Nation]]{{•}}[[Citizenship in the World]]{{•}}[[Public Health]]{{•}}[[American Cultures]]{{•}}[[American Heritage]]{{•}}[[Historic Trails Award]]
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===Safety===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Safety]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Safety.pdf|Safety]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45–54
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Safety]]{{•}}[[Fire Safety]]
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*Although not mentioned as Advancement Opportunities, [[Crime Prevention]], [[Traffic Safety]], and [[Emergency Preparedness]] do focus on safety.
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Science===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Science]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Science.pdf|Science]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55–64
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Weather]]
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*Although not mentioned as Advancement Opportunities, [[Chemistry]], [[Astronomy]], [[Digital Technology]], [[Electricity]], [[Electronics]], [[Energy]], [[Environmental Science]], [[Geology]], and [[Nuclear Science]] are applied sciences just as [[Weather]] is.
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Shooting===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Shooting]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Shooting.pdf|Shooting]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 65–74
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Archery]]{{•}}[[Shotgun Shooting]]{{•}}[[Rifle Shooting]]
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Special Cooking===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Dutch Oven Cooking]]}}
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:''This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Special Cooking.pdf|Special Cooking]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75–84. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Cooking|Cooking]].).<br>
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* [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]
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*You will use [[Dutch Oven Cooking]] and Reflector Oven Cooking and have a troop outdoor banquet.
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'''MeritBadge.Org Resources''':<br>
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{{Outdoor Cooking Links}}
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<br>
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===Sports===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Sports]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Sports.pdf|Sports]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 85–94
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Sports]]{{•}}[[Personal Fitness]]{{•}}[[Hiking]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Athletics]]{{•}}[[Swimming]]{{•}}[[Sports]]{{•}}[[Skating]]{{•}}[[Cycling]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Climbing]] is a sport.
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* You can feature flag football, soccer, softball, and other sports on a campout.
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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<br>
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===Tracking===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Tracking.pdf|Tracking]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95–104
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*While called Tracking, this program is actually about [[Mammal Study]] and [[Scout Skills]].
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Nature]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Mammal Study]]{{•}}[[Fish and Wildlife Management]]{{•}}[[Insect Study]],
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes tracking.
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<br>
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===Wilderness Survival===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Wilderness Survival]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wilderness Survival.pdf|Wilderness Survival]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105–114. ''Also see the [[Troop Program Features#Camping|Camping]] Program. The Stranded game is in the [[Troop Program Features#Leadership|Leadership]] theme.<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Wilderness Survival]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Cooking]]
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* The "Downed Plane" and "The Flood" scenarios are great learning exercises.
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* See [[Wilderness Survival]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Wildlife Management===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wildlife Management.pdf|Wildlife Management]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115–124. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].)<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Nature]]{{•}}[[Mammal Study]]{{•}}[[Fish and Wildlife Management]]{{•}}[[Insect Study]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes management requirements.
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* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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<br>
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===Winter Camping===
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{{Shortcut|[[TPF-Winter Camping]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Winter Camping.pdf|Winter Camping]] {{PDF}} - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125–134. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Camping|Camping]].)<br>
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot rank]]{{•}}[[Second Class rank]]{{•}}[[First Class rank]]{{•}}[[Camping]]{{•}}[[Leave No Trace]]
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*Activities can feature Ice Rescue, Sledding, and [[Snow Sports]]
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* See [[Camping]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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==Troop Program Resources==
==Troop Program Resources==
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:''See: [http://scouting.org/FILESTORE/pdf/33588.pdf Troop Program Resources]
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*''Source: [[Media:33588 additional resources.pdf|Troop Program Resources]] {{PDF}}
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/SMMinute.pdf The Scoutmaster’s Minute]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Games.pdf Games]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Ceremonies.pdf Ceremonies]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Interfaithservice.pdf Interfaith Worship Service]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Glossary.pdf Glossary of Scouting Terms]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Quotes.pdf Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Founders.pdfFounders of the BSA]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Forms.pdf Forms]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Clipart.pdf Clip Art]
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==References==
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===Scoutmaster's Minute===
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[[MeritBadge.Org]] is your online [[Scouting University]] with topics ranging from [[Recruiting]] to [[Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project]]s:
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/SMMinute.pdf The Scoutmaster’s Minute {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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* Training: [[New Leader Training]] - [[Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills|Scoutmaster Outdoor]] - [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34169-56.pdf Scoutmaster's Key] - [[Wood Badge]]
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* Applications: [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-402.pdf New Unit] - [[Adult Application]]
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* [[Fundraising]], [[Popcorn]], and the importance of [[Individual Youth Accounts]]
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* Planning: [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34425.pdf Troop Meeting Plan] - [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33696.pdf Campfire Program planner]
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* [[Boy Scout Advancement| Advancement Policies]] - [[Advancement Report]] - [[First Class-First Year]] - [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34518.pdf Individual Boy Scout Record]
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* [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=20102* Nameplates] - Official BSA Name plates for your uniforms. Many troops buy them for leaders to help new Scouts learn names.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34437.pdf Troop Resource Survey]
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* [http://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning Troop Committee Challenge] Online Training
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*[http://www.scouting.org/Commissioners.aspx Boy Scouts of America: Commissioners]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/councils/index.html BSA's Local Council Locater] &mdash; The ''Local Council Locater'' (search engine by Zip Code) will help you find the Council that serves your area.
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*[http://www.thescoutzone.org/locator.html Troop locator] - [http://www.joincubscouting.org/locator/index.html Pack locator]
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*[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/joining.aspx Boy Scout Joining Requirements]
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*[http://scouting.org/boyscouts/trainingmodules/orientation%20for%20new%20boy%20scout%20parents.aspx Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents]
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== See also ==
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===Games===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Games.pdf Games {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Ceremonies===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Ceremonies.pdf Ceremonies {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Interfaith Worship Service===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Interfaithservice.pdf Interfaith Worship Service {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Glossary of Scouting Terms===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Glossary.pdf Glossary of Scouting Terms {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Quotes.pdf Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Founders of the BSA===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Founders.pdf Founders of the BSA {{PDF}}] - Troop Program Resources</span>
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===Forms===
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*<span class=plainlinks>The Troop Program Resources Forms are out of date. Here are the [https://www.scouting.org/resources/info-center/forms/ Current BSA Forms].</span>
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===Clip Art===
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*<span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Clipart.pdf Clip Art {{PDF}}]</span> - Troop Program Resources
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==Notes==
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==See also==
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Current revision

In 2019 Scouts BSA Program Features for Troops and Crews replaced Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, which, beginning in 2014, had replaced Troop Program Features and Varsity Team Program Features.
Scouts BSA Program Features for Troops and Crews and its predecessor, Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews provide, in three-volume publications, 48 unique topics for Scouting meetings and activities.
Troop Program Features (© 2003, last printed 2012) provided, in a three-volume publication, 36 monthly features for Boy Scout Troops.
Varsity Team Program Features (© 2000, last printed 2008) provided, in a three-volume set, program ideas and instructions for 27 different sports and high-adventure activities for Varsity Scout teams[Note 1] and Boy Scouting Venture patrols.
While these older program features publications may be out of date with respect to advancement requirements, alignment with the current Guide to Safe Scouting, and developments in each of the program areas, Scouting units may find some of the information and ideas useful. Some of these older publications are available from Scout Shops and/or for download from Scouting.org in English or Spanish editions (see Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, Troop Program Features, and Varsity Team Program Features for links).

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TPF • Troop Plans
The Troop Program Features include 36 Monthly Themes with Troop Meeting and Activity plans.
Using this program, a troop will explore dozens of merit badges and Scout Skills each year.


Wouldn't it be great to be able to choose from dozens of monthly plans that other troops have used and refined?
What if each monthly plan included sample meeting plans, activities, games, and PLC planning suggestions?
That's what the Troop Program Features are!


Contents

Your Patrol Leaders' Council can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each theme they can tailor their own plan from a variety of resources in the chapter.

Each program is designed to let older Scouts teach newer Scouts the associated Scout Skills for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Older Scouts are encouraged to continue to explore the related Merit Badges for each topic.

By using this three-year program rotation, every Scout Skill is reinforced and Scouts are introduced to almost every merit badge. Some programs such as Camping, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness will probably be annual themes for new Scouts with older Scouts teaching and doing the related merit badges.

Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the Guide to Safe Scouting must be with you on all activities and applies to every activity. Also note that the Table of Contents is sometimes out of order because the real subject name is used instead of the chapter name. Both names are shown in the chapter notes below.

Yearly Program Planning

The full introduction with much more information is here: Introduction - How to Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF
A successful troop meeting begins with advance planning. In recent research, the Boy Scouts of America determined that inadequately planned and executed troop meetings were the number one cause of boys leaving Scouting.

Troop meetings should focus on a monthly program feature, be fast-moving, and start and end on time. The program feature should be interwoven with the program at all experience levels: the new-Scout patrol, experienced patrols, and the Venture patrol.

Planning a troop program on an annual and a monthly basis is a new task for many leaders. Good planning and execution depend on (1) a Scoutmaster who understands the process, (2) trained youth leaders who can plan meetings and successfully execute them, (3) sufficient personnel in the form of Assistant Scoutmasters and troop committee members, and (4) parents who are knowledgeable and informed.

Your first step in planning is to utilize the resources available to set goals for the troop. The next step is to train your youth leaders in the planning process. Then give them the responsibility and authority to plan and implement the troop program. The final step is to get your troop committee and parents to “buy in” to support this “Scout-planned” program.

The program planning guide in chapter 8 of the Scoutmaster Handbook will guide you through the basics of planning, from doing your homework to securing parental support for your program. The monthly troop program features found in Scouting magazine are the other principal resources needed to run the program planning workshop.
Troop Program Features Vol. I Adobe Acrobat PDF


Troop Program Features Volume I

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. I Adobe Acrobat PDF (last downloaded 8/19/2018) -


How to Plan Troop Programs

Introduction - How to Plan – Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 5–14 Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14

Aquatics

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TPF-Aquatics
Aquatics Adobe Acrobat PDF • Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15–23. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).


Athletics

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TPF-Athletics
Athletics Adobe Acrobat PDF • Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25–34. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Physical Fitness.).


Backpacking

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TPF-Backpacking
Backpacking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35–44. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Hiking.).


Boating-Canoeing

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TPF-Boating-Canoeing
Boating-Canoeing Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45–54. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Aquatics.).


Business

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TPF-Business
Business Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55–64. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Camping

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TPF-Camping
Camping Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 65–74


Citizenship

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TPF-Citizenship
Citizenship Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75–84. (Also see the Program Features for Public Service and Leadership.)


Communications

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TPF-Communications
Communications Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 85–94
  • Advancement Opportunities: Communication • Digital Technology
  • The Communications campout features semaphore flag signaling instruction!
  • Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, Public Speaking is all about communications as well.
  • See Communication for many resources including lesson videos.


Cooking

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TPF-Cooking
Cooking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95–104. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Dutch Oven Cooking.)


Cultural Awareness

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TPF-Cultural Awareness
Cultural Awareness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105–112. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Emergency Preparedness

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TPF-Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113–122. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for First Aid.).


Engineering

Engineering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pg. 123. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Pioneering.).


Troop Program Features Volume II

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. II Adobe Acrobat PDF (last downloaded 8/19/2018)


Environment

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TPF-Environment
Environment Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15–24. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).


First Aid

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TPF-First Aid
First Aid Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25–33. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Emergency Preparedness.).


Fishing

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Fishing Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 35–44
  • Advancement Opportunities: Fishing • Cooking
  • Although not mentioned in this chapter, since 2002, the BSA has offered a merit badge about "Fly-fishing" called Fly-Fishing.
  • See Fishing and Fly-Fishing for many resources including lesson videos.


Forestry

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Forestry Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45–54. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).


Health Care

Health Care Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 55–63


High Adventure

High Adventure Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 65–74


Hiking

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Hiking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75–83. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).


Hobbies

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Hobbies Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85–94


Leadership

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Leadership Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95–104

badge. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)

  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class rank #5 • Citizenship in the Community • American Cultures • American Heritage
  • This chapter includes an excellent group project "Stranded" where alone and then as a group you decide what survival items are important. Includes answer key and explanations. Good for a troop meeting.
  • P. 96 suggests that "Older Scouts can concentrate on the Citizenship merit badge this month." There is no such merit badge.
  • This chapter does not mention it but the BSA does have a youth leadership program: National Youth Leadership Training.


Mechanics

Mechanics Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105–115. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Pioneering.).

  • Although this chapter is called Mechanics, it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good Pioneering projects and COPE-type games.
  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class rank • Pioneering - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.


Nature

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TPF-Nature
Nature Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 117–126


Orienteering

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TPF-Orienteering
Orienteering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 127–136


Troop Program Features Volume III


Physical Fitness

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Physical Fitness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 15–24


Pioneering

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Pioneering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25–34. (Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: Engineering and Mechanics.)


Public Service

Public Service Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 35–43. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Safety

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Safety Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45–54


Science

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Science Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55–64


Shooting

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Shooting Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 65–74


Special Cooking

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TPF-Dutch Oven Cooking
This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.

Special Cooking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75–84. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Cooking.).

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Sports

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Sports Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 85–94


Tracking

Tracking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95–104


Wilderness Survival

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Wilderness Survival Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105–114. Also see the Camping Program. The Stranded game is in the Leadership theme.


Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115–124. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.)


Winter Camping

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Winter Camping Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125–134. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Camping.)


Troop Program Resources

Scoutmaster's Minute

Games

  • Games Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Resources

Ceremonies

Interfaith Worship Service

Glossary of Scouting Terms

Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell

Founders of the BSA

Forms

Clip Art


Notes

  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

See also

Scouts BSA portal


References


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