Troop Program Features

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The Troop Program is a series of Troop Meetings and Troop Activities
based on the BSA Troop Program Features.
Using this annual program, a troop will explore dozens of merit badges and Scout Skills.

Contents

Yearly Program Planning

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.

Each Troop Program

Troop Program Features Vol. I

See: Troop Program Features Vol. I
  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Backpacking
  • Boating/Canoeing
  • Business
  • Camping
  • Citizenship
  • Communications
  • Cooking
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Engineering

Troop Program Features Vol. II

See: Troop Program Features Vol. 2
  • Environment
  • First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Health Care
  • High Adventure
  • Hiking Special
  • Hobbies Sports
  • Leadership
  • Mechanics
  • Nature
  • Orienteering

Troop Program Features Vol. III

See: Troop Program Features Vol. 3
  • Physical Fitness
  • Pioneering
  • Public Service
  • Safety
  • Science
  • Shooting
  • Cooking
  • Tracking
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Wildlife Management
  • Winter Camping

Troop Program Resources

See: Troop Program Resources

References

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See also

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