Troop Program Features

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The Troop Program Features are a set of Troop Meetings and Troop Activities.
Using this program, a troop will explore dozens of merit badges and Scout Skills each year.

Wouldn't it be great to have a set of 36 monthly plans that other troops have used and refined?

What if each monthly plan included sample meeting plans, activities, games, and PLC planning suggestions for each theme?

That's what the Troop Program Features are!

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.

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 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.

Contents

Yearly Program Planning

The full introduction with much more information is here: Introduction - How to Plan

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 Volume I

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. I


How to Plan Troop Programs

Introduction - How to Plan - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 5 - 14 Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14

Aquatics

Aquatics - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 15 - 23

Swimming - Lifesaving - Canoeing - Rowing - Small-Boat Sailing - Mile Swim BSA - Snorkeling BSA - BSA Lifeguard - Safe Swim Defense - Safety Afloat
Canoe Diagram

Athletics

Athletics - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 25 - 34

Tenderfoot - Personal Fitness - Athletics - Cycling - Hiking - Skating - Snow Sports - Sports - Swimming - Water Sports

Backpacking

Backpacking - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 35 - 44

First Class - Backpacking - Hiking - Camping - Cooking - Orienteering - Wilderness Survival

Boating-Canoeing

Boating-Canoeing - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 45 - 54

Canoeing - Rowing - Small-Boat Sailing - Motorboating - Safety Afloat - Safe Swim Defense
Canoe Paddle Diagram, Canoeing Strokes

Business

Business - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 55 - 64

Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - American Business - American Labor - Citizenship in the Community - Citizenship in the Nation

Camping

Camping - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 65 - 74

Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - Leave No Trace - Camping - Cooking - Hiking - Orienteering - Wilderness Survival

Citizenship

Citizenship - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 75 - 84

Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - Citizenship in the Community - Citizenship in the Nation - Citizenship in the World - American Cultures - American Heritage - Law

Communications

Communications - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 85 - 94

Communications - Computers - Public Speaking

Cooking

Cooking - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 95 - 104

Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - Cooking - Camping - Backpacking
Cooking Recipes, Foil Cooking, Dutch Oven Cooking

Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 105 - 112

American Cultures - Citizenship in the Community - Citizenship in the Nation - Citizenship in the World - American Cultures - American Heritage - Indian Lore - Genealogy

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 113 - 122

Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class - First Aid - Emergency Preparedness - Emergency Preparedness Award
"Real Thing" Troop Mobilization

Engineering

Engineering - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 123

Pioneering - Camping - 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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