Troop Program Features

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The Troop Program Features include 36 Monthly Troop Programs 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
Volume I
How to Plan Troop Programs
Aquatics
Athletics
Backpacking
Boating-Canoeing
Business
Camping
Citizenship
Communications
Cooking
Cultural Awareness
Emergency Preparedness
Engineering
Volume II
Environment
First Aid
Fishing
Forestry
Health Care
High Adventure
Hiking
Hobbies
Leadership
Mechanics
Nature
Orienteering
Volume III
Physical Fitness
Pioneering
Public Service
Safety
Science
Shooting
Special Cooking
Sports
Tracking
Wilderness Survival
Wildlife Management
Winter Camping
Troop Program Resources
Scoutmaster's Minute
Games
Ceremonies
Interfaith
Worship Service

Scouting Terms
Quotes From
Baden-Powell|Quotes From Baden-Powell

BSA Founders
Forms
Clip Art

Template:Cleaar Your Patrol Leaders Council can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each topic they can tailor their own plan from a variety of 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. 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.

Although not mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the Guide to Safe Scouting applies to each of these activities and must be with you on all activities.


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 (last downloaded 5/7/2009) - Vol I Printed


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

Athletics

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

Backpacking

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

Boating-Canoeing

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

Business

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

Camping

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

Citizenship

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

Communications

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

  • Advancement Opportunities: Communications - Computers
  • The Communications campout features semaphore flag signaling instruction!
  • Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, Public Speaking is all about communications as well.
  • See Communications for many resources including lesson videos.

Cooking

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

Cultural Awareness

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

Emergency Preparedness

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

Engineering

Engineering - Troop Program Features Volume 1 pp. 123


Troop Program Features Volume II

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. II (last downloaded 5/7/2009) - Vol II Printed

Environment

Environment - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 15 - 24

First Aid

First Aid - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 25 - 33

Fishing

Fishing - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 35 - 44

Forestry

Forestry - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 45 - 54

Health Care

Health Care - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 55 - 63

High Adventure

High Adventure - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 65 - 74

Hiking

Hiking - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 75 - 83

Hobbies

Hobbies - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 85 - 94

Leadership

Leadership - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 95 - 104 badge.

Mechanics

Mechanics - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 105 - 115

  • Mechanics in this topic has nothing to do with being a mechanic. This topic instead refers to Pioneering and COPE-type games.
  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class - Pioneering - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.

Nature

Nature - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 117 - 126

Orienteering

Orienteering - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 127 - 136


Troop Program Features Volume III

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 15 - 24

Pioneering

Pioneering - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 25 - 34

Public Service

Public Service - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 35 - 43

Safety

Safety - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 45 - 54

Science

Science - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 55 - 64

Shooting

Shooting - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 65 - 74

Special Cooking

Shortcut:
Dutch Oven Cooking
Special Cooking - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 75 - 84

MeritBadge.Org Resources:

Sports

Sports - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 85 - 94

Tracking

Tracking - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 95 - 104

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 105 - 114

Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 115 - 124

Winter Camping

Winter Camping - Troop Program Features Volume 2 pp. 125 - 134


Troop Program Resources

Scoutmaster's Minute

Games

  • Games - Troop Program Resources

Ceremonies

Interfaith Worship Service

Glossary of Scouting Terms

Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell

Founders of the BSA

Forms

  • Forms - Troop Program Resources

Clip Art


See also

Boy Scout portal


References



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