Troop Program Features

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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
Volume I
How to Plan
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
Pioneering 1
Nature
Orienteering
Volume III
Physical Fitness
Pioneering 2
Public Service
Safety
Science
Shooting
Dutch Oven
Sports
Tracking
Wilderness
 Survival

Wildlife
 Management

Winter Camping
Resources
Scoutmaster's Minute
Games
Ceremonies
Worship Service
Scouting Terms
Baden-Powell
 Quotes

BSA Founders
Forms
Clip Art
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

"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 I pp. 5 - 14 Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14

Aquatics

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

Athletics

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

Backpacking

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

Boating-Canoeing

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

Business

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

Camping

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

Citizenship

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

Communications

Communications - Troop Program Features Volume I 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 I pp. 95 - 104

Cultural Awareness

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

Emergency Preparedness

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

Engineering

Engineering - Troop Program Features Volume I 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 II pp. 15 - 24

First Aid

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

Fishing

Fishing - 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

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

Health Care

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

High Adventure

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

Hiking

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

Hobbies

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

Leadership

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

Mechanics

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

  • 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 - Pioneering - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.

Nature

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

Orienteering

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


Troop Program Features Volume III

Physical Fitness

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

Pioneering

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

Public Service

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

Safety

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

Science

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

Shooting

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

Special Cooking

This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.
Shortcut:
Dutch Oven Cooking
Special Cooking - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75 - 84

MeritBadge.Org Resources:

Sports

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

Tracking

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

Wilderness Survival

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

Wildlife Management

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

Winter Camping

Winter Camping - Troop Program Features Volume III 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

Clip Art

See also

Boy Scout portal

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