2016-2017 Program Planning Iinformation
UNIT ANNUAL PROGRAM PLANNING
Your Unit’s Annual Program Plan = Satisfied Scouts and Families = A Lifelong Love of Scouting!
The unit’s annual program plan and planning conference is one of the key elements of all successful units and an indicator of a potentially successful year.
A research project done by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that a common element of strong units is they all have a good annual unit program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar. The important result of a shared annual program calendar is that your unit will attract more families, and Scouts will stay for a long time.
Just as an aside, the other two key elements of successful units identified in that study were training and just having the right leader to start with.
A month or two before the scheduled face-to-face conference gather the following information:
- Key school dates
- Community event dates
- Your chartered organization's dates
- Personal dates that may affect your unit’s activities District and council dates
- Collected Family Talent Survey or Troop Resource Survey sheets from all parents
- Last year's unit annual plan if you have one
Who should attend?
Packs: All pack committee members, all den leaders, all pack/den aids and den chiefs,chartered organization representative, your unit commissioner (optional), and anyone else you think might be helpful, such as other parents.
Troops: Your troop's youth leaders, Troop committee members and other adult troop leaders, chartered organization representative, your unit commissioner (optional), and anyone else who might be helpful, such as other parents.
Crews: Your crew's youth leaders, crew committee members and other adult crew leaders, chartered organization representative, your unit commissioner (optional), and anyone else who might be helpful, such as other parents.
Before you start the planning process: Explain to the group the importance of annual program planning, why you are doing it, and the rules for the process during this meeting.
The Council Calendar and the Council Planning Guide, which you can download below, offer Council and District event dates, instructions for conducting your Unit Annual Program Planning Conference, important policy updates, and program information.
2016-2017 Council Calendar.pdf
Council Planning Guide.pdf