One of the major themes of the conference was the importance of annual planning. When church leaders help youth create an annual plan that reflects their interests and uses available resources, the monthly goals and weekly activities are simple for the youth to plan and execute. In fact, in their session about annual planning, Richard DuBois and President Scott Ferrin suggested that one of the main predictors of success in the older boy program is whether or not they have an solid annual plan that involves the youth and parents and focuses on excellent activities.
Annual Planning Tips and Resources
One of the best resources for annual planning is the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews book. As they choose monthly themes from the book that interest them, youth will also be provided with agendas for the weekly meetings and suggestions for activities. Here is a sample annual plan presented at Little Philmont that uses Program Features and the Come, Follow Me themes:
With a detailed plan built on the Program Features, it becomes much easier to build agendas for high-quality weekly activities:
Here are blank word document versions of these forms for you to use and edit:
Once your youth have created this plan and shared it with their parents, you are on your way to an effective, youth-led program that will change the lives of the young men you serve.
How has annual planning helped your youth? Tell us about your experience.
Author: Utah National Parks Council, BSA