Last year, the Council held three Little Philmont training conferences to help stake presidents and other church leaders use Scouting resources to help their young men to grow spiritually. Two of the key elements of this conference were creating an annual plan and using program features to have high quality, youth-led activities. Here are some resources to help you with effective program planning:
Annual Planning Tips and Resources
If your youth don’t have a detailed annual plan in place, help them create one. Click here for a pdf with the key steps to annual planning. You can also read this article for more information.
One of the best resources for annual planning is the new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews
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.