A troop without an activity calendar is like a car without a steering wheel: It lacks direction.
In the Boy Scouts, creating a troop calendar for the next six to 12 months doesn’t happen by itself. It takes dedication from a well-trained Patrol Leaders’ Council — and the right amount of guidance from adult leaders like you.
But how much guidance is too much? What works — and what doesn’t — at a troop planning conference?
I asked Scouters on Facebook and Twitter, and they shared these ideas:
- Check out the Boys’ Life program planning charts, available online or by calling your local council. They make planning the year a breeze.
- John Copley, a Dallas Scouter, prints out full-size photos of various adventure activities (zip-lining, horseback riding, etc.) and posts them around the room where the planning conference is held. He says seeing the pictures, as opposed to lists of activities, gets the Scouts more excited. This is a great way to make the youth development method work without either getting in the way or totally staying out of the picture. (Thanks to Mark Ray for this tip!)
What do you think?
Has your troop had a successful calendar planning session? Share what worked below.
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