Program Planning

It’s no secret what entices new youth and families to join Scouting and keep them involved: a well-planned, fun program. While planning for your upcoming Scouting year may seem daunting or time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be. And “Being Prepared” ahead of time will ultimately save time and headaches for you and your fellow busy adult leaders who volunteer their time to make a difference.

The planning process for each level of Scouting programs differs slightly based on who’s involved and their level of involvement, but consists of the following basic steps:

  1. Decide what activities are going to happen.
  2. Build a budget based on what those activities are going to cost and other associated costs of running a Scout unit (national registration fees, insurance fees, etc.).
  3. Develop a fundraising plan to offset the cost to families and determine a per-Scout fundraising goal.
  4. Communicate the plan with your families (and prospective families, too.)
[button size=”small” icon=”fa-download” target=”_blank” hover_type=”default” text=”Unit Budget Worksheet (Excel)” link=””]
[button size=”small” icon=”fa-download” target=”_blank” hover_type=”default” text=”Unit Program Planning & Budgeting Presentation (PowerPoint)” link=””]
[button size=”large” icon=”fa-download” target=”_blank” hover_type=”default” text=”Download 2020-2021 Program Planning Guide” link=”” color=”#ffffff” background_color=”#e21836″]

Select the appropriate tab below for resources to plan your unit’s Ideal Year of Scouting: