Troop Program Features for Meetings and Outings

Scouts BSA program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme. The Scoutmaster Handbook suggests that these be used on a monthly basis, but when our troop has used them it hasn’t stuck to that plan. Sometimes they have used a feature a couple of weeks in a row. At other times, they have taken two similar features, like camping and wilderness survival, and combined them for a four or five week plan.

The program features include meeting plans and a outing plan. There are some examples in the Scoutmaster Handbook, but the complete set is available from via the links below. Remember, Scouts BSA is a youth run program, so don’t just hand them the plans and say “This is what we are doing this month.” Instead, let them look through the plans and use them as a basis for coming up with their own plan. They can choose the parts they think will work for your troop, throw out the parts they think are “lame”, and add their own ideas.

You can find the program helps for these features on the BSA website.

The program features are

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Backpacking
  • Boating and Canoeing
  • Business
  • Camping
  • Citizenship
  • Communications
  • Cooking
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Health Care
  • High Adventure
  • Hiking
  • Hobbies
  • Leadership
  • Mechanics
  • Nature
  • Orienteering
  • Physical Fitness
  • Pioneering
  • Public Service
  • Safety
  • Science
  • Shooting
  • Special Cooking
  • Sports
  • Tracking
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Wildlife Management
  • Winter Camping

2 Responses to Troop Program Features for Meetings and Outings

  1. Charles Johnstone September 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

    The link at the end of the article is dead and ends in a 404 error.

    • Scouter Mom September 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

      Thanks. I updated it.

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