BSA provides troop program feature guides as a resource for Scouts BSA Troops. A PLC can use these guides to plan a series of meetings and outings around a single theme. My post Troop Program Features for Meetings and Outings has more information about these guides.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Hobbies feature for December 2011. So this month we’ll take a look at this feature in more depth. Some of the ideas in this program feature will also be useful to Cub Scouts and Venturers who are working on hobbies related programs. The Hobbies program feature can be found in Volume 2 of the Troop Program Features.
Remember to let the youth leadership use these as a starting point for planning their troop program. If they want to use the program guides, the don’t have to follow them to the letter. Instead they should create a plan which fits their unit.
The Hobbies program feature provides 4 troop meeting plans and an outdoor program plan. At the meetings, younger Scouts can work on their early rank requirements. It suggests that older Scouts investigate the Collections merit badge, although there are other hobby related merit badges which could be worked into the troop program. The meetings culminate in a hobby show where Scouts can display all of their hobbies. The outdoor program plan is a campout with interpatrol games. There is really no hobbies focus to the outdoor activity. As the program plan states:
Here’s a chance for your Scouts to show off their hobbies and for those who don’t have a hobby to find one. The merit badge program offers a wide variety of hobby interests, and the Scouts in your troop could have an opportunity to explore some of these programs at a hobby show or with an individual hobbyist.
Even though the feature this month deals with hobbies, the patrol leaders’ council will want to plan an overnight outing for the troop. Scouts working on Tenderfoot through First Class ranks still need the opportunity to be outdoors.
I will look at some of the ideas and activities for this program feature in more depth in a few more posts this month.