Troop Program Features

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In 2019 Scouts BSA Program Features for Troops and Crews replaced Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, which, beginning in 2014, had replaced Troop Program Features and Varsity Team Program Features.
Scouts BSA Program Features for Troops and Crews and its predecessor, Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews provide, in three-volume publications, 48 unique topics for Scouting meetings and activities.
Troop Program Features (© 2003, last printed 2012) provided, in a three-volume publication, 36 monthly features for Boy Scout Troops.
Varsity Team Program Features (© 2000, last printed 2008) provided, in a three-volume set, program ideas and instructions for 27 different sports and high-adventure activities for Varsity Scout teams[Note 1] and Boy Scouting Venture patrols.
While these older program features publications may be out of date with respect to advancement requirements, alignment with the current Guide to Safe Scouting, and developments in each of the program areas, Scouting units may find some of the information and ideas useful. Some of these older publications are available from Scout Shops and/or for download from Scouting.org in English or Spanish editions (see Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, Troop Program Features, and Varsity Team Program Features for links).

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The Troop Program Features include 36 Monthly Themes with Troop Meeting and Activity plans.
Using this program, a troop will explore dozens of merit badges and Scout Skills each year.


Wouldn't it be great to be able to choose from dozens of monthly plans that other troops have used and refined?
What if each monthly plan included sample meeting plans, activities, games, and PLC planning suggestions?
That's what the Troop Program Features are!


Contents

Your Patrol Leaders' Council can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each theme they can tailor their own plan from a variety of resources in the chapter.

Each program is designed to let older Scouts teach newer Scouts the associated Scout Skills for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Older Scouts are encouraged to continue to explore the related Merit Badges for each topic.

By using this three-year program rotation, every Scout Skill is reinforced and Scouts are introduced to almost every merit badge. Some programs such as Camping, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness will probably be annual themes for new Scouts with older Scouts teaching and doing the related merit badges.

Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the Guide to Safe Scouting must be with you on all activities and applies to every activity. Also note that the Table of Contents is sometimes out of order because the real subject name is used instead of the chapter name. Both names are shown in the chapter notes below.

Yearly Program Planning

The full introduction with much more information is here: Introduction - How to Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF
A successful troop meeting begins with advance planning. In recent research, the Boy Scouts of America determined that inadequately planned and executed troop meetings were the number one cause of boys leaving Scouting.

Troop meetings should focus on a monthly program feature, be fast-moving, and start and end on time. The program feature should be interwoven with the program at all experience levels: the new-Scout patrol, experienced patrols, and the Venture patrol.

Planning a troop program on an annual and a monthly basis is a new task for many leaders. Good planning and execution depend on (1) a Scoutmaster who understands the process, (2) trained youth leaders who can plan meetings and successfully execute them, (3) sufficient personnel in the form of Assistant Scoutmasters and troop committee members, and (4) parents who are knowledgeable and informed.

Your first step in planning is to utilize the resources available to set goals for the troop. The next step is to train your youth leaders in the planning process. Then give them the responsibility and authority to plan and implement the troop program. The final step is to get your troop committee and parents to “buy in” to support this “Scout-planned” program.

The program planning guide in chapter 8 of the Scoutmaster Handbook will guide you through the basics of planning, from doing your homework to securing parental support for your program. The monthly troop program features found in Scouting magazine are the other principal resources needed to run the program planning workshop.
Troop Program Features Vol. I Adobe Acrobat PDF


Troop Program Features Volume I

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. I Adobe Acrobat PDF (last downloaded 8/19/2018) -


How to Plan Troop Programs

Introduction - How to Plan – Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 5–14 Troop Meeting Plan Form p. 14

Aquatics

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Aquatics Adobe Acrobat PDF • Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15–23. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).


Athletics

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Athletics Adobe Acrobat PDF • Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25–34. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Physical Fitness.).


Backpacking

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Backpacking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35–44. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Hiking.).


Boating-Canoeing

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Boating-Canoeing Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45–54. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Aquatics.).


Business

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Business Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55–64. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Camping

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Camping Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 65–74


Citizenship

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Citizenship Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75–84. (Also see the Program Features for Public Service and Leadership.)


Communications

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Communications Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 85–94
  • Advancement Opportunities: Communication • Digital Technology
  • The Communications campout features semaphore flag signaling instruction!
  • Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, Public Speaking is all about communications as well.
  • See Communication for many resources including lesson videos.


Cooking

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Cooking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95–104. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Dutch Oven Cooking.)


Cultural Awareness

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Cultural Awareness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105–112. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113–122. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for First Aid.).


Engineering

Engineering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume I pg. 123. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Pioneering.).


Troop Program Features Volume II

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. II Adobe Acrobat PDF (last downloaded 8/19/2018)


Environment

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Environment Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15–24. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).


First Aid

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First Aid Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25–33. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Emergency Preparedness.).


Fishing

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Fishing Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 35–44
  • Advancement Opportunities: Fishing • Cooking
  • Although not mentioned in this chapter, since 2002, the BSA has offered a merit badge about "Fly-fishing" called Fly-Fishing.
  • See Fishing and Fly-Fishing for many resources including lesson videos.


Forestry

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Forestry Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45–54. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).


Health Care

Health Care Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 55–63


High Adventure

High Adventure Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 65–74


Hiking

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Hiking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75–83. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).


Hobbies

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Hobbies Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85–94


Leadership

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Leadership Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95–104

badge. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)

  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class rank #5 • Citizenship in the Community • American Cultures • American Heritage
  • This chapter includes an excellent group project "Stranded" where alone and then as a group you decide what survival items are important. Includes answer key and explanations. Good for a troop meeting.
  • P. 96 suggests that "Older Scouts can concentrate on the Citizenship merit badge this month." There is no such merit badge.
  • This chapter does not mention it but the BSA does have a youth leadership program: National Youth Leadership Training.


Mechanics

Mechanics Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105–115. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Pioneering.).

  • Although this chapter is called Mechanics, it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good Pioneering projects and COPE-type games.
  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class rank • Pioneering - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.


Nature

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Nature Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 117–126


Orienteering

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Orienteering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 127–136


Troop Program Features Volume III


Physical Fitness

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Physical Fitness Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 15–24


Pioneering

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Pioneering Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25–34. (Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: Engineering and Mechanics.)


Public Service

Public Service Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 35–43. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)


Safety

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Safety Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45–54


Science

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Science Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55–64


Shooting

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Shooting Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 65–74


Special Cooking

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This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.

Special Cooking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75–84. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Cooking.).

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Sports

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Sports Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 85–94


Tracking

Tracking Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95–104


Wilderness Survival

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Wilderness Survival Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105–114. Also see the Camping Program. The Stranded game is in the Leadership theme.


Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115–124. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.)


Winter Camping

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Winter Camping Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125–134. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Camping.)


Troop Program Resources

Scoutmaster's Minute

Games

  • Games Adobe Acrobat PDF - Troop Program Resources

Ceremonies

Interfaith Worship Service

Glossary of Scouting Terms

Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell

Founders of the BSA

Forms

Clip Art


Notes

  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

See also

Scouts BSA portal


References


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