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[[Troop Program Features#Science|Science]]<br>
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[[Troop Program Features#Special Cooking|Dutch Oven]]<br>
[[Troop Program Features#Sports|Sports]]<br>
[[Troop Program Features#Sports|Sports]]<br>
[[Troop Program Features#Tracking|Tracking]]<br>
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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.
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.
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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 done every year to allow new Scouts the chance to learn and to allow older Scouts the chance to refresh their knowledge as they teach these basic skills.
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 done every year to allow new Scouts the chance to learn and to allow older Scouts the chance to refresh their knowledge as they teach these basic skills.
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Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]] must be with you on all activities and applies to every activities.
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Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]] must be with you on all activities and applies to every activities. 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.
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==Yearly Program Planning==
==Yearly Program Planning==
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Athletics]] - [[Personal Fitness]] - [[Skating]] - [[Cycling]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Sports]] - [[Swimming]] - [[Water Sports]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Athletics]] - [[Personal Fitness]] - [[Skating]] - [[Cycling]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Sports]] - [[Swimming]] - [[Water Sports]]
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*Note that although the topic suggests earning your ''Skiing'' merit badge, ''Skiing'' was replaced in the 1990's with [[Snow Sports]].
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*Note that although this chapter suggests earning your ''Skiing'' merit badge, ''Skiing'' was replaced in the 1990's with [[Snow Sports]].
* See [[Personal Fitness]] for many resources including lesson videos.
* See [[Personal Fitness]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] #4 - [[First Class]] #7 - [[Engineering]] - [[Pioneering]] - [[Camping]] - [[Computers]] - [[Drafting]] - [[Electricity]] - [[Electronics]].
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] #4 - [[First Class]] #7 - [[Engineering]] - [[Pioneering]] - [[Camping]] - [[Computers]] - [[Drafting]] - [[Electricity]] - [[Electronics]].
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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* Although not mentioned in the chapter, [[Energy]] and [[Nuclear Science]] are engineering disciplines.
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===Fishing===
===Fishing===
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Fishing.pdf|Fishing]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 35 - 44
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Fishing.pdf|Fishing]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 35 - 44
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Fishing]] - [[Fly Fishing]] - [[Cooking]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Fishing]] - [[Cooking]]
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*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.
* See [[Fishing]] and [[Fly Fishing]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hiking.pdf|Hiking]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75 - 83
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hiking.pdf|Hiking]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75 - 83
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
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* Although not mentioned in this topic, the [[50 Miler Award]] and [[Historic Trails]] are related topics.
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* Although not mentioned in this chapter, the [[50 Miler Award]] and [[Historic Trails]] are related topics.
* See [[Hiking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
* See [[Hiking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hobbies.pdf|Hobbies]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85 - 94
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hobbies.pdf|Hobbies]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85 - 94
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Collections]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Collections]]
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*The topic suggests these hobbies but does not reveal that they are merit badges: [[Archery]], [[Camping]], [[Coin Collecting]], [[Computers]], [[First Aid]], [[Fishing]], [[Indian Lore]], [[Model Design and Building]], [[Soil & Water Conservation]], [[Pets]], [[Pioneering]], [[Stamp Collecting]], and [[Woodcarving]].
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*This chapter suggests several hobbies but does not reveal that they are merit badges: [[Archery]], [[Camping]], [[Coin Collecting]], [[Computers]], [[First Aid]], [[Fishing]], [[Indian Lore]], [[Model Design and Building]], [[Soil & Water Conservation]], [[Pets]], [[Pioneering]], [[Stamp Collecting]], and [[Woodcarving]].
*The article does not use the BSA name or reveal that these are merit badges: Artwork ([[Art]]), Birding ([[Bird Study]]), Ceramics ([[Pottery]]), Fly tying ([[Fly Fishing]]), Gun safety ([[Rifle Shooting]] & [[Shotgun Shooting]]), Insect collections ([[Insect Study]]), Model trains ([[Railroading]]), Rock collections ([[Geology]]), Star study ([[Astronomy]]), Still photography ([[Photography]]), and Video photography ([[Cinematography]]), and Woodworking ([[Woodwork]]).
*The article does not use the BSA name or reveal that these are merit badges: Artwork ([[Art]]), Birding ([[Bird Study]]), Ceramics ([[Pottery]]), Fly tying ([[Fly Fishing]]), Gun safety ([[Rifle Shooting]] & [[Shotgun Shooting]]), Insect collections ([[Insect Study]]), Model trains ([[Railroading]]), Rock collections ([[Geology]]), Star study ([[Astronomy]]), Still photography ([[Photography]]), and Video photography ([[Cinematography]]), and Woodworking ([[Woodwork]]).
*Other hobby merit badges are not mentioned: [[Basketry]], [[Leatherwork]], [[Sculpture]], [[Space Exploration]], and [[Genealogy]]
*Other hobby merit badges are not mentioned: [[Basketry]], [[Leatherwork]], [[Sculpture]], [[Space Exploration]], and [[Genealogy]]
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*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] #5 - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] #5 - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]]
*P. 96 suggests that ''"Older Scouts can concentrate on the Citizenship merit badge this month."'' There is no such merit
*P. 96 suggests that ''"Older Scouts can concentrate on the Citizenship merit badge this month."'' There is no such merit
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*The topic does not mention it but the BSA does have a youth leadership program: [[National Youth Leadership Training]]
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*This chapter does not mention it but the BSA does have a youth leadership program: [[National Youth Leadership Training]].
===Mechanics===
===Mechanics===
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*Although called ''Mechanics'', this topic has nothing to do with being a mechanic. This topic instead refers to ''Pioneering'' and COPE-type games.
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*Although this chapter is called ''Mechanics'', it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good ''Pioneering'' projects and COPE-type games.
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Mechanics.pdf|Mechanics]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105 - 115
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Mechanics.pdf|Mechanics]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105 - 115
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Pioneering]] - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Pioneering]] - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Safety.pdf|Safety]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45 - 54
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Safety.pdf|Safety]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45 - 54
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Safety]] - [[Fire Safety]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Safety]] - [[Fire Safety]]
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*Although not mentioned as Advancement Opportunities, [[Crime Prevention]], [[Traffic Safety]], and [[Emergency Preparedness]] focus on safety as well.
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*Although not mentioned as Advancement Opportunities, [[Crime Prevention]], [[Traffic Safety]], and [[Emergency Preparedness]] do focus on safety.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Science.pdf|Science]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55 - 64
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Science.pdf|Science]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55 - 64
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Weather]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Weather]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Chemistry]], [[Astronomy]], [[Computers]], [[Electricity]], [[Electronics]], [[Energy]], [[Environmental Science]], [[Geology]], and [[Nuclear Science]] are applied sciences just as [[Weather]] is.
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*Although not mentioned as Advancement Opportunities, [[Chemistry]], [[Astronomy]], [[Computers]], [[Electricity]], [[Electronics]], [[Energy]], [[Environmental Science]], [[Geology]], and [[Nuclear Science]] are applied sciences just as [[Weather]] is.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.

Revision as of 11:50, May 9, 2009

The Troop Program Features include 36 Monthly Troop Programs 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
Volume I
How to Plan
Aquatics
Athletics
Backpacking
Boating-Canoeing
Business
Camping
Citizenship
Communications
Cooking
Cultural Awareness
Emergency Preparedness
Engineering
Volume II
Environment
First Aid
Fishing
Forestry
Health Care
High Adventure
Hiking
Hobbies
Leadership
Pioneering 1
Nature
Orienteering
Volume III
Physical Fitness
Pioneering 2
Public Service
Safety
Science
Shooting
Dutch Oven
Sports
Tracking
Wilderness Survival
Wildlife Management
Winter Camping
Resources
Scoutmaster's Minute
Games
Ceremonies
Worship Service
Scouting Terms
Baden-Powell Quotes
BSA Founders
Forms
Clip Art
Your Patrol Leaders Council can pick and choose the themes that interest them. Then for each topic 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 done every year to allow new Scouts the chance to learn and to allow older Scouts the chance to refresh their knowledge as they teach these basic skills.

Although rarely mentioned in the Troop Program Features, the Guide to Safe Scouting must be with you on all activities and applies to every activities. 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

"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 Volume I

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. I (last downloaded 5/7/2009) - Vol I Printed


How to Plan Troop Programs

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

Aquatics

Aquatics - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15 - 23

Athletics

Athletics - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34

Backpacking

Backpacking - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35 - 44

Boating-Canoeing

Boating-Canoeing - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45 - 54

Business

Business - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55 - 64

Camping

Camping - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 65 - 74

Citizenship

Citizenship - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75 - 84

Communications

Communications - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 85 - 94

  • Advancement Opportunities: Communications - Computers
  • The Communications campout features semaphore flag signaling instruction!
  • Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, Public Speaking is all about communications as well.
  • See Communications for many resources including lesson videos.

Cooking

Cooking - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95 - 104

Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105 - 112

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113 - 122

Engineering

Engineering - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 123


Troop Program Features Volume II

Source: Troop Program Features Vol. II (last downloaded 5/7/2009) - Vol II Printed

Environment

Environment - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15 - 24

First Aid

First Aid - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25 - 33

Fishing

Fishing - 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

Forestry - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45 - 54

Health Care

Health Care - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 55 - 63

High Adventure

High Adventure - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 65 - 74

Hiking

Hiking - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75 - 83

Hobbies

Hobbies - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 85 - 94

Leadership

Leadership - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95 - 104 badge.

Mechanics

  • Although this chapter is called Mechanics, it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good Pioneering projects and COPE-type games.

Mechanics - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105 - 115

Nature

Nature - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 117 - 126

Orienteering

Orienteering - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 127 - 136


Troop Program Features Volume III

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 15 - 24

Pioneering

Pioneering - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25 - 34

Public Service

Public Service - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 35 - 43

Safety

Safety - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 45 - 54

Science

Science - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 55 - 64

Shooting

Shooting - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 65 - 74

Special Cooking

This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.
Shortcut:
Dutch Oven Cooking
Special Cooking - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75 - 84

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Sports

Sports - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 85 - 94

Tracking

While called Tracking, this program is more about Scout Skills.Tracking - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95 - 104

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105 - 114

Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115 - 124

Winter Camping

Winter Camping - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125 - 134


Troop Program Resources

Scoutmaster's Minute

Games

  • Games - Troop Program Resources

Ceremonies

Interfaith Worship Service

Glossary of Scouting Terms

Pearls of Wisdom—Quotes From Baden-Powell

Founders of the BSA

Forms

  • Forms - Troop Program Resources

Clip Art


See also

Boy Scout portal


References



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