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===Aquatics===
===Aquatics===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Aquatics.pdf|Aquatics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15 - 23
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Aquatics.pdf|Aquatics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 15 - 23. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Backpacking|Backpacking]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Swimming]] - [[Lifesaving]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Mile Swim BSA]] - [[Snorkeling BSA]] - [[BSA Lifeguard]] - [[Boardsailing BSA]] - [[50-Miler]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]] - [[Safety Afloat]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Swimming]] - [[Lifesaving]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Mile Swim BSA]] - [[Snorkeling BSA]] - [[BSA Lifeguard]] - [[Boardsailing BSA]] - [[50-Miler]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]] - [[Safety Afloat]]
*A Canoe Diagram is included
*A Canoe Diagram is included
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===Athletics===
===Athletics===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Athletics.pdf|Athletics]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Physical Fitness|Physical Fitness]].).<br>
*'''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]]
*Note that although this chapter suggests earning your ''Skiing'' merit badge, ''Skiing'' was replaced in the 1990's with [[Snow Sports]].
*Note that although this chapter suggests earning your ''Skiing'' merit badge, ''Skiing'' was replaced in the 1990's with [[Snow Sports]].
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===Backpacking===
===Backpacking===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Backpacking.pdf|Backpacking]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35 - 44
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Backpacking.pdf|Backpacking]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 35 - 44. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Hiking|Hiking]].).<br>
* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Orienteering]] - [[Wilderness Survival]] - [[Outdoor Code]]
* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Hiking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Orienteering]] - [[Wilderness Survival]] - [[Outdoor Code]]
* See [[Backpacking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
* See [[Backpacking]] for many resources including lesson videos.
===Boating-Canoeing===
===Boating-Canoeing===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Boating-Canoeing.pdf|Boating-Canoeing]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45 - 54
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Boating-Canoeing.pdf|Boating-Canoeing]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 45 - 54. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Aquatics|Aquatics]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Canoeing]] - [[Rowing]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Safety Afloat]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Canoeing]] - [[Rowing]] - [[Small-Boat Sailing]] - [[Safety Afloat]] - [[Safe Swim Defense]]
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Motorboating]] is also a boating merit badge and canoe trips can apply towards the [[50-Miler]] award.
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Motorboating]] is also a boating merit badge and canoe trips can apply towards the [[50-Miler]] award.
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===Business===
===Business===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Business.pdf|Business]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55 - 64. (''Also see [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]])<br>
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Business.pdf|Business]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 55 - 64. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[American Business]] - [[American Labor]] - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[American Business]] - [[American Labor]] - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]]
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Entrepreneurship]] is how businesses are created. And the sales campaign activity is from the [[Salesmanship]] merit badge. [[Personal Management]] apllies these business skills to help manage your life.
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*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Entrepreneurship]] is how businesses are created. And the sales campaign activity is from the [[Salesmanship]] merit badge. [[Personal Management]] applies these business skills to help manage your life.
*The suggested "Business" campout instead features an [[Orienteering]] race and a nature hike.
*The suggested "Business" campout instead features an [[Orienteering]] race and a nature hike.
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===Citizenship===
===Citizenship===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Citizenship.pdf|Citizenship]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75 - 84. (''Also see the Program Features for [[Troop Program Features#Public Service|Public Service]] and [[Troop Program Features#Leadership|Leadership]])<br>
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Citizenship.pdf|Citizenship]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 75 - 84. (''Also see the Program Features for [[Troop Program Features#Public Service|Public Service]] and [[Troop Program Features#Leadership|Leadership]].)<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] #4 - [[First Class]] #5 - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]] - [[Law]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] #4 - [[First Class]] #5 - [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - [[American Cultures]] - [[American Heritage]] - [[Law]]
* Although not mentioned, [[Family Life]] is about citizenship in the home.
* Although not mentioned, [[Family Life]] is about citizenship in the home.
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===Cooking===
===Cooking===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cooking.pdf|Cooking]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95 - 104. (''Also see the Program Features for [[Dutch Oven Cooking]])
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cooking.pdf|Cooking]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 95 - 104. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Dutch Oven Cooking]].)
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Camping]] - [[Backpacking]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
* This chapter includes: Cooking Recipes, Foil Cooking, and Dutch Oven Cooking
* This chapter includes: Cooking Recipes, Foil Cooking, and Dutch Oven Cooking
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===Cultural Awareness===
===Cultural Awareness===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cultural Awareness.pdf|Cultural Awareness]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105 - 112. (''Also see [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]])<br>
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Cultural Awareness.pdf|Cultural Awareness]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 105 - 112. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - - [[American Heritage]] - [[Indian Lore]] - [[Genealogy]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Citizenship in the Community]] - [[Citizenship in the Nation]] - [[Citizenship in the World]] - - [[American Heritage]] - [[Indian Lore]] - [[Genealogy]]
*Although not mentioned in this topic, since 1979, the BSA continues to offer a merit badge about "Cultural Awareness" called [[American Cultures]].
*Although not mentioned in this topic, since 1979, the BSA continues to offer a merit badge about "Cultural Awareness" called [[American Cultures]].
===Emergency Preparedness===
===Emergency Preparedness===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Emergency Preparedness.pdf|Emergency Preparedness]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113 - 122
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Emergency Preparedness.pdf|Emergency Preparedness]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 113 - 122. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#First Aid|First Aid]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[First Aid]] - [[Emergency Preparedness]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[First Aid]] - [[Emergency Preparedness]]
*Although not mentioned in this topic, the BSA does offer an emergency preparedness award called the [[Emergency Preparedness Award]].
*Although not mentioned in this topic, the BSA does offer an emergency preparedness award called the [[Emergency Preparedness Award]].
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===Engineering===
===Engineering===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Engineering.pdf|Engineering]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 123
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Engineering.pdf|Engineering]] - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 123. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Pioneering|Pioneering]].).<br>
*Although called "Engineering," this chapter focuses on "Wilderness Engineering" lashings and pioneering projects. Also see [[Troop_Program_Features#Mechanics|Pioneering 1]] and [[Troop_Program_Features#Pioneering|Pioneering 2]]
*Although called "Engineering," this chapter focuses on "Wilderness Engineering" lashings and pioneering projects. Also see [[Troop_Program_Features#Mechanics|Pioneering 1]] and [[Troop_Program_Features#Pioneering|Pioneering 2]]
*'''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]].
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===Environment===
===Environment===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Environment.pdf|Environment]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15 - 24
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Environment.pdf|Environment]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 15 - 24. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Environmental Science]] - [[Insect Study]] - [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] - [[Soil and Water Conservation]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Environmental Science]] - [[Insect Study]] - [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] - [[Soil and Water Conservation]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
* See the merit badge links above for many resources including lesson videos.
===First Aid===
===First Aid===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - First Aid.pdf|First Aid]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25 - 33
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - First Aid.pdf|First Aid]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 25 - 33. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Emergency Preparedness|Emergency Preparedness]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[First Aid]] - [[Emergency Preparedness]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[First Aid]] - [[Emergency Preparedness]]
* See [[First Aid Skills]] for many resources including lesson videos.
* See [[First Aid Skills]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Forestry===
===Forestry===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Forestry.pdf|Forestry]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45 - 54
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Forestry.pdf|Forestry]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 45 - 54. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class]] - [[Forestry]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Geology]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Second Class]] - [[Forestry]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Geology]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]]
* 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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===Hiking===
===Hiking===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hiking.pdf|Hiking]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75 - 83
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Hiking.pdf|Hiking]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 75 - 83. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Backpacking|Backpacking]].).<br>
*'''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]]
* Although not mentioned in this chapter, the [[50 Miler Award]] and [[Historic Trails]] are related topics.
* Although not mentioned in this chapter, the [[50 Miler Award]] and [[Historic Trails]] are related topics.
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===Leadership===
===Leadership===
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Leadership.pdf|Leadership]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95 - 104
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Leadership.pdf|Leadership]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95 - 104
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badge. (''Also see [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]])<br>
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badge. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Citizenship|Citizenship]].)<br>
*'''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]]
*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 explainations. Good for a troop meeting.
*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 explainations. Good for a troop meeting.
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===Mechanics===
===Mechanics===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Mechanics.pdf|Mechanics]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105 - 115
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Mechanics.pdf|Mechanics]] - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 105 - 115. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Pioneering|Pioneering]].).<br>
*Although this chapter is called ''Mechanics'', it is not about being a mechanic but does offer good ''Pioneering'' projects and COPE-type games.
*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]] - [[Pioneering]] - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Pioneering]] - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.
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===Pioneering===
===Pioneering===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Pioneering.pdf|Pioneering]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25 - 34. (''Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: [[Troop Program Features#Engineering|Engineering]] and [[Troop Program Features#Mechanics|Mechanics]])<br>
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Pioneering.pdf|Pioneering]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 25 - 34. (''Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: [[Troop Program Features#Engineering|Engineering]] and [[Troop Program Features#Mechanics|Mechanics]].)<br>
* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Pioneering]]
* '''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Pioneering]]
* See [[Pioneering]] for many resources including lesson videos.
* See [[Pioneering]] for many resources including lesson videos.
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===Special Cooking===
===Special Cooking===
:''This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.
:''This topic is actually Dutch Oven Cooking and Reflector Oven Cooking.
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{{Shortcut|[[Dutch Oven Cooking]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Special Cooking.pdf|Special Cooking]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75 - 84
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{{Shortcut|[[Dutch Oven Cooking]]}}[[Media:Troop Program Features - Special Cooking.pdf|Special Cooking]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 75 - 84. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Cooking|Cooking]].).<br>
* [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Camping]]
* [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Cooking]] - [[Camping]]
*You will use [[Dutch Oven Cooking]] and Reflector Oven Cooking and have a troop outdoor banquet.
*You will use [[Dutch Oven Cooking]] and Reflector Oven Cooking and have a troop outdoor banquet.
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===Tracking===
===Tracking===
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Tracking.pdf|Tracking]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95 - 104
[[Media:Troop Program Features - Tracking.pdf|Tracking]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95 - 104
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*While called Tracking, this program is more about [[Scout Skills]].
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*While called Tracking, this program is actually about [[Mammal Study]] and [[Scout Skills]].
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Nature]] - [[Camping]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]],
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[First Class]] - [[Nature]] - [[Camping]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]],
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes tracking.
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes tracking.
===Wilderness Survival===
===Wilderness Survival===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wilderness Survival.pdf|Wilderness Survival]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105 - 114
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wilderness Survival.pdf|Wilderness Survival]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105 - 114. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Camping|Camping]].).<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Wilderness Survival]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Wilderness Survival]] - [[Camping]] - [[Cooking]]
* The "Downed Plane" and "The Flood" scenarios are great learning exercises.
* The "Downed Plane" and "The Flood" scenarios are great learning exercises.
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===Wildlife Management===
===Wildlife Management===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wildlife Management.pdf|Wildlife Management]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115 - 124
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Wildlife Management.pdf|Wildlife Management]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 115 - 124. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Nature|Nature]].)<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Nature]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Nature]] - [[Mammal Study]] - [[Fish and Wildlife Management]] - [[Insect Study]]
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes management requirements.
*Although not mentioned as an Advancement Opportunity, [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] also includes management requirements.
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===Winter Camping===
===Winter Camping===
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Winter Camping.pdf|Winter Camping]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125 - 134
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[[Media:Troop Program Features - Winter Camping.pdf|Winter Camping]] - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 125 - 134. (''Also see the Troop Program Feature for [[Troop Program Features#Camping|Camping]].)<br>
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Camping]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
*'''Advancement Opportunities''': [[Tenderfoot]] - [[Second Class]] - [[First Class]] - [[Camping]] - [[Leave No Trace]]
*Activities can feature Ice Rescue, Sledding, and [[Snow Sports]]
*Activities can feature Ice Rescue, Sledding, and [[Snow Sports]]

Revision as of 18:10, May 11, 2009

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
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 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

"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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).

Athletics

Athletics - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 25 - 34. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Physical Fitness.).

Backpacking

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

Boating-Canoeing

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

Business

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

Camping

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

Citizenship

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

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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Dutch Oven Cooking.)

Cultural Awareness

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

Emergency Preparedness

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

Engineering

Engineering - Troop Program Features Volume I pp. 123. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Pioneering.).

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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).

First Aid

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

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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Nature.).

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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Backpacking.).

Hobbies

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

Leadership

Leadership - Troop Program Features Volume II pp. 95 - 104 badge. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Citizenship.)

  • Advancement Opportunities: First Class #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 explainations. 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 - 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 - Pioneering - Includes how to make a balloon launcher.

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. (Also see the Troop Program Features for two other pioneering topics: Engineering and Mechanics.)

Public Service

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

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. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Cooking.).

MeritBadge.Org Resources:

Sports

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

Tracking

Tracking - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 95 - 104

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival - Troop Program Features Volume III pp. 105 - 114. (Also see the Troop Program Feature for Camping.).

Wildlife Management

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

Winter Camping

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


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

Clip Art

See also

Boy Scout portal

References



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