Unit Program Planning

Providing a year-round, quality Scouting program should be the goal of every Scouting unit. The Ideal Year of Scouting helps you develop an annual program plan, a budget to go along with that plan, and a fundraising plan to reach your program goals. The result is a well-managed, well-financed Scouting unit.

The key is to begin by planning your Unit program alongside your youth and their families. Determine the types of activities your youth are interested in and find opportunities to offer them. Schedule these programs throughout the year in a way that makes sense for your Unit leadership and encourages year-round engagement from your Youth and families.

After you’ve planned your programs, identify the costs associated with each event as well as any ongoing costs associated with running the unit. Itemize these and determine a total cost for the Unit and per Scout. This allows you to fundraise throughout the year with an overall goal in mind. Work with your Unit leadership and District Executive to determine the best fundraisers your youth can participate in to offset the costs of their Ideal Year of Scouting.

Use these resources as tools to help you with your program planning.