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Program Planning Resources

Quality Scouting programs begin with program planning.

Unit program planning is an annual process where a unit invites Scouts and families to have input in the program and activities of the unit.  It is also the process of selecting great activities, developing an annual unit calendar and an annual unit budget. 

Benefits to a strong unit program plan include:

  • Well run, high quality activities for youth.
  • Stronger parental involvement
  • More youth participating in outdoor programs, including summer camp
  • More funding with less fundraising, reducing out of pocket expenses for parents
  • More Fun for everyone!

Introduction to Program Planning Video - click hereExternal Link

Northern Lights Council Calendar & Program Planning Guide for Pack and Troops:

2018-2019 Program Planning booklet

2018-2019 Calendar (with district and council dates)

PowerPoint used at Roundtables

Program Planning Webinar 4/26/18

Cub Scout Leaders

Cub Scout leaders can view the program planning conference guideExternal Link   to add some color to the process. This narrated PowerPoint presentation will assist the pack step-by-step through the planning process.

Click on the links below for resources:

Pack Budget Planning



Boy Scout Leaders

The Program planning conference guideExternal Link is available for troop leaders use to add some color to the process. It is a narrated PowerPoint that takes the troop step by step through the planning process. The result is an annual calendar and plan that all parties agree upon.

Click on the links below for resources:


Additional resources available to help unit leaders with program planning:

FormsExternal Link – Many common forms are available to download and print

  • Youth and Adult application forms
  • Membership Transfer form
  • Eagle Rank forms
  • Award nomination forms
  • Annual Health and Medical Record
  • Many others

Journey to ExcellenceExternal Link – resources to help your unit have a great program and make improvements year to year.

Guide to Safe ScoutingExternal Link – this guide is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. Every leader should be review the contents when planning activities for their unit. 

Unit Money Earning Application – includes rules regarding unit money earning projects

Family ScoutingExternal Link – up to date information about options for girls interested in participating Scouting programs

LionsExternal Link – this program for kindergarten age youth is moving from a pilot program to an official part of Cub Scouting in 2018. Details about this program can be found here.

Safety MomentsExternal Link - Safety Moments are exactly what the name implies: opportunities to prepare for an activity, review safety measures, and report incidents correctly. Topics of this new series include incident reporting helps, safe use of medication in Scouting, weather-related safety, winter activity, and winter sports.

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