Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Fri, 7 May 1993 20:27:00 MST
Annual planning can make a real difference. Here's a real life example.
When I moved to Tucson the troop there was deciding on their campouts in
the "Where do we want to go camping this month routine." the Scoutmaster
frequently had conflicts because he had to work two of every four
Saturdays. It goes without saying that this troop was lacking in the
After Six months I was made committee chairman and decided to get this
troop to plan. This is what I did:
I prepared a survey and gave one to each scout. It asked questions like
did you like the campout at xxxx camp. Do you want to go canoing? Do you
want to go backpacking, etc... to find out what the scouts wanted to do.
Results were put together and the Committee planned annual calender. (Yes
I know the scouts are suppose to do this, please read on.)
With the printed calender the following started happending:
We went camping every month (not always to the original plan site, but we
The Scoutmaster gave a copy of the annual calender to his boss and his boss
scheduled him off work on camp-out weekends.
(With big troops, the calender helps parents decide when they want to help
with driving and adult supervision on camp-outs. Kind of a HEY I want to
go there, I am going to sign up to drive on that one!)
Next year we did the survey again and then we went to one of the local
camps for a Saturday and the youths planned the calender. Next's years
planning date was put on that calender.
It seems like a small thing, but it had a big impact on the outdoor program
of this unit. As a district committee member I do not get the inserts so I
am not sure what Scouting Magazine said, but I know that even the most
basic planning can make a big difference.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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