Long Term Planning
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 06:25:08 -0700
Kevin Woods asked about long term planning in a troop for high adventure
I'd say "huzzah!" and encourage it as an important feature in the PLC's
program planning efforts. We've had to do this ourselves in order to be
prepared for important events.
Let's assume the PLC sits down and maps out 2-3 years worth of major events
(I call them 'lifetime-of-memories' events.) Realistically these are most
appropriate for older Scouts.
Kevin wondered about these issues:
"How did you approach it with parents?"
Those parents that like to think ahead appreciate the advance notice. This
comes up a lot with Jamborees, when parents/families are deciding about
whether a young-ish Scout/son is ready this Summer for the Jamboree and if
not when he can consider it again. The same applies for high adventures.
Maybe this Summer's trip is a bit overwhelming for a Scout who hasn't had
his growth spurt, but the parents can help their son plan for something
else in a year or two. Perhaps the key here is for the parents to know
about the long range plans. Once your boy leadership have decided, spread
"How did you deal with scouts that left during the time?"
You don't have to finalize a roster for a particular activity until the
winter before the actual event. The key is to plan for a group/crew well in
advance and then nail down actual participants as you get closer to it.
Yes, there is a risk here of too many or too few Scouts, but we'd be
paralyzed into inaction otherwise.
"How did you deal with new scouts that came in?"
New younger Scouts might not be eligible for an event - like a Philmont
trek. An older new arrival, who has the experience and skills will often be
able to find a slot as the event draws nearer and plans change for the
"I know about the 1 day signup/call in thing and am not looking forward to
that. Any advice?"
We're waiting to hear if/how Philmont will handle its enormous backlog of
interest for the new season. Meanwhile think about all the other high
adventure options - both the national ones like Sea Base and Canoe Base,
but also local Council sponsored sites, like the Elkhorn program put on by
the Longs Peak Council in Colorado.
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