New research conducted by Eli Lily in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that a common element of strong teams is that they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of the calendar. The important result of a short shared annual program calendar is that it will encourage your Varsity Scouts to stay fully involved and excited about participating.
Other key elements of a successful Varsity Scout team are training (both youth and adults), and having just the right leader to start with and that is you, the Varsity Scout coach and/or teachers quorum advisor.
Here’s how our team program planning conference works. A month or two before the scheduled face-to-face conference, the committee chair, coach, team captain and all five program managers perform the following steps
- Key school dates, like holidays and exams
- Community event dates
- Key Church calendar dates
- Personal dates that may affect the team’s activities, such as the varsity coach’s anniversary cruise
- Key district and counsel dates for activities
- Data collected from the Varsity Scouting Interest Survey
- Last year’s team annual plan if you have one
- Team priorities and goals
- Varsity Scouts’ advancement records
- List of program features ideas
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