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Varsity – Annual Planning – Step by Step

140px-Varsity_Scouting.svgNew 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

Preparation steps

Step 1Step one—Gather the following key information:

  1. Key school dates, like holidays and exams
  2. Community event dates
  3. Key Church calendar dates
  4. Personal dates that may affect the team’s activities, such as the varsity coach’s anniversary cruise
  5. Key district and counsel dates for activities
  6. Data collected from the Varsity Scouting Interest Survey
  7. Last year’s team annual plan if you have one
  8. Team priorities and goals
  9. Varsity Scouts’ advancement records
  10. List of program features ideas 
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