Pack Program Planning
Start Your Pack's Year Off Right
Program planning is critical to your pack's success. The good news is it's also simple.
Why do we plan?
We plan so we can deliver a high quality program to every family.
Setting an annual program plan, complete with a weekly calendar,
provides direction for the pack and helps deliver the goals of Cub
Scouting. It also makes the best use of volunteer time, which makes
it easier to recruit more parents as volunteers in the future.
What should the plan include?
The plan should reflect the following goals:
- Ensure 100% of youth and adult participants complete Youth Protection Training.
- Ensure 100% of leaders are trained for their position.
- Plans for School Night for Scouting
- Ensure all Webelos transition to a Boy Scout troop, to continue their Scouting journey.
- Ensure all Cub Scouts attend a Cub Scout Summer Camp.
The plan should include the following dates:
- School Night for Scouting (September)
- Pack Fundraiser (Popcorn in September and October)
- Pinewood Derby (January, February, or March)
- Blue and Gold Dinner (February)
- Polar Cubs (January, February, or March)
- Friends of Scouting Presentation (at Blue and Gold or other pack meeting)
- Cub Summer Camp (June, July, or August)
- Monthly Committee Meetings
- Monthly Pack Meetings
- Monthly District Roundtable (leader workshop including training and program updates)
- District Events
What else should be considered?
- Plan to avoid conflicts with school calendars, community events, and other Scouting events.
- Review last year's program: what worked, what didn't work, what was missing?
- How will this plan be funded?
- How will this plan be communicated to the families?
Who creates the plan?
All the pack leadership should help create the pack plan, and any other parents who want to be involved.
When is the plan created?
When you create the plan is your choice, but the general rule of thumb is to create it over the summer at an Annual Planning Meeting.
Who should receive the plan?
Every family in the program should see the plan. It's up to you (the pack leadership)
to communicate it to them, which is why a communication plan is also
When should families receive the plan?
New families should receive it as soon as they sign up. This means that
plenty of copies should be available at School Night for Scouting in
September. All other families should receive the annual plan at the
September pack meeting. It also makes sense to have copies of the
plan available at your local elementary school's August Open House.
Remember that completing a program plan, along with a funding plan, is the second Guidepost for Journey 2.0.