1. Is the program plan written down?
This is important because it disciplines them to make sure all the major items are covered.
And it can be posted for the PLC upon completion and for reference.
2. Is there a “theme” (usually monthly — although can be a little longer or shorter)?
This gives the program some direction and continuity from week-to-week.
3. Does the weekly instruction and activity tie in with the theme?
4. Does the theme have a “big event”?
This is important because it gives direction to the program
(something to work and prepare for)
and a purpose to each instruction and activity and meeting during the month.
5. Are responsibilities assigned?
(so that they have time to prepare)
6. Is the program built around activity?.
(Scouts like doing things not sitting around).
7. Does each instruction lead to a game, practice, or competition?
it gives Scouts a chance to check and review how they well they learned.
it gives instructors opportunity to see effective their teaching was.
and it reinforces learning!
8. Do patrol meetings tie in with the next troop meeting?
Patrol leaders also need direction and guidance and purpose
This can provide that and it helps build patrols
9. Is there a variety in games and opening ceremonies, etc.?
(or will it always be the “same old thing” again?)
10. Is there provision for using the out-of-doors either at a troop meeting or for the big event?
(Scouting is an outdoor program…
and the best troops are the ones that vigorously pursue this objective.)
11. Will advancement or some other type of achievement take place?
recognition is important and advancement gives a feeling of accomplishment
(and the program must ensure that this happens).