Planning Your Scouting Program

Scouts like to have fun and learn new things – that is what we call program. A good program takes planning and preparation. Research has shown that a common element of strong programs is a good annual program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families as a calendar. Use these ground rules while working on your Unit plan:

  • Respect the views of each other. Listen and don’t interrupt.
  • Keep focused on your task to plan your annual program. Don’t get sidetracked.
  • Write out your ideas so everyone can see them.
  • Be in agreement.

Pro Tip: While you plan your program work to avoid planning activities on religious holidays. For a full calendar of religious observance dates visit

Council and District Events

District Cub Scout Day & Twilight Camps

The Atlanta Area Council 13 district camps. Over the summer Scouts can attend as many camps as they would like in any community around the council. In-person camps include BBs, archery, sports and outdoor skills.

Spooky-Ree Family Camping Weekends

Spooky-Ree is a fall-themed weekend for Cub Scouts and their families. It’s filled with fall festival games and activities, archery, BBs and a campfire program. There are three opportunities at Bert Adams Scout Camp and one at Woodruff Scout Camp to choose from.

Order of the Arrow Trailblazer Adventure Camp

Trailblazer Adventure Camp is a day of fun for Cub Scouts and their families in October at Bert Adams Scout Camp. Fun-filled events including BBs, archery, advancement opportunities, and more are brought to you by the Order of the Arrow.

Spring Family Cub-a-Ree Camping Weekend

Cub-a-Ree is a Spring Camping opportunity for Families with two dates to choose from one at Bert Adams and one at Woodruff. Join a fun weekend full of shooting sports, games, activities, STEM and more for Cub Scouts and their families!

Scouts BSA Merit Badge Days

The Atlanta Area Council offers many opportunities throughout the year for Scouts BSA youth to earn merit badges. There are quarterly Merit Badge Summits, Allatoona Aquatics Base Merit Badges, Conservation Weekend, and premier events with partnered organizations.

Scout Days

Scout Days are unique opportunities for all Scouts and their families to attend events around Atlanta with other Scouts. All Scout Days are offered at a discounted price of admission, and a portion of the proceeds is given back to the program. Our partners include the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta United, Atlanta Falcons, the Georgia State Capitol and more.

STEM Academy

Be inspired in ways you didn’t know were possible! Our mission is to have high school students leave our academy with a deeper understanding of what STEM professionals do every day and how they change and build the world we live in. STEM Academy is a welcoming environment whether you are in Scouting or not, we strongly focus on exposing students to science, technology, engineering, and mechanical careers. This is a great way to get your students motivated about their future careers. Scouts will have the opportunity earn STEM and Construction Merit Badges. A special thanks to our partners at Novelis and Lockheed Martin who collaborated with the Atlanta Area Council to bring this program to you.

University of Scouting

A day of training tailored to YOUR position in Scouting. From Den Leaders to Scoutmaster, new leaders to experienced volunteers, there’s something for everyone. Over 60 classes will be offered including Position Specific Trainings, Scoutbook 101 and many more. All of these courses are led by experienced volunteers from Metro Atlanta.