Program Planning

The Program Kick Off Helps Your Unit Plan Their Year!

We invite All Leaders and particularly New Leaders to join us Virtually on Saturday April 2nd as we present discussions from expert volunteers on how to plan your best year ever!

The 2021 program will utilize Zoom to allow attendees to virtually attend the opening session, breakout sessions and even a virtual lobby with vendors and chat room. Each session will have its own breakout room and will be recorded and linked above so you can access any session you may miss.

2021 Program Kickoff Opportunities

Recording from 2021 are linked below.

During the general session leaders will hear from Atlanta Area Council Pack and Scouts BSA Leaders on how they have emerged from COVID to a 100% back in person Unit. Moderated by John Smith of the Southern Crescent District. 

Panelists for General Session - 9:15 - 9:45 am
Name Position District
Jay Gapuzan Pack 227 Cubmaster Foothills
Kes Stadler Troop 2019 Scoutmaster Foothills
Mary Fletcher Pack 994 Den Leader Appalaachian Trails
Noelle Davenport Pack 841 Committee Chair Northern Ridge
Walt Tighe Pack 353 Den Leader Silver Comet


Youtube Video of Session Links Presenters
Cub Scouts Plan your Best Year Ever! Bert Bender with George Snipes
Scouts BSA Plan your Best Year Ever! Kes Stadler with Tina Kerr
Scouting Safely with COVID Nick Adams with Josh Kirkham
Trained Leaders = Successful Units Lee Miller with Stephanie Daniels
Demystifying Scoutbook Chuck Pollack with Charity Drabik
The Game of Commishardy - Commissioners Helping Units Succeede Kim Tipton with Rhodophe Fears


Cub Scouts Advancement Starting at Home

The Cub Scout advancement plan provides fun for the Scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with them on advancement projects.  To help adult family members and den leaders deliver the “Adventures” found in each Cub Scout Handbook, there are a variety of resources including Den Leader Guides with activity plans for each Adventure.  To make these Adventure plans more accessible to leaders and parents and other adult family members, all of the Adventure plans and resources are available at the Scouting on Demand site maintained by the Advancement Committee.  There are pages for each of BobcatLionTigerWolfBearWebelos and Arrow of Light. Scouting On Demand features instructional videos, virtual programming, subscription box content mailed to homes, and much more. All programs and materials are easily accessible to parents and are designed to empower families to Scout together, learn new skills and have fun while building lasting memories.

The Program Planning Guide

Prior to the event, you will have access to the 2021-2022 Program Planning Guide which will help you plan sessions on key elements for a strong and safe unit program.  It is your manual to achieving the Ideal Year of Scouting. It includes informative articles about the structure of Scouting and how to best serve your unit as well as a calendar of all the Scouting events happening throughout the Atlanta Area Council for the next 18 months.

2021-2022 Program Guide

What is the Ideal Year of Scouting?

Providing a year-round, quality Scouting program should be the goal of every Scouting unit. Topics this year will concentrate on leveraging technology to distribute quality programs to our youth and adult leaders.  

Once you register, you will receive a link for the opening session.  You can download the agenda which includes each Zoom room link.  Each session will have a unique Zoom link, so be sure to sign up for the sessions you would like to ‘attend’.  The first 400 adult leaders who register for this year’s virtual Program Kickoff will receive an Atlanta Area Council Youth Protection sunshield.

File Name Description
2021 Program Kick-Off Agenda Download
2021-2022 Program Planning Guide An overview of the Atlanta Area Council’s programs, including camps, activities, and events. A valuable resource of information for any leader, Scout, or parent. Download
Cubs Scouts Year Plan Download
Planning your Troop's Annual Program Download
Troop Operating Budget Worksheet 2020 (Excel) Download
Troop Planning Calendar Download