Ideal Year of Scouting - An Annual Program Plan

Providing a year-round, quality Scouting program should be the goal of every Scouting unit. The Ideal Year of Scouting helps you develop an annual program plan, a budget to go along with that plan, and a fundraising plan to reach your program goals. The result is a well-managed, well-financed Scouting unit. Use the resources below to start your Ideal Year of Scouting today. In planning your annual program plan, it is important not to get stuck on what you have “always” done, but what you would “like to do”. 

Planning Your Program Budget

To develop the unit budget, complete the worksheet with the unit leader and committee at the annual program planning conference, and then share it with the parents. Be sure to keep parents involved and informed. The unit's program calendar and budget information needs to be communicated regularly to families, especially at the start of the program year. By sharing the unit's program plans and budgetary needs, you can help newly recruited youth and their parents gain a greater understanding of just what fun is waiting for them during the unit's entire program year.

The worksheet can be downloaded in two formats:

  • A version in PDF Format to print and complete by hand
  • A version in Microsoft Excel that can be used electronically. (Note: This budget worksheet is "protected" without a password to prevent unintended changes being made to the automatically filled-in blanks. To learn how to change those protected blanks in your version of Microsoft Excel®, search for "protection" in the Excel help section. We recommend, that after you make the intended changes, you protect the worksheet to prevent unintended changes.)