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Plan your Programme

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For Programme Planning, why not try our new beta website: beta.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/planning-your-programme/

There are a number of resources available and sources of support, to help you plan your Programme.

Here are some top tips:

Planning the Programme with Explorer Scout Young Leaders

There are many ways to actively involve Explorer Scout Young Leaders in Programme planning and as part of the Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Scheme.

Below are a few tips and ideas of ways to involve them:

  • Consider where and when you run your planning meetings, to enable the Explorer Scout Young Leader(s) to be able to attend.
  • Give them the responsibility to plan one section evening for the term, getting all of the leaders involved. This could include asking them to plan a part of the section programme that works towards one of their missions.
  • Give Explorer Scout Young Leaders the responsibility for organising and running the Section forum.
  • Ask Explorer Scout Young Leaders to run an activity to gather programme ideas from the young people in the section, and then to feed this back in the planning meeting.

Generating activity ideas  

The Youth Shaped Programme resources, including the YouShape postcards, contain activities which you can use with your section, to review and generate Programme ideas. These resources also contain guidance on running youth forums.

There are many sources of activity ideas for your Programme, including:
  • Activities in Scouting Magazine and in the Make Do Share supplement
  • Activity resources for sponsored badges and awards. Find out about all of the partners and resources available here.
  • Global Programme resources - Including activities for the Global Issues and International Activity Badges.
  • Activity ideas shared via The Scout Association social media channels
  • Badge support blogs
Your section could also pick a theme or event to plan the Programme around. You can also gain inspiration from upcoming festivals, celebrations and national or international occasions.  The Prepared handbook  contains a year calendar, listing some events.

For adventurous activities, why not see what’s available at a Scout Adventures centres. You can also run adventurous activities yourself, using the guidance in the A-Z of activities, at scouts.org.uk/a-z.


There are a number of resources available to support you in planning your Programme, which are listed below. 


The evening Programme plan template from Module 12(B), can be downloaded here.

Example Programmes

Example evening Programme plans and long-term Programme plans for each section, can be found in the back of the Prepared handbook. Download example long-term Programme plans for all sections.

Take a look at an example of a long term programme plan from a local Scout troop, supporting Scouts to complete their Chief Scout’s Gold Award over three years here.


Module 12(B): Programme Planning in the Adult Training Scheme is designed to support Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders with Programme planning, and can be accessed locally.

Reviewed: 14/08/2018


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