Annual Program Planning
Let's talk about one of the key factors that can lead to a successful year for your crew: the crew's annual program plan!
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what keeps Venturers in the program. They like to have fun, do really cool, challenging activities, travel places, and meet others. However, in order to make all of these things happen, a crew must plan and prepare!
Research conducted by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana, showed that a common element of strong units is that they all have a good annual program plan. This plan, which is created a year in advance, is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar. A shared annual program calendar will attract more families and keep Venturers involved in the crew.
Here's an example of how a crew program planning process works; keep in mind that each crew is unique and may find another method works better for them. This is simply a guide that can serve as a resource.
Before Making Your Plan
The Crew Annual Program Planning Conference
When planning your crew's program calendar, there are a few things that may help lead to a more productive meeting. It may help to meet in a setting where you can write down ideas, and allow everyone to see what is going on. You want to ensure that everyone has a say, so that there are events that represent everyone's interests.
These tools will help to ease the process of creating newsletters, revising calendars, keeping members and families informed, and helping Venturers manage the crew more effectively and efficiently.