Making the programme planning tool work for you.

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Whether you’re a brand new leader or an old hand at this, the Scouts’ new programme planning tool is here for you so you can run your colony with ease.

Available at, it’s the result of years of work and is full of ideas directly linked to badges, awards and the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.

A programme on a plate.

Starting out or don’t know where to start? When you create a new programme then you have the option to import a full 2 year programme with a host of varied sessions that together cover everything you would need in the programme.

Plus as it covers all the challenge awards, a Beaver Scout who follows this programme for a full 2 years will do all they need to earn their top award – the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award. This is especially good if you find not many of your Beavers are reaching the top at the moment. Why not spend a few minutes giving it a glance.

Take a pick of your activities.

Picture the scene. You need to teach three knots for the My Outdoors Challenge but the way you’ve always done it doesn’t seem to hold their attention. We don’t want to force them to do something they don’t like, we don’t want to moan at them but we also don’t want to stop them earning their top award. What to do?

The programme planning tool can help here as well. The tool is packed full of activities that work towards the badge requirements and often in ways you wouldn’t have thought of first time. Plus for badge requirements these activities are super easy to find. Just find the badge on the scouts website and underneath it is a teal coloured box with loads of activities that you can use for this badge.

So for that knotty problem a quick look gives you an idea to try the ‘Tie a Tasty Reef Knot’ activity and who knows, it may be all your Beavers need.

How good are the activities?

The activities include everything you might need to think about including safety messages, reflections, print outs and resources and which groups it works well for. These activities have really come into their own since the coronavirus pandemic as lots can be repurposed easily for the Great Indoors.

And for those who prefer OSM activities then we have good news for you. A lot of these activities are so good they’ve been included in OSM’s activities database as well.

Why not give it a go today.

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