The annual council/district/unit planning calendar for 2019-2020 is expected to be out soon (in my council), if your unit does not have it already It is first released as a paper publication before it is posted online. Extracts from last year’s planning calendar is available online pertaining to annual planning follows.
- Boys’ Life Planning Calendar - 2018–2019 Additional dates through 2023 Building the Council Annual Plan
Steps in Building the Council Annual Plan
The Council Strategic Plan and JTE Begin by reviewing the metrics defined in the council strategic plan and the Journey to Excellence (JTE) requirements for the unit, district, and council. This groundwork should influence and inspire the subsequent steps in making the council annual plan.
The process of building the annual plan should begin well in advance of the quarter in which the plan will take effect. Starting early allows the logical steps to be taken in order, makes it possible to involve many people in unhurried deliberation, and permits basing the annual budget on the resulting plan.
Steps in building an annual plan vary somewhat with different councils. Flexibility is fine as long as the basic principles are thoroughly respected:
- The planning process is begun early.
- All key leaders are involved.
- The council makes one united plan—‘‘all for one and one for all’’— in which each district has its share.
- The plan is complete in all its parts: objectives, program, calendar, work schedule. In general, the steps in building an annual plan are as follows.
See scouting.org for unit annual program planning guides as a resource.
- Staff Planning Conference (creates council “pencil draft”)
- District Officers’ Conferences
- Council Planning Conference
- The Districts Detail and Define Their Share
- Unit Planning Conference