Scout Guide to Planning a Youth Led Outing

For each campout, trip, etc., the Senior Patrol Leader will assign two Scout Leaders to “own” planning for the outing once dates and location are decided. At least one Scout must be First Class or above.

Download and use these forms for planning each Scout outing. Remember to involve the Senior Patrol Leader and the designated adult Trip Advisor for the trip. They MUST review your plans before emailing out to the Troop. The Trip Advisor, or TA (an Assistant Scoutmaster or other registered adult leader), will be able to help with any complicated logistics like campground reservations, payments or tour permits, but the TWO DESIGNATED SCOUT LEADERS should be doing most of the work in planning. As always, the Senior Patrol Leader and PLs will be “running the show” during the outing. All you need to do is outline the plan and make sure everyone is prepared. Here are the steps/documents you will need. Start with item #1 below and work your way down the list:

  1. SPL assigns two Scouts to “own” planning for the outing once dates and location are decided. At least one Scout must be First Class or above.
  2. SPL and SM secure adult volunteer to act as Trip Advisor who will assist youth (…see docs).
  3. Troop Outing Checklist
  4. Campout Schedule
  5. Camp Set Up Duty Roster
  6. Patrol Meal Planning
  7. Campfire Program Planner
  8. Master Personal Equipment List
  9. Activity Consent Form
  10. BSA Tour and Activity Plan 680-014
  11. After the outing – Organizer Self Evaluation (due to the SPL by the next PLC following the outing, or the next Troop meeting, whichever comes first)