Troop Leader Resources (troopleader.org) is a brand new, authorized Boy Scout website developed to help ensure that troop leaders have fun meetings with positive outcomes. The site is designed to do this in a colorful and informative way. It’s aided by videos and photos of real Scouts in real troops. They’re engaged, involved, and obviously having a great time.

From the outset, the developers’ vision was to provide an online, one-stop-shop for troop leaders, both new and experienced, that would be accessible and friendly. It would also make planning effective meetings more easy.

The website consists of the following sections:
  1. Troop Meeting Agenda: The agenda section breaks down each segment of the troop meeting plan with eleven, short sample videos from actual troop meetings. The section includes a description of each part of the agenda. There’s also a troop meeting planning sheet which can be filled out online by the Patrol Leaders’ Council, if desired.
  2. Program Features: This is the website’s major section. Each of the 48 program features are presented with explanatory information, ideas for troop meetings, and ideas for monthly main events. Each page of every program feature has its own navigation bar linking to corresponding program feature subsections.
  3. Program Resources: The resource section is a gateway to the Troop Program Resources sub-site containing cataloged collections of a) Scout meeting activities consisting of Scout skill challenges, troop and patrol games, and team building opportunities, b) a learning library of campcraft skill videos, c) an assortment of troop ceremonies, and d) a large compilation of leader’s minutes.
  4. Planning: This is a gateway consisting of information pertaining to both the annual and monthly planning process. It includes an illustrative video of a real Patrol Leaders’ Council in action.
  5. Training: The section is a gateway of information for both adult and youth troop leaders.
  6. Outings: The section is a gateway of general information along with sections for camping equipment, troop site setup, and camping trip activities.
  7. General Troop Information: Here, a leader can search through topics that are relevant to running a troop. Each topic has its own page, which is like a hub with a compilation of outgoing links. There are descriptive sections for the following: troop positions, the patrol, boards of review, courts of honor, fundraisers, and Scoutmaster conference.

Several links are conveniently located on every page, so navigation throughout the site is a breeze.

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19 comments

  1. Mark Hall says:

    This is a great resource for all things scouting! The videos are amazing! I personally use this site on a regular basis. It is easy to follow and to get information that is needed. Highly recommended!

  2. Kenneth McIver says:

    Great stuff! I could come here just to read the articles, but there is so much more this site has to offer. I look forward to learning more.

  3. Phil Bethune says:

    This is a wonderful resource for Scout Leaders to bring fun to their Troop meetings while learning scout-craft, teamwork and communications. I especially like the videos, because some of these activities do not translate well from written word. If you want to bring a spark back to your Troop, there are great ideas here. Even better have your TLC view the videos and select the activities they want to try, boy-led is the goal!

  4. Thomas Wolfinger says:

    There is nothing more important than good program for the interest of the boys in our movement. The work done here on this site could be a great resource for scoutmasters and leaders of all kinds to make their program so much more. Please use the ideas. Think about what is presented and develop activities that work for your group.

  5. ASM Corey says:

    What a helpful resource! Keeping things fun while pursuing the goals of Scouting is key. Our scouts have already used several of these ideas. Thanks for the site.

  6. Gus Blum says:

    What a great tool for all of us involved in Scouting. Useful program ideas with helpful instructions. Thank you!

  7. Stephen Nicoud says:

    I am glad to see that we have a single website that provide resources for the program side of Boy Scouts. These are a tremendous help in planning troop activities.

  8. H. David Pendleton says:

    Last Tuesday, the Scouts played one of the games we learned last summer at PTC from one of those in charge of this website. It looked like they were having a lot of fun with it.

  9. Charlie Garwood says:

    I like it – lots. So much relevant information at your fingertips. Reduces search time. Great for leaders with less search time available.

  10. Wade Dickens says:

    Something for all BSA troop leaders, from boys to adults. Nice compilation of information that helps deliver a quality unit program. Great job!

  11. Scott Smith says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Anything coming down the pipe for Venturing like this, like ‘ventureleader.org’?

    1. Darryl Alder
      Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 9 ) says:

      Scott we just don’t know. The Boy Scout side of this project was done almost single handedly by one Scouter with input from others. THat is how we found out about it and started soft info releases of its content months ago. If Venturing has an advocate like Larry Green, we haven’t met him yet.

  12. Derrick Larsen says:

    I am glad to see that there continues to be good resources developed. Now we just need to get them all into one easily manageable website!

  13. Larry Green
    Larry Green ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The Digital Strategy Team gave the site a new, streamlined appearance. A triple-bar menu icon will appear on the right side, next to the search icon, when a page is narrowed.

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