Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3 Main Event

This section of Programs that Rock is in 4 parts. Below is Part 1, Meeting 1.

For increased reten­tion and mem­ber­ship growth in our units, the program we deliver needs to ROCK! One of the BSA’s main objectives is to ensure Scout leaders (both adult and youth) have fun meetings with positive outcomes. In order to consistently accomplish this, a Scout unit must plan, prepare, and then effectively present a program that is diversified, unique…and FUN—a program that ROCKS!

A “sequential approach” to Scout programming is one where gaining specific skills, and then putting them into action, pave the way towards a memorable and rewarding experience. This experience is ordinarily featured during a “main event” like an outing or special trip. During the meetings leading up to the special event, the skills and their related activities are presented in a stepwise progression and can be likened to building blocks. The goal of the “sequential approach” is to use these building blocks to provide the grounds for the Scouts to enjoy and appreciate a memorable and rewarding experience—something outstanding. In order for the Scouting program to rock, the Scout meetings leading up to this super cool main event in themselves should be filled with fun!

There are numerous examples of projects and experiences that are rich in rewards and create fond memories. The example we’ll use here is building and cooking on a Double Tripod Chippewa Kitchen to be constructed during a front-country camping trip. How does this example qualify as something memorable and rewarding?


  1. It’s a realistic and practical pioneering project that adds convenience to various types of cooking.
  2. It’s impressive-looking.
  3. Building it yields success and engenders pride.
  4. It’s the undisputed King of Camp Gadgets, and Baden-Powell loved camp gadgets.
  5. It’s directly related to what has been humorously referred to as the “13th Point of the Scout Law”…A Scout is Hungry!

Sequential Approach—Meeting 1

Skills Instruction: Square Lashing

SKILLS INSTRUCTION: Square Lashing (View Video). Instructional periods must be presented as smoothly as possible. We don’t want boredom. We want involvement and focus. The Scout leaders should arrange to have all instructional materials organized and laid out.

For every two Scouts, there can be two Scout Staves and a 6-foot lashing rope (1/4-inch manila, properly whipped).

Activity: Ladder Building Event

ACTIVITY: Ladder Building (View Video)

Description, Materials, and Guidelines.

As with the instructional materials, the specific materials required for activities should also be prepared and in position prior to the Scouts assemblage in the playing area.

(As an illustration, this is an example of the first meeting’s skill and activity, in a series of three, that can lead up to building a Double Tripod Chippewa Kitchen.)

Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Meeting 3 Main Event

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The content of this post has not been taken from any offi­cial BSA pub­li­ca­tions.

Larry Green
He is happily retired and spends his time volunteering for the BSA (and performing "honey-dos"). When he is not building pioneering projects, he is building videos for the BSA illustrating Scouting activities that are uniquely fun with positive outcomes.

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