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2017-2018 Unit Program Planning

Quality Scouting programs begin with program planning.

Unit program planning is an annual process where a unit invites Scouts and families to have input in the program and activities of the unit.  It is also the process of selecting great activities, developing an annual unit calendar and an annual unit budget. 

Benefits to a strong unit program plan include:

  • Well run, high quality activities for youth.
  • Stronger parental involvement
  • More youth participating in outdoor programs, including summer camp
  • More funding with less fundraising, reducing out of pocket expenses for parents
  • More Fun for everyone!


The best things in Scouting happen at the unit level. It’s true for life changing experiences that happen in every pack and troop meeting, and it’s true for recruiting as well. When packs and troops get involved, more boys are introduced to the adventure of Scouting than through any other recruiting campaign or method. We can’t do it without you!   

For more information on membership resources click here.

Friends of Scouting

The annual "Friends of Scouting" contributions campaign enables the Miami Valley Council to continue providing an outstanding program to more than 9,000 youth in Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties. Through the Scouting programs our children, families, and communities are stronger and better prepared for the future.

 When you give a gift, you support:

  • Scouting programs in 5 counties for more than 9,000 youth.
  • Camping experiences for over 2,100 youth.
  • Basic and advanced training for youth and adults.
  • A professional staff to provide program and administrative support to over 2,800 Scout leaders.
  • A Scout shop complete with all necessary Scouting supplies.
  • Camperships for youth who need financial assistance for camp.
  • Maintenance & operation of Cricket Holler Scout Camp, the Schiewetz Leadership Training Center and Woodland Trails Scout Reservation.

Check out our frequently asked questions for more information or if you would like to make a donation, you can visit our online giving page by clicking on the patch below.


Common sense tells us training is important, and research shows the importance of trained leaders. A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

  • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)   (Jun 4-9, 2017)
  • Scoutmaster Training and IOLS   (Aug 25-26, 2017)
  • Buckskin Course   (Apr 11, 2018)
  • Buckskin Weekend #2   (May 11-13, 2018)

    Youth Protection

    Click here to take this important training!

  • Order of the Arrow

    The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's national honor society. For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. Click here to visit our lodge website.


    The camping program in the Miami Valley Council is one of the richest in Ohio. Operating two world-class properties, Woodland Trails Scout Reservation and Cricket Holler Scout Camp, the Council has a strong foothold in the area for outdoor activities.

    Scouts who attend resident camp, day camp, or weekend camping programs are more likely to stay in Scouting. There are several outdoor activities offered through the Miami Valley Council each season - use the links at the left to discover what you and your unit can do!

    Camping and Outdoor Programs


    The 2017 theme, "Live Scouting's Adventure," speaks both to Scouting's century-old tradition of creating adventures that develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow and to the developing adventures of the next century of Scouting.

    The jamboree is open to active Boy Scout and Venturing youth members and adult volunteer leaders in BSA programs and will be held July 19-28, 2017. Registration for the 2017 National Jamboree can be found below. Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a few of our 108 Boy Scout slots and 8 Venturing slots remain available. Cost for the 2017 Jamboree will be $1400 with a $100 deposit paid in 13 monthly payments of $100. 

    Ready to sign up? Click Here to Live the Adventure!

    2018 Philmont Contingent

    Take a hike! The mountains of New Mexico offer the adventure that you have always dreamed about. Backpacking, rock climbing, western lore, living history, and the views from peaks over 10,000 feet tall will make memories that last a lifetime.

    Council Calendars

    Click here to view our council program calendar (2016-2018)

    District Event/Activities

    Sunwatch (Click Here for our District's Webpage)

  • Sunwatch Day Camp   (Jun 19-23, 2017)
  • Sunwatch Baloo and OWL   (Aug 12, 2017)
  • Sunwatch IOLS   (Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2017)
  • Sunwatch Fall Event   (Oct 20-21, 2017)
  • Sunwatch COR and Den Chief Training   (Dec 9, 2017)
  • Sunwatch Scoutmaster Indoor   (Jan 27, 2018)

    Two Rivers (Click Here for our District's Webpage)

  • Wayne Trace Day Camp   (Jun 12-16, 2017)
  • Two Rivers Day Camp   (Jun 19-23, 2017)
  • Two Rivers Camporee   (Oct 20-22, 2017)

    Wayne Trace (Click Here for our District's Webpage) events of this type are currently posted...

    Wright Brothers (Click Here for our District's Webpage)

    Wright Brothers Activities Flyer (PDF) 

  • Wright Brothers Honor and Service Camp Out   (May 26-28, 2017)
  • Memorial Day Grave Decorating   (May 27, 2017)
  • Wright Brothers Day Camp   (Jun 12-16, 2017)
  • Scoutmaster Training and IOLS   (Aug 25-26, 2017)
  • Wright Brothers Cub Klondike   (Feb 3, 2018)
  • Wright Brothers Boy Scout Camporee   (Apr 27-29, 2018)
  • Wright Brothers Webelos Camporee   (Sep 14-16, 2018)
  • Ski Day   (Jan 20, 2019)
  • Wright Brothers Cub Klondike   (Feb 2, 2019)
  • Wright Brothers Bowling 6th Annual Event   (Mar 17, 2019)

  • Cub Scout Pack Resources

    Cub Scout leaders can use a new electronic program planning conference guideExternal Link  for a pack to add some color to the process. This narrated PowerPoint presentation will assist the pack step-by-step through the planning process.

    Boy Scout Troop Resources

    A new electronic program planning conference guideExternal Link  is available for troop use to hopefully add some color to the process. Basically, it is a narrated PowerPoint that takes the troop step by step through the planning process. The result is an annual calendar and plan that all parties agree upon.

    Venturing Crew Resources

    A new electronic program planning conference guideExternal Link  is available for crew use to hopefully add some color to the process. Basically, it is a narrated PowerPoint that takes the crew step by step through the planning process. The result is an annual calendar and plan that all parties agree upon.

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