The end of summer is drawing near, so we are busy planning programs for the 2015-2016 school year. We are always in the process of looking for new adventures for the girls and this year will be no different.
Just to provide some background, council-sponsored programs are activities and events that most troops would have a hard time doing individually. We try to provide larger-scale activities that a troop generally could not do. We do often have minimum participation cut-offs, which are driven by the cost effectiveness of the program. We understand that, as a troop leader, you are often juggling many parents who cannot or will not commit to programs well in advance. But often we have to tell the host how many are coming and order patches, food, and other necessities. We always hate to cancel council-wide programs, but will if we do not have enough registered by the cut-off date.
We have some programs that are always a hit with the girls, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the overnight in the USS Alabama, and the Montgomery Biscuits sleepover are always well-attended and great programs. Last year there was a new dolphin adventure. There were some first time issues with that the staff is working through. We also had a great program at NAS Pensacola. Many of these favorites are back on this year's schedule.
Other programs this year include a series of events centered around the new outdoor badges, Kappa Delta Badge Day in Mobile, Archeology Day, Pi Day in Auburn, a Camp Conservation program, McWane Camp-in and a High Adventure Day, among many others.
It's going to be a fun year!