Many groups find that they have some difficulty planning their year. It's hard to know how far in advance one needs to think about certain activities and events, and just combing through the Activity Packets doesn't necessarily give one an understanding of how to do it.
For that reason, this Sample Year is designed to give you some idea of how to balance the planning time for events. Keep in mind that this sample is idealized and fictional - don't think of it as a prescription, or as a minimum standard for success. If your group can do even half of these things, you're pretty awesome!
How to Use The Sample Year
The picture below gives a general overview of the year. There are some optional activities (like Carl Sagan Day), and some that are necessary for survival (like group promotion and officer elections).
Click around on the image to be taken to the relevant pages. There's some more info below the image.
There are a lot of events on our sample year. Take special note of the things you need to do for your group to survive:
There are also several events that happen at specific times of the year, so we provide specific resources to all SSA affiliate groups. You can view a larger variety of activites through our Activity Packets resource. The events we provide specific resources for are:
And other activities included that we think are important to keep your group balanced in the Four Focus Areas:
One of the best resources to find out what works and what doesn't is you - our student leaders! If you've employed a strategy that worked well, let us know about it so other groups can also use that idea. If you've learned a lesson of caution about something we suggest, point out the pitfalls! Email us at [email protected] with your stories and experiences!