Thu, 31 Oct 1991 11:10:07 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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Here's how I rejuvenated Roundtables:
I added two ingredients - fun and information! These are (roughly) the
same two ingredients that make scout programs for youth successful. Here
are the details:
- Conduct the roundtables with unbridled enthusiasm. Don't be afraid
to be a little silly, and EXPECT everybody else to get silly too!
- Have lots of games, "sparklers", skits, and songs. Don't present
much information without inserting some of these in the program. This
accomplishes (at least) three things:
- It gives the leaders ideas for things to do in their unit.
- It shows leaders that things that sound silly on paper actually work.
- It wakes them up!
- Get everybody involved in games, discussions, skill practice, etc.
- Make it worth their while to come to roundtables. They need to KNOW
that they will leave every roundtable with something that will make their
job more fun and interesting.
- Here are some things that I showcase in Roundtables:
- Brand new literature, training aids, program changes, and council
policy. Study your Scouting magazine and Boys Life, and get
samples and latest information on all of the new stuff. When
I bring in something that was just announced in Scouting magazine
two weeks earlier, people are interested!
- Special training, such as youth protection, Eagle board of review
training, and many others. Look in your Roundtable guide (you
do have one, don't you?) for a section of special topics. This
section has brief outlines on some leadership and scouting
areas that require more detailed training than is given in the
Scoutmaster's handbook, or in Scoutmaster fundamentals.
- Well-planned, expert demonstrations on the month's suggested
program feature. This is in contrast to program feature demos
that are put together at the last minute by someone with the same
or lesser level of expertise than the attendees. This can be a
difference between Roundtables and other training courses - you
must take into consideration a higher average level of expertise of
Here are some other hints:
1. Promote your Roundtables!
- Hand out leaflets at all trainings sessions.
- Publish time, location, and topics of upcoming roundtables in Council
or district newsletter.
- Develop an award for attending them. I created a "Roundtable award",
which is a homemade leather patch awarded for attending 8 of 11
roundtables, and giving some type of demonstration.
2. Recruit a staff of 3 to 10 other scouters, and get them involved.
Have them use their resources to help you find other experts in areas
that you are presenting at roundtables.
3. Start and end the meetings on time.
4. Develop a sense of comaraderie. Everybody should leave with a warm
feeling, and look forward to the fellowship at the next Roundtable.
That's all I can think of for now - there's more though!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City