Re: Getting Units to come to Roundtable - any ideas
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Wed, 10 Mar 1993 13:10:33 EST
> Keith Garbutt resopnded to my Roundtable Publication Questions and in his
> reply he mentioned another problem for the folks on the list to address:
> [Publication reply deleted -- with thanks, Keith]
> >If anyone has any good ideas about how to get the perenial no show
> >units to come to roundtable please share them with us - So far I
> >have tried sending letters (at my expense) phoning a week prior to the
> >roundtable and even offering to take the Roundtable to them!
> I'm sure that many of the Roundtable Staffers on the list have been having
> the same problem. I have seen our roundtable drop from an all time high of
> 77 attendees to *18* for a low! This is in a district that has 60+ Packs!
> So OK out there, does anyone have any really good proven methods for
> bringing in no-show units to roundtable?
As in the question about summer camp problems, maybe you should
think about this from the other side of the coin.
If the attendence at your RoundTables is dropping, then the
people who used to attend are sending a very strong signal
that they don't find it worth their time.
Rather than trying to encoureage new attendees with door prizes,
etc., why not concentrate on making the programs better. ANd to
find out what your audience would find more useful, why not ask
I attend about half of our Round Tables - more out of a sense
of obligation than anything else. Like most of us involved
in Scouting, there are a great many demands on my time. I can
find much better uses for a coule hours a month than to go
here the professional staffers and the district officials
pat themselves on the back and repeat information that is
in the council newsletter.
There are occaisional meetings that focus on useful topics
like ideas for troop high adventure trips. And I make it a point
to attend the Round Tables immediately before a District Camporee
because there is always last minute information that was left out
of the mailings. But a great many of the meetings are neither
interesting nor useful.
I suspect that you would get similar responses from many of the
unit leaders in your district.
So my advice is to focus on making the Round Table meetings more
useful to the units leaders and to ask them what "useful" means.
Chartered Organization Representative, Troop and Pack 188
BSA, Clinton Valley Council, Pontiac, Michigan, USA.
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