Re: Roundtable Subjects
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 11 Jul 1994 12:56:30 CST
Charles Schmidt <schmidt@UNIX1.IS.TCU.EDU> writes:
>Among my scouting jobs are two related positions: District Scout
>Roundtable Commissioner and Assistant Council Commissioner for Scout
>Roundtable. I would like to solicit the collective wisdom of
>scoutmasters and rt commissioners represented in this forum.
>I. Scout Roundtable:
>What subjects have been most meaningful to you at the roundtables you
>entire scouting life that no rt commissioner has had the good sense to
"How to run a Troop meeting" (using a "notional" Troop composed of the
Senior Patrol Leaders/Junior Assistant Scoutmasters from area Troops)
and having THEM to answer the questions from the "floor".
"What's MORE important: PROGRAM or PROGRESS" (the difference between
running a successful program over a "first class/eagle mill"). This
could REALLY inspire a LOT of those "marginal Troops" that are
struggling and looking over to the other Troop that seems to have a
Eagle EVERY single month.
"Let's talk about Exploring" (a discussion on what Exploring IS and IS
NOT, and concentrating on the fact that Exploring CAN help your unit
and won't hurt your "senior members" if coordinated well).
"Spy or Service: The role of the Unit/Troop/Pack/Post Commissioner
(many feel that those folks are "squealers" for the local Council and
many Scouters won't even welcome them within 50 feet of their meeting
site. Others have "picked their brains" to an extent that the
Commissioner feels that he or she IS the Scoutmaster. Is there a
happy medium betweent the two?)
"The Paperwork of Scouting: What is REALLY needed?" (a discussion,
including packets of information on what YOUR local Council says is
REQUIRED for you or your Troop/Team to submit or fill out for
EVERYTHING.) The thing that I've learned from this is that there's a
vast duplication of many of the forms, and some of them don't serve a
purpose except to keep someone's volunteer position intact.
"Girls, Guys and Scouting" (nope, not a discussion on why girls
cannot be Boy Scouts; rather, how do you approach the sensitive issues
of sex, adolescence, and rebellion within Scouting's Youth Protection
Guidelines AND without either "blowing it" yourself or "turning off"
those youth members that seek your advice). For this session, we
invited Girl Scouting leaders and had two "experts" from the
University of Louisville that teach family living classes to lead the
discussion. (ahead of time, we told them about the BSA-GSUSA
contriversary so that they wouldn't be blindsided by those
over-zealous Scouters during the RT. It was one of our most
well-attended RT meetings...we had more PARENTS to show than
"Girls, Guys and Scouting II" (a continuation of the previous month's
topic, because everyone felt that this topic needed more time than the
hour and fifteen minutes (actually 50 minutes) we had allotted. This
also concentrated on the "interaction" of males and females during
campouts and other "together" events. At the conclusion, both BSA and
GSUSA leaders had each other's phone numbers and names and unit
numbers (and description of units, since a GSUSA Troop is about in
equal to size generally as a BSA Troop's Patrol)."
"The Bumstead Guide to Camp Leadership" (yeah, we had one of our
staff members to wear the Dagwood Bumstead (a cartoon character
appearing in the Sunday comic strips in many American
newspapers...he's not too bright on the uptake, loves his family and
friends, and loves to eat and sleep more than work!) stuff and talk
about what should a Scouter do during their week at Summer Camp.)
He NEVER talked...he had "bubbles" (cardboard statements reflecting
his thinking or words) instead. It was really funny and was a REAL
change from those dull, boring "this is what you need to bring to
summer camp" presentations that professionals HATE WITH A PASSION and
that we volunteers HATE TO HEAR OR EVEN BE THERE FOR. "Dag!! Don't Be a
Dagwood" were heard from our District's Scouters (and Scouts) during
camp that summer!
"Freddy's First Aid" (again, using a popular figure...this time,
Freddy Cruger) How do you teach First Aid to kids that are "burned out
of first aid"? You let Freddy teach it! (the idea here is to allow
Scouters to think about non-traditional ways of getting the point
across in an entertaining way. We had makeup artists from the
University of Louisville to come and actors from one of the basic
acting classes to serve as "victims" rather than Scouts...they got
messy, were more "into the roles" and the Scouters didn't know them.
I guess those are good for starters. Remember WHY you have a
Roundtable meeting: to INSPIRE, INFORM, RECOGNIZE and RELATE things
between the local Council and the units and between each unit leader
and unit. There are lots of great RTs that I've done or been a part
of and all of them have those elements in common. Announce well in
advance what the topic of the NEXT Roundtable is, and don't just say
"First Aid"; be creative!
(I couldn't answer the second question right away, since I've never
been in a Council where they hold a special meeting for all of the
Roundtable staffs and Commissioners before. That's a great idea,
Hope that this all helps out somewhat and I'm sorry for the late
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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