Re: Round tables
Mike Murdock (Mike_Murdock@UNT.EDU)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 08:59:50 CST6CDT
At our Cub Scout Round Table, we have a fun bead system set up. At
CS BLT, leaders are shown a nice leather nametag that buttons onto
the right shirt button. Dangling from the nametag that has the
District's name imprinted on it are two leather thongs. The leaders
are told that they have already paid for this nametag but that they
must attend at least one session of RT to pick it up (ah, yes, the
"hook!"). All the trainers wear these nametags and have numerous
beads on the thongs. They are very colorful and many of the new
leaders contemporaries display this nametag along with their beads.
Almost always, the new leaders show up at RT to get their nametags.
Now, the beads... The first time ANYONE attends RT, they get a gold
heart bead and are told that everyone at RT knows they have a heart
of gold because they have volunteered to be leaders or are otherwise
involved in Scouting but that the bead is to be worn so the
uninformed will know at a glance how valuable the volunteer is.
Next, each person attending RT gets a bead AFTER RT is over and this
bead is just a plain pony bead (different color each month). This
bead is put on either thong. This way, everyone knows how many RTs
they have attended during the year. At the end of the year, everyone
with perfect attendance receives an award, usually a certificate and
a ribbon. Each attendee to a District event (CS Day Camp, Pushmobile
Derby, Weborees, etc.) receives a special bead which is presented at
RT. These beads are always unique (a boot for CS Day Camp, a star
for helping with CS BLT, etc.)
As a result of this kind of reward system, two things have happened.
First, attendance at all District events have improved significantly
over the last three years and second, the leaders have gone bead
crazy. I have not observed any bead swapping or unearned bead
The nametag and bead system has definitely enhanced leader
participation and attendance.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City