Michael J Pagelkopf (mjp2@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 14:31:04 -0500
Attention Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioners
>I would appreciate receiving personal responses from Boy Scout Roundtable
Commissioners regarding program ideas for Boy Scout Roundtable (including
how the idea was implemented). Our roundtable runs October to May (eight
months) and we plan a mix of administrative topics and unit program ideas.
We try very hard to have the material presented by an outside resource, an
expert in the field or one with practical experience.
>Our format parallels the Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide with some
exceptions. Our program ideas come the the leaders themselves through a
year end roundtable survey. This usually includes ideas for both program
features and the special feature portion of roundtable. Other ideas are
taken from comments or suggestions received during the previous scouting
year. We also keep our eyes peeled for potential topics in the local media.
Most of our program feature are presented by resources outside of scouting.
>We do not divide the program feature by new, experienced, and older scouts
but present a broad based program that can be applied to each group. We
would very much like to expand the horizon and find out what works well at
other roundtables. Of course the resources would need to be available. We
are looking for broad based topics, not something common to a specific area
of the country.
>One thing that we strive for is for the adult leader to leave roundtable
with a "help" in their back pocket. Not always easy, and we can't please
everyone, but the goal is to give everyone in attendance some help in the
program or administration of their unit.
>Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable for the district is held on the same
night to encourage a cross communication between the leadership.
Participation at roundtable is rewarded with several forms of recognition,
one of which is the Hiawatha District Roundtable Award of Participation,
awarded annually at the district dinner for the prior scouting year. The
award includes a certificate and year specific banner for the unit standard.
Hiawatha Distict has 23 units and the participation rate averages about 80%.
On average each unit is represented by at least two unit leaders or
>We seem to be doing things right because they come back but there is always
room for improvement. But what works right for some won't do it for others.
>If you have some comments I look forward to hearing from you on behalf of
the scout leaders that roundtable serves:
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Hiawatha District - Gamehaven Council
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