Re: Roundtable Commissioner
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 8 Aug 1995 00:49:57 -0400
Reply to message from sseibert@TENET.EDU of Sun, 06 Aug
>Mike, Suzanne Miles of National Capital Area Council was one of my
>instructors at Philmont this year on supplementary Cub Roundtable
>Commissioner training. She suggested that I sit down with the DC and
>discuss this. I have tried! He doesn't have time and doesn't seem to
>want to discuss it over the telephone.
Sue, it sounds like it's time to go higher in the chain of command, or, as
I said in my personal post to you, issue an ultimatum. It sounds like the
DC needs to go to training on HIS position or become the RT Commissioner.
As it happens, the DC would be the one who would have to take over the
Roundtables if you should decide to quit, and if he's THAT busy that he
can't talk on the phone or meet with you about it, he probably would not
like to take on the extra work.
>Our district is a 5-county rural district with 20 Cub units. We are a
>very active district and at the last Roundtable had 14 of these units
>represented--but only 22 Cub Scouters attended--usually only the
WOW! what a great turn out! Winding Rivers District here in Greater
Cleveland Council has 50+ Cub units and we were licky if 15 - 20 people
showed up at the Roundtable!
One of the things that happens is that the DEN LEADERS don't know about
Roundtable and even when they have heard of it they often think that the
Cub Master is the one who is "allowed" to attend. If you can get your
district to mail personal invitations to ALL registered leaders you could
write up a little explanation of what Roundtable is and what you can do to
help them administer the program - even with their already BUSY schedules.
I believe that many Cub Masters do not realize that they can and SHOULD let
their Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders, etc... know about Rountable and
ENCOURAGE their attendance. Many of them either take the attitude of
"Well, I'm going and I'll bring the handouts back to my leaders" OR "I'm
NOT going to ask them to go to another one of 'those' meetings, they'll
burn out and I'll lose them as leaders."
Many people in Scouting view the Roundtables as "just one more meeting"
and, since it is optional, they opt NOT TO GO! This has been a problem,
especially since National has removed the Roundtable attendance from the
It is very important that we publicize the Roundtables as the "Best Show In
Town" and then live up to that expectation. If we can present the
information they need and do it in an entertaining manner, they will come.
Maybe not in the numbers that I was used to when it was a training award
requirement (biggest RT was 77 people) but at least attendance will be up
from what you have been experiencing.
In my own district I have seen units that NEVER show at Roundtable that run
QUALITY programs, units that ALWAYS show that run mediocre programs, and
everything in between. But at least Roundtables give them the RESOURCES
that they can use - if they wish to!
Hope this is of further help,
Jack W. Weinmann email@example.com
- Former Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner (5 years)
(I'd still be doing it, but someone decided to set limits on tenure in my
district!) - so now I do a lot of other things! <grin>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City