Re: District Roundtable
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Thu, 7 Sep 1995 10:39:29 -0500
>Rather than go on, my question to you is;"What do you folks do at
>roundtable, what is your agenda, what subjects do you cover?"
Our roundtable meetings go from 7:15 to 9:00. The first 15 minutes are
spent with both the Cub and Boy Scout Leaders hearing announcements from
District personnel of interest to both groups. Then the two groups
seperate. Since I am a member of the Boy Scout Roundtable Staff, I can only
talk about what happens on that side.
We start at 7:30 with an opening flag ceremony and a welcome to the meeting.
Announcements are then made that are specific to the Troops. After a brief
discussion about what is going to be discussed this night, we seperate into
breakout groups. Each breakout group discusses a specific topic according
to this months roundtable theme (which is actually next months Boy's Life
and Scouting theme) and the roundtable handbook. The breakouts are divided
by the handbook into the following areas: New Scouts, Experienced Scouts,
Older Scouts. We have added two more this year. These are Committee Member
and Second Year Webelos. The Webelos is only for some of the Roundtables
and is designed to assist Webelos Leaders in having their Scouts attain
Arrow of Light and bridge into Scouting as well as having the Webelos
Leaders get aquainted with the Boy Scout Leaders in their area.
After 45 minutes of breakout, we reform in the main room and have a
discussion about a specific topic. These topics are frequently about major
changes in and review of National or Council policy. Examples of topics
include: Youth Protection, Insurance and Liability, Tour Permits, . . .
This discussion lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. We then hand out any adult
awards and/or recognitions, have the Roundtable Commissioners Minute, and a
closing flag ceremony.
We do not vary much from the format given in the roundtable staff handbook.
We try very hard to make the topics relevant and up to date. To tell you
the truth though, things in Scouting do not change much from year to year.
There aren't that many new announcements to make. On the other hand, the
leaders DO change from year to year. Many of the topics we discussed three
years ago are new to the leaders in the audience today. The skills we teach
each month are old hat to the Scouters who have been around the block a few
times but are new to a good portion of the Scouters.
The reason we seperate into as many breakouts as we do, is to try to give a
little variety to what the Scouters see each year. The Boy's Life themes
our roundtable staff uses as a guide repeat every 36 months. This means
that once a Scouter has attended our meetings for three years, he has seen
all of our themes. By varying which breakout session he attends, we can
show him something new (somewhat, the topic of knot tying occurs in some
format for the new Scout breakout three times this year) for nine years.
This is much longer than the average Scouter lasts at the Troop level.
I was wondering what you meant by agenda? If you mean what are out goals,
then I would have to say our goals are Training, Disbursement of Information
about district and council events as well as policy and procedure, and
Recognition of Scouters in that order. If you look at the breakdown of our
meetings, you will see that the time spent in each activity supports our
Yours in Scouting,
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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