Re: District Roundtable
Jerry Gray (Jerryegray@AOL.COM)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 13:07:41 -0400
When I took over Cub Roundtable five years ago we averaged 6 participants
and 3 on staff. The meeting went like this - The first 45 minutes was a
combined session with the Boy Scout Leaders, where we discussed mostly all
sorts of District Boy Scout stuff, camporees, First Aid Meets, camping
equipment, etc. We also talked about Council activities - popcorn sales,
training (but only SMF) and those kind of things. Then we would split up into
Cubs and Boy Scouts in different rooms; we had to find another room because
we were the Cub Scouts and didn't really matter. The room we met in had
several soft chairs, and the biggest activity of the night was to see who
would get them and who had to sit on the folding metal chairs. Most of the
time it didn't matter, there wasn't enough people to fill all the soft
chairs. Then the RT Commissioner would come in, lean back on the table at the
front of the room and ask if there was anything anyone wanted to talk about.
The discussion usually evolved into a berating party of some of the
participants, usually the womenfolk.
When I took over, the first thing I did was devise an agenda of activities
for the evening, based on the Roundtable Programming Guide published
annually by National. Then I ENFORCED it. The first meeting, after we had
some discussion, everyone got up to leave. I called them back, and explained,
point blank, that the meeting wasn't over until we had a closing ceremony.
That was the last time anyone left early (without asking permission first).
The next thing I did was to break off the combined meeting. The Cub leaders
didn't care about what the Boy Scout Leaders were doing. They want the Cub
Scout stuff, so we went into a full hour and a half of Cub Scout stuff, with
a published agenda, and a knowledgable staff. We started with myself and two
others for a staff, now, 5 years later, we have 8 on staff, including a full
time refreshment person (she makes excellent chocolate chip cookies!!!!!). We
also average 30 participants now, and last year had 24 out of 28 packs attend
at least one roundtable. We even get visitors from other districts to see
what we are doing.
The big key to Roundtable is the written agenda. Make sure the staff knows
what is expected of it, and that there is plenty of activity, lots of
hands-on stuff, games, stunts, cheers, and fun!!! Most important, make sure
there is something for everyone. That will keep them coming back. If
Roundtable is just a bulletin board for district and council announcements,
there won't be much interest in coming.
Cub Roundtable Commissioner
Nutmeg District, Connecticut Rivers Council
and a good ol' Bear, too!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City