Gregory Benesh (BENESHG@BAYLOR.EDU)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 10:52:33 -0500
It sounds like you're doing a great job! Keep it up!
When we started inviting Scouts to Roundtable we issued invitations to
the SPLs. We also suggested that SMs and SPLs attend together. That
worked pretty well. However, one SM started bringing four or five boys
and her 6-year-old daughter to Roundtable. Neither the younger boys or
the daughter paid attention. They have been a major distraction at times.
The SPLs and ASPLs should be able to attend Roundtable. Other Scouts
can be distracting. Could you limit the Scouts attending? That might
reduce the criticism. You should continue to point out that the boys
should be leading the Troop, and it is reasonable to have boy leaders
present. Information presented in Roundtable will assist them in
planning Troop meetings and activities.
A portion of the Roundtable is often devoted to "Special Features." Many
of the topics listed in the Roundtable Planning Guide would not be of
interest to the Scouts (such as Forming a Troop Committee, Boards of
Review, Scoutmaster Conferences, etc.) You might consider a break-out
session for the SPLs at that time. That will give the adults a chance
to just be with adults for awhile.
One other suggestion is to promote attendance of SPLs, SMs, and perhaps
CCs with special door prizes. You could obtain a really nice piece of
equipment (such as a propane stove and lantern combo) to give away.
Draw one Troop number per Roundtable. To win, a Troop must have the
SM, SPL, and CC in attendance.
District Commissioner, Teha Lanna District, Heart O'Texas Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City