Re: Help with Round Table
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 13:01:31 -0500
I was on the Cub Scout Roundtable staff for two years and then became the
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner for another five yrs after that. We also
saw dwindling attendance at the Roundtables.
The first reason for the attendance problem is that most Scouters see
Roundtable as "just another meeting" - but - they soon realize that this is
an OPTIONAL meeting and therefore do not attend. The numbers used to be
higher when I first started, max attendance at one of our meetings was 77
leaders. Toward the end of my seventh year on Roundtable, we barely saw
over 25 attend. Why? The biggest reason was that the Roundtable meetings
were removed from the requirements for the leader training awards.
The only way that you have a chance to bring in a larger number of people
is to GET THE WORD OUT! Many of the Cubmasters do not tell their leaders
about Roundtable. You must reach each individual leader with an invitation
to attend the meeting. A good way to do this is to have a representative
from the Roundtable, preferrably the Commissioner, go to the Cub Leader
Basic Training sessions and give a short pitch for Roundtable. This DID
help us out a little bit. Once they do come it is up to the staff to KEEP
Next, you must MAKE IT WORTHWHILE! The meetings have to be so much fun,
informative, and innovative, that they will WANT to attend.
One way to do this is to collect Pow Wow books from other councils. Much of
the information that you find in Pow Wow books is new to your area and is
NOT covered in the program helps in Scouting magazine.
Scouts-L is a good place to find out where to send to buy these Pow Wow
books and they are ALWAYS a good investment for Roundtable staffs!
One of our favorite Pow Wow books was from Indian Nations Council (anyone
out there from Indian Nations can jump right in and give the info to buy
your book - as well as anyone else on the list that has Pow Wow books for
sale) and we also had many of our staff members that went to nearby
Councils' Pow Wows and got books to use as resources.
The Roundtable staff has a difficult job in getting the enthusiasm and
excitement into some adults that are so inhibited that they cannot let
themselves act like the boys! This is one of the most crucial elements of
Roundtable - and also the reason that I have stayed in the CUB SCOUT
program long after my sons have left the Scouting program completely. As I
have said to many people many times: "I refuse to grow up ...... so there!"
with appropriate raspberry sound!
I have learned that the best motto for an adult in the program was given to
our group at Cub Scout Trainers' Wood Badge by our Cubmaster, and it is as
"If you ever forget that the BOYS are the most important part of the program
FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO!"
- Mr. John Gitzen, CM ECCS-19 Owasippe Scout Reservation 1990
I hope this helps.
Jack W. Weinmann email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City