Re: How Old are Roundtables
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Fri, 8 Mar 1996 13:39:16 -0600
Bob Fiedler wrote:
>A friend of mine is working on her PHD thesis on Scouting >Roundtables.
She wanted me to ask the collective group if anyone >knew the answers to the
>When was the first Roundtables held?
The BSA's Council Support (now called Program Support) Division
told me in 1992 that they started around the late 40s or early
50s. My own research for a final project for my MS degree at
EKU was that it was conducted as a test project in several Councils between
May of 1947 and August of 1951.
>When did it become part of the Offical program?
The start of the 1952 Program year (August of 1951) for Cubs and
the start of the 1955 Program year (August of 1954) for Scouts.
>Where were the first Roundtables held?
No idea, although the Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Mobile,
Louisville, Detroit, and Salt Lake City Councils all were test
Councils. Take your pick.
The first mention of Roundtables that I've been able to find was
in the 1952 Cubmaster's Packbook, and it describes Roundtables
as "...an educational and morale-building meeting conducted by an
Assistant District Commissioner for Roundtables to help the unit leaders of
a district plan and carry out their own unit activities..."
(from the 1964 Cubmasters' Packbook): "....A real Cub Scout leader's
Roundtable is an occasion when all den and pack leaders come together for
fun and fellowship while learning all of the tricks and ideas they can to
help them put over the program theme.
This they accomplish by group planning and assuming a share in the
leadership of the projects. By rotation among the packs of a district, the
leadership is divided so that all Cubmasters, Den
Mothers, and other pack leadership share.
This is wonderful training for your leaders, because in teaching others they
learn to perform better themselves.
If your District does not have such a Roundtable, you may interest others
and try one. Do it easily by exhibit materials, etc., as you find them in
the _Cub_Scout_Program_Quarterly_ (the forerunner
to Program Helps). Hold this meeting, if possible, during the second week
of the month preceeding the month the theme will be used.
Following this Roundtable, your leaders will come to your monthly pack
leaders' meeting well informed and ready to complete your pack program plans."
Hope this all helps...and reminds you why some of us call THIS forum an
"electronic Roundtable which NEVER ends!"
>I hope someone can help her out. Please post a private e-mail to me unless
>you think that there others who may want to know the answers to these
>questions also. Thanks in advance for the help.
>YiS Bob Fiedler Hamoses@map.com
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