Re: Roundtable Commissioner
Jeff Bogart (jeffbogart@LUCENT.COM)
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 11:19:39 -0600
Steven Featherkile wrote:
> I've Been asked to serve as Roundtable Commissioner.
Short of Scoutmaster, Roundtable Commissioner was the most fun job I
have ever experienced in Scouting. Basically, I ran the Roundtable like
We used a "Nights of the Roundtable" theme and used an old Knights of
Dunamis (forerunner of NESA) sword to "Knight" our new attendees. We
had "Sir ..." or "Lady ..." nametags for folk that they wore and
returned to a box at the end of the meeting.
We had patrols, not assigned so folk could move about from month to
month, but they had names and folk did tend to migrate to one or another
somewhat regularly. Each patrol had a circular hoop about 1 foot in
diameter with a piece of nauga-beast stretched in it with the patrol
name and was held up on the table with a small block of wood with a slit
We had program topics that preceded the monthly themes by a month so
Scouters could take ideas back to their PLCs. We asked leaders from
units who had reputations for expertise in the subject to be program
topic leader/presenters. We tried to use the Effective Teaching
principles and included some kind of hands-on activity related to the
topic and we tried to have some kind of game or contest related to the
topic as well. Awards were plentiful and the patrol "flags" became
quite loaded during the course of the year.
At the time, we used the Program Helps out of Scouting Magazine for
monthly planning and tried to give the Scouters experience with some of
the activities listed in them so they would feel better about using them
with their units.
We also tried some fun games - got criticism from that because some
Scouters felt the came to "learn stuff", not "play games". But it was
interesting to see some of those games pop up during later Troop
We had a lot of District and Council information available and tried to
keep announcements under strict control. Folk had to request time in
advance (any time during the meeting) and announcements were organized
in some logical sequence and limited in time.
We also started on time, even if there were only a dozen folk there, and
quit on time, even if we had to cut short some activity or reduce time
for announcements. Quitting on time seemed to be the biggest kudu we
There were a lot of things we didn't do, like go after units that didn't
attend regularly, just because we had generally good attendance and
didn't have the energy to expend on non-participants. Their Unit
Commissioners seemed not to be very effective at getting them there
Keep it simple, make it fun, have plenty of assistance, use all the
resources you can, keep the time you're in front to a minimum, keep it
moving and content rich, and most will come because it is of value.
If you can, go to the Philmont RT Commissioner Training.
If you haven't been to Wood Badge, consider going in 1998 at Philmont.
It can help hone your understanding of the Scouting program with
first-hand experience that you can use as RT Commissioner. For more
info and applications, see:
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