Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Boy Scout Roundtable
Re: Boy Scout Roundtable
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 15:38:01 EST
Mr. Marsh inquired about Roundtable and how to solve the "meeting blues". Our
district has found a great way to get everyone involved and not burn out our
Our Roundtable starts off with Cub and Boy Scouters together. We do
introductions and our DE and District Commissioner announce things that are
coming up that involve both programs. Then, we split into Cub and Boy Scout
In September, the Boy Scout leaders' Roundtable meeting is spent with the RT
Commissioner organizing the plans for the year. We have different troops sign
up for programs throughout the year -- things like JLT, snow camping, summer
camp planning, OA, Advancement -- and that is the feature of the evening.
But then, we have things like "Where to Go Camping" -- leader presents
information about a place their unit went camping or hiking and gives
pamphlets, maps, information and may show pictures.
Also on our agenda is either "Gadget of the Month" or "Chef of the Month" --
these are the fun ones. Gadgets include things to make your outing easier or
could be something complex that needs to be built. Chef of the Month brings
their favorite recipe and/or cooking ideas -- sometimes they even cook it
right there and we get to eat! Of course, with a big group (I've heard of
50-60 Boy Scouters) at Roundtable, you couldn't afford to feed everyone, but
bringing the recipes and ideas would still work.
We then finish off the evening with someone giving a SM Minute.
We have the entire year planned out in September so everyone knows ahead of
time who is doing what. If a unit cannot do what they are signed up for, they
contact the RT Commissioner and he switches them with another unit or just
finds someone to fill in.
We have been doing this for over 5 years now and we keep our RT commissioners
longer because they are not responsible for putting the program together.
Remember "Shared Leadership"? It works if you let it.
This may not work for everyone -- we only get a group of about 20-25 Boy Scout
leaders at RT.
SM, Troop 26