Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Roundtables
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 17:42:06 -0400
In a message dated 06/19/1999 3:22:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< 'm a Cub RT commish and am looking for ways to get
more unit leaders to attend. We have an active RT
where we try to get everyone to activelyl participate.
We play games, and do songs, skits, and ceremonies.
I've been thinking that this may be the reason some
leaders don't want to come. They are afraid they will
have to do something. We don't force anyone to do
anything they don't feel comfortable doing. If anyone
out there has some input let me know.
Playing games, doing ceremonies, singing songs, these were the reasons that
the leaders CAME to our roundtables. When we stopped doing that, the
attendance dropped off to nothing.
One of the things I discovered, was that the leaders like recognition too. We
gave out beads for roundtable attendance. I called them Terrific Beads,
because everyone who attended one of my roundtables was TERRIFIC!!! I also
made a point of calling up 1st time attendees and whoever brought them, and
introducing them to everyone, and awarding a special silver bead for their
1st time. The recruiter got a gold bead. Staff got different colored beads. I
made a fob out of plastic milkbottle caps and a loop of gimp, and put a
sticker on the cap that said TERRIFIC! (actually, I had a rubber stamp I
borrowed from my daughters stamp set). The beads hung down from the cap. Each
year we would add another string of beads.
Another thing that kept them coming was the handout. We did a handout of
anything and everything that we could find that fit the theme for that month
(one month ahead of the national theme). It got to be about 10-15 pages and
was relished by all that came. I was surprised that the leaders got so
attached to getting these handouts.
With all of these, we got our attendance from 6-10 a month to 40-50. Quite
Good luck with your roundtables. Don't hesitate to ask for help.
Cub Training Chairman
Nutmeg District - Connecticut Rivers Council
and a good ol' Bear, too!