Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Roundtables
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 01:17:05 EDT
In regards to your question about increasing attendance at Roundtables:
The first question you need to ask is "Why would they WANT to come?"
People have busy lives, and there needs to be a compelling reason to
take time to attend a meeting.
There are a couple of common reasons for going to a meeting. The first is that
the meeting is a roaring good time. It sounds as though you have lots of
built into the meeting and not just an evening-long presentation. But do folks
think the meeting is FUN? Don't ask the people who attend. Ask the ones who
Another common reason for attending is that it helps them do their job better
more easily. You may be handing out worksheets, but are they what the leaders
need? Do you know what there three biggest issues/problems are? Have you
asked the folks not attending? By finding out what they really need and
it, you might have trouble keeping them away.
The last issue to consider is logistics. Do you have the roundtable scheduled
located such that it allows maximum attendance or does it conflict with other
activities common to the cub leaders? Ask the non-attenders. It may or may not
be an issue. Finally, check awareness. I once asked a three-year veteran den
leader why he was never at round table. His reply: "what's roundatable?"
Hope this is helpful.
Council Training Committee
Santa Clara County Council