Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Round Table commissioners
Re: Round Table commissioners
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Fri, 6 Aug 1999 23:52:43 -0500
>Where would I look to find reference to the staff structure of Round
>Table. Seems to be a controversy here in this district over who should >be
orchestrating the Round Table meeting before the breakout sessions.
Sorry to disappoint you, Vicky. I don't know of a BSA publication which
outlines the Roundtable Staff and Commissioner's responsibility as far as
the "breakout sessions." However, based SOLELY on my Roundtable
Commissioner and District Commissioner experience, I can take a stab at
providing you what you need to know.
First, a little background for those unaware of what Vicky's asking (maybe
this will also help others to explain how THEIR District does this part of
Roundtable meetings are held at least once a month at a central location in
the District. The purpose of the Roundtable is to receive, share and
exchange information between volunteers, and to "group train and coach" all
volunteers working with youth in the Cub Scout and Boy Scouting programs
(Venturing has a similar program coming on line based on the successful
quarterly Exploring Leaders' Exchange program).
A Roundtable Commissioner is a volunteer position. Most Districts have a
Cub Scout Roundtable and a Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner. Their main
role is to manage and lead the monthly Roundtable meeting. Most Districts
have an Assistant District Commissioner - Roundtables that supervises and
oversees the Roundtable program for the District.
Each Roundtable Commissioner recruits and trains a group of volunteers to
serve as that Roundtable Commissioner's staff. There's a team for Cub
Scouting, Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting. The team is responsible for
providing the monthly training and coaching program.
The meeting starts with everyone together for general discussion and
information sharing. Then at a certain time during the monthly program, the
group splits between the three programs, led by their respective Roundtable
Now, to answer your specific question: "Who's in charge of the general
sessions"? In most Districts I've been a part of, the Assistant District
Commissioner for Roundtables (ADC-Roundtables), the District's (senior)
Assistant District Commissioner, or the District Commissioner does the
honors. The ADC does this because there should be a ADC supervising the two
or three (or four, if Venturing was involved within your District's
operation) Commissioners and their staffs.
So, to summarize: The Roundtable is led by an Assistant District
Commissioner or by the District's Commissioner for the first part (third) of
the meeting. Then, as the session gets concentrated on Cub Scouting, Boy
Scouting, and Varsity Scouting, the Roundtable Commissioner for that program
takes over those separate sessions. If the sessions have to be further
divided, a member of the Roundtable staff for that program serves as the
lead for that part of the program. At some time, the entire group comes
back together and is once again led by the Assistant District Commissioner
-Roundtable or the District Commissioner whom closes the monthly meeting.
This is the way that most Districts with a significant number of
participants manage the meeting. In smaller Districts, you may not have
both Cub and Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioners...in which case, the
Assistant District Commissioner would manage the monthly Roundtable meeting,
assisted by the Roundtable Commissioners.
(the rationale is that ADCs supervise three to five "unit commissioners" or
in this case, Roundtable Commissioners)
Hope this helps out, Vicky!! I'm interested in seeing what other Districts
do that's different from this structure!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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