scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: What Makes a Quality Round Table?
Joe Marsh (propwash@AIRMAIL.NET
Sat Jun 24 2000 - 00:37:15 CDT
You should have been at Philmont last week with us for the Conference on
Roundtables. Consider it for the future.
>1. Do we keep the �General Session� (15min) assembly with breakouts (cub,
scout, varsity) or let each Round Table separate with their own opening
The answer to this seemed to fall more under the heading of "Are you a
rural or an urban district. Do exactly what works for you. One of the
best suggestions that I heard last week was to utilize the O.A. for opening
cerimonies. Let them be creative just like a Troop, give them the ball for
opening and let them run. Sometimes formal, sometimes fun, all the time
Scout not Scouter. My District is urban, there would be no way to get 200
people in the same place locally. Most of the Churches will not allow us
to use there Santuary, only gathering and classrooms. We are guided by the
practical aspect of physically not having enough room to get everyone in
the same place.
>2. How can we make Round Table more appealing to bring up attendance?
Make it fun and keep it fun. Recognition of individual leaders on a
pre-planned but random basis. Bring them up front and give them an
attendance award for Perfect Attendance at Roundtable in the Past. Focus
on a Troop and what they did last month to spread the good new about
Scouting. Put up an attendance board to recognize the folks who come to
Roundtable. More than anything, make it fun, not stuffy.
>3. What else can we do to get more of our Unit leaders to attend?
Have several different splits for them to go to. More than one person can
see, they will have to bring more folks. Have a split for the Scoutmaster,
Committee Chair, Finance, and Advancement. Let them network and interact
dissussing as a small group what problems they encounter in their Scouting
job. Put on three main topics in seperate rooms. Of course you are going
to need some staff. Recruit and assign meaningful jobs to those people.
GET a song person and start singing.
>4. What is a QUALITY Round Table Meeting?
Alot of things but overall we as Roundtable staff are there to build the
"Will and the Skill" to go on the next month a deliver the Program to the
I could spend a Week talking on this topic and DID. Last week in the
Wonderful setting of Philmont Scout Ranch.
Humbly Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster Troop 86
Land of Texas
Philmont Faculty 2000