Roundtable Attendance Problems
Piedmont District, Old Hickory Council
all have this problem from time to time. Some months have better attendance
than others. In our district, the most well attended Roundtable is our
August “Back to Scouting” Picnic. Food is always a good incentive to bring
folks together, so we provide plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers with all the
fixings. We try to make it as festive as possible with free drawings,
games, and lots of handouts. This provides for a fun-filled evening for
everyone. Each person is given a ticket for the drawings upon entrance to
the picnic. Packets are provided to the leaders filled with the entire Fall
Program Planning information, as well as Fall Recruitment information. Our
main focus is to see that each leader is well prepared to begin their year
of scouting with the boys. We combine all areas of scouting for this event;
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing
other roundtables, we bring all areas of scouting together for a short
announcement segment and then break off to our prospective scouting areas.
In the Cub Scouting area, we have completed a year trying some new things to
encourage leaders to attend on a more regular basis. So many leaders have
the misconception that roundtable is for the Cubmaster, Asst. Cubmaster or
Committee Chairman only. This past year has been an educational period of
convincing these leaders that roundtable is a part of their training also.
In addition to the regular training they have received, they need to make
roundtables part of their calendar of TO DO each month. We have been
giving them a copy of BALOO information obtained from the BALOO website and
most recently we have made CD’s with this information, as well as other
tidbits and clipart that they can use for their planning each month. Other
incentives are special nametags that they make from Fun Foam and attach
plastic lanyard to hold specific beads. These beads are given for
everything from attendance, participation in RT programs, different training
received, leadership roles in scouting, special events attended, bringing
new leaders to RT, sharing a craft or program idea, etc After they have
attended 6 roundtables, they are given a leather nametag to stamp and stain
how they wish and attach their beads to. It’s amazing how adults really go
after those beads! This is another message we are getting across as how
they use this idea within their dens for incentive purposes also. We also
try to share a special craft or neckerchief slide related to that month’s
theme, with these leaders that they can do and take back to their pack/ den.
Announcements concerning upcoming training opportunities are also vital in
maintaining trained leaders in our district.
Another idea we implemented this year was providing more training in
specific areas such as New Leader Essentials (they can then attend their
Leader Specific when it comes up in September, January, March or May), Youth
Protection, etc. Our District Training committee provides these special
training events for all scouting areas. Again, these training events are
offered at our monthly roundtables. Our District Training committee has
developed a calendar for the year providing these trainings as needed. We
publicize these training events in the Council newsletter as well as emails,
and the District website.
IS FOR EVERYONE
Circle Ten Council
Cub Scout deserves a qualified, trained leader who will provide them with
the best program possible, in the way it is intended. A trained leader
ensures that the goals of Cub Scouting are met. Every leader should be
trained. Training helps leaders understand the aims and purposes of the
Scouting program, improves ability to work with other leaders and boys,
teaches Cub Scout skills and shows how to plan an effective Cub Scout
program for the boys.
Training helps leaders acquire knowledge, develop good attitudes and learn
skills, which are necessary to make the contribution to boys worthwhile. It
shows how to use the many resources available to provide the best possible
program for the boys, and it gives confidence to carry out the program.
most successful leaders not only attend the basic training courses but also
take advantage of continuing training opportunities.
short training session, which may be conducted at School Night for Scouting
rallies or parent meetings. It introduces parents and new leaders to the
total BSA program, with emphasis on Cub Scouting. It is a foundation for
Pamphlets and video (NOW ON CD in the new “New Den Leader’s Kit”)
for trainers and experienced leaders to use in coaching new leaders. Or
you can watch it alone with the viewer’s guide (on the CD as a .pdf)
This training provides a jump start for new leaders until they can
receive New Leader Essentials and Position Specific Training. The Fast Start
tape should be viewed within a week of volunteering.
New Leader Essentials is a 90
minute introductory session that highlights the values, aims, history,
funding, and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods
are reached in an age-appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,
Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos, discussions, and hands-on
reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session. Ideally,
all unit-based volunteers—Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venturing
leaders—take this session at the same time, so they understand that they are
all striving for the same results with the youth they serve. Each leader
completes New Leader Essentials training only once.
Benefits of New Leader
Assistance in implementing the full Scouting
program with chartered organizations
A better understanding of the advantages of
encouraging youth and adult volunteers to move through the traditional
program as their youth mature
An awareness of the different aspects of the
Scouting program, which may result in leaders taking advantage of those
programs for a child in a different age group
LEADER SPECIFIC TRAINING
Once a volunteer has a solid
overview of the BSA's values-based program, he or she can begin training for
a specific Scouting position through Leader Specific training. This training
provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs to assume a leadership
role. Because each course is designed for a specific leadership position,
the training time varies from 2 ½ hour up to almost 3 hours. Leader Specific
training has been developed for the following Cub Scout positions and their
Tiger Cub den leaders
Cub Scout den leaders
Webelos den leaders
Pack committee members
over three quarters of a century, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to
develop the character, citizenship, and personal fitness of America's youth.
We realize that the future of our society is vested in each successive
generation and the values inherited.
major youth-serving organization, the Boy Scouts of America has a unique
opportunity to help protect the youth of our nation. In addition to helping
families address the problem of child abuse, the BSA adopted a comprehensive
set of policies and procedures designed to ensure that Scouting continues to
be safe for all participants. The BSA is exemplary among youth-serving
agencies in recognizing the potential threat that child abuse poses to young
Because of the great concern the Boy Scouts of America has for the problem
of child abuse in our society, the Youth Protection program was developed in
1988 to help safeguard both our youth and adult members.
Training Now Available Online! In support of continued efforts to offer
training to as many Scouters as possible and to support the requirement of
having at least one youth protection-trained adult at every event requiring
a Tour Permit, an internet version the youth protection training has been
“Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Leaders and Parents” training course
can be completed at home on your own computer. It must be accessed
through the your local BSA council website.
This new online training course will help ensure that no activities
will need to be cancelled because a youth protection-trained leaders is not
available. A leader may take either the online course (30 to 60 minutes
depending on connection and other things) or the regular youth protection
course (a 90 minute video with discussion) that councils have been offering.
completion of the online training, registered adult members will receive the
following: Certificate of Completion, Letter from the Scout Executive, Local
Child Abuse Reporting Requirements and Course Information Handout.
training course is offered to schools, churches, or other youth-serving
organizations in the Council. People who do not have access to a computer at
home can go to a local library to take the course. Those completing the
online training who are not registered adult members will receive all of the
above except the certificate of completion.
Youth Protection Training is now required for at least one
adult present during any event or activity needed a local or national tour
permit. Further, every adult participating in nationally sponsored events
and activities must be trained in BSA Youth Protection.
BADGE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Upon completion of Leader Specific
Training, an adult is eligible to attend Wood Badge for the 21st Century. As
the core leadership skills training course for the BSA, Wood Badge focuses
on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with groups of youth and
adults and is less focused on outdoor skills, which are more effectively
addressed in other training courses.
task force that developed Wood Badge for the 21st Century was charged with
developing an adult training course that was on the cutting edge of training
for the 21st century. They created a highly user-friendly course that would
encourage BSA local councils to offer more courses and, ultimately, train
more Scouters. The Wood Badge course has made significant accomplishments in
Incorporating leadership concepts that are used in corporate America, the
course teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing
people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and
managing conflict. Once the skill is learned, each member is given the
opportunity to use the skill as a member of a successful working team. At
the conclusion of the course, each participant develops a set of personal
goals related to his or her Scouting role. Working toward these goals allows
each participant to practice and demonstrate new skills.
Nationwide over the past two years, Wood Badge courses have increased more
than 30 percent. The course is for all Scouters—Boy Scout leaders, Cub Scout
leaders, Venturing leaders, and district and council leaders. This has
increased communication to allow for a more seamless connection among all
District event held each month (usually on a specific day – e.g. Second
Wednesday) to provide continuing training to leaders with emphasis on
program ideas on the monthly themes and activity badges, which can be used
in den and pack meetings. It is also an informal sharing of ideas and
experiences, as well as a training session on how to put on a pack meeting.
Each rank has their own session that they breakout into After the general
meeting ends there are breakouts for more individualized items. The
breakout sessions are -
Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Den Leaders
Webelos Den Leaders
An annual ALL DAY, council wide
training extravaganza for Cub Scout leaders, offering training in everything
from Crafts to Outdoor cooking to Administration. All leaders are encouraged
to attend this exciting, fun filled, informative event. Usually almost all
classes are “Hands On” to give the leaders experience in making, building,
cooking, shaping, sawing, cutting, pasting, playing …
Week long training courses under
the direction of the National Volunteer Training Committee. These courses
are held during the summer at Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron New Mexico.
Special programs for family members make it a great family vacation with the
added attraction of training. It is an opportunity to get acquainted with
and share experiences with Cub Scouters from all around the nation.
I have attended 5 conferences at Philmont and
they have all been excellent – Look for the schedule in Scouting magazine
and ask your District Exec to recommend you when you see him/her at
Roundtable. Commissioner Dave
TRAINED LEADER EMBLEM IS PRESENTED TO ALL LEADERS WHO COMPLETE NEW LEADER
ESSENTIALS AND THE APPROPRIATE POSITION SPECIFIC TRAINING.