Unit leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Assistants, and Committee Membe rs) are the ones our Scouts look to for a good program, and for information about upcoming events. Basic Training is the core of all good leadership, but it's only the beginning. Once trained, Scout leaders need to stay informed about upcoming events, campouts, changes to the program, and anything else that effects the Scouts in their units. You might say Scout leaders need a regular "continuing education course" in order to stay on top of things.
Our council offers that regular course, every month, August through May. It's called "Roundtable".
Roundtable begins at 7:00 PM, on the first Thursday of the month, in the Dining Hall at Camp Seminole. Adult leaders from all over the council meet to learn and improve the programs they give their units. The typical Roundtable begins with a joint session all all unit leaders, where we may hear topics ranging from National Jamboree opportunities, Philmont Expeditions, Cub Family Campout plans, and so on. After about 30 minutes, the Cub leaders and the Boy Scout leaders split into two different groups to talk about aspects of their specific programs.
Roundtable is also when unit leaders have the chance to be in on the planning stages of council events. Council level planners use Roundtable as a forum for seeking input from units on the next Camporee, the next Council Pinewood Derby, etc.
Committed Scouters attend Roundtable. They know its value to their local programs, and they value the encouragement and camaraderie they experience during these sessions.
Most leader recognitions (those little square knots above the uniform's left pocket) require a leader to attend at least four Roundtables each year. Regular attendance at Roundtable helps make sure you have the best and most current information you need to do your job for our boys.
No registration is required. Roundtable is free. Just show up. Bring your Assistant Leaders. Bring your Committee Members. Bring your parents. Just come on, bring a Scouting friend, and continue giving your Scouts what they really deserve.... a trained leader.