The Boy Scouts of America defines roundtable as one of the most important parts of being a Scout leader. “It is a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at the unit level. The objectives of roundtables are to provide leaders with program ideas; information on policy and events; and training opportunities. It is a forum for sharing experiences and enjoying fun and fellowship with other Scout leaders…the roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.”
This roundtable was all of the above rolled into one. We provided the 188 leaders in attendance with ideas for the upcoming Popcorn sale; shared information in regard to the new membership fee increase, Day Camp in a Box, and family camping; and we provided training on Scout retention. One of the most positive feedback we’ve received was the special guest in the Scouts BSA Breakout session, Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Star Scout and founding member of female Troop 374, Rachel Pool. Rachel spoke about becoming SPL over Spring Break 2020 and shared with us the resources she uses to be successful. It was truly inspiring and refreshing to hear how this female Scout is making a difference in her Troop.
One thing many people are missing right now is the in-person district roundtables. There is nothing like the real face-to-face fellowship and interaction that was roundtable before COVID-19. The Council announced the hope and possibility to resume district in-person roundtables in September. For now, virtual roundtables will continue next month followed by the annual Council Expo in August. Be on the look out for more information to come.