Roundtable

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Just a quick reminder that Roundtable will be Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 6th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Cub Scouts: Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter will be leading the Cub Scout breakout. He will be giving a prototype Den Meeting. This is designed for Den Leaders to see a Den Meeting being run. This is especially valuable for new Den Leaders; Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 11.01.01 AMconfused, veteran Den Leaders; and prospective, future Den Leaders (aka “parents you would like eto recruit as Den Leaders”). We will have a short discussion of how Lion Den Meetings (i.e., kindergartners) are different than Tiger (1st grade) through Webelos (4-5th grade), too. We will look at existing resources and strategizing how to use these resources and parent assistance.

Side note: To get your Den Leaders to the meeting, the most important step is to invite them to come with you. One of the biggest reasons Den Leaders do not attend is they don’t know about Roundtable. The second biggest reason is that they think Roundtable is meant for Cubmasters and Pack Committee Chairs. To put it gently, this is wrong. Roundtables are most valuable for Den Leaders. They have the most face-to-face contact with Cub Scouts of any scouter. An invitation helps resolve these problems. Cubmasters, pick up the phone and call each Den Leader. Ask them to come. Then follow up with a blast email.

The third biggest reason your Den Leaders don’t attend is child care. Think about joining forces to take care of childcare.

Boy Scouts: Jeff Heck will be leading the Boy Scout Roundtable. (We are still looking for a Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.) The Boy Scout Roundtable will be focused on Fall Recruitment Planning. Please invite your Troop Membership Chairs to attend. This topic will apply equally well to our Venturing Crews, too.

REMINDER: August District Meetings

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We are back to work in August.

District Committee will meet Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm on the fourth floor of Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

District Commissioner and Unit Commissioners meet on Thursday, too, at 6:00 pm.

District Roundtable will be a Luke’s Lodge on the northeast corner of campus of St Luke’s UMC, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.  PLEASE BRING A DEN LEADER who has never come before. We are focusing on serving our dens this eyar. More information on topics to follow in the next several days. Watch this page for details.

Cub Scout Roundtable Thursday

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School is ending and the summer is here!

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner PatchAnd we know what that means: Summer Camp!

Whether you’re taking your boys to Belzer or Camp K… whether it’s your first year or you’re a seasoned pro… join us this Thursday evening, 7:00 PM, at Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding on the campus ofSt. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260) for the North Star District Cub Scout Roundtable.

We’ll be discussing both Summer Camps, and what you as a leader should know and expect.

If you are new, come learn some of the ins and outs.

If you are a veteran, come and share the tips and tricks that you’ve learned over the years with other leaders.Canoeing at Belzer

We hope to see many of you there!

REMINDER: Roundtable Thursday

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Reminder that Roundtable for all Packs, Troops, and Crews will be at 7:00 pm at Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the campus of St Luke’s United Methodist Church.

We will meet in general session first.

Then Bill Buchalter will meet with the Den Leaders, Cubmasters, and Pack Committee Chairs.

Jeff will meet with the troop and crew leaders.

What makes a healthy scout unit? Roundtable has the answers

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Programming is the key to a successful scout unit. April is the time when programming becomes overwhelming in scouting, too. Summer camp is coming up. Units wrap up their winter advancement efforts. Cub Scouts prepare to advance to the next year’s program on June 1st. Families are in town before they disappear over summer vacation.

When school starts back up, scout units need to be ready with their next program calendar for the recruitment season that will begin.

As a result of this, scouting oriented websites and Roundtables all turn to planning better programming.

First, Thursday’s Roundtable will be on Dreaming Big on Programming, at St Luke’s UMC, Luke’s Lodge. We will talk about how to make the plan more exciting for scouts. More excitement drives better recruitment. More excitement drives more adult participation. We will have pizza beginning at 6:45 p.m. We will start at 7:00 p.m. We will welcome our new Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter. Bill will lead the Cub Scout breakout after the general session.

Second, National Council’s ScoutCast did a short piece on planning and budgeting this month. It is worth a listen.

Third, National Council’s CubCast did a short piece on retention of scouts and the role that good programming plays in retaining scouts. Listen it, too, not just if you are a Den Leader.

The podcasts are great for stimulating new thoughts, but they don’t offer you feedback. Attend roundtable to hear from veteran scouters who are looking to help you improve. They have the experience to help stimulate your thoughts and help you build toward success.

Come see us Thursday!

REMINDER: district meetings in next 2 weeks

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NOTE: one date ROOM CHANGE!!!!

Tomorrow Thursday, April 6, 2017 will have two meetings at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N Meridian St, GREAT ROOM, 2nd FLOOR, Indianapolis, IN 46260. This is a change due to the church’s conflicting events.

  1. District Committee at 7:00 pm.
  2. District Commissioners at 6:00 pm.

Roundtable. Then next week we will introduce our newest addition to the Commissioner Staff at Roundtable, our new Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Bill Buchalter. Bill is the immediate past Cubmaster of Pack 830 and its current Chartered Organization Representative.

Our Roundtable title is inspired by Rocky & Bullwinkle:

“Programming: How do we make Big Dreams Real,” or “Planning for Unit Growth and Success.”

We will be focusing on how to make your unit more successful. We will have a short presentation and — with your help — lots of good discussions. We are planning for separate discussions of troops/crews and packs.

Please invite to participate your

  1. committee members,
  2.  unit leaders (e.g., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor),
  3. Crew Presidents, and
  4. SPLs (might be worth inviting, too).

If your unit has a history of success, we need you to help mentor other units at the meeting, so please come support our newer leaders.

All attending units will receive a calendar of upcoming events to assist your unit’s planning.

April Roundtable Focus on Great Program Planning

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Our April Roundtable will focus on having great and memorable annual plans. We will start at 7:00 pm at St Luke’s Luke’s Lodge (the outbuilding on St Luke’s Campus), 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

We will have ideas. We will have discussions about past successes and failures. We will have calendars for all upcoming district functions through 2018 so that you can plan way ahead.

All units should send a representative . . . or three!

Watch this site for more information.

REMINDER: No March Roundtable – Annual Recognition Dinner

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Don’t forget that we will not hold a March Roundtable. Instead we will be attending the Annual District Recognition at Palomino Club in Zionsville.

 

Roundtable Reminder: Nova Mentor Program (STEM)

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A quick reminder that tomorrow Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm (yes, new time!) will be our next Roundtable.

After we discuss general announcements and upcoming events, including the Unit Key 3

Nova patch picture
Nova patch

Conference and the Annual Awards Banquet, we will turn our attention to discussing the Nova Program for Cubs, Webelos, Scouts, and Venturers and its contribution to promoting STEM advancement topics.

Earning the Super Nova recognition requires some significant effort and will likely grow into a prestigious attainment along with the Eagle Rank and Hornaday Conservation Award.

To register as a Nova Counselor, the counselor must (1) be trained in a class or (2) (a) use the self-study guide, and (b) review the self-study PowerPoint presentation. Then the applicant must submit an adult application on paper or through the applicant’s home unit. (Have your unit chair use the Invitation Manager in my.scouting.org to speed the application process.)

 

Resources from January 2017 Roundtable

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Tonight we discussed Webelos-to-Scout Transition from the Cub Scout and Boy Scout perspectives.

Some of the resources that we referenced or planned on discussing are as follows:

Year Round Recruiting Guide for Troops

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner PatchJanuary 2016 Cubcast (podcast from BSA focused on Cub Scout topics) and January 2009 Cubcast (an evergreen topic in January)

How to host a Troop Open House

Since it is true that, “History has shown that more Webelos Scouts join Boy Scouting when an entire den joins the troop together,”we need to find ways to make this happen. BSA has material on making stronger patrols. Part of this is den recruitment.

2017 JTE Scorecards

This document is for District and Council planning but is useful for units to learn how they fit in a larger prototypical plan.