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!
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.
- District Committee at 7:00 pm.
- 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.
“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
- committee members,
- unit leaders (e.g., Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, or Crew Advisor),
- Crew Presidents, and
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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:
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.
Please note that our District Roundtables will remain on the second Thursday of each month at St Luke’s UMC’s Luke’s Lodge (outbuilding).
The key change is that the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.
All Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Venturing Advisors, and Unit Committee Members are invited to participate.
UPDATE: Tonight’s Roundtable will focus on Webelos-to-Scout Transition and building relationships between Troops and Packs.
Reminder that tomorrow Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm (yes, 6:30 pm) is roundtable.
- Scout Roundtable will address how to use Junior Assistant Scoutmasters to engage 16- and 17-year-old scouts.
- Cub Scout Roundtable will address Preparing for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold Banquets.
A quick reminder that Roundtable will return to a normal agenda next Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm (not 7:00 pm).
More details about topics to be posted here later.
Tomorrow night from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm we will have an open forum roundtable. This is because of the rechartering turn in next door.
Bring questions or topics that you want answers for. Our scouters are a great resource.
Commissioners will be available for unit issues, too.