Roundtables are 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. When skillfully executed, the roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.
2015 UPCOMING ROUNDTABLE DATES AND THEMES
The Roundtable will be held in the White Lodge at Nobscot. We will start the evening with the customary Cracker Barrel and social gathering at 7:00pm and begin the presentations at 7:30pm. We should be finished by 9:00pm.
Thursday, January 8th – News flash. The theme has been changed to Electronics for Scouts. Our special guest will discuss Video Game Belt Loops, Robotics and Game Design Merit Badges and electronics in general. Come along and discover how we can harness our Scouts’ enthusiasm for video games into something useful.
Thursday, February 12th – A Scout is Reverent
It might be the last point of the Scout Law, but it is a major component of Scouting. How do the values of Scouting intersect with a strong belief in God and an appreciation for our surroundings? How does your unit display its Reverence? Do you hold services on camping trips? Many Scouts show their Reverence by earning one of the Religious Emblems offered by the Boy Scouts of America. We will have a presentation on the Religious Emblems and a discussion on Reverence in Scouting and the greater emphasis being placed on Reverence in the updated Cub Scout Program.
Thursday, March 12th – Scouting Resources and how to track them down
The Boy Scout of America is a large organization and over the years it has come up with innovative ways to hide its printed resources. The Internet has helped us discover that there is a wealth information hidden within the BSA, but we can’t quite reach it. Our guest speaker will help us unlock the barriers to this treasure trove of knowledge. What information are you looking for?
Thursday, April 9th – Take a Walk with the Wildlife
Did you know that Massachusetts has one of the highest percentages of publicly owned land out of the 50 States? Why do you drive for three hours to reach the great outdoors when there is an abundance of places to visit within an hour’s drive of home? Have you ever been to Bash Bish Falls, the highest waterfall in Massachusetts? Have you ever seen State Line markers on hiking trails? Our guest speaker from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will help unlock the secrets of our very own unsung treasures. So if you want to cut down on your driving time and still see wonderful places, then come along and listen to our guest speaker. Come along and share your favorite places in Massachusetts.
Thursday, May 7th – Cooking Up a Storm.
Has your unit banned Pop Tarts and Ramon Noodles? Do you encourage your Scouts to be a bit more adventurous with their meal menus? We can only eat freeze dried food a few times before we start to crave freshness. Have your Cub Scouts cooked an egg in an orange skin or boiled an egg in a paper cup on the fire? We encourage you to share your favorite recipes and fun ways of cooking them, whether it be a Dutch Oven or Cardboard Box Oven.