Roundtables or Huddles are held monthly on a district basis. A roundtable is a monthly presentation of unit program ideas, inspiration, and additional training for all leaders. The unit commissioner should let leaders know when and where the roundtable is held and give them an idea of what happens at a roundtable. Roundtables are enjoyable and convey many practical ideas for leaders to use.
Boy Scout Roundtable
The mission of the Boy Scout roundtable is to provide quality resources, knowledge, and skills to unit leaders to enable and motivate them to deliver an outstanding program to their Scout troops. Roundtables focus on program highlights for upcoming months, not on the current month.
Boy Scout Roundtables are focused on generating fun, excitement, and practical Scouting skills. Learning by doing and watching, not just listening, is essential. Scouters want to be active participants. When these ingredients are present, roundtable attendance will grow.
Roundtables are conducted monthly in every district. Because of their geographic size or to avoid conflicts with participants’ employment hours, some districts conduct multiple roundtables throughout the month.
Boy Scout Roundtables are for all troop leaders—Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and troop committee members. Unit commissioners attend the roundtables in which their leaders are involved. This may mean dividing their time between Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader roundtables.
- Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide 2008–2009
- Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner Training, No. 34256
- Boy Scout Roundtable Hints
Varsity Scout Huddle
The Varsity Scout Huddle fulfills the same purpose as the Boy Scout Roundtable, with a focus on serving the needs of Varsity Scouts within a district.
Varsity Scout Huddles are for all team leaders—Team Coaches, assistant Team Coaches, and team committee members. Unit commissioners attend the Roundtables in which their leaders are involved. This may mean dividing their time between the Varsity Scout Huddle, and Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader Roundtables.
In districts where huddles are not regularly held, adult team leaders should attend the Boy Scout roundtable.
Cub Scout Roundtable
Cub Scout leaders join for fun and fellowship while learning new tricks, stunts, games, crafts, ceremonies, songs, and skits related to the Cub Scout theme and Webelos activity badges for the following month. There are also opportunities for sharing ideas and activities with leaders from other packs.
Cub Scouting roundtables are a form of supplemental training for volunteers at the pack level. The objective of roundtables is to give these pack leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Cub Scouting leaders. The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own den and pack meetings. As a result of the roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, and able to provide a stronger program for their Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.
Check with your pack trainer or unit commissioner to find out the time and location of your district's monthly roundtable.