New College of Commissioner Science Roundtable Courses

Click here to print a copy of this article.

Tim Acree
National Commissioner Service Training Chair
tim.acree@comcast.net

The Training Committee of the National Commissioner Support Staff has been very active in support of roundtables as a form of unit service. We now have seven brand-new bachelor courses in the College of Commissioner Science! With these new courses, a college will have the option of offering an entire curriculum in roundtable science.

The new courses are:

BCS 150—The Roundtable in Commissioner Service
The course discusses how roundtable is designed to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, and current information on council and district events and training opportunities.

BCS 151—The Roundtable Commissioner Team
During this course we review the duties and responsibilities of each member of the roundtable commissioner team.

BCS 152—Using the Roundtable Program Guides
During this course we review the 2015–2016 Cub Scout and Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (including Varsity teams) and the Venturing Monthly Program Forum. We will do this by looking at the roundtable guide for each program and understanding the parts of each. We will also cover the importance of using the planning guides.

BCS 153—Promoting Roundtable
Without proper and consistent promotion you may find yourself frustrated at the lack of participation in your district and council. A quality and consistent roundtable and a strong marketing campaign will attract and retain participants over time and impact their overall ability to lead their Scouting units.

BCS 154—The Cub Scout Roundtable
The objectives of Cub Scout 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 Cub Scout leaders.

BCS 155—The Boy Scout Roundtable
The objectives of Boy Scout 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 Boy Scout leaders. When skillfully executed, the roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Scouts.

BCS 156—Recruiting, Training, and Recognizing the Roundtable Team
Potential roundtable staff members are everywhere—all you have to do is look. In recruiting your roundtable staff, be sure to look for people who are creative and innovative, and who have a ‘‘can do’’ attitude. Roundtable commissioners and assistants should all be trained so they will be fully qualified to present material and teach skills at roundtables in an interesting way. All roundtable commissioners are eligible to work toward commissioner service awards.

All of these courses are part of the bachelor curriculum and are available for download from www.scouting.org/Commissioners/training/BachelorsCourses.aspx.

Note that BCS 108—Effective Roundtables I, BCS 109—Effective Roundtables II, and MCS 314—Administration of Roundtable Staff are now obsolete and have been replaced by these seven new courses.

The new courses were developed by Emily Campbell, Meg (Margaret) Eacker, Carla Jones, Jimmy Jones, Daniel Grummert, Robert Takacs, and Dan Maxfield. Dan and his team have reviewed and approved the courses. Thanks to the developers and reviewers for their hard work and support of roundtable commissioner service.

The roundtable team led by Dan Maxfield has some ideas about creating a master-level curriculum as well. The training committee and roundtable team are in discussion.