Roundtable Update

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Daniel B. Maxfield
National Commissioner Service Roundtable Chair

The 2013–2014 Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtable planning guides were rolled out at the National Annual Meeting in May 2013. Links to these guides are on the Commissioners website under Roundtable Support.

What is new in these guides? This was explained fairly thoroughly in the Fall 2013 edition of The Commissioner (archived on the website). Briefly, here are a few of the highlights: four planning outlines that provide options and flexibility to planners in meeting geography, time, and other constraints; a recommendation that all roundtable program groups have a common opening with a major “big rock” group topic presentation before splitting into separate program groups; specific program group “topics of interest” to assist leaders with program-specific concerns; and a fabulous set of materials designed to assist den leaders with exciting program ideas. Finally, the Troop Program Features series is being redesigned now and some of these materials should be released this year.

The technology discussion continues. It is addressed further in the “Roundtable Delivery Methods” article in this issue and will be an ongoing feature for several newsletter editions.

Update work for the 2014–2015 roundtable planning guides is completed. A team of very dedicated volunteers has been working diligently on this project for several months. Changes include new “big rock” topics, new program group “topics of interest,” and updated/additional Cub Scout program ideas. Also included is an expanded technology section and other adjustments to current materials based on input received from those of you using the materials. The updated guides will be released at the May 2014 National Annual Meeting in Nashville.

We would love to hear some success stories and solicit your comments about the roundtable guides! Please send thoughts or comments to Dan Maxfield at

Good roundtables equal better programs in units, which equal increased youth and unit retention. These are Journey to Excellence goals that roundtable can impact. We hope you are having a great year of super roundtables! The youth in our units deserve the best!