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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!