100 Days of Scouting – Day 94

Today I:

  • Prepped the Twilight camp paperwork and payment for two or our new scouts to be able to turn it in at Roundtable
  • Texted with our CC on some purchasing issues for our pack camp out next weekend.
  • Finalized the preparation for our Program Kick Off Roundtable (including discussing a late breaking concern with the church we meet at regarding the set up they have for a youth function)
  • Attended and ran the Program Kick Off Roundtable 
  • Had a “meeting after the meeting” that went way too long, but had a good discussion on a number of district committee things

So for a while as mentioned in a number of posts, I have been (as the Program Chair for our district) planning and coordinating our annual “Program Kick Off.”  We hold this event during our May Roundtable.  The concept is to create a “trade show” type event/atmosphere with people or groups manning tables or booths on things that scouts and scout leaders would have an interest in to possibly add to their own program in the coming year.

This year we had representation from (among others):

  • District Commissioner Corps
  • Camp-o-ree committee
  • Advancement
  • Training
  • Cub Camping (Day, Twilight & Resident)
  • Adult Recognition
  • Popcorn
  • A Venture crew sponsored by a SCUBA group
  • Order of the Arrow

We also had door prizes to give out.  As each person enters the room, they are given a passport to have signed or initialed by someone at each table/booth.  Once they have it completed, they place it in for the door prize drawing.  This gets folks out to the event for one, and also provides an incentive to visit all the groups presenting stuff.

We find that this is one of the better attended Roundtables during the year.  Maybe it’s the door prizes or maybe the hot dogs and chips we serve.  My hope is that it’s because of what we have to offer for program ideas.  Where or how else could you spend an hour or so worth of your time and get information on close to 20 things that may help your program?


About jthoppe

Eagle Scout, Cub Dad (Former Pack Committee Chair, soon to be Tiger Den Leader, District Committee; enjoys TKD, softball and generally being outside.
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