A few years ago I was tapped to be the Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, a role in which I served for exactly one year. I tried to help our Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner keep the sprawling announcements at the beginning of RT down to 30 minutes instead of a full hour. Also, I tried to engage the Scoutmasters/Assistant Scoutmasters in the Boy Scout breakout sessions with a fresh, new training item each month. Much to my dismay, RT remained a time for Scouters to find a pulpit and preach to the District. Even the District Executive droned on and on for 15-20 minutes about one thing or another.
So, what the heck is Roundtable for anyway? Is it for training (I though it was)? Or is it a place to network (I thought it was)? Or is it a place to show off your uniform (it seems to be)?
I don't want to be bitter but there are some changes going on in our district/council that are attempting to rein in the Scouter preachers and regain some semblance of training and networking.
One of the biggest changes I've noticed is that, moving forward, we will no longer have paper flyers. Instead, all announcements and brochure-type information will be collected and emailed to all registered Scouters via Constant Contact. The older Scouters are furious because they "don't check email every day" and/or "don't have the email." (I'm not trying to be offensive to the older generations! )
It's to the point now that I just don't want to go anymore but do anyway because I'm a Unit Commissioner and want to see my unit Scouters and help them stay connected. Perhaps I'll see that the new changes will be good and that everyone will be a little more informed.