Roundtable Staff Objectives

Roundtables are a form of commissioner service and supplemental training for volunteers at all levels. The objective of roundtables is to give leaders program ideas; information on policy, events, and training opportunities; and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. The roundtable commissioner and staff demonstrate elements of a model meeting that leaders may use as a pattern for their own meetings. The roundtable experience will inspire, motivate, and enable unit leaders to provide a stronger program for their Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts.

Meeting Times:

Monthly from September to May

The First Thursday night of the month

7 PM - 8 PM

Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, Danville VA

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Scout Kick Off

Hello Everyone,
We are having the Scout Kick Off meeting on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the main level of the Ballou Park Nature Center.  This building is located  in the park directly across from McDonalds. All scout leaders or a representative for your pack/troop must attend.  This is a very important meeting and we need everyone to come and pick up their information packs.  In addition, we will also announce training opportunities available for any leaders who are not fully trained and discuss rechartering.
Please RSVP by email to   Let me know your pack/troop number and the leaders/representatives attending.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Audra Keen
BSA Dan River District Membership Chair

Monday, August 3, 2009

Looking for Information

Has anyone used or know anyone who has used the site below? If you have I would love to hear from you.

Your complete scouting software solution

MyScoutLink is the perfect online companion for scout leaders and parents. Easily manage your scout troop's schedules and projects with one powerful scout software application.

  • Manage who is in each Troop or Pack and reach them by email or SMS text
  • Track advancement, badges and ranks for all of your scouts
  • Automatically send out event reminders
  • Set or request items for your Scouts (or their parents) to bring to events
  • Encourage communication among Scouts with the Forum
  • Define events in your calendar once and share them with your Scouts and parents
  • Store files, pictures, and video online, and control who has access to them
  • Create a public website about your Troop or Den for everyone to see
  • Manage payments and billing for your events
  • Sell products for fundraising with your own online store

David Hyler

Honor all people, Love the brethren, Fear God and Respect authority. (The Fisherman)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Patch (from Jerry the Scoutmaster)

The BSA just rolled out a new patch for the Centennial celebration.  I was down at the local Scout Shop and saw this new emblem.  I was surprised that I had not heard much about this even though I am a Scoutmaster for the National Jamboree contingent.   Anyway...
The new patch is a ring that is sewn around the World Scout Crest Patch.
We all can start wearing it right away.. and I encourage it!  It is not a must.. but 100 years of Scouting in America is something to celebrate.  So lets celebrate with a new patch.. after all we all love patches!!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Eagle Scout application

Effective August 1, 2009, the national office will no longer accept Eagle applications prior to the 2009 printing.

The new Eagle Scout application (512-728) can be found on

David Hyler

Honor all people, Love the brethren, Fear God and Respect authority. (The Fisherman)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

June - July 2009 National Jamboree Bulletin

The June - July 2009 National Jamboree Bulletin is on the BSA Jamboree Website.

A few of the highlights:

Lower prices from BSA Supply—There are lower prices on some items in the 2010 Jamboree package plans. The new prices are located on (Internal Scouting Profesionals Website). Council professionals responsible for jamboree will have access to the new prices.

Jamboree patches—All council contingents that have paid the first $100 per person have received or should soon receive their adult leader and youth Scout patches. These are being sent directly to councils to the attention of the council jamboree contact.

Come to the jamboree—There is still room for participants to attend the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Check with your local council for details. Regions still have troop allocations that have not been fulfilled.

Second jamboree payment—The second payment of $400 per person is due to the National Council on or before July 31, 2009. Participant and adult leaders make payments directly to their council; staff must make their payment online. Late fees of $50 per person ($2,000 per troop) will be applied to those who do not make the payment on time. Don't forget! Pay by July 31.

Council contingent coordinators—Councils with three or more contingent troops must appoint a council contingent coordinator. This person must submit an adult leader application. Once the council has approved the adult leader application, send that person's name and contact information to

Troop numbers—Jamboree troop numbers are being assigned to councils by Boy Scouts of America regions. Councils have been instructed how to assign Scouts and leaders to troops and submit the troop number assignments, as well as the leadership assignments, to the Jamboree Department.

Approve leaders—If councils have not done so, now is the time to approve youth and adult leaders through the jamboree registration system.

Gateways—Jamborees are full of color and excitement, something in which troop gateways have always played a big part. Showing Scouts from other parts of the country what's unique or interesting about a troop's home area is a time-honored jamboree tradition. Troops usually design their gateways to reflect the most notable aspects of their home area—history, geography, industry, etc. This is often done in very creative and novel ways.

It's important to plan ahead when designing and building the troop gateway. To ensure that all materials, tools, and equipment will be available, it is vital that plans be made early to transport everything that's needed with the council contingent. The jamboree site is relatively remote. Once there, obtaining the simplest of tools or materials could be a real headache. Due to the lack of facilities or personnel to receive them, shipping separate materials or equipment to the jamboree is not an option. Everything must be transported with the council contingent. Troop gateways must not exceed 10 feet in height and must be of non-conductive material.

No holes—Federal authorities have prohibited the digging of holes of any kind, for any purpose, anywhere on the jamboree site. Applications for permits to dig holes for gateways will not be considered. This rule will be strictly enforced. All gateways must be designed with supports on the ground surface and must be secured by weights, staked guy lines, or other means not requiring holes in the ground. Storms are common at jamborees, and gateways should be designed to accommodate winds of up to 70 miles per hour. It is highly recommended that troops design, fabricate, erect, and test gateways prior to transporting them to the jamboree site.

Troop gateways—The height of troop gateways will be limited to a maximum of 10 feet and can have no electrical components. The 10-foot height restriction includes flagpoles, which must be of nonconductive material (wood, PVC, etc). There will be NO climbing allowed in the erection of the unit gateways. No tents or other unit components will be allowed within the "fall zone," the height of the gateway itself.

Metal poles for troop tents are permissible; however, no troop tents may exceed 10 feet in height.
Subcamp and regional gateways may not exceed 16 feet in height (including attached flagpoles or other amenities) and 20 feet in width, which is the existing design of the jamboree-installed wooden gateway structures. These are to be decorated per the site plans. Each subcamp and region must develop a detailed erection and demolition plan for decorating the provided gateway. No climbing on the gateway will be allowed, and no modifications to the structure are allowed.

Visitors—From Wednesday, July 28, through Tuesday, August 3, the jamboree will be open to visitors from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., with the following exceptions:
- Wednesday, July 28: 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.
- Saturday, July 31: 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. (to allow for arena show attendance only)

There are no accommodations on site for visitors, including RV, tentage, or fixed housing. Upon entering the jamboree site, guests will be directed to the visitors information tent in the main parking lot, where they will receive directions to regions, subcamps, or activity areas. Visiting Scouts will not be able to participate in action center and/or program activities.

Still have questions about jamboree? Check the jamboree Web site,

Friday, July 10, 2009

In need of some help

I would like to have a partner to help plan the events for next seasons Boy Scout Roundtable. Do I have any takers? We can get together one evening next weekend and discuss some ideas. If you are interested, please reply to this email as soon as possible.


PS: I need Ryan Hatch to give me a call ASAP.

David Hyler

Honor all people, Love the brethren, Fear God and Respect authority. (The Fisherman)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Eatin' Good Out in the Woods

As you know, or may not know... much of our camping experiences seem to hover around when the next meal is.  
We set camp... have a Cracker Barrel.
We wake up... Breakfast.
We do an activity until... lunch.
We resume activity until it's time to prepare dinner.
And then we clean up the mess so we can get ready for dessert.

Planning and preparation of meals, especially while backpacking requires thought and a little work.  But the pay off is easy to prepare, light weight, easy to clean up meals that keep you on the trail and having fun.
Recently one of the Assistant Scoutmasters in our troop prepared a sample weekend meal plan to help teach the newer Scouts, refresh the memories of older Scouts and keep them all within their budgets.
Take a look at this, it may be something you want to try with your unit.  This meal plan is for buddy (2 scouts) teams, but can be modified to meet the needs of bigger groups.

Oatmeal 4 pks. $0.60

Soup mix 1 cup $1.14
Tortellini 1/2 lb $2.17

Salmon 1 pouch $1.83
Noodles 1 pouch $0.98

Oatmeal 4 pks. $0.60

Drink mix 4 pks. $0.49
Trail mix 1 lb. $1.95

Total cost $9.76

Menu #2
Eggs 6 $0.56
Sausage 1/2 stick $2.49

Triscuits 1 box $1.78
Summer Sausage 1/2 stick $2.49

Chicken 1 can $1.44
Noodles 1 pouch $0.85

Oatmeal 4 pks. $0.60

Drink Mix 4 pks. $0.49
Granola Bars 8 bars $1.78

Total Cost $12.48

At $6.00 a head, which is what our Scouts budget per camp out, these two menus stay within the framework of the budget, planning considerations, weight, nutrition, and taste.

Both of these menus break down and fit in a single 1 gallon zip lock bag.  That same zip lock bag becomes your trash bag for the weekend.

I think it is worth a try.  Our Scouts use this model.. substituting items and staying within the guide.  Both of these menus recently were used by patrols in our Troop at Camporee.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Memorial Day

Scouts are invited to help put flags on graves at Lee Cemetery for Memorial Day. Saturday, 23rd, 8:00am.

Thanks Ruth for the information.

Yours in Scouting

David Hyler

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

Monday, April 27, 2009


On Thursday, April 30, 2009 beginning at 6:00 P.M., Dave Clark, Cub Scout Shooting Sports Trainer with the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, will be teaching a Cub Scout Shooting Sports Class for all interested adults.  The class will be held at Blackwell Dodge in Danville, VA.  Please if you are interested in helping with Shooting Sports at District events your attendance would be greatly appreciated.


Gold Rush Reminder:  Please remember that the deadline for registration for Gold Rush is Friday, May 1, 2009.  All registrations must be into the council office by that date as no on-site registrations can be accepted.  Cubmasters and Contacts, please remember to BRING the Class 1 Medical forms for everyone attending the event to the event.  Please do not mail them to Council.

Also anyone interested in working a rotation during the 2009 Gold Rush, please contact Mike Law by e-mailing him at

If you have any questions about either event, please do not hesitate to contact me, Jason, or Mike.


Yours in Scouting,

Jeanne Lawson

P-H District

Cub Activities Chair

P: (276) 666-7769

F: (276) 666-0363

Monday, April 20, 2009

[Invitation] Dan River District Scout Expo @ Sat May 2 1pm – 5pm (

Google Calendar, you are invited to

Dan River District Scout Expo

Sat May 2 1pm – 5pm
(Timezone: Eastern Time)
Ballou Park (map)


The purpose of an Expo is to showcase Souting -- both for us within Scouting and for members of the community at large. A number of Dan River Cub Packs and Boy Scout have already agreed to demonstrate various aspects of the Scouting program. These will include cooking, pioneering, the raingutter regatta, target practice, etc. We will have the entire front of Ballou Park along West Main (as shown on the attached aerial photo) so we will have plenty of space. If you have not already arranged to have your unit participate and would like to be involved, please contact me via email or phone at 792-7507.

MOST IMPORTANTLY -- Please encourage your Scouts and their families to attend. If you know someone who is interested in Scouting, either as a member or as an adult volunteer, this will be an excellent opportunity to close the "deal." Audra Keen, our District Membership Chair, will be there with the necessary applications.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

BB Range Officer Training March 24

Dave Clark is willing to do BBs Range Officer Training on Tuesday, March 24th at the Service Center.

The class will start at 6:00 pm  (can have some dinner available) and will go to 8:30 pm.

Ken needs to know how many so he can plan.

Let Ken know at, or by calling the Council Office 265-0656.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Agenda Tonight

  1. I will have a small campsite set up from my own backpacking gear. (before meeting)
  2. Take roll (2 min)
  3. Collect Dues (2 min)
  4. Story (3-5 min)
  5. Scoutmaster ideas and thoughts (3-5 min)
  6. Scoutmaster Recipie (5 min)
  7. Theme and announcments (5 min)
  8. Eddy Parham as special speaker and demonstrations on backpacking (30 min)
  9. Door Prize (2 min)
  10. Scoutmaster Minute (2 min)

David Hyler

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Free Emergency Training Available

Important message from David Hyler.

Everyone know that I am involved in a lot of different things, but I want to tell you about one I am very proud to be a part of. I am involved with the Community Emergency Response Team in Pittslyvania County. This prepares anyone to be ready for a natural disaster by giving you some training to prepare you to take care of you and your family in a natural disaster. You will be given First Aid training, Fire Extinguisher training, Response Training, triage training and much more. I am including a letter from Jim Davis on the matter and a link to download the application forms.



You will have to attend one night a week at one of the county middle schools for 8 weeks. Please read the attached letter and consider taking the course. You do not have to commit to anything or feel you are obligated to do anything. You will only be increasing your knowledge and ability to help in the time of need.

Click >>HERE<< to download Registration Form.

From Jim Davis, ENP, Coordinator Emergency Management & Communications

February 19, 2009




Pittsylvania County Department of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Spring CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) Class.  Registrations are being taken online at  Pittsylvania county is seeking to train 100 additional citizens.  Classes will be taught at four regions of the county.  Further information may be obtained at (434) 432-7920.


Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.


The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.


CERT training through the Pittsylvania County CERT program is FREE to all county residents.  CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.  Classes are taught by Virginia State Certified Instructors representing, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.  Each training session is two-four hours in length, offered several times a week for eight weeks at different locations.  Those who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion, and invited to join the County's Emergency Response Team.


Pittsylvania County is seeking applicants at least 18 years of age.  Additionally, we are looking for individuals from Churches, and neighborhood watch organizations to take this class. When you register be sure and have another person register to take the class with you.  Pittsylvania County has trained over 260 residents since September 2003. Come join us and help your County and your neighborhood be prepared.

Monday, February 9, 2009

February Roundtable 2009

What a great time at Roundtable this month. First of all my wife favored me with her company, which due to a family illness has been fairly limited these past months, and helped me with the setup and take down of all the props. We set up the chuck box that we take when we go camping as a family (it looks a lot like a troop chuck box) and our two man tent from Eureka. We laid the fliers on the table and had everything ready by the time Roundtable started. The GORP bars that I pulled off of Sarah's blog were a great success and so were the cotton ball fire starters from the Scoutmaster blog. I hope you guys don't mind me using your ideas, I do give you credit for them. We had more adult leaders there than I have seen in a long time and that was a real encouragement for me as RT Commissioner. My goal was to increase attendance and help the program at the same time. We had a representative from our local scout store to come and show us the gear that he stocks in his inventory. JR from JR's Outdoor Gear was a great addition to the nights activities and the leaders had lots of questions about the equipment. JR made one statement that sticks in my mind, "If you are going to enjoy the outdoors, why not enjoy it". He was referring to the gear that he sells, and he is right. When I first started 'enjoying the outdoors' with scouts in 2003, I looked for my gear in Wal-Mart and other places and soon discovered that some of my gear just was not cutting the mustard. So I went to see JR and he talked with me and gave me what I call a quick education in what kind of gear was available and what he thought I might need.
Well, I purchased some of his gear, and I also purchased some online. Great gear makes for a great outdoor experience. Next month we will get into the backpacking side of the outdoors and in April we will be covering the subject of Rock Climbing. I am excited about these meetings and hope to excite the leaders in our area.

David Hyler
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

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We hope you're off to a good start in 2009. EveryTrail certainly had a great start of the year: Traffic in January was up more than 50% from December, which was a record month already. You, the global EveryTrail community, are now creating new trips at a pace never seen before. More than 10,000 public trips and 30,000 photos were uploaded by you all in January. EveryTrail now has over 50,000 public trips from all over the world.

We continue to work on improving the site as fast as we can. Some of the major changes we recently made are "under the hood" in order to make sure the site doesn't break under the strain of all your uploads and clicks. Please continue to use the EveryTrail Forums to report problems and provide suggestions.

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We'll announce a big upgrade to the EveryTrail Windows Mobile application very soon. Please keep an eye on the EveryTrail blog.

The focus of our first generation mobile apps is to make recording and uploading trips as easy as possible. Later this year we'll add new features that will help you find and plan trips.
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Later, we intend to automatically create Tours for each trip. And we are exploring possibilities to enable you to record and create your own tours and upload these alongside your trips. As always, feedback and suggestions are welcome! Please use the forum.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

5 Reasons Why Scouts Love Walmart So Much…

If you've ever been on a really long camping trip you know exactly
what I'm talking about, it's amazing.

So what is so great about Walmart?

1. Most Walmart stores are open 24/7 now.
2. You can sleep in the parking lot of Walmart.
3. You can get everything you need there (besides climbing gear)
4. Walmart has bathrooms that you can use (great for that little sink
shower that all scouts love so much)
5. Cheap which just might be a thrifty Scout's favorite word!

This is why most Scouters love Walmart. 

To say the least whether you like Walmart or don't it can be a great
resource for any troop on an extended road trip.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reminder and Special

Just a reminder that Roundtable is Thursday night at St. Lukes Church. Our theme will be camping and there will be camping gear for you to
look at, play with and ask questions about. If you have any favorite camping gear you would like to bring, please do, just send me an email letting me
know what you are going to bring. We also have a special guest coming. J.R.'s Outdoor Gear will be there to show us what they have in the way
of camping and backpacking gear. JR has supported scouts in this area as long as I have been involved with scouts, so please come and show
your support. There will be a special surprise for all who attend the Boy Scout Roundtable, so be sure and sign in.

David Hyler
Roundtable Commissioner

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Shameless promotion for a new tracking book

Hello Ladies and gentlemen,

I am equally proud and humbled, excited and reticent, but happy and happy, to announce the release of my new book Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking.  This is a project that has spanned years from inspiration to completion.  I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not an oncoming train.  The book should be coming through around February 23rd.  That is the date I expect to be able to start filling orders for the book. 

Long and short of it, more information is on my website


coverfront.jpgBut here's a little summary:

Are you interested in tracking skills?  If you have spent any time outside, you have come across tracks or sign left by animals and people.  If you have ever wondered how to interpret, and even follow, human tracks or sign, this book is for you.  This book imparts knowledge necessary to answer the questions "What happened here?" and "Who made that track?"  This is an essential book for encouraging and developing your awareness of the outdoors.  It is a great aid for property owners, hunters, naturalists, search and rescue (SAR) teams, SAR managers, military instructors and law enforcement agencies.  This perfect bound, softcover, full size (8 ½ x 11), 268 page book contains 110+ illustrations (some color), a glossary, index and bibliography.  It was written to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search and Rescue entry level tracking course standards.  Through explanations, illustrations and many pictures from actual searches for missing persons, this book describes methods and techniques used by tracking personnel to do the following:

ü      Become familiar with the terminology of tracking

ü      Dispel misconceptions about tracking

ü      Select and use tools of the tracking trade

ü      Record and document tracking information

ü      Manage light and shadow to your advantage

ü      Learn about improving your awareness

ü      Find, follow and interpret tracks and sign

ü      Receive information about footwear as it relates to tracking

ü      Learn how to age sign

ü      Understand what to look for as sign of passage on various ground covers

ü      Get an introduction to animal tracking

Search and rescue (SAR) tracking practitioner and instructor Rob Speiden has drawn from decades of experience including the Field Team Signcutter course developed by Greg Fuller to create this invaluable resource.  Rob has been an active member of the SAR community since 1993.  Rob has trained with many tracking experts around the country and participated in over 100 missing person search missions.  As the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Field Team Signcutter (FTS) course coordinator, and through his Natural Awareness Tracking School, he currently instructs SAR volunteers and law enforcement officers in tracking and awareness skills that enhance search efforts for missing persons.  Rob has written a textbook for the FTS course and is interested in sharing it with you.  For more information and how to order the book please visit his website at


All the best,


Robert Speiden

Natural Awareness Tracking School, LLC

657 Coal Hollow Road

Christiansburg, Virginia 24073

toll free (866) 678-7225

(h) (540) 552-2596

(c) (540) 357-0593



Sunday, January 25, 2009

Re: Help in starting a phone tree for District

Question asked: Will this be one person receiving a call and then calling another person on the list and so on?

This will allow one person, to call everyone on the list, at once. No one else will have to make a phone call. The only call made will be to let me know (or use email) what the message needs to be.
It is a great service that we started using for our band at the high school. I can let all 60 parents know if something is canceled or moved just by logging on to the website, typing in the message and hitting the send button.  I just think it would come in handy with District events and reminders.

David Hyler

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Help in starting a phone tree for District

I am going to start a phone tree for Scoutmasters in the District. This will allow me to send out reminders or notices to every leaders phone in a matter of minutes. If you would like to be added to this list, send me back a reply with your phone number and name. Please use the number that you use the most, which for me would be my cell, since it is always with me. After I have collected the numbers I will send an email letting you know of a date and time that the phone tree will be tested. I believe this can be a useful tool for our District and I know you can't beat the price, FREE.

David Hyler
Roundtable Commissioner

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Roundtable tonight at 7pm.

David Hyler

If you really want to do something, You will make a way. If you don't, You will make an excuse.

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