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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If you are a Scouting Unit in the Dan River/Halifax Area and would like to add an event to the calendar, please send details to me in an email. You can email me by clicking HERE

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Commissioners Corner Pages

Summit Shakedown 2012

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

And the WINNER of our third Popcorn Prize Drawing is...


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And the WINNER of our second Popcorn Prize Drawing is...


Michael Rowland - Troop 346, Dan River District

Congratulations to Michael Rowland in the Dan River District, his name was drawn this morning as the winner of this week's prize- a Mead 50 mm Refracting Telescope!

There were 162 names entered into today's drawing, of those, 46 have sold $600 or more, and 19 have sold over $1,000! Congratulations to everyone who is working hard to meet their goals.

Keep up the good work and remember to sell at least $100 every week to enter the drawing for the Council's weekly prizes- and online sales DO COUNT!  Once your name is entered into the drawing, it will remain there until it is drawn for a prize, or until the contest ends. Next week's drawing is for a iPod Shuffle!


To enter the Council's weekly drawing, any Scout who has sold $100 worth or more (through Show'N'Deliver, Take Order and Online Sales) during the week of Monday, Oct. 25 until  9 am on Monday, Nov. 1 should submit a copy of their order form to the council by Monday, November 1, at 9 a.m.  They can send it by e-mail ( or fax to Shirley's attention at 540.265.0659.

Don't forget to "Hold A Place" now for Summer Camp 2011!





Thursday, October 21, 2010


Skywatchers tonight @ Danville Sci. Cntr Great night for it too. Jupiter is close to a nearly full moon Thurs, Oct. 21 @ nightfall

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fwd: Sixteen Steps to Build a Campfire

Sixteen Steps to Build a Campfire

1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers.

2. Bandage left thumb.

3. Chop other fragments into smaller fragments

4. Bandage left foot.

5. Make structure of slivers (include those embedded in hand).

6. Light Match.

7. Light Match.

8. Repeat "a Scout is cheerful" and light match.

9. Apply match to slivers, add wood fragments, and blow gently into base of fire.

10. Apply burn ointment to nose.

11. When fire is burning, collect more wood.

12. Upon discovering that fire has gone out while out searching for more wood, soak wood from can labeled "kerosene."

13. Treat face and arms for second-degree burns.

14. Re-label can to read "gasoline."

15. When fire is burning well, add all remaining firewood.

16. When thunder storm has passed, repeat steps 1-15.

Thanks to Ruth Yeaman from Troop 378 for this funny.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The BSA is putting Scouting on the map! Put YOUR Unit on the map TODAY!

How will it work? In a nutshell, unit leaders will be able to update their unit's Google "pin" - the bubble you see on Google maps - through MyScouting. They can add their unit meeting time, location, phone number, unit Web site address if they have one, as well as a contact name for the unit.

That's right! The BSA is putting Scouting on the map all across the nation! In time for Join Scouting 2010, the Boy Scouts of America will have its own joining Web page with information on Scouting, plus an actual Google map application that will help potential Scouts and their parents find packs, troops, and crews in their communities. It's real and it's coming!

 For complete information, click HERE for downloadable PDF

It's easy!  

NEW Popcorn Rewards for Top Sellers

NEW Popcorn Rewards for Top Sellers 
Have any Scouts in your unit already sold $100 worth of popcorn? Maybe they are well on their way to the $600 club? To keep their momentum going, the Blue Ridge Mountains Council will be instituting a WEEKLY DRAWING, beginning the week of Oct. 4-10 and continuing through the remainder of the sale!

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.ANY SCOUT who sells at least $100 in popcorn (from Show-N-Deliver, Take-Order, or Online sales only) EACH WEEK from now until the end of the sale is eligible to be entered into a prize drawing.

Just submit a copy (Fax or Scan) of the week's completed Take-Order Form to the Council Service Center by 9 am
on Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8

Their name will be placed into the drawing for each $100 worth they sell, increasing their chances for a weekly prize. For each $100 sold, enter again and remain in the drawing throughout the sale or until their name is drawn.

Completed forms can be faxed to 540.265.0659, or scanned and emailed Please be sure to include the Scout's name, unit number, and contact information.

Sales completed between Sept. 24 (Beginning date of sale) and Oct. 10 may be submitted for the prize drawing at 9 am on Oct. 11.

Popcorn Top Seller Rewards

Popcorn Top Seller Rewards- 

 with Virginia Tech! 
The BRMC is pleased to announce that this year's Popcorn Top Sellers ($600 or more) will be invited to spend an afternoon at Virginia Tech!
On April 16, 2011, boys and their family members will enjoy the opportunity to tour Virginia Tech's Athletic Facilities, participate in awesome interactive scientific experiments and work with state-of-the-art robotics!. This memorable day will conclude with watching the Virginia Tech vs. Florida State baseball game!
Top Sellers will also recieve a special edition Virginia Tech Baseball Cap. 

NEW Winter Camp- Camp Taquatschin

 NEW Winter Camp- Camp Taquatschin

No doubt you have experienced the Blue Ridge Mountain Council's superb summer camp opportunities and you likely have reveled in the many fall and spring programs, but have you ever been on the Reservation in the dead of winter? Prepare yourself for a brand new long-term camp called Taquatschin or "Cold One" in the Lenni Lanape tongue.  This is not your traditional merit badge camp. Taquatschin is designed to meet the needs of older scouts who are working toward their Eagle Rank.  As such, expect badges and programs not offered during summer camp; plan on expert instruction from the Reservation's most senior staff; and get ready for exciting evening activities that take advantage of the Aquatic Base's unique facilities.  

So, if you are looking for a unique way to welcome in the New Year, why not consider hanging with the staff of Taquatschin?

For registration and information click HERE.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dan River District Fall Camporee 2010

Scouts on Target
November 12-14, 2010
Halifax Country Gun Club
  • The Camporee will be hosted by Troop 497 from South Boston
  • Events will be based on targeting themes, but not just shooting sports. Targeting may include compasses, water balloons, rockets, etc. Events are still being planned and we are looking for units to create and host an activity.
  • We have already confirmed plans for a .22 rifle competition, homemade sling shot range, a catapult and other great ideas. We need your participation to make this event a success.
  • Please contact Barry Thompson or Tim Spayde if your unit has an event that they can sponsor. Complete details will be distributed in a later email and at the November Roundtable.
  • The Halifax County Gun Club is located on Route 58, approximately 7 miles west of South Boston.  There will be banners and flags to mark the entrance on the north side of 58. The club has great facilities with running water and electric available at sites if desired, but the space is compact, so consider this in your site planning.

From Danville:

- Take 58E toward South Boston 
- Approximately 8 miles outside of Danville you will pass the Turbeville intersection. There is a Fire Station and Softball field on the left side of the road directly past the intersection. 
- 3.4 miles past the Turbeville intersection, take a left. Before you get to the cut through the median, you will see a large green road sign on the right that says "South Boston 7 Miles." 
- As you take the turn, it will appear that you are going into the driveway at the house (mail box # 6192); the gravel road splits to the left and that goes to the club house.

From South Boston:

- Take 58W out of South Boston toward Danville.
- 3.2 miles past R. O. Harrell, take a right into the gravel driveway; mailbox # 6192 with white lattice work around the mail box. It will appear that you are driving to the house, but the gravel road splits to the left and that goes to the club house.

Barry Thompson:
Bill Oswald:

Roundtable Notes for October 2010

Commissioners Announcements (10 minutes)


    10/13 - Tuscarora Chapter of the Order of the Arrow Chapter Meeting

    10/16 - Troutoree Powhatan

    10/16 -  District Scout-O-Rama at Piedmont Mall (Bill Oswald to make any announcements concerning)

    10/21 - District Committee Meeting (Now on 3rd Thursday of every month so as not to interfere with Roundtable and more time can be devoted to District Planning. If you have any interest in serving, please see Bob, Bill or Chuck.)

    10/23 - Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series Race

    10/30 - Dan River Gunsmoke Skeet Shoot at Halifax Gun Club

    11/02 - Skatenight

    11/04 - District Roundtable

    11/04 - Last day to return popcorn FULL BOXES ONLY

    11/04 - Leader Specific Training

    11/06 - Scout Day at Averett Football vs. Ferrum College, Danville VA

    11/06 - Popcorn orders due online

    11/12 - Camporee (TIM SPAYDE)

    11/18 - District Committee Meeting

    11/19 - Popcorn pickup day at Dan Valley

Commissioners Story or Activity (1 minute)

Nutty Fisherman

      Have someone off to the side playing the part of the fisherman and sometime during the calendar announcements run this skit

      Passer by: "What ya doing there?"

      Fisher: "I'm fishing, what's it like I'm doin?"

      Passer by: "Fishing eh!, what are you fishing for."

      Fisher: "I'm fishing for suckers."

      Passer by: "Have you caught any?"

      Fisher: "Yes you're the third one today"

Commissioners Guest (15 minutes)

      Kathy Keatts

      Will be talking about Scouting for Youth with disabilities. I will also focus on opportunities for service projects involving the disabled in the Danville area.

Merit Badge (5 minutes)

Disabilities Awareness

1.  Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person first language. Explain why these are important.

2.  Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency's activities. Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education.

3.  Do TWO of the following:

a.  Talk to a Scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in Scouting activities and earning different merit badges.

b.  Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person's experiences and the activities in which this person likes to participate.

c.   Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

d.  Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletypewriters (TTYs). Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.

4.  Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with disabilities. In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities. Discuss your observations with your counselor.

a.  Your school

b.  Your place of worship

c.   Your Scout camping site

d.  A public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park)

5.  Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:

a.  Present a counselor approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other group. During your presentation, explain and use person first language.

b.  Find out about disability awareness education programs in your school or school system, or contact a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.

c.   Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence the general public's understanding of people with disabilities. List 10 myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share your list with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.

6.  Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show a positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes among others. Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you have learned.

7.  Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one that interests you and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and tell why this profession interests you.

Scout Games (10 minutes maybe)

Kims Game (Play Individually then in teams)

      Locate many small articles, such as keys, safety pins, and that kind of thing.

      Get about 15 of these and put them on a tray and show them all round.

      Then you tell all the boys, except one, to hide their eyes.

      The boy that is left sits up in bed and you take one of the articles and hide it on the boy.

      Then you tell the others to sit up in their beds; you give them paper and pencil and then you show them the articles, and they have to write the name of the missing article.

      Some are right and some are wrong, and the ones that win carry on the game, till at last there is only one boy left and he is the winner.

      Group version is that the team has to list all items in box with descriptions. Group that comes closer than the others win.

Commissioners Recipe (Pass out while PP is shown)

Quik Chicken stew


    2 each Can of Cooked Chicken

    Can of Potatoes (drained)

    Can of Corn (drained)

    Can of Peas (drained)

    Can of Black Eyed Peas (drained)

    Can of Chicken Broth

    One Onion diced

    1 tablespoon pepper

    1 tablespoon garlic powder

    3 Tablespoons Corn Starch mixed in water


    Heat up Dutch Oven to 350 degrees

    Add Chicken and Stir constantly until seared

    Add everything else BUT cornstarch

    Cover and cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour (Check at every 20 minutes for taste)

    On the second 20 minute check add corn starch to thicken and stir. Best if corn starch is mixed in water in empty can and then added to pot.

    Serve hot

Commissioners Minute (20 minutes)


 Link to PowerPoint online:

Show PowerPoint Presentation:

Think about this: Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer at heart. When passing judgment on another you condemn yourself and bring the judgment of God on yourself. We are to have a mutual respect for one another. (1 John 3:15; Romans 2:1,2; 2 John 5,6)

DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By not bullying other scouts or your peers, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

A BOY SCOUT IS: FRIENDLY, KIND, BRAVE: A friendly scout is not a bully but one who is a friend to others even if they are different. A kind scout is not a bully but one who respects the rights of others. A brave scout is not a bully only a scared coward is a bully

Be the scout you are meant to be, don't be a bully.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Roundtable Reminder for October

A reminder that Roundtable is tonight at 7pm, Saint Lukes Church. Park between church and bank, come in side door or back door.

  • Calendar
  • Handicapped Presentation and Merit Badge Information
  • Food
  • Game
  • Skit
  • Commissioners Minute will include PP on Bullying and my thoughts.
I hope you will attend.


David Hyler
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
332 Deercrest Lane
Danville, VA 24541

(434) 710-4408
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