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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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Message from District Executive

Congratulations on a successful phase 1 for the fall recruiting season (School Open Houses / Join Scout Nights).  Like any good campaign plan, there are several phases.  We registered nearly 100 new scouts since 1 August.  We have one new Cub Scout Pack and hope to have a second soon.  The second phase of our fall membership campaign consists of getting out to you associated schools during their September and/or October PTA/PTO meetings and setting up an information table.  If you receive approval from the PTA president, you may also be granted 2-3 minutes to present why parents should consider joining scouts and letting attendees know you are available at a table to provide information to them about scouts and your unit. 


Please contact your school this week and find out when their PTA/PTO meeting is taking place.  Let me know when you have contacted the PTA and received approval and type of approval (table only, presentation, etc.). 


Per all the School Superintendents in our district (yes, even Danville City), we are allowed to set up information tables and speak to parents at the meeting.   


We also need to be scheduling Troop Open Houses.  To date, I have only received one date for a Troop Open House (Troop 377).  Please schedule these ASAP. 

Part of Troop Open Houses is to spread the word about the Open House.  Go to your Middle School PTA meeting and hand out invitations to the open house.

Direct each of your youth members to bring 3-5 friends with their parents to the Troop Open House (at least 1 will join). 

Make sure your Troop Open house announcement is in the community events location of the local newspaper (usually free).

Other ideas – better yet, take out an ad in the paper or school newspaper.  Put it in your church bulletins (usually free).  Call the local radio station and have them make a community announcement (usually free)


Let me know when and where you are holding your troop open houses. 


Bill Oswald 

District Executive

Dan River Disrict

Blue Ridge Mountains Council

2131 Valley View Blvd., NW
Roanoke, VA 24012
(540) 265-0656
 Fax (540) 265-0659

Cell:  434-429-6430



Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011, Boy Scout, Roundtable

● 7th: Show-N-Sell Orders Due
● 9th: OA Fall Ordeal
● 11th: Scout Surge
● 14th: OA Chapter Meeting
● 15th: District Committee Meeting
● 16th: Wilderness First Aid Course
● 23rd: Popcorn Sale begins
● 23rd: Units pickup popcorn at Dan Valley

● 1st: Spookoree - Brett Jackson or Bill Oswald
● 6th: Roundtable -
● 7th: OA Fall Fellowship
● 12th: OA Chapter Meeting
● 14th: Cub Scout Troutoree
● 14th: Fall Boy Scout Camporee
● 20th: District Committee Meeting
● 21st: Boy Scout Troutoree
● 23rd: Red Ribbon Week
● 29th: Super Saturday Training Blitz

● Take a round ball and write questions on it with a Sharpie marker
● Pass ball to one another and when you get the ball you have to answer question closest to your right thumb

Patient: I can’t figure out why my nose runs and my feet smell.
My last doctor said I’m paranoid. Well, he didn’t actually say it, but I could tell he was thinking
So, I’m going to see a new doctor.
(walks up to Nurse)
Patient: Nurse, I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.
Nurse: Have you seen a doctor?
Patient: No, just spots.
Patient: I brought my son in two hours ago because he swallowed a silver dollar. What’s his
Nurse: No change yet.
Patient: Well, let me see the doctor.
(walks over to Doctor)
Patient: Doctor! I feel like a set of curtains.
Doctor: Pull yourself together, man!
Patient: Doctor! I've got insomnia.
Doctor: Don't lose any sleep over it!
Patient: Doctor! I have weird dreams that I’m invisible.
Doctor: I can’t see you now. Please come back tomorrow.
Patient: Doctor! I feel like killing myself and I need your help. What should I do?
Doctor: Pay in advance.
Patient: Doctor! I think I’m shrinking!
Doctor: You’ll just have to be a little patient.
Patient: Doctor! Everyone keeps ignoring me.
Doctor: Next!
Patient: Doctor! My back feels like a deck of cards!
Doctor: I'll deal with you later.
Patient: Doctor! I feel awful again. What's wrong with me?
Doctor: Oh, you've had this before?
Patient: Yes.
Doctor: Well, you've got it again!
Patient: My friend's doctor told him he had appendicitis. Two weeks later, my friend died of
heart failure.
Doctor: Don't worry. If I tell you you've got appendicitis, you'll die from appendicitis!
Patient: Doctor! I need this rusty nail removed from my foot. How long will it take and how
much will it cost?
Doctor: $300 and about 5 minutes.
Patient: $300!?! For five minutes work?
Doctor: Well, I can do it slower if you’d like.
Patient: Doctor! What’s wrong? You look puzzled.
Doctor: I can’t figure what’s wrong with you but I think it’s the result of heavy drinking.
Patient: OK, I’ll just come back when you’re sober.

a tall glass, ziploc bag, skillet, pot to boil hot dogs in
4 cups vegetable oil
1 pkg. hot dogs (8 or so)
1/2 C flour
1/2 C yellow cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp shortening
1/3 C milk
1 egg
8 wooden skewers
Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a zip-loc bag at home.
Put hotdogs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let sit with the lid on.
Fill a skillet or dutch oven with oil so it is 2 inches deep. (To use less oil, put an empty vegetable can in the
skillet with a rock in it to take up space)
Heat the skillet to about 375 degrees.
Add shortening to dry ingredients and cut up with a fork so there are only tiny bits of shortening.
Combine milk and egg in a cup or zip-loc bag.
Pour milk/egg into cornmeal mixture and mix thoroughly.
Pour cornmeal batter into a tall glass.
September 1, 2011 Page
Remove a hotdog from hot water and dry with a paper towel.
Insert a skewer into the end of the hotdog, leaving and inch as a handle.
Dip hotdog into batter in the tall glass.
Place hotdog into oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Serves 4 to 6

There used to be a young man that was a miracle baby for his parents and they were so appreciative they
dedicated their baby to a life of service. It is said that this young man ministered on his job, what does this
mean? (wait for answers) It means he was a help to those who needed it, he cared for those who were needy
and talked with those who were lonely. It is said that he grew in favor with his master and those around him.
What does that mean? (wait for answer) He was known for being a helpful and honest young man that people
could depend on every day. He was also known for how he spoke to others because he was careful about what
he said. If this young man spoke it was with thoughtful consideration and spoke the truth even if it was
unpleasant. He also had a relationship with God to the point that God would tell him things to tell others
around him. Do you know this young man’s name? (wait for answer) His name was Samuel and even as a
young man he lived a life that was noticed by others and young men today can do the same, we just need to
give them an opportunity to do so.

Scout Surge 9.11

ScoutSurge 911 2011 
Scouts are encouraged to serve in their communities September 1-10, 2011 using the suggested service projects and posting them to web and social media channels. In addition, these activities should be recorded in the Journey to Excellence service program. On September 11, Scouts are encouraged to gather as groups and invite non-Scout friends to watch the movie, New York Says Thank You, which tells the story of the first responders to the New York City terrorist attacks and which features Scouts from the Little Sioux tornado tragedy.


Things to do:
  • Select, plan, and schedule your service project between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10
  • Use Twitterm texting, email, and Facebook to spread the word.
  • Post your service project ideas and event pictures on
    , your council's Facebook page, or other social media.
  • Use the ScoutSurge graphics available on
  • Gather as a group on September 11 (invite non-Scout friends) to watch the movie New York Says Thank You, which tells the story of the first responders to the New York City terrorist attachs and which features Scouts from the Little Sioux tornado tragedy.
  • Purchase and wear the ScoutSurge 911 patch.
Ideas for the event:

  •  Hold a ceremony to properly retire an American flag.
  • Visit a local fire, police, or EMT facility and present them with a Flag of Honor or another appropriate expression of thanks.
  • Conduct a service project in honor or memory of the 9/11/01 first responders.

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