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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Commissioners Corner Pages

Summit Shakedown 2012

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thanks to all parade participants

Thank you to all the scouts and parents who made the effort to come out for the Veterans Day Parade. We had 30+ boys from T372, T376, T300, P374, P353, P386, P372 and P377. You made us all proud to be scouts.

Roundtable Commissioner

Friday, November 4, 2011

Roundtable Notes for November 2011


  •  174 Anderson Memorial UMC 
  •  353 Sacred Heart School 
  •  359 Fairview UMC 
  •  376 Trinity United Methodist Church 
  •  377 Whitmell UMC 
  •  386 New Testament Baptist 
  • 175 American Legion Post 
  •  359 Fairview United Methodist Church 
  •  376 Trinity United Methodist Church 
  •  377 Whitmell United Methodist Church  
  • 361 Bailey Place



  • 3rd Popcorn Turn In
  • 4th Popcorn Sale Ends
  • 5th Popcorn Orders must be in by 5pm
  • 6th Veterans Day Parade, Line up at 1:30 on Rison Street, Look for me or other Scout Leaders in uniform, we will march as one unit, parade starts at 2:30
  • 9th OA Chapter Meeting
  • 17th District Committee Meeting
  • 18th Pick up ordered popcorn at Dan Valley. Come early to help us sort and you can take your popcorn with you that morning. Others can pick up between 1pm and 5pm


  • 1st Last Day to turn in popcorn money
  • 1st Roundtable Boy Scout breakout will be on CPR and Cub Scout is tentative on songs and skits.
  • 1st FOS Starts
  • 14th OA Chapter Meeting
  • 15th District Committee Meeting

Commissioners Story or Activity

Hiker, Biker, Horse

A simple game to reinforce the concept of trail etiquette. Play this game after having presented the concept of giving up the trail when groups meet, including groups of hikers, horses, and bicyclists.
Participants will know who should give way on the trail when hikers, bikers, and horses meet.
7 minutes - 2 minutes to introduce game, 2 minutes to play and completely memorize which choice wins, 3 minutes to discuss.
Participants will be able to:
  • Understand that horses always have the right-of-way on trails.
  • Understand that bicyclists never have the right-of-way on trails.
  • Understand that hikers may have the right-of-way, but a smart, safe, and considerate hiker is always willing to step aside.

Required items for the activity
  • none

Motivator When hiking, you will cross paths with others on the trail. You'll be much more confident and leave a better impact by knowing proper etiquette.
This game is a play on the well-known children's game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Opponents face each other with their left hand open with the palm up. The right fist is dropped into the left hand as a fist twice and then on the third hit is changed to a meaningful shape:
  • Horse - 4 fingers out to symbolize the 4 feet
  • Hiker - 2 fingers out to symbolize the 2 feet
  • Biker - 0 fingers out to symbolize no feet on the ground

If working with younger children, they could do other actions rather than just fingers:
  • Horse - hands up to head to make ears
  • Hiker - wave one hand to say HI
  • Biker - both hands out in front holding onto handlebars

It should only take a couple rounds to quickly see that a Horse always wins and a Biker never wins.
  • If two hikers meet 8 bicyclists, does it still make sense for the bikes to give way? (may be simple and do less damage for the 2 people to step aside)
  • What if two groups of hikers meet? (group heading uphill has right of way. If one group is much larger, then it might be better for the smaller group to give way.)
  • If I see a bike barreling down the trail at me as I'm walking up a steep grade, I'm not going to debate the concept of trail etiquette - I'm going to quickly step aside. Use sense to stay safe - don't expect that everyone is considerate of others.

Commissioners Guest

Rob Gunnell - Leave No Trace

Commissioners Recipe

Corn in a Cooler

  1. shucked corn
  2. cooler
  3. boiling water
  4. lay corn in cooler
  5. pour boiling water over corn
  6. close lid and wait at least 30 minutes (can leave longer)
  7. carefully remove corn from cooler
  8. eat corn

Commissioners Minute

Leave No Trace Scoutmaster Minute

A good way to protect the backcountry is to remember that while you are there, you are a visitor. When you visit a friend you are always careful to leave that person's home just as you found it. You would never think of dropping litter on the carpet, chopping down trees in the yard, putting soap in the drinking water, or marking your name on the living room wall. When you visit the backcountry, the same courtesies apply. Leave everything just as you found it.
Hiking and camping without a trace are signs of an expert outdoorsman, and of a Scout or Scouter who cares for the environment. Travel lightly on the land.
"Leave No Trace" is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics education program. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to this program. The principles of Leave No Trace are not rules; they are guidelines to follow at all times.
The Leave No Trace principles might not seem important at first glance, but their value is apparent when considering the combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or campfire is of little significance, but thousands of such instances seriously degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leaving no trace is everyone's responsibility.

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