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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Summit Shakedown 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Requirements for the Welding merit badge

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while welding, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for, and the prevention of, injuries or illnesses that could occur while welding, including electrical shock, eye injuries, burns, fume inhalation, dizziness, skin irritation, and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including filler metals and welding gases.
  2. Do the following:
    1. With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Material Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the MSDS.
    2. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that must be worn when welding. Then, present yourself properly dressed for welding—in protective equipment, clothing, and footwear.
    3. Explain and demonstrate the proper care and storage of welding equipment, tools, and protective clothing and footwear.
  3. Explain the terms welding, electrode, slag, and oxidation. Describe the welding process, how heat is generated, what kind of filler metal is added (if any), and what protects the molten metal from the atmosphere.
  4. Name the different mechanical and thermal cutting methods. Choose one method and describe how to use the process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation of this process.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Select two welding processes, and make a list of the different components of the equipment required for each process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation for each process.
    2. Choose one welding process. Set up the process you have chosen, including gas regulators, work clamps, cables, filler materials, and equipment settings. Have your counselor inspect and approve the area for the welding process you have chosen.
  6. After successfully completing requirements 1 through 5, use the equipment you prepared for the welding process in 5b to do the following:
    1. Using a metal scribe or soapstone, sketch your initial onto a metal plate, and weld a bead on the plate following the pattern of your initial.
    2. Cover a small plate (approximately 3" x 3" x ¼") with weld beads side by side.
    3. Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.
    4. Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.
    5. Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.
    6. Tack two plates together in a lap joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a lap joint with fillet weld on both sides.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Find out about three career opportunities in the welding industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why the profession might interest you.
    2. Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession.

Unit College Scouter Reserv

Does your troop or team have a Scout who has turned 18 and is away at college, on a mission, or in the service and wants to stay registered in the unit?
That situation occurs quite often, and until now the choices were to register them as an assistant Scoutmaster, register them with the council as College Reserve, or drop them.
Each of those choices presented potential problems. Assistant Scoutmasters need to be trained and that could be difficult at school or overseas. College Scouter Reserve meant that they were not registered in the unit. Dropping them from the charter often resulted in losing contact with them.
To help keep these young men in Scouting, a new registration code has been introduced – 92U, Unit College Scouter Reserve. Of course Youth Protection Training is required, but that is the only required course for the position. All of the registration application criteria and fees apply.
Full information is available in the October News and Notes registrars' newsletter.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January Roundtable


      11th OA Chapter Meeting
      19th District Committee Meeting
      20th Winter Camporee (Special Announcements)


      2nd Roundtable Boy
      8th OA Chapter Meeting
      23rd District Committee Meeting

Commissioners Activity (5 Minutes)


Arm-Sling Relay Game
Patrols line up on the starting line with one scout playing patient about 30 feet away. The patient needs to get his arm bound in a sling.

On start signal, first scout in patrol runs to patient and uses his neckerchief to bind arm in sling. When the referee sees that the sling is correct, he signals the rescuing scout to remove the sling.

The victim runs back to tag the next patrol member while the rescuing scout becomes the victim.

If this is run as a race, know what the largest patrol size is and all patrols need to rescue that number of victims - some will go twice.

Commissioners Joke (5 Minutes)

Blind Pilots Joke
Two men dressed in pilots' uniforms walk up the aisle of the aircraft. Both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a guide dog, and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit the door closes, and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some kind of a sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and the people sitting in the window seats realize they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport property. Just as it begins to look as though the plane will plow straight into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin.

At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines and books, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

Meanwhile, in the cockpit, one of the blind pilots turns to the other and
says, 'You know, Bob, one of these days, they're gonna scream too late and we're all gonna die' !!

Commissioners Merit Badge: Chess

Requirements for the Chess merit badge:

1.       Discuss with your merit badge counselor the history of the game of chess. Explain why it is considered a game of planning and strategy.

2.       Discuss with your merit badge counselor the following:

a.       The benefits of playing chess, including developing critical thinking skills, concentration skills, and decision-making skills, and how these skills can help you in other areas of your life

b.       Sportsmanship and chess etiquette

3.       Demonstrate to your counselor that you know each of the following. Then, using Scouting's Teaching EDGE, teach the following to a Scout who does not know how to play chess:

a.       The name of each chess piece

b.       How to set up a chessboard

c.        How each chess piece moves, including castling and en passant captures

4.       Do the following:

a.       Demonstrate scorekeeping using the algebraic system of chess notation.

b.       Discuss the differences between the opening, the middle game, and the endgame.

c.        Explain four opening principles.

d.       Explain the four rules for castling.

e.        On a chessboard, demonstrate a "scholar's mate" and a "fool's mate."

f.        Demonstrate on a chessboard four ways a chess game can end in a draw.

5.       Do the following:

a.       Explain four of the following elements of chess strategy: exploiting weaknesses, force, king safety, pawn structure, space, tempo, time.

b.       Explain any five of these chess tactics: clearance sacrifice, decoy, discovered attack, double attack, fork, interposing, overloading, overprotecting, pin, remove the defender, skewer, zwischenzug.

c.        Set up a chessboard with the white king on e1, the white rooks on a1 and h1, and the black king on e5. With White to move first, demonstrate how to force checkmate on the black king.

d.       Set up and solve five direct-mate problems provided by your merit badge counselor.

6.       Do ONE of the following:

a.       Play at least three games of chess with other Scouts and/or your merit badge counselor. Replay the games from your score sheets and discuss with your counselor how you might have played each game differently.

b.       Play in a scholastic (youth) chess tournament and use your score sheets from that tournament to replay your games with your merit badge counselor. Discuss with your counselor how you might have played each game differently.

c.        Organize and run a chess tournament with at least four players, plus you. Have each competitor play at least two games.


Commissioners Guest (15 minutes)

      Bill Stanfield (Trail First Aid)

Download PowerPoint on First Aid >>HERE<<

Commissioners Minute (7:55)

Commissioners Minute

Here are 10 tips to improve how you relate to other people.
1.       Smile at people - it takes sixty-five muscles to frown, only fifteen to smile
2.       Call people by name - to do that, you need to learn their name
3.       Speak to people - take a chance and approach someone new
4.       Be friendly - if you would have friends, be one
5.       Be cordial - speak and act as if everything that you do is a real pleasure
6.       Be interested in people - find out what makes them tick
7.       Be generous with praise - stingy with criticism.
8.       Be considerate of the feelings of others - think what impact your words will have before you speak them
9.       Be thoughtful of the opinions of others - there are three sides to a controversy; yours, the other person's, and the right one.
10.    Be ready to serve - helping someone strengthens that bond of friendship.     

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