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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Programs for Scouts

The Science Center regularly hosts presentations by experts, enthusiasts and scientists.  We have a particularly interesting set of programs over the next few months.  Join us and bring your Scouts. All talks are FREE.


Methods of Chiropractic Medicine, February 14, 6:30 p.m.

Local chiropractor, Dr. Stephen Eggleston shares how small applications of pressure and adjustments in alignment can bring about large results in the human body.


Dinosaurs Under the Microscope, February 24, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina State University is renowned for her discovery of flexible dinosaur tissue within dinosaur bone. Dr. Schweitzer talks about the evidence for soft tissue in fossils and how this impacts our understanding of ancient animals and their environments.


Talkin¹ Turkey, March, 13, 6:30 p.m.

Did you know turkeys communicate with each other? Come learn about the variety of sounds turkeys produce and the meanings behind them. Local outdoor enthusiasts James Lumpkins and Dave Clark will speak about making box calls, wing-bone calls and diaphragm calls and will demonstrate how to use them.


The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music, March 27, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Patricia Gray from the Music Research Institute at UNC-Greensboro, shares her studies of other species and their abilities to perceive and manipulate patterns of sound and time thus advancing our understanding of the deeper roots of human musicality. 


Peering into the Musical Brain, April 10, 6:30 p.m.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Don Hodges has worked on mapping the musical brain in an effort to understand how neural mechanisms support various components of musical behavior. Although there is still much to learn, a picture of the musical brain is beginning to emerge.


The Sounds of Bat Sonar, April 24, 6:30 p.m.

Bats live in a world of sound that is mostly inaudible to humans. They use sounds above our hearing range to navigate through their environments, find their food, and communicate with each other. Dr. Rolf Mueller shares his work on the communication systems of these amazing night flyers.


Jeff Liverman, Executive Director

Danville Science Center, 434.799.5160



David Hyler
(434) 710-4408

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fwd: For List - Weblos Camp-In in Martinsville Museum

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "William Oswald" <>
Date: Feb 3, 2012 2:03 PM
Subject: For List - Weblos Camp-In in Martinsville Museum
To: "David Hyler" <>
Cc: "Rob Gunnell (" <>

News Flash for Dan River Weblos Scouts: 



WEBELOS Camp-In @ the Museum of Natural History in Martinsville VA:  March 16.  Arrive Friday night, pizza dinner and tour, breakfast and decamp Saturday morning.  The Museum has reduced the price to $23 per Scout, $10 per adult and includes all costs.  Geology pin can be earned @ Camp-In.  A great night at the Museum!   Please sign-up as soon as possible.  Call 434-429-6430 (Me) or 229-9830 (Patrick Henry District Executive Lew Hege) to sign-up.



Bill Oswald 

District Executive

Dan River District

Blue Ridge Mountains Council

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

Cell:  434-429-6430


February 2012 Roundtable


  • February
    • 08 OA Chapter Meeting
    • 22 Last day to turn in charge
    • 23 District Committee Meeting
  • March
    • 01 Roundtable
    • 14 OA Chapter Meeting
    • 15 District Committee Meeting
    • 31 Pinewood Derby
  • University of Scouting


  • Saturday, March 03, 2012, 09:00am - 04:00pm


  • The largest Council-sponsored Leader Training Event of the Year. Time 9AM- 4PM Location: Lord Botetourt High School  Daleville. (I-81 Exit 150)


  • Location : Lord Botetourt High School- Daleville, VA 1435 Roanoke Road Daleville VA


  • Contact : Lucas Snipes From Bedford/Lynchburg  460W to Alt 220N (Cloverdale Rd)  turn Rt. on 220N for 6 miles. From other locations: I-81 North. Exit 150B to US11 South, Rt. On US220N at the Truck Stop of America. Follow US220 N for about 1 mile- LBHS on the l Contact Email Contact Phone Number 540-966-0056 Event Type Training Can Family Participate No Cost to Participate TBD Age Limit Website for More Information(with http://) Training Adult
  •  Scouts on Skis


  • Sunday, March 11, 2012, 08:00am - 05:00pm For complete details and registration information, click HERE Contact : Ed Harriman Contact Email
  •  Scout EXPO


  • Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10:00am - 04:00pm


  • Click HERE for complete information and registration details Tanglewood Mall- Roanoke


  • Contact : Wanda Centers Contact Email Contact Phone Number 540.761.4416 Event Type Activity Can Family Participate Yes


  • Wilderness First Aid


  • From Friday, March 23, 2012 - 08:00am To Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 05:00pm For complete details and registration information, click HERE Contact : Greg Harmon Contact Email Contact Phone Number 540-529.5985 Event Type Activity Can Family Participate No


  • Cost to Participate 125

Commissioners Story or Activity

T-Shirt Relay

    • Required: 1 extra-large t-shirt for each team. A judge for each team.


    • Notes: The judge should make sure the shirt is pulled all the way down on each scout and no short-cuts are taken in the heat of competition. This works on teamwork and everyone is involved the whole time.


    • Instructions: Teams line up in single file. The shirt is given to the first scout in each line. On 'Go' signal, the scout puts the shirt on and then holds hands with the next scout in line, facing the scout. All the other scouts work the shirt from one scout to the next so he is wearing it. He then turns and holds hands with the next scout, and so on.


    • Teams need to have the same number of players or some need to put the shirt on twice.

Commissioners Guest

  • Barry Thompson will present Woodworking


  1. Do the following:
    1. Show that you know first aid for injuries that could occur while woodworking, including splinters, scratches, cuts, severe bleeding, and shock. Tell what precautions must be taken to help prevent loss of eyesight or hearing, and explain why and when it is necessary to use a dust mask.
    2. Earn the Totin' Chip recognition.
    3. Tell your counselor what precautions you take to safely use your tools.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Describe how timber is grown, harvested, and milled. Tell how lumber is cured, seasoned, graded, and sized.
    2. Collect and label blocks of six kinds of wood useful in woodworking. Describe the chief qualities of each. Give the best uses of each.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Show the proper care, use, and storage of all working tools and equipment that you own or use at home or school.
    2. Sharpen correctly the cutting edges of two different tools.
  4. Using a saw, plane, plane, hammer, brace, and bit, make something useful of wood. Cut parts from lumber that you have squared and measured from working drawings.
  5. Create your own carpentry project. List the materials you will need to complete your project, and then build your project. Keep track of the time you spend and the cost of the materials.
  6. Do any TWO of the following:
    1. Make working drawings of a project needing (1) Beveled or rounded edges OR curved or incised cuttings, OR (2) miter, dowel, or mortise and tenon joints. Build this project.
    2. Make something for which you have to turn duplicate parts on a lathe.
    3. Make a cabinet, box or something else with a door or lid fastened with inset hinges.
    4. Help make and repair wooden toys for underprivileged children OR help carry out a carpentry service project approved by your counselor for a charitable organization.
  7. Talk with a cabinetmaker or carpenter. Find out about the training, apprenticeship, career opportunities, work conditions, work hours, pay rates, and union organization that woodworking experts have in your area.

Woodworking Worksheet

Commissioners Recipe

Pocket Pizza

  • Required: aluminum foil campfire coals long fire tongs


  • Ingredients: 1 pkg pita bread 1 can spaghetti sauce 1 cup grated cheese 1 pkg sliced pepperoni optional: sliced black olives, pineapple chunks, diced peppers, ...


  • Notes: Use precooked meat since you are just heating it up. Mark your own foil with a special fold so you know its yours.


Instructions: Cut each pita in half and spoon spaghetti sauce into pocket spreading it evenly. Add cheese, pepperoni, and other toppings. Wrap in foil and place in coals. Cook for a couple minutes, flip, and cook another two minutes.

Scout Song

The Scout Leaders Song

Aren't Scoutleaders grand
For the programs they plan
And the hours they put in each night?
If they're ever home
You know they're on the phone
For the boys who they want to teach right. 

We're at home in the woods.
On weekends with our troops we stay.
Though we never get rest,
The boys are doing their best,
And that's what we're getting for pay! 

They hike to their site
Though it takes half the night
Through the wind and the rain and the snow!
These leaders so brave
They could live in a cave
Except that their wives just say, "No!"

Camp food tastes just great,
Like an old paper plate,
And the bug juice is not fit to drink.
So why every year,
For a week we come here
It's not for vacation, we think! 

They feel like old men,
On a camp out, they've been
To be clean, to be warm, to be dry!
But to tell you the truth,
they're re-living their youth
So in answer they merely reply! 

Commissioners Minute

The Unexpected Guest

One night, a soldier had been out scouting the area for enemies. On his way back to camp he stopped at a humble cottage and asked for shelter. An older couple answered the door, took pity on him and told him that he can stay the night. The stranger was exhausted and retired as soon as he was shown his room.


Before the mistress of the home went to sleep, she locked up all of her valuables in case this man was a thief. As she was locking up her valuables, she heard speaking in the next room. She listened closer and heard a prayer offered in gentle yet solemn tones. It was the stranger praying for his country, for the soldiers who were fighting for the noble cause. The woman became ashamed of her suspicious fears, got up and put the key back in the cupboard door. She slept peacefully and soundly through the night.


The next morning, the stranger could not stay, but offered to pay for his night's lodging. The old couple refused. "Then," said the guest, "you deserve to know who I am, who you have entertained and treated so nobly. I am General Washington."

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