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Next Roundtable is June 10.
Upcoming topic: FLAGS!!
Hello Palomar District Leaders,
This month at our Virtual Roundtable we covered how to conduct a Virtual Campout at the Troop and Pack level. Thanks to all who were able to attend this Virtual Roundtable. If have other leaders in you units, please share the Zoom invite with them.
Main Topic –
How to Incorporate Campouts on the Unit Level
Consider model used with the National “Stay at Home” Campout. Come up with a plan for the campout. When contacting unit members, describe the plan. At the start of the meeting/campout discuss the expectations and what you would like to accomplish. You can stagger check in times throughout the “camp-out” to see how everyone is doing with their activity (i.e., cooking, knot tying, pioneering, etc.). If you can have multiple hosts, you can vary the contacts for an activity or have smaller break-outs. Encourage scouts to document their activities and achievements – they can take pictures or videos and submit them to share when you regroup. Don’t forget to include virtual campfires as well as camp desserts! Reminder – you cannot record virtual sessions where youth are involved (prohibited by YPT guidelines). Here’s a recap of the information from Wednesday Night Roundtable.
FOS: During this of Convict-19 a lot of the unit FOS presentations were not able to be scheduled due to the shutdown, an email was sent to unit leaders with a request to contact Erin to arrange for a “virtual” presentation. Also, membership numbers are low. Units can reach out to Erin if they need any assistance with recruitment.
Council is looking for Volunteers: Camp Masters
Leader Training: Currently there are no outdoor leader programs planned. Units should continue with online learning opportunities. University of Scouting is cancelled. Commissioner courses (online) are being planned for in its absence. More information will follow. Also suggested that commissioners take a look at the commissioner forum in Scoutbook.
Unit Resources: Troops and packs may want to explore opportunities to get materials for various activities from Michaels, JoAnn’s or Home Depot. Several companies have various “kits” available at no cost that can be maybe be picked up an incorporated with virtual meetings.
CFI Summer Camp
NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training)
University of Scouting —- Canceled
Wood Badge Reschedule 2020 October 2-4 and October 24-25
Palomar District Camporee October 24-25
Scout Jamboree July 21-30 2021
Open Forum Ideas:
Troop 669 has already had a virtual campout. The SM emailed all of the scouts along with an outline. There was a zoom meeting on Saturday to make sure everyone was on the same page. Younger scouts worked on rank while older scouts worked on merit badge requirements. Take Away – The “chat” feature can be your friend when having a meeting where everyone is muted.
Scout Activities and meeting ideas – Popular meetings by other units include:
Scout Knowledge Jeopardy
Pictionary – Throw up a white board on Zoom and have scouts try to guess what is being drawn.
Scavenger Hunt – Ask scouts to produce something that would commonly be found in the house – first one to produce the item gets the point.
Science activities – This works well with cubs; do a demonstration such as a lava lamp.
Iron Chef Challenge – Email scouts to provide them with a list of ingredients. Scouts are allowed to do food prep prior to meeting; however, dish must be prepared during meeting time. Scouts present their plate and then the dish is “judged” by a parent or sibling. Troop votes on “best of”
based on appearance of dish and review of judge.
Make a “Bingo” board – come up with activities that can be completed over the week and then bring it to the next “virtual” meeting
Show and Tell – Works well with pets that would otherwise not be at a unit meeting.
It was also brought up that Zoom has a poll function that can be used for unit elections; however, hosts can’t post in polls so leaders need to keep this in mind if they assign the host function to a scout.
Google surveys is also a useful tool. Other suggestions brought up included having a scout put an identifier in their name upon log-on if you are going to be assigning them to break-out rooms (allows for quick relocation).
Keep unit meetings light and fun – provide a separate time for working on rank requirements.
Had a discussion on how to do move-ups and crossovers – Guess what one of the topics for June is going to be!!
See you all next month Roundtable June 10th Location TBA
June Topics: Flag Etiquette for Boy Scout: How to conduct Flag Ceremony
Cubs:How to Conduct End of Year/Crossover Ceremonies on the Cub level.
Yours In Scouting,
ADC of Roundtable