Roundtable

Monthly Roundtable

What, When & Where is Roundtable?

The Moecomdws District Monthly Roundtable is a meeting for Adult Scout Leaders of all BSA Programs (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Exploring).  Roundtable is held on the second Thursday of each Month from August through May.

Roundtable starts at 7:15pm and is held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 3725 Kent Rd, Stow, OH.  Join us for fellowship, training, information about District and Council events, and Cub Scout / Scouts BSA Breakout sessions!

This Month at Roundtable ( August 8, 2019 )

August Roundtable will be held at Camp Manatoc, Sanders Shelter near the Dining Hall

  • 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:15 PM – Opening
  • Announcements
    • Upcoming Events
      • Camp Stambaugh 100th Anniversary Celebration
        • Friday, September 20th – 22nd, 2019
        • Open to ALL Scouting Units & Programs
        • Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Exploring
        • Details & Registration
      • Pumpkin Chunkin – Details & Registration
        • Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Camp Butler
      • Cub Scout Fall Fun Day – Details & Registration
        • Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Camp Manatoc
        • 3:00PM to 7:00PM (Click for Flyer)
        • New Cub Scouts – Earn your Bobcat Rank
        • Archery, BB’s, crafts, carnival games, Scout Skills & more!
        • FREE for new Cub Scouts registered after August 1, 2019
      • Klondike – January 2020
    • New Council-wide Recharter Changes starting 2020
      • All Units with a January, February or March Recharter will recharter in 2020 for less than 12 months to re-align all Units to a December Recharter
        • January Units will Recharter for 11 Months
        • February Units will Recharter for 10 Months
        • March Units will Recharter for 9 Months
        • Recharter fees will be prorated for the number of months specified
      • This one-time change will align All Great Trail Council Units for a December annual Recharter, Council-wide
      • All Units will then Recharter in December 2020 for the normal 12 Months
      • Annual registration will then run on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31)
  • Cub Scout Breakout Topic – SNTJS
  • Scouts BSA Breakout Topic – Webelos to Scout Transition

Jump To


Upcoming Rountables

September 12, 2019

  • Announcements
  • Joint Session – What is Committee Challenge? Why should your unit do one?

October 10, 2019


Past Roundtables

April 11, 2019

  • Announcements
  • Cub Scout Breakout Topic – Leader Recruitment & Retention
  • Scouts BSA Breakout Topic – Leadership Participation

March 14, 2019

February 14, 2019 – Recharter Turn-in

  • Announcements
    • Camp Cards Fundraiser
    • Membership
      • Three Spring community meetings scheduled for Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge, Hudson & Stow
    • Training
    • District Pinewood Derby
    • Cub Summer Camping Details
      • Cub Scout Day Camp
      • Cub Resident Camp
      • Webelos Resident Camp
  • Recharter Turn-In
  • Combined Cub Scout / Scouts BSA Presentations
    • Bill Schutte – Overview of Council Property Plans
    • Phillip Wiese – 2019 Summer Camp Programs for all Scouts

January 10, 2019

  • Announcements
    • Camp Cards Fundraiser
    • District Retreat
      • Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:15am to 11:30am at NEW Council Office, 4500 Hudson Drive, Stow, OH
    • Membership
      • Growth in 2018!
      • Scouts BSA Girl Troops coming soon!
      • Three Spring community meetings scheduled for Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge, Hudson & Stow
    • Recharter Turn-In – NEXT MONTH at Roundtable
    • Training
  • Combined Cub Scout / Scouts BSA Presentations
    • Mental Health Resources – Daniel Bennet

December 13, 2018

  • Announcements
    • Journey to Excellence
    • Camp Cards Fundraiser
    • Recharter – Pick up your recharter packets
    • Programs
      • Moe Klondike “Ice Station Butler”, January 25-27, 2019 hosted by Troop 177
      • Cub Bowling – February 9, 2019 at Stonehedge Lanes in Akron
        • 580 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave, Akron. 330-928-2161
        • 1:00pm to 3:00pm
        • $10 Lunch and Bowling
      • Save the Date – Camp Stambaugh 100 Year Celebration, September 20-21, 2019
    • Training
    • Combined Cub Scout / Scouts BSA Presentations
      • BSA Branding / Girl Troops

November 8, 2018

  • Announcements
    • YPT Training
    • Recharter distribution next month – December Roundtable
    • Programs
      • Moe Klondike “Ice Station Butler”, January 25-27, 2019 hosted by Troop 177
      • Save the Date – Camp Stambaugh 100 Year Celebration, September 20-21, 2019
    • Training
      • All Unit Leaders (Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor) must be position trained for 2019 recharter
      • University of Scouting, March 2, 2019, Ravenna High School
    • Cub Scout Breakout Topic – Special Needs
    • Scouts BSA Breakout Topic – Recruitment

Summary of the Special Needs Presentation

  • The central theme “don’t assume you have an issue with Special Needs Kids until you are confronted with an issue”.  The goal is to make them feel as much a part of the unit as possible.  Odds are they already have helpers from school that are part of the unit and have working understanding of how to work around potential issues.
  • The following progression to follow will provide guidance to the how and when to engage our Special Needs Team.
    • All ways review first the “Guide to Safe Scouting” – this will give you good guidance and make you aware of potential issues. 
    • Next – Consult your Unit Leader, they may have prior experience or taken training concerning Special Needs Kids
    • Next – Reach out to the Unit Commissioner, they have received training and know when to engage the Special Needs Group
    • Finally, Special Needs Group – There are 34 staff dedicated to supporting units in the Great Trail Council
      • They can work with BSA to amend certain requirements for advancement and know what can be done
      • They can work with an individual/family to devise a path/program in Scouting that will provide the best experience possible
      • They can provide the resources needed to support units (training, specific support personnel, etc.) with special needs kids at events (i.e. Camping, Summer Camp, advancement, Rank attainment, etc.)
  • Some Do’s and Don’ts:
    • Do – Scouting has several built-in interventions that can calm a situation
      • Scout Sign – used to silence a room without having to speak
      • The concept of a “Hands off” unit policy – no physical contact – this addresses Youth Protection concerns.
      • The “Scout Law” this can be used to reason with a scout if there are issue’s by having them recite it
    • Don’t – diagnose a child with special needs this is risky at best.  Refer to the medical form provided for all outings, call/ask the Parent, use the Special Needs Support Team (SNST)
    • Do – Know at Summer Camp there is a “Sensory Room” where scouts can go to calm down
    • Do – Know that the Special Needs Support Team (just like IEP’s in school) offer IASP’s (individual Advancement Scout Plans) for Scouting
  • Recommendations
    • If it looks like there could be significant concerns about advancement for a particular youth contact the SNST through the Progression Steps listed above and a specific course of Training can be developed (the earlier this is done the better)
    • Resources
      • Email – universalscoutinggtc@gmail.com response time is usually within 48 hours
      • Facebook – special needs scouting GTC
      • GTC offers training for Special Needs at the University of Scouting March 2ndTake a course or two

October 11, 2018

  • Announcements
    • Journey to Excellence
    • Youth Protection Training requirements
    • Programs
      • Save the Date – Camp Stambaugh 100 Year Celebration, September 20-21, 2019
    • Popcorn
      • Need Volunteers to help at Distribution on November 10th
      • November 10, 2018, 8:30am, VMI Group, 4670 Allen Road, Stow
    • Training
      • All Unit Leaders (Committee Chair, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor) must be position trained for 2019 recharter
      • Into to Outdoor Leader Skills for Scoutmasters – Date Added: November 2nd & 3rd
      • University of Scouting, March 2, 2019, Ravenna High School
    • Cub Scout Breakout Topic – Lion Program, Fall Cub Events
    • Scouts BSA Breakout Topic – OA Presentation by District Chief Eric W.