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Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in District News

January 2017 Roundtable Reminders

Happy New Year & thank you to all of the Scouters, Scouts & guests for attending Roundtable.

Starting in 2017 your Commissioner Staff have made a few changes to the Roundtable program. Adult Leader Court of Honor will be held in January, May and September. We want to recognize our volunteers for their outstanding leadership & contributions. Contact your Unit Commissioner for more information to schedule a future award recognition.

Congratulations to Commissioner Greg Caskie on receiving the 50 Year Veteran award! Commissioner Caskie joined Cub Scouts in 1964, attained the rank of Eagle Scout March 18, 1974 and has been an active adult volunteer across Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and many District positions ever since.

Congratulations to Commissioner John Jackim on receiving the District Committee Scouter’s Training Award.

Units are encouraged to sign-up to perform the opening Flag & Reverent Service at Roundtable. See Mr. Stafford to reserve  your space. Units will receive a certificate of appreciation for their service.

Increasing Roundtable attendance is an important goal. We know that everyone’s schedule is full and you may not be able to make it every month. In order to make our general session available to a wider audience we will start sharing a Phone Conference bridge. If you are unable to make the meeting this is your chance to not miss out.

  • How do I attend?
    • A Phone Number & Conference Code will be sent out a few days before Roundtable
    • Dial in from your home phone or mobile device 5-10 minutes before the meeting starts
    • Download the FreeConferenceCall application for your phone, tablet or computer and “join” the meeting
  • What will I hear?
    • The call will be limited to the general session (first 30 minutes of the meeting)
    • There may be times when you don’t hear any conservation, we will have to work on the room acoustics
  • Can I speak?
    • A future goal will be to take questions from the callers
      • We don’t have the room audio/video system working to take live questions
  • Can you respond to questions from the mobile app
    • Not at this time, we will work to make that available
  • How can I help?
    • We are looking for Troop/Crew/Post/Ship youth interested in running the technology
      • Monitor the live app text/chat feature
      • Setup & record the general session & breakout sessions for podcast/video playback
    • You can contact Craig Tarr for more details

This is not an excuse to skip coming to Roundtable. It is extremely important for the face-to-face meetings, breakout discussions and opportunity to get help from your District & Council representatives.

 Watch your email & Facebook page for February’s call-in / web invitation.


Electronic Sign-In

2016 saw over 560 electronic sign-in’s for Roundtable! Remember that your attendance is important, we need up-to-date contact details (phone & email) for everyone of our volunteers. Your unit also gets credit towards “Perfect Attendance” and “Most Participation” at Round Table, awarded at the District Banquet.

Remember to Save Time and check-in from your Mobile Device! That’s right use the phone in your pocket to sign-in before you arrive!!

Important Messages from the General Sessions

Camp Cards are coming! February Roundtable be sure to have your chairperson here to pick-up.

We want every Youth to have an unparalleled Camping Experience, Camp Cards can get them there for FREE!

Nominations Now Being Accepted

Cub Scout Day Camp – Bug Hunters

Do you know an expert in bugs & insects, then Day Camp can use your help. Please send contact information to Wayne & Michelle Meeks or Cathy Schmitt so they can book these special guests & finish up day camp planning


  • EVERY Scout deserves a Trained Leader. You have been asking for it, it’s right around the corner. Sign-up now for BALOO, IOLS, and SM/ASM classes.
  • EVERY Pack has to have at least one (1) BALOO trained leader on a pack camping trip
  • Packs are encouraged to send your Webelos & Arrow of Light leaders to IOLS
  • Are you a new SM or ASM?? Or are you planning to become one? Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specifics is the perfect course to get you started
  • February 17, 18 & 19. Time is running out!

Boy Scout – New Handbook Requirements for 2017

  • All Boy Scouts must now be working out of the new Requirements. Read more from Bryan on Scouting

Cub Scout – Modifications to the 2016 Handbook

Eagle Advancement

Any scout planning to begin their Eagle project book needs to work with Ray Hightower.

Central Florida Scouting Jamboree

Mark your calendars – December 8-10 the LARGEST event every hosted by Central Florida Council. Location will be announced in the next week. Open to ALL scouts; Packs, Troops, Crew, Post, Ship. This includes families & siblings. This is NOT your Council Camporee, this is Council Jamboree.


  • Over 6,000 participants
  • Concerts, fireworks, special guests
  • Hands-on demonstrations, encounters & unparalleled experiences
  • Cost?? Pay for it by selling just Thirty (30) camp cards!

Not Mentioned at RT – News & Information

DoubleKnot being replaced – If you have heard this rumor it is true. I received confirmation from our new Scout Executive this past weekend, Central Florida Council will start to replace DoubleKnot with a different system. Stay tuned for further details!

Camp La-No-Che – Summer & Winter camp attendance was down in 2016, way down. So much so that Camp needs our help. Encourage your units & families and fellow out of Council scouts to attend camp. Our Scout Executive is going to begin plans to enhance & improve the camp but they need our attendance. If you have suggestions, feedback or want to volunteer time reach out to Matt Ragan.

Upcoming District Events

University of Scouting – This SATURDAY! SIGN-UP NOW

Adventures In Scouting – Scoutmaster Peter Grady has posted a Leaders Guide. Pricing, date & location in the guide. Sign-up link coming soon

Spring Camporee – Crew Advisor Bob Pries is finishing the Leaders Guide. More details to be posted soon. Send questions to Bob directly

Family Fest – Chairwoman Heather McDonald is once again leading this great event. Details, activities and new adventures to be discussed at February Roundtable

How do I stay up-to-date? Where do I find the location, time, more information??

Share these with your unit leaders & parents.

Other Unit Events & Announcements

This section will begin to list Unit specific functions, activities, projects. Please send your information to Craig Tarr so it can be included

See you February 20th!