February 2017 Vol. 10, Issue 2
February is when we celebrate Valentines and Presidents. It's also a great month to celebrate Scouting. With Scout Sunday/Sabbath, Blue and Gold dinners, pinewood derbies, and more, Scouting will be ramping up for a great spring season.
In fact, there is quite a bit coming up in the not-to-distant future. Read below for information on Klondike Derby, Marin Council Recognition
Dinner, training opportunities, along with other interesting articles.
Please note that online registration will be availabel soon for training courses, Family Fiesta, Cub Scout Day Camp, and NYLT! We are shifting to online only registration, so check in soon!
As always, if you know people that are not receiving this newsletter, forward this newsletter to them, and encourage them to go to our web site to sign up. The link is at the top of the
. Alternatively, you can send us their first and last names along with their email addresses, and we can add them.
Thursday, February 2, is the next roundtable. The Cub Scout and Boy Scout sessions start at 7:30. Come and bring new leaders and parents to learn and be better informed about what is going on around the council.
Roundtable is the first Thursday of every month--starting in September and ending in June. They are held at the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
NEW in 2017:
Venturing Crew Roundtable Rally
Cub Scout Roundtable
You are invited--and especially all youth officers as well as other crew members--to come to our first Venturing Crew Rally. (The "Rally" will benefit our youth officers and youth crew members.)
It will take place at the LDS Church on Thursday, February 2, from 7:30-8:30 pm. (Same time as the Cub Scout and Boy Scout roundtables.) If you know any new interested youth between the ages of 14 and 20, they are welcome to learn about the Venturing program in Marin and its advancement possibilities. Spread the word within your crew and Scout families!
Please come, get informed, share, and let's discuss interesting topics which we will choose together for each of the following assemblies to strengthen Venturing here in Marin Council.
The rally will be offered quarterly at the same time and place. Upcoming in 2017 are May 4, September 7, and December 7.
Join us for February roundtable where we will get the opportunity to meet and talk with the camp directors and program directors for our 2017 Cub Scout camping events. The Scout Law point that we will discuss and incorporate into this meeting is Reverent. There will be songs and games to help us with ideas for meetings. But, the biggest question of all: Will Cubby return from his extended vacation? Join us to find out!
There will be Merit Badge Counselor training before the March roundtables at 6:30 on March 2.
Marin Council Recognition Dinner
March 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Every year, the Marin Council gives everyone in the council the opportunity to nominate Scouts and adults as their Scouts/Explorers/Volunteers of the Year.
All of the nominees will be recognized at the
Marin Council Recognition Dinner
on March 13 in San Rafael.
Click the link above to sign-up. Come, enjoy a meal, and join with Scouts and leaders from all over Marin to see what is going on in Scouting here. You'll be amazed!
Talako Lodge News
This photo is at Camp Herms Lodge
W3Section Retreat January 21
Plan to join us for our annual workshop and $5 Hot Dog Lunch. Plans are to staff the BB gun range (weather permitting).
Purchase your Pinewood Derby car kits at the council store before the workshop. We will provide some design ideas and a workspace. Then we will cut the car to match your drawing and even provide design pointers and a scale to check the car's kit total weight. Talako will also host a limited on-site Derby-themed trading post up at the wood shop.
Troop registration is currently available
Marin Council web site
Check out the Theme: Escape from Camp Marin Sierra
The Sourdough Manual is now posted on the council web site. There is only space for 16 patrols total, so sign-up ASAP before spaces are gone. There is a lot of snow this season. We anticipate an excellent turnout and a challenging event!
OA election season is upon us. We have an exciting new election program this year. Please
to arrange a date for an election.
Talako Lodge is looking for a few photos from the past to add to our web archives. Do you have or know anyone who has photos dating back to the period between 1960 and 2000? We are seeking 2-3 from each year to show our history.
Photos can be scanned (1 to 2 MB in size) or re-shot with a Smart photo camera. Send images to
Please forward this message to anyone who could help us out.
Our Youth Are Ready for Scouting . . . Are You?
Adult Leader Training:
The First Step in Delivering
a Meaningful Program
Don't forget the online adult supplemental training Courses at My.Scouting.org
Merit Badge Counselor Training: March 2, 6:30, before the regularly scheduled roundtables at the LDS Church in San Rafael.
APRIL 2017 COURSES - Save the Date:
- Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training - Saturday, April 29.
- Cub Scout Leader Specific Training - Saturday, 29
- BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), Saturday, April 29
- IOLST (Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills) - Saturday, April 22, overnight until Sunday, April 23 (OFFERED BY GOLDEN GATE COUNCIL)
Check the Marin Council web site
because registration will be online soon!
Search and Rescue Post 74
Search and Rescue Explorer Post 74 is one of a handful of Marin Council units that serve to help our youth explore career fields. They draw youth aged 14-20 from all across the county. Members learn about the field of Search and Rescue, train, compete, practice leadership skills, and have fun pushing themselves to new limits. Here is what they wrote about their recent winter experience.
"We trained a new crop of winter qualified MRA members! Despite the early start on Saturday, when we arrived at Castle Peak area Saturday morning, we found heavy traffic and no parking. We took a gamble and went back down the hill to Camp Marin Sierra. There, we found plenty of snow at 5400 feet and a very welcoming Marin Sierra camp ranger, who gave us the run of the camp.
After arriving, we snow shoed out a good distance and set up camp overlooking the Yuba River gorge. We trained until nightfall, ate dinner, and then conducted a challenging nighttime scenario. The next day after eating breakfast, we broke camp and completed another scenario--this one on the scale of an MRA style test.
Robert and I were very impressed with how quickly people learned new skills and put it into practice. I would like to thank Robert Rye for all the work planning this training and for the 25 members who attended. We would also like to thank the Marin Council, BSA, for their support this weekend."
Ross Valley Fire Department Post 307
Fire Career Exploring Post 307 is open to young men and women between the ages of 16-21, with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire & Emergency Services.
Fire Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.
To find out more about Post 74, Post 307, and Exploring in general, please contact
Now Is the Perfect Time to Apply
We have received numerous applications for the 2017 season! Don't miss your opportunity for one of the greatest adventures you can have: working at camp. Now is the time to apply. Interviewing has begun.
We have plenty of applications for most under-18 positions (Counselor-in-Training, lifeguard, and kitchen may still be open). Over-18s are needed for medical officer, shotgun assistant, program area directors, and in the kitchen. Lifeguards must be 16. Counselors-in-training are 14 years old and work for 2 weeks. Staff interviews are beginning, so send in your app.
For Cub Scout day camp at Tamarancho, we are seeking all age groups for a myriad of positions.
Applications for Boy Scout resident camp can be downloaded by clicking this link. Cub Scout day camp applications can be found at this link. Also you can email Nancy Rozell about Cub Scout camp or Tim Wells about Boy Scout camp.
These camps are your camps!
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post?
Order your Journey to Excellence patches through the council store.
Also, you can order and purchase Pinewood Derby cars for everyone in your pack along with all the support items and materials.
Scouts working on the Art Merit Badge
Marin Pastels on view through March 24!
The Marin Pastels exhibit celebrates the art of pastel with contemporary artists' expressive use of a treasured medium that traces its roots back to the cave paintings of France, Spain, and South Africa through the Renaissance and to the present day. Pastel is an increasingly sought after medium for its beauty, vibrancy, durability, and endless possibilities for technique and style. This exhibit is on display in the Bartolini Gallery at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Scout Day with the A's
This year's Scout Day with the A's is on Sunday, May 21, versus the Boston Red Sox! We are pleased to be able to offer Boy and Girl Scout Day groups a special discount for this year's event. There are a limited number of discounted group tickets available at each price level, and seating is assigned on a first come-first serve basis.
directly to get your group reserved today. You can also call him at
Donate Your Vehicle
If you have a vehicle you no longer need or use, consider donating it to the Marin Council. There are two ways to do this:
1) If it is in good running condition, we can probably use it. We have need for vehicles, especially high-occupancy vehicles or trucks. If it needs major repair, then please look at option #2 below. We do not have the resources to repair it.
If you have a vehicle that is in decent condition, then please contact
2) If your vehicle is in poorer condition, then consider giving it through our vehicle donation service (VDAC). They will sell it, and send part of the proceeds to us. It's a great way to get rid of that old vehicle and help the Scouts as well. They will haul it away for you. This is pretty much any kind of vehicle, including boats.
If you have a vehicle that can be donated in this way, click on the logo here on the right.