In Marin, Scouting Is:
Positive Youth Development
Cubs Grow into Webelos & Bridge Together
By Keith Pettus, Pack 43 Cubmaster:
Our den has been together since starting as Tigers in First Grade, and the adventures have been numerous! We toured the Twin Cities Police Station, learned about first responders with an ambulance and the generosity of a local EMT, hiked up Ring Mountain a few times, and worked through as many as nine Adventures and Electives per year. The Scouts experienced many campouts at Tamarancho together, and overnight visits aboard the USS Hornet, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Chabot Space & Science Center. They learned to use pocket knives and set up a tent. Most of our youth intend to go further in their Scouting Trail and join a local troop to develop their knowledge of camping, outdoors, and service to their community!
National Youth Leadership Training & more!
By Jamey Schnasse, 2022 NYLT Senior Patrol Leader:
Since the creation of the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course in 2004, Marin and Redwood Empire Councils have been hosting a combined training at Camp Tamarancho every June that serves the youth of both Councils. The NYLT course focuses on leadership development, goal setting, communication, and planning skills through modeling what a healthy Troop or Crew does over the course of a month, all put into one action-packed week of camping. Scouts that participate in NYLT will receive a leadership experience like no other --- not only Scouting but any youth organization.
Baden-Powell once said that “Scouting is a game with a purpose”, and this is the backbone of the NYLT syllabus. While classroom sessions are a portion of the course, many of the leadership experience that participants will gain is through working together as a Patrol to accomplish many challenges and competitions throughout the week. While participating in NYLT, Scouts will be introduced to good camping skills and better habits outdoors by living the patrol method and working as a team to accomplish the culminating task at the end of the week. NYLT graduates will come back to their units as more motivated, organized, and confident leaders, excited to lead their fellow Scouts.
Personally, I can vouch for the invaluable experience and would like to share my impression of the NYLT's value. I am grateful to have served as Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 73 for two terms, once before NYLT and once after. As may be obvious, my second term as SPL was significantly more organized and provided the Troop with a more impactful, educational, and memorable six months than the first. I attribute this almost completely to the skills I learned as a participant at NYLT, as it taught me the management and organization skills needed to lead the Troop along with a new perspective on what Scouting could be. NYLT is what inspired me to stay involved at the Troop level as well as become involved in other areas of Scouting including leadership positions in Venturing BSA and the Order of the Arrow.
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The Marin Council, BSA recognizes the many dedicated volunteer adult leaders who invest countless hours of unselfish service in support of our Scouting programs for youth, as well as the exceptional character of the young men and women in Marin Scouting who are the direct result of that influence. If you would like to submit good works your unit or your Scouts are participating in that might be shared in future editions of our series "Scouting Success Stories", please contact District Director Trish Ferenz by email.
Marin Council, BSA