January 2019                                                      Vol. 12, Issue 1
Dear ,

Here we go again--once more around the calendar! Here's to plenty of quality Scouting in our new year.

Be sure to nominate folks for the Of the Year recognitions. The deadline is approaching!

Also, coming up is:
  • Code Red
  • Pinewood Derby Workshop
  • Klondike Derby
  • Training
  • and More!
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It's Roundtable Time

Thursday, January 3, Is Roundtable

Unit leaders, don't forget to send someone from your unit to the roundtable meetings. It's a great time to meet other leaders, share best practices, and ask questions. Roundtables are the first Thursday of every month (except July and August), starting at 7:30 p.m., 220 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael.
 
Cub Scout Roundtable
Fun and fellowship begins at 7:30 p.m., winding down at 8:30 p.m. Is your pack all set for Blue & Gold? This month, veteran Scouter Beatrice Gomez of Pack 76 will share her love of everything Blue & Gold and her experience on how to a make your celebration awesome. This month's theme is Around the World, and everyone should bring a favorite recipe to share. I've got a Moroccan stew that is out of this world. If your dish can be prepared in a Dutch Oven at a pack campout, that would be a plus! See you there!    
 
Boy Scout Roundtable
We're going to have another great roundtable. This month's theme is Troop Technology, and Alex Mauer will be presenting an introduction to Scoutbook. As of January 1, 2019, the BSA has made Scoutbook free to everyone. If you do not know what Scoutbook is, you need to attend this meeting.
 
Just to recap December's Roundtable it was brought to you by Sports Basement of Novato. They arranged an agreement with the Marin Council for any troop, pack, or crew to always receive a 10% discount on all merchandise and the council will receive 10% annual profit sharing. Not to mention we have free use of their large private meeting rooms. This is a great opportunity for a location to have patrol meetings.
 
If you missed out, we have documents from roundtables posted on the council web site under the Documents tab. Scroll down until you see the Roundtable section.
 
We need a troop to volunteer for opening and closing flags for Jan, March, April, May, and June (Feb is taken). I am seeking a troop for every Roundtable to present the opening flags. Please contact me, David Roncaglia, roundtable commissioner, for which month you would like to do the color guard. 
 
Venturing Rally
The next Venturing Rally will be February 7 at 7:30.  

Of the Year Recognitions

The deadline for this is coming up just after the first of the year on January 4. So now is the time to think about nominating Scouts and adults for recognition. Every year, the Marin Council conducts the Of the Year program to recognize outstanding youth and adults in every level of Scouting.
 
On time nominations are a must because Scouts will be interviewed by a panel of leaders on Thursday, January 24 at the council office. Late nominations after midnight January 4 will not be considered.
 
Don't miss this opportunity. All Scouts and adults will be recognized at the Marin Council Recognition Dinner on March 11. This is a great opportunity to see all the width and breadth of what is going on throughout Marin County!
 
Forms can be downloaded by clicking this link.
Code Red First Aid Meet

This year's Code Red will be testing your emergency preparedness skills in simulated real-life situations. Patrols will have to evaluate and resolve an emergency crisis in each scenario before working through practical first aid problems.
 
Code Red will be Saturday, January 26, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at approximately 2 p.m. This will be held at the LDS church in Santa Rafael, 220 N. San Pedro Rd., and everyone participating will receive a patch.

As before, troops and crews are asked to design and run a scenario, and there will be a free lunch for everyone managing a room.

A third of the points will be how well each patrol resolves the crisis and correctly triages the people they encounter with markers. A green marker means they're okay, yellow means they can wait to be treated, red means they need immediate first aid, and black means they're dead or unconscious. Emergency situations could be downed power lines, a gas leak, a broken water pipe nearby, a fire, a wall having collapsed, or something else you come up with!
 
Troops and crews should sign up their patrols/crews ASAP to run a scenario by sending an email to Troop 76's Senior Patrol Leader, Matthew Vasser.
 
Finally, this is also a recruiting opportunity for your troop to reach out to nearby Cub Scout packs so their Webelos can be part of your scenario and have fun making it a real situation. They'll want to join your troop and complete Cub Scout requirements by teaming up with you during this fun event!

Last day to register is January 17.

Register for Code Red by clicking this link.
 
Upcoming Training

When: Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Check-in is at 8:45 am)
Location: LDS Church at 220 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael
 
When: Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (Check-in is at 8:45 am; Lunch is provided)
Location: LDS Church at 220 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael
 
When: March 23-24. Learn from experienced Cub Leaders to help your pack run successful outdoor events. Then have fun with your Scout as you apply your new skills. Leaders will train from 9am - 2pm Saturday, and then their Scouts are invited to come up from 3pm for the overnight portion, wrapping by 11am Sunday.
Location: Camp Tamarancho at 1000 Iron Springs Road, Fairfax
 
Registration for these courses is on the Marin Council website.
 
Den Chief Training
Planned concurrently with the February roundtable meeting (2/7). This in-person Den Chief Training will be 7:00 pm to 8:15pm.  
Camp Staff
We are seeking applicants. Apply now.


In fact, now is the best time to apply to insure you get a place on staff and perhaps even the job you desire.

Marin Sierra
You can download the application for the 2019 Marin Sierra staff by clicking this link. We are seeking program director, business manager, commissioner, COPE/climbing directors, waterfront staff and director, and many more!

Tamarancho
Applications for Cub Scout Day Camp can be downloaded by clicking this link.

If you have questions or need information, you can email Nancy Rozell about Cub Scout camp or Tim Wells about Scouts BSA camp.
 
These camps our your camps!
 
Talako Lodge Updates

Pinewood Derby Workshop
On Saturday, February 9, from 9am to 1pm you can get your pinewood derby cars cut for free! We will help you design your car, prepare it for cutting, and then cut it using professional woodworking tools.
 
This event is free although if desired, lunch can be purchased for $5. The BB Gun range will also be open; there is a $5 charge for shooting. More information can be found by clicking this link.
 
Klondike Derby
The Klondike Derby will be held from March 1-3 at Camp Marin Sierra. Registration for patrols closes on February 26. More information and registration can be found by clicking this link.
Marin Council Eagle Scout Scholarship
 
Do you know a Marin Council Eagle Scout who will be starting college in the fall of 2019? If so they should know that the Marin Council, BSA, is offering a $1,000 scholarship-which is available only to Marin Council Eagle Scouts-to help support their
first year of college. This scholarship is funded through donations by Eagle alumni to the Marin Council.

We encourage all Eagles who qualify to submit an application for this scholarship, which can be found on our council web site. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2019. This scholarship is only available to Eagle Scouts from Marin Council who earned their Eagle prior to January 31, 2019. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a panel of Eagle Scout alumni, and our recipient will be notified by late March of the committee's decision.
 
We are grateful that the generous donations of so many of our Eagle Scout alumni have provided our council the opportunity to offer this scholarship. If you are an adult Eagle Scout and would like to learn more about the Marin Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association, please email Michael Dybeck.
My.Scouting.Org Access

After the annual unit rechartering, we (unit commissioners, Tim Wells, Nancy Rozell) start getting calls from unit leaders saying that they can no longer access data in My.Scouting.org as before. This is something your unit Key 3 (unit leader, committee chair, charter org. rep.) needs to fix. They should click on Menu > <your unit> < Organization Security Manager after logging on to My.Scouting.org.
 
Key 3 assigned functional positions (Key 3 Delegate, Unit Advancement Chair, Unit Training Chair, and similar positions) made in Organizational Security Manager are reset after the unit's charter renewal is "posted" and becomes effective. This is done to make sure that at least annually these assignments are reviewed to insure they are current and accurate.
 
If a charter renewaI has not been posted after the current charter has expired, individual access is retained for 60 days. As an example, January 1 recharters will have extended access through February 28. On March 1, Scouters whose unit has not rechartered, will no longer have access to most of their my.Scouting apps.
 
In order to cut down the number of phone calls (and frustrated volunteers), please consider giving this information wide distribution.
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post

Show off your achievements as a unit! Packs, troops, and crews can order their 2018 Journey to Excellence patches. Click this link for the order form.

Also, the second sheet of the above form is for packs to order all their pinewood derby supplies.
Easy Ways to Donate

This holiday season (and actually all year), there are a few ways you can support Scouting in Marin.

First is through Amazon Smile. It's easy to sign up. Every time you purchase eligible products through Amazon, they donate .5% to the Marin Council. Just follow the link, and designate Marin Council BSA as your beneficiary.



Second is through Sports Basement. You can sign up to be a Basementeer. With every purchase, you receive a 10% discount, and an additional 10% will be donated to the Marin Council BSA. You can sign up and find out more by clicking this link or go into a local store (there's one in Vintage Oaks in Novato).

Third, you can donate a used vehicle. It's really easy. Just click this link to go to the vehicle donation site. This link can also be found on our web site.

And fourth, but not least of course, you can donate directly. Click this link, and you will be able to donate to us.

Thank you for keeping the Marin Council running smoothly and furthering the development of our youth!
Marin Council BSA, 225 West End Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
415.454.1081    www.boyscouts-marin.org