January 2020 Vol. 13, Issue 1
Someone once said:
"The secret to a rich life
is to have
more beginnings than endings."
As we begin the calendar year, we have the opportunity to begin so many new things. Some things have ended, but there is so much more lying ahead! Scouting offers us this opportunity with our young people.
Scouting--and these opportunities--would not exist without the hundreds of adults that make it happen for them. They are parents and friends whose greatest joy is to see a young person learn and succeed through a program that offers fun, challenge, adventure, and builds lasting memories.
Read through this newsletter, and take hold of every opportunity to make Scouting a worthwhile experience for your child, your pack, troop, or crew, and your friends.
Please forward this monthly newsletter to other people in your unit that may not be receiving it. They can also
to subscribe if they are not on our mailing list.
Because of the proximity to the holidays and with folks on breaks, the roundtable for January has been canceled.
The regular roundtables will begin again the first Thursday of February. However, please note that we will have a new location in February. The roundtables will no longer be held at the LDS Church on North San Pedro Road. Please let us know if you know of any locations that would be suitable.
Since we are not having roundtable, Scouting for Food patches will be available in the council store as of January 6.
Last Chance! Please respond!
The deadline for nominations for youth Of the Year is fast approaching: January 7 by the end of the day. Please nominate a youth this week! We hope every unit will participate in this awesome opportunity.
On-time nominations are a must because Scouts will be interviewed by a panel of leaders on Thursday, January 23, at the council office. Late nominations for youth after
midnight January 7 will not be considered.
Adults are not interviewed, and those nominations can be submitted by January 31, 2020.
Don't miss this opportunity. All Scouts and adults will be recognized at the
Marin Council Recognition Dinne
r on March 9. This is a great opportunity to see all the width and breadth of what is going on throughout Marin County!
Eagle Scout Scholarship Opportunity
The Marin Council is pleased to be able to offer a $1,000 scholarship that is available only to Marin Council Eagle Scouts to help support their first year of college. This scholarship is funded through donations to the Marin Council by Eagle Alumni. The application for this scholarship can be found on our website,
. We would prefer that applications be made using the
fillable pdf from the web site
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020. Scholarship applications must be received by the Marin Council, BSA on or before that date to be considered.
Every Scout Deserves a Trained leader!
Are your unit's leaders trained?
Sign up for one or more of these great courses!
Every pack, troop, and crew should have Wood Badge-trained leaders
recharged and ready to tackle any problem your Scouts throw your way.
Dates: September 11-13 and 26-27, 2020.
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) for Cub leaders: will be offered in the spring. The dates are TBD, so check next month's Dispatch and the Marin Council training web page.
Hazardous Weather training
is required to be considered a trained leader and wear the trained patch. It doesn't take long to take it online.
Cub Scout Camping 2020
Mark your calendar now for our 2020 events, which will include (all held at Camp Tamarancho, unless otherwise noted):
Day Camp (Under the Sea)
June 22-26, July 6-10, and July 20-24, 2020
Webelos Woods (Back to Baden Powell)
(@ Marin Sierra) Sept 4-6, 2020
Cub Scout Adventure Weekend
(Cub Scout Games)
Sept 18-20, 2020
As we look forward to 2020, we could use your help. Please consider joining our committee. Contact
at the council office.
Code Red--California Prepared!
On January 25, Terra Linda Troop 76 will be conducting Code Red--California Prepared, which will be held at the LDS church in Santa Venetia, 220 N. San Pedro Road
Troops from throughout the Marin Council will be competing in 13 first aid disaster scenarios. Inspired by the recent California wildfires and the power blackouts,
Fire is this year's theme.
Troops will be challenged with a variety of realistic injuries in disaster-caused situations created by Marin troops, crews, and the OA and judged on their ability to evaluate and resolve an emergency as a team using every skill they have learned in Scouting. Does your troop have what it takes to win?
Also present will be emergency professionals from the fire department, Red Cross, Marin County Search and Rescue, and paramedics demonstrating their techniques used in situations like these.
Troops have the opportunity to design and run their own challenging disaster scenario! Be creative and show off your stuff! We only have 13 rooms available so hurry and register your troop's disaster scenario with us soon! To avoid duplicate scenarios, please provide an alternate as well.
for more information and to let us know what scenario your troop would like to host and run.
Join the best summer experience a young person can have!
Presently, we have numerous applications coming in for next summer, so now is a great time to apply to insure you get a place on staff and perhaps even the job you desire. There are positions open at both camps.
You can download the application for the 2020 Marin Sierra staff by
clicking this link
. Important positions we are seeking at this time are program director, food services director, waterfront director, shooting sports director, shotgun director, COPE and climbing directors, and many more!
If you have questions or need information, you can email
about Cub Scout camp or
about Scouts BSA camp.
These camps our your camps!
Talako Lodge News
Happy New Year!
Talako is excited to see what 2020 has in store for us all. Our first lodge meeting of the year is on January 14 from 7-8:30pm at the San Rafael Elks Lodge. We hope to see all Arrowmen there!
If you haven't paid your dues yet, you still can! Dues are $15. You can either bring a check to the lodge meeting or mail one to the council office. Checks should be made payable to the Marin Council ("Talako Dues" can be put in the memo line).
Talako is excited for the annual Pinewood Derby Workshop on Saturday, February 8, at Camp Tamarancho! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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 lunch can be purchased for $5 if desired. The BB Gun range will also be open; there is a $5 charge for shooting. More information on this event can be found
. Also, see article below.
Talako is hoping for great weather for this year's Klondike Derby from March 6-8 at Camp Marin Sierra. Registration for patrols closes on Tuesday, March 3. The participation fee is $15 per person. More information and registration
can be found here
Pinewood Derby Workshop
Mark your calendar for a fun day at Camp Tamarancho, Saturday, February 8. It's the annual Pinewood Derby Workshop, where we ask Cub Scouts, "What do you want your car to be?" The Order of the Arrow will be cutting out cars, providing lots of racing accessories, putting on a hotdog lunch, and running the BB gun shoot!
We sell lots of PW derby accessories.
We cut nearly 120 cars last year.
All of the hotdogs were sold out!
Lastly, the BB gun shoot is always a big success!
Wilderness First Aid Training
Going to Philmont? Going on a 50 miler? Doing some righteous backpacking with your troop? If you have ever suffered an injury or seen an injury on the trail--deep cuts, some unfortunate sprains--you are keenly aware of what happens when someone gets hurt far from help. You deal with it yourself.
It only takes a little knowledge to make the difference between panicked helplessness and confidently treating the injury. You've likely spent plenty of time learning how to navigate, how to pitch a perfect camp, and how to cook great food in the Great Scoutdoors. Now, make sure your wilderness first-aid skills match.
Marin Council will once again offer the Wilderness First Aid training required for Philmont trips (2 people trained, in fact!), and a great idea for anyone going deep into the wilds like Scouts BSA do! The course being offered is also inexpensive compared to REI, NOLS, and other offerings!
Join me, Jesse Barnett, and Bobbie Foster of Foster Calm as we study and Be Prepared for all sorts of Wilderness 1st Aid events. The class will be held on March 28-29, along with the option to earn a CPR certificate (also required by Philmont). Go to the council web site, and sign up today!
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post
The Tradin' Post will reopen on Thursday, January 2.
The Marin Council offices and store will be closed on Monday, January 20.
San Rafael Elks Lodge Essay Contest
San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 is pleased to announce that we are again sponsoring the Americanism Essay Contest this year for all Marin County 5th-8th graders.
The new theme is "What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?" This national Elks program, organized locally by the San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108, encourages students to submit original essays that will be judged on the basis of originality, development of theme, mechanics, and neatness. There are two divisions: Division 1: 5th or 6th Grade, and Division 2: 7th or 8th Grade
The deadline has been extended to
January 15, 2020
, by which all essays along with the Essay Contest Cover Sheet (see link below) must be received at: San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901.
All students who enter will receive Certificates of Participation, and there will be monetary awards of $25-$100 depending on place and division (1st, 2nd, 3rd & two Honorable Mentions in each of the 2 Divisions) There is also a special Youth Awards Dinner at the Elks Lodge planned for the coming spring (date to be announced) to honor the essay contest winners along with Elks scholarship recipients.
For any questions, contact: Stewart Munson, Americanism/Essay Contest Chairman, cell: (415) 419-4967; Elks office: (415) 454-8835.
We hope students can participate in this very educational and worthwhile program!