December 2018 Vol. 11, Issue 10
December marks the end of a wonderful year for the Marin Council. Scouting is growing in Marin!
Of course, the end of December marks the beginning of a new year. Along with that are numerous opportunities for Scouting.
Take particular note of roundtable, the Of the Year nominations (which are due in about a month), and other opportunities that are approaching soon.
Please forward this monthly newsletter to other people in your unit that may not be receiving it. They can also
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It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, December 6, 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.
There will be Merit Badge Counselor Orientation before roundtable at 6:00 p.m. The class is taught by Jesse Barnett, our Vice president for Advancement. Everyone who desires to be a merit badge counselor must take this course. You will receive a thorough overview of the merit badge process.
Cub Scout Roundtable
Fun and fellowship begins at 7:30 pm. Winter camping is coming up, and Sports Basement is coming to share some of its expertise on how to gear Scouts up for maximum fun. We'll meet in a joint session to start, and share some fellowship between pack and troop leaders. Then, we'll break out to our usual meeting space. Alex Mauer will cover Scoutbook, some nuts and bolts and a deeper dive into advancement. Alex will also touch on BSA's new phone app, designed to get all parents involved in the process, and more involved in the fun.
See you there!
Boy Scout Roundtable
We're going to have a great roundtable. This month's theme is Holiday Gear brought to you by Sports Basement of Novato. Last month's theme was Community Service, and 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.
I would like to remind everyone that it is very important for your troop to attend roundtable. Any adult in your troop can attend (leaders and parents). You will get credit towards the winter camp lottery and be better informed about what is going on around the council.
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,
, roundtable commissioner, for which month you would like to do the color guard.
There will be a Venturing rally at 7:30 for all Venturers and leaders. Simultaneously, there will be a meeting of the new Venturing Officers' Association (VOA).
The deadline for this is coming up just after the first of the year on January 4. So it's 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!
Code Red First Aid Meet
As well as first aid, this year's Code Red will be testing your emergency preparedness skills in simulated real-life situations. 15 Boy Scout patrols will need to evaluate and resolve an emergency crisis in each scenario before working through practical first aid problems. These issues will test your hands-on skills learned from the BSA Handbooks, the First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet, and current American Red Cross guidelines.
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 Venetia, 220 N. San Pedro Rd.
The event will include 3 extra opportunities besides the 12 scenario rooms: the walkthrough of an ambulance, a Search and Rescue survival challenge, and a demonstration from Pacific Gas and Electricity on how to handle electrical situations. As before, troops are asked to design and run a scenario, and will get a free lunch for everyone managing a room.
The patch is a dove flying in a first aid kit around the world, and the theme is Earthquake! We're encouraging the "situation" to be as if a major earthquake just happened.
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 soon to run a scenario by sending an email to the Troop 76 Senior Patrol Leader,
We'll also be holding an orientation for patrol/crew leaders and adults on January 5 so they can know what to expect.
Finally, this is also a recruiting opportunity for your troop to reach out to nearby Cub Scout packs so their younger Scouts 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.
That's all we can say. Despite smoke in the air for two weeks, all of you worked hard--masks on--to make sure people in need are supplied with food this season.
You brought in as much as last year, even with the adverse conditions. The total was:
Patches will be in well after the first of the year as there were numerous late orders.
Thank you so much from the Marin Council and the SF-Marin Food Bank for your participation. In addition, thanks also goes to Talako Lodge for unloading vehicles, Wayne and Corbin Philippo, Mark Semonian, and Brendan Lange for helping with food.
Den Chief Training is planned for the February roundtable meeting (2/7). In-person Den Chief Training will be 7:00 pm to 8:15pm.
Spring adult leader training is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, at the LDS Church in San Rafael. This includes Cub Scout leader training, Scoutmaster/ASM training, and if there is enough demand then we'll also add Venturing Advisor training.
Registration details will be available on the Marin Council web site soon.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
Before roundtable on December 6 at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Merit Badge Counselor training session. This training must be taken before anyone can be a merit badge counselor. It has no expiration date, but it isn't a bad idea to take a refresher once in a while.
Be on time for this important training because if anyone is more than 10 minutes late, they will have to take the training at another time. It's not fair to those who are on time to have to catch people up.
If you have questions about this training, please contact
, Marin Council Vice President for Advancement.
We are seeking applicants, and we need your help finding them.
In fact, now is the best time to apply to insure you get a place on staff and perhaps even the job you desire.
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!
If you have questions or need information, you can email
about Cub Scout camp or
about Boy Scout camp.
These camps our your camps!
Talako Lodge Updates
Talako Lodge has had a busy few months and has ended the year on a positive note. We held our Fall Ordeal from October 19-21 at Camp Tamarancho. We inducted 17 new Arrowmen--16 youth and 1 adult. The service projects consisted of digging holes for a sign and map board at the entrance of the camp and digging a trench for a water pipe at Sunrise. Additionally, we had 4 Ordeal members seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.
Congratulations to our new Ordeal members: Paul Arce, Riley Bemis, Brian Chambers, Nathaniel Eves, Micah Frisch, Elijah Greer, Jack Hagerman, William Hibbard, Paul Kelemen, Matthew Linnenkohl, Wesley Rucker, George Shryock, Jason Stinnett, Miguel Tanem, Jim Young, Tomas Young, and Marcus Holzer (adult).
Congratulations to our new Brotherhood members: Tarquin Haussermann, William Gilmore, David Gilmore, and Tanner Spence.
The weekend of November 16-18, we sent 6 youth Arrowmen to the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and 2 adult Arrowmen to the Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC). They both were held at Granlibakken Lodge in Tahoe City, CA.
Regarding NLS, Josh Holzer, the then-lodge vice chief of program, said that, "[The] National Leadership Seminar... is a training provided to Arrowmen where they discuss what it means to be a part of team and the significance of a single individual. It was an eye-opening experience where we learned about ourselves and our personal leadership qualities... In the end, NLS is a great experience if you want to meet [with] other Arrowmen to discuss the Order and how to make it better for the future."
On Saturday, November 17, we helped unload food at the Food Bank as part of the Scouting for Food initiative. We unloaded over 23,000 lbs of food throughout the day. Joe Rozell, the youth lead for this event, said that, "Scouting for Food went very well this year, despite the poor air quality. All of the council's packs, troops, and crews collected around twenty-three thousand pounds of food and brought them to the Marin Food Bank's new facility, where the OA unloaded the food for weighing. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event happen!"
On Saturday, November 25, we put up holiday decorations for the San Rafael Elk's Lodge, which is where we have our monthly meetings. This is a small way for us to give back to them and say thank you for letting us use their space to meet. We had a great crowd and had fun getting into the holiday spirit.
Our program for 2018 came to a close on Saturday, December 1, when we held our annual lodge banquet at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere. We had over 75 Arrowmen and their families present to celebrate a successful year and a wonderful 60th Anniversary for Talako!
At the banquet, we also inducted our new LEC for 2019, pictured below.
From L to R: Michael Swalberg, Admin. Adviser; Grayson Everage, Secretary; Nestor Schnasse, Finance Adviser; Jamey Schnasse, Treasurer; Mark Otavka, Program Adviser; Sam Shern, Vice Chief of Program; Tristan Brousseau, Vice Chief of Membership; Ned Farnkopf, Membership Adviser; Josh Holzer, Lodge Chief; Kenn Moynihan; Lodge Adviser.
We're excited to see what 2019 brings for the lodge under this new LEC!!
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
Journey to Excellence
Are you on track for Success?
You think you're making all the right moves for your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers, but do you really know? With the BSA's Journey to Excellence scorecards in hand, you can answer that question with a satisfying yes.
Journey to Excellence (JTE) is a self-evaluation tool that lets leaders see, quantitatively, how well their unit is meeting the goals of Scouting. Think of it as a progress report. You can check in regularly to make sure you're delivering the best possible program for our Scouts and Venturers.
The process is simple, and the benefits are tangible. Here's a quick guide.
1. Know these benefits and learn why JTE is worth your time.
- A framework for planning the year with standards based on what successful units do to continually improve.
- A method for evaluating your unit in tangible ways (number of campouts, number of youth advancing, etc.)
- Guidance in areas where you might do better and early warning of potential problems.
- Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance.
- Recognition for good Scouting: bronze, silver or gold.
- Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units.
2. Committee chair and Unit Leader.
The Marin Council has sent by email a copy of their last JTE scorecard (if filed) and the new one for this year. There are scorecards for the following Scouting every type of unit: packs, troops, crews, and posts as well as for the council as a whole.
3. Introduce the scorecard to your unit committee.
Ask them to fill in the sections corresponding to their function in the unit: finance, membership, program, leadership. The JTE scorecards work best when several Scouters participate in tracking.
4. Review your progress on this year's scorecard.
At the end of the year and at regular intervals throughout the year, monitor your progress as you go for gold in JTE. You can try a "thorns, roses and buds" approach or look at things you want to "start, stop and continue."
Either way, learn where you aren't maximizing your JTE points and find specific improvements. Appoint a volunteer to hold the unit accountable for those changes.
5. Look at next year's scorecard.
The BSA releases scorecards early, meaning you have time to plan ahead so you can meet your goals. They can be found at
. Always best to Be Prepared.
6. Complete your scorecard and turn it in.
Bring your score cards to round table on Dec. 6. We will have commissioners at 7:00 pm (1/2 hour before RT) to sign and turn in you score card. If someone from your unit is unable to attend, JTE scorecards are due to your unit commissioner, district executive, or council representative.
Units that plan ahead aren't surprised by their score; they're expecting it.
Like a marathon runner checking his watch after each mile, a unit should check its scorecard regularly to aim for gold.
earned almost $60,000 (about $10,000 more than last year!) in popcorn commissions to support their programs, and about $50,000 to support council programs. Big thank you to all the Popcorn Kernels for their hard work! Don't forget to thank them next time your unit enjoys the proceeds from their efforts!
Shooting Sports News
Shooting Events that Occurred in November
November 10 - Tomahawk and Wrist Rocket rangemaster class held at Camp Tamarancho. This 2-hour class provided Redwood Empire Troop 74 the opportunity to throw tomahawks at their upcoming outing November 17.
November 17 - Redwood Empire Troop 74 camped at Tamarancho and spent the day shooting .22 rifles and archery and throwing tomahawks.
Upcoming December Shooting Events
December 8 - Alameda Troop 2 will be camping and shooting .22 rifles, archery and throwing tomahawks at Camp Tamarancho.
December 15 - Marin Troop 76 will be shooting .22 and pellet rifles as well as archery.
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post
Tradin' Post hours are as follows
Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri.--10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thurs.--10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Tradin' Post will be closed from December 17 until January 2 for inventory.
to visit the Tradin' Post page on our web site.
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
. 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!
World Scout Jamboree
It's not too late! Surround yourself in diverse global cultures for 12 unforgettable days at the 24th World Scout Jamboree. The jamboree experience extends beyond your home-and beyond the boundaries of 169 countries-to create a global adventure that will last a lifetime!
Veterans Day Celebration
Several packs and troops participated in Veterans' Day celebrations and commemorations. Here's a picture of Scouts from Pack 76 at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium.
Office and Store Closures
The Marin Council offices will be closed on the following dates:
December 31-January 1
The Tradin' Post will be closed December 17-January 2 for inventory.