May 2018 Vol. 11, Issue 5
Happy May everyone! There is so much going on and coming up. Be sure to completely read through the newsletter so you can stay informed. Please forward this to other people in your unit that may not be receiving it.
Top items in May:
- Fishing Derby
- Family Fiesta
- Marin Sierra Memorial Day Work Party
- World Jamboree Info Meeting
- Camp Staff Needs
- And More!
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It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, May 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 at 7:30 p.m., the first Thursday of every month from September through June, at the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
Before Roundtable--6:00 p.m.
New Youth Protection Training--Join this live session of YP training to fulfill the requirement that every registered leader must take this new version before October 1, 2018. There will be time for discussion and questions.
Merit Badge Counselor Training--This one-time training is required for anyone to become a merit badge counselor in the Marin Council. Also, it's wise to take it once in a while as a refresher.
Cub Scout Roundtable
Scouting is a year-long program, and we'll talk this month about fun, easy ways to get your den or pack outside this summer! Family Fiesta is a can't miss way to start with awesome activities and campfire program, but there is much more coming up. Then we'll review annual planning strategies and resources and get everyone started on sketching out a plan for den and pack meetings over the next year. June's theme will be Wheel into Summer / Obedient, and we'll share some ideas on how to weave those themes into upcoming den and pack meetings as well. Fun and fellowship begins at 7:30 p.m., winding down at 8:30 p.m.
See you there!
Thursday evening will also be our next Venturing rally at 7:30 p.m.
Please mark your calendar, and
send Monika an email
if you have any specific topics you would like to discuss next week. If your crew has events coming up over the summer and would like to invite other Venturing crews,
that information as well. You can also bring flyers to the meeting.
Time to Think about Fishin'!
Last chance to register
Yes! The Fishing Derby is on! Joe Cilia and his crew are ready to host this popular activity again. Thanks goes to them for pitching in year after year.
- Saturday, May 12
- Marin Rod & Gun Club, Point San Quentin
Thanks again to the club for donating the use of their facility!
There will be a fishing seminar from 8:00-9:00 to learn how to set up tackle. After the derby, there will be a BBQ lunch and prizes. The event is low cost, and you can register online by
clicking this link.
There is also a link for more information and a waiver by following that link.
If you have Fishing Derby questions, call
at 415.246.9131 or email him. For registration questions, email
Cub Scout Camping
Day Camp is the highlight of a Cub Scout's year! However,
boys and girls who are not currently in Cub Scouts are welcome to attend. Day Camp is open to youth who will be entering the second through fifth grades in the fall of 2018.
- First Day Camp: June 25-29 (registration open through 6/14/18)
- Second Day Camp: July 9-13 (registration open through 6/29/18)
- Third Day Camp: July 23-27 (registration open through 7/12/18)
Bus service is available from many parts of Marin if desired.
Cost for Day Camp is $265.00, with a $20 discount for currently registered Cub Scouts. Bus service is $50 per camp.
Theme: Safety First
May 18-20, Camp Tamarancho
What is Family Fiesta? Family Fiesta is a family camping experience for Cub Scouts, Webelos, invited friends, and their families. This camp will introduce the Cub Scouts and their family to some of the activities that can be experienced in our summer day camp programs. Just like at camp, events
and activities are run by Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews. The Cub Scouts will get an opportunity to meet summer day camp staff and older Scouts, and as a bonus, they get an idea of all the fun and exciting things that await them when they become Boy Scouts or Venturers.
The theme and activities around "Safety First" will provide an opportunity for Scouts, siblings, and parents to learn and practice Scout skills, crafts, and values. Marin Council troops and crews will lead campers in events ranging from field sports, climbing, nature hikes, shooting sports, and safety exploration. The day will close with a campfire program. The cost is $15 per person age 5 and older. This price does not include food, which varies by meal. Meal ticket sign-up deadline is May 11.
More information is on our
. Registration is only online, so
Merit Badge Counselor Training
This training--required in order to be a merit badge counselor in the Marin Council--is before roundtable on Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. Location is the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. No pre-signup necessary.
Wilderness First Aid Training
Save the date for a Wilderness 1st Aid class at Tamarancho on June 9-10. It will cost $130 per person. If people want to add CPR (and they should), it is another $35 for a
total of $165 combined. These trainings (WFA & CPR) are required for 2 participants for treks such as Philmont. So, if you are planning to go there in the next two years, now is the time to get the training cheap! This class costs more than $200 normally.
Minimum class size is 14 participants, 24 is the maximum. Scouts can be 14 or older, but ideally 16 and older is best. The class is two days at Bode Lodge and the surrounding outdoors doing real life scenarios of 1st aid emergencies that can occur in the wild!
If you are considering going, let Jesse know. As yet, we do not have enough people to run the course.
Signup today with
. Signups will close off on May 9!!
Once class packets are mailed, there is no refund. However, you can transfer your space and packet to another person.
You may think this title (SWAT) has nothing to do with Scouting. Well, you'd be incorrect; it has everything to do with Scouting and nothing to do with that 70's police drama that many of us probably watched. SWAT stands for Scouts Want Adults Trained. It is that simple.
This year, Marin
Council is the host for the North Coast Cluster Wood Badge course which will be held at Tamaracho. By attending this course, you will receive advanced leadership training along with team-building skills and the formation of lifelong contacts and friends all while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. The course consists of two, three-day weekends as well as some follow-up work. After you complete the training and follow-up work, you receive an awesome mauve neckerchief as well as two wood beads on a leather thong all for a bargain basement price. However, most importantly, you receive training that will change your unit and possibly your life.
You ask who should take Wood Badge? The answer is anyone involved on the committee or program side of Cubs, Boy Scouts, or Venturing. The course covers the gamut of the programs and provides invaluable information as well as a network of experienced people.
Wood Badge will be held August 24-26 and September 14-16 at Tamarancho. So, there is no more convenient location for those in Marin Council.
New Youth Protection Training
There is a new Youth Protection Training that replaces the current version. All registered members must complete the New YPT by October 2018. You will recognize the new version because there are four (4) distinct modules to take. There are no longer different versions for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, or Exploring. Even if...Yes, even if you just took the earlier version or are current within the past two (2) years, everyone will need to pass the new version. This new training can be accessed on my.scouting.org.
A live session will be conducted before roundtable, Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. The location is the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Email Nancy with any questions.
Marin Council Pinewood Derby Race
Every year, the Marin Council has a council pinewood derby race at the Marin County Fair. This popular and fun race is for all the winners of pack races to run off against other packs; it is the highlight of the year for many Cub Scouts.
The race is run by volunteers from packs and even troops and crews who set up, run, clean up after the race, and conduct two check-in days in June for packs to register their cars. We also need a pack to supply a track, software, and operators.
This race cannot happen without people to run it.
If you or your pack can help with any of the above, please
send an email
to the council office.
Cars that are not in the race can be part of the Marin County Fair pinewood derby car exhibition. Forms are available on our web site by
clicking this link
. We'd like to get as many cars from Cub Scouts at the Fair as possible because this exhibition is generously sponsored by Vanguard Automotive in San Rafael.
Still Looking for People
Don't miss your opportunity for one of the greatest adventures you can have: working at camp. Fall is a great time to apply. Interviewing begins after the first of the year.
We are seeking to fill some key positions:
Over-21--Director for waterfront
Over-18--Scoutcraft director, Trail to Eagle director, Handicraft director, Cooking merit badge counselor, medical officer (EMT or above).
For Cub Scout day camp, we can still use 14-year-olds.
These camps our your camps!
Camp Opening Work Party
Don't miss this opportunity to invest and work at your camp. Every year on Memorial Day weekend in May, teams of people work hard to get camp ready for the summer. Summer camp cannot operate until we change the camp from winter use to summer use.
We will feed and house you for the weekend! Come for one day or all weekend; however, we need to have you RSVP for purchasing food. We are usually done by 10:00-11:00 on Monday morning.
Bring work clothes and gloves. We will supply any tools needed. We will stay in Ibach Lodge or you can camp out or sleep in cabins. Bring whatever you would normally bring to camp (sleeping bag, toiletries, and the like).
Please come and help. Email Tim with questions or to RSVP.
Talako Lodge News
Spring Induction Weekend: Over the weekend of April 21-22, Talako inducted 6 new Arrowmwen into our lodge during the spring ordeal at Camp Tamarancho. Our service project was clearing and improving the Tamarancho campfire area.
Inductees were (L-R): Nestor Schnasse, Jesus Ake', Edward Philippo, Luke Driscoll, Alex Perry, and Zachary Holzer.
In June, we will be hosting our ice cream service project at the Marin County Fair. September 21-23, Talako will be hosting our 60th Anniversary Celebration at Camp Tamarancho. More details to follow- Save the date!
Marin Council Shooting Sports
Shooting Events that Occurred in April
April 21 - San Francisco Bay Area Council Troop 3 spent the day shooting .22 rifles and throwing tomahawks.
April 28 - Piedmont Council held a campwide Camporee and shot archery and threw tomahawks.
Upcoming April Shooting Events
May 19 - The annual Cub Scout Family Fiesta will be held at Tamarancho with opportunities to shoot BB guns, archery, and slingshots.
May 26 - Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Troop 19 will be shooting .22 rifles and archery.
Range Staff Training Opportunities
No training is currently scheduled until June 24, but if anyone is willing to attend training for range master in archery, BB, tomahawk, or slingshot, contact Keith Angerman, and he will schedule a convenient date for you. On June 24, training classes will be given for Cub Scout Day Camp shooting sports staff, and everyone is invited to participate. More information will be in next month's Dispatch. Please consider this training so we can continue to offer shooting events.
Construction Zone Ahead!!!!
There's always lots going on at Marin Council camps, but this year we have some big construction projects that are sure to please.
In the coming weeks, the Iron Springs Road project will be coming to a close with the completion of a new retaining wall just before the entrance to camp. This project began in the middle of 2017 and has included repairing and resurfacing the entire road as well as constructing a major retaining wall to repair slide damage from last year's winter storms.
When this project is completed over $135,000 will have been spent on improving access to Iron Springs Road. We'd like to thank the following donors who collectively contributed $49,750 to this project: the Massen Family, the Pritchard Family, Chris Laroche, Chris Carvalho, Tom Atwood, Thomas Terry, Eric McFarland, Mark Gyetvay, Matthew Carbone, Dean Moser, and Joann Sobel. Our camp users over the past months have said that the road to Tamarancho is in the best condition it has ever been.
Camp Marin Sierra will also benefit from a major improvement project this year when we build the first new shower building. During the summer we'll construct a new six-stall shower building that will be able to accommodate our campers with safer (and more convenient) propane water heating. This shower building will be a $150,000 investment in our camp and is made possible from the generosity of Carl and Jeanie Blom. Plans are in place for a second shower building as well thanks to partial funding from the Massen Family along with Jay Cahill and Denny McNear.
If you are interested in learning more about these exciting projects or others like them at our camp please contact
. We are always looking for additional support, whether that is construction assistance, materials, or donations to help fund our capital improvements.
Friends of Scouting
The 2018 FOS campaign has begun. Watch for a flyer in the mail and note that 100% of your donation stays local! It benefits Marin-our Scouts, our families, our camps!
In 2017, Friends of Scouting donations helped underwrite:
- $16,549 spent on patches, t-shirts, or other recognition items for Scouts heading to camp or participating in council activities like Scouting for Food.
- $44,540 spent on building supplies including hardware, paint, and plumbing fixtures for general repairs and routine maintenance at Tamarancho and Marin Sierra.
- $30,592 spent on insurance which includes general liability and accident insurance for all our Scouts and leaders as well as an additional $1,000,000 in liability coverage for every driver supporting a Scouting activity.
- $18,941 spent on repair, rental, and maintenance of equipment at Tamarancho, Marin Sierra, and the council service center.
- $6,773 spent on propane for camps, $18,442 spent on electricity, and $38,465 spent on janitorial supplies, septic service, and drinking water system services for our camps.
- And more, including subsidized camp fees for every Scout, trading post and office support, program supplies, and camperships.
2019 World Jamboree
You are invited to attend a celebration and information event to find out about Western Region Venturing and about the 24th World Scout Jamboree North America 2019.
Saturday, May 12
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2401 Larkspur Landing Circle
(Marin Country Mart)
Scout Day at Cal Football
All Scouts are invited to join them for a special day.
Pregame activities include:
Scavenger hunt across campus
High-five tunnel with the team
Additional activities TBD.
for more information, 510-642-2699.