November 2019 Vol. 12, Issue 9
November is the month of Thanksgiving. While there are many traditions associated with this holiday, the one thing that is most important is thankfulness. In a study of hundreds of people, research scientists found these common astounding facts regarding people that practice thankfulness. Thankful people:
- sleep better at night
- have better interpersonal relationships
- are healthy psychologically
- are more healthy physically
- tend to be happier and more content
- have better self-esteem
- experience more empathy and reduced aggression
These are just a few things. We are thankful for the benefits of Scouting in our youth and in ourselves!
During this month, as we gather food for the insecure and celebrate with our families, let's remember to recall the many things in life for which we are grateful. It will change our lives!
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It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, November 7, 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 a Scouting for Food Orientation before roundtable at 6:45. Come to find out everything about Scouting for Food and pick up maps and instructions (see article below).
Cub Scout Roundtable
Fun and fellowship begins at 7:30 pm at 220 N. San Pedro Rd., winding down at 8:30 pm. There will be a special presentation from the SF-Marin Food Bank.
We've recently enjoyed amazing Scouting opportunities at our Camp Tamarancho. This month we'd love to hear your highlights, and then talk a little about how to support our council in keeping up our camps and putting on events like Family Fiesta and summer camps.
We'll also have a number of commissioners present to help any packs working to finish Journey to Excellence (JTE) forms. JTE is an important diagnostic tool, and it's a fun opportunity to celebrate a job well done in running a strong pack. Scouts take great pride in knowing their pack is Gold, parents will too, and that recognition sets a standard that can help you in recruiting new leaders and succession planning
Scouts BSA Roundtable
We will begin at 7:30. We will have a special presentation from the SF-Marin Food Bank. The VOA will give out ribbons for the camporee as well. Commissioners will be available to help troops complete their Journey to Excellence (JTE) forms.
No Venturing Rally this month. Next one is in December.
Scouting for Food is nearly upon us!
This year, the Bay Area councils will do this service project on the second and third weekends of November--11/9 and 11/16. This coming weekend of 11/9 is when we distribute the door hangers; Saturday, 11/16 is when we pick up the food and bring it to the SF-Marin Food Bank. This year again, the need is great--perhaps greater than ever.
We will do the orientation to hand out door hangers and maps before roundtable on November 7 at 6:45 p.m. However, because the roundtable is right before the distribution date, you can pick up your door hangers at the council office sooner. They are ready now.
Hopefully, everyone has started this process. We have learned of the new registration fees for 2020. The due date is approaching faster than you think.
We need to have the charters turned in complete by the end of the day on Thursday, November 21. Please, please, please do not be late. Remember:
- Do not make up birthdates for people just to finish the rechartering. This will hurt you in the long run.
- We need applications for any new youth or adults. Applications are needed for any adults with major position changes. Continuing youth and adults (in the same position) do not need applications.
- On adult applications, verify that they have answered all questions, included SS number and birth date, and are signed by the appropriate people.
- Make any needed corrections to addresses, phone number, email addresses, and so on.
- Make sure the member's name is the same as on the council roster you were given. Otherwise, an additional profile will be created. For example, Jon Smith and Jonathan Smith will be 2 different people. Often, especially when rosters are uploaded from unit software (Packmaster, Trooptrack, and so on), they are different. Correct them to be sure they are the same as the roster you were given in your packet.
- Don't wait until the last minute.
Of the Year Nominations
One of the favorite events of the year is the annual Marin Council Recognition Dinner in March. The reason it's so popular is that we recognize dozens of outstanding Scouts and leaders at that time. Scouts, Explorers, and leaders from all over the county attend this wonderful event.
Now is the time to begin those nominations. 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 Dinner on March 9. This is a great opportunity to see all the width and breadth of what is going on throughout Marin County!
This fall, over 40 adults were trained across five courses, ranging
from Cub Leader Training to Wood Badge! Thank you to all Scouters who spent their time getting trained.
A big thank you to all the great course directors and trainers who donate significant time to plan and run excellent courses! Your dedication is very much appreciated.
Does your unit committee need a Training Chairperson? Check out the Unit Training Chair Information Guide on the Marin Council
training web page
. It will make the job easier.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
Have something you love to do? Have an expertise you'd love to share with an eager Scout? If so, then this class is for you! Come to Merit Badge Counselor Training to be held at Marin Council office on Monday, December 9, at 6:00 p.m. You'll learn the BSA methods for delivering the merit badge program to Scouts interested in your vocation or avocation. The training will last about one and a half hours and result in receiving a permanent certification to counsel Scouts on merit badges of your choosing.
Cub Scout Camping 2020
On behalf of the council and our camping committee, we would like to thank all the Cub Scouts who attended our events this year. It takes many hands to put on these events each year--from planning by the committee and staffing the actual event themselves. We want to give a big thank you to these folks for their efforts throughout the year to put on these fun events.
As we look forward to 2020, we could use your help. Please consider joining our committee. Contact
at the council office.
Additionally, mark your calendar now for our 2020 events, which will include (held at Camp Tamarancho, unless noted):
Family Fiesta (Bug Hunters)
May 15-17, 2020
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
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 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
The next lodge meeting is Tuesday, November 12, at the San Rafael Elks Lodge from 7-8:30 p.m. We will be having elections for our new lodge officers. The new officers bring new leadership and perspective to the lodge. If you're interested in running, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The new officers will be inducted at the annual lodge banquet.
Our annual lodge banquet will be held on Sunday, December 8, at St. Stephens in Belvedere. This is a date change, so please mark it on your calendars. At the banquet we will have dinner for all our members and their families along with a cake auction to raise money for the lodge. The banquet also gives members an opportunity to pay their annual dues and also have a good time. Register and pay dues on the
council web site
The Elks Lodge lends us their facility to use as our meeting place. To thank them, we help them decorate for Christmas. It's a fun time where we light their Christmas tree and give back to the people who make it possible to have a great place to have our meetings.
Our fall Induction weekend was October 19-21, and 9 new candidates were inducted. We also had 7 new Brotherhood members. Congratulations to them all. We hope to see them at our next lodge meeting on November 12.
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 Boy Scouts 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
Our extended fall hours have ended. Our regular hours are:
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday - 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Our offices and store will be closed
on Monday, November 11 as well as 11/28-29.
Pinewood Derby Gift Edition Car Kits are here. They are available for a limited time for $4.49. The Gift Edition is an official Pinewood Derby Kit in a pre-printed gift box. Please let the Trading Post know if you would like a batch to hand out at your next pack meeting.
Help for the SF-Marin Food Bank
While we realize that Scouts and parents work very hard to make Scouting for Food a success, the week after Scouting for Food, the SF-Marin Food Bank has a partnership event with Safeway that needs some volunteers. If Scouts and parents want to volunteer, especially any that may have missed the Scouting for Food day, we need small groups of volunteers in several Marin County Safeways that day (short shifts) to help inform shoppers about the opportunity to make a financial donation. Safeway then uses these donations to provide the food bank with well-needed foods. If you think this might be feasible and to find out more, please email
, Thanks so much!!