June 2019 Vol. 12, Issue 6
Hoorah!!!! It's time to go outdoors! Camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and more fun await us! Make sure to read through this entire newsletter. There are some really, really important and time-sensitive items below.
Have a great June and an explosively fun summer!
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In Danger of Being Cancelled: Please Help!
Marin Council Pinewood Derby Race
At the Marin County Fair
We have received several calls about the Marin Council Pinewood Derby Race. The date for the race will be July 3 at 1:00 p.m. If we lose this spot at the Fair, we may not be able to regain it next year!
This race is a favorite of the Scouts throughout the county!
The race cannot be run without volunteers to conduct the race. We have a track and software, but we need someone (or a couple someones) to take the lead, and we need more people to help. We have a couple so far.
We cannot pull this together at the last minute. We have to have 2 check-in days in June, staffed by a couple volunteers. However, we can't advertise those dates until the volunteers pick them.
Pinewood Car FREE Exhibition at Marin County FairDeadline is Wednesday, June 5!
So far, we have about 20 cars. Bring more please!
Every year at the Fair, there is a huge exhibition in the exhibition hall. This includes pinewood derby cars. What a great way to showcase the fun in Cub Scouts!
However, we need your help for this. The Fair asks us to collect cars to bring in for this sponsored exhibition. In years past, we have had up to 100 cars. Last year, we had about 20. We know there are many more out there.
Could one of your pack leaders collect all the cars and entry forms and bring them to the office by the due date? The only cars not in the exhibition are those in the above race.
It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, June 6, Is Final 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.
This month, all divisions will meet together for the final roundtable of the year.
Free BBQ, Town Hall Meeting, and Winter Camp Lottery
6:00 p.m. -- Free BBQ dinner for all attending hosted and cooked by the commissioners.
Approx. 6:45 p.m. -- Beginning of town meeting with council president, council commissioner, and Scout Executive. You will have a chance to ask questions of these people about what the council is doing, and you will learn anything new happening nationally with the BSA.
Approx. 7:30 p.m. -- Beginning of winter camp lottery. Your unit leader should have received the attendance sheets from roundtable. Your pick is determined by roundtable attendance, JTE score, whether you have a new unit coordinator, and unit committee training status. You must be present to make a reservation.
We need a troop to volunteer for opening and closing flags for this meeting. Please contact David Roncaglia, roundtable commissioner, if you can assist.
We want to thank and recognize all the adult leaders who attended training this spring for their positions:
Cub Leaders: Christina Carroll, Jackie Dold, Ellen Sullivan, Kristin DeVivo, Jill Parker, Dashiell Thompson, Frank Sarubbi, Jeff Alsterlind, Daniel Smith, Michael Sullivan, Jason Babler, Tim Graves, Will Taylor, James Gracey, Steven Asnault, John Silva and James Drake.
Troop Leaders: Helen & Michael Driscoll, Patty Segovia, Todd Statz, Abby Fellman, Jerome Kim, Sarah & Sam Bowen, Liz van der Toorren, Steve Ring and David Vasser.
Upcoming Adult Training
Scouts Deserve Trained Leaders
Wood Badge--Sign up for this excellent Scout leader training! Wood Badge is the highest level of leadership training offered by the Boy Scouts of America for adult volunteers involved in all divisions of Scouting (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Exploring, Sea Scouts, Venturing, and district and council positions)
September 6, 7:30 a.m. to September 8, 5:30 p.m.,
September 28, 7:30 a.m. to September 30, 4:00 p.m., at Camp Tamarancho.
Click this link
to learn more and to register.
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation)
for Cub Leaders--Sept 21-22 at Camp Tamarancho. This is the same weekend and location as Cub Scout Adventure Weekend so that Cub parents can attend BALOO while their Cub Scouts attend Cub Scout Adventure Weekend! Learn from experienced Cub Leaders to help your pack run successful outdoor events.
Intro. to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
--Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13 at Camp Tamarancho.
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides troop adults the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors
Cub Scout Camping
Can you help? To keep our events well planned and staffed, consider joining our camping committee. Contact
for more information on how you can help. Please pass this message along to other pack members.
Registration OPEN for most events. Click the links to register or download information.
Theme - Cub Scout Investigators
Wolf through Webelos
June 24-28 (registration open through 6/13/18)
FULL--Call for wait list.
July 8-12 (registration open through 6/28/18)
July 22-26 (registration open through 7/11/18)
Theme - Back to Baden Powell
First- and Second Year Webelos
Cub Scout Adventure Weekend
at Camp Tamarancho
The Webelos Woods planners are looking for older Scouts to help out with program and as patrol leader assistants. There will be some training / prep beforehand as well. Contact
Theme - Early Pioneers
Lions through Webelos
This event is open to all Lions through Webelos with a parent/guardian partner at Camp Tamarancho. Activities include shooting sports (except Lions per BSA policy), handicraft, Scout skills, field sports, outdoor skills, nature, an evening campfire, cracker barrel and camping and camaraderie, all being guided by our talented volunteer staff! Cubs and their adult partners can come Friday and camp one or two nights or they can come early Saturday and camp overnight.
The Marin Council Fishing Derby at the Marin Rod and Gun Club in Point Richmond was again a smashing success!
Thanks to Joe Cilia and his team, they put on a fun event with beautiful weather. Thanks to Dan Hixenbaugh for the food, and there were many companies that donated funds and prizes so that all the Scouts could have a phenomenal time!
Let's make sure our camps are fully staffed for our Scouts!
Now is a great time to apply to insure you get a place on staff and perhaps even the job you desire. There are still positions open at both camps.
You can download the application for the 2019 Marin Sierra staff by
clicking this link
. There still is an over-18 position available.
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
We held our May Lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 7, where we welcomed our new members from April's Ordeal. We gave them their lodge flaps and showed them how the lodge runs. We also had root beer floats for a sweet treat, which also was good preparation for our upcoming ice cream service project during the Marin County Fair.
Our next Lodge meeting is Tuesday, June 11, and is our annual pool party and barbecue! This is a great end-of-the-school-year event where we get ready for summer break and have lots of fun!!
During the annual Marin County Fair, we will help the Rotary Club of San Rafael fundraise by selling ice cream and floats. We would love to see you there! Please swing by and buy some ice cream from our booth! The proceeds will go the Rotary and the Lodge.
The annual Section W-3N Conclave is coming up on September 6-8 at Camp Herms. This is a gathering of all of the lodges in our section where everyone attends classes, games, and much more! We hope to have a significant lodge presence there. If you are an OA member, you can learn more about Conclave as well as register by
clicking this link
With the increasing growth of female troops in BSA, our commissioner staff has added a new position to Marin Scouting--Assistant Council Commissioner for Female Troops. The position will be responsible for the health and well-being of our newest troops. We are especially fortunate to have Beth Bailey-Gates accept this new role.
Beth comes with a wealth of experience in the Marin Council. Some of her experience are the following: assistant den leader and den leader for 5 years with Pack 7, assistant Scoutmaster and advancement coordinator with Troop 59 for 10 years, associate Advisor for Crew 333, staffed Wood Badge 5 times and staffed NYLT for 9 years, Brotherhood member of the OA, merit badge counselor and Youth Protection training instructor. Additionally, her favorite Scouting activities are hiking, backpacking, and kayaking/canoeing. When you see her next, please give her congratulations and support.
Upcoming Shooting Range Staff Training Opportunities.
The Shooting Sports Committee will be having a training day on Sunday, June 23 with BB gun, archery and slingshot/tomahawk range master training classes.
This is a great opportunity to learn to teach how to shoot accurately and also teach gun, bow and slingshot safety. The BB and archery classes take approximately 4 hours to cover the BSA program. The slingshot/tomahawk class is about an hour long. Please pass this information on to adults in your unit and encourage their participation.
If you know of anyone interested in being a BB, archery or slingshot range master but has a conflict on June 23, contact us and we will arrange a training date for you. September and October is loaded with shooting events and we are in need of staff to supervise the ranges for those events.
Upcoming Shooting Events
Weeks of 6/24, 7/8, and 7/22 -- Cub Scout Day Camp will be using the BB gun, archery and slingshot ranges.
8/31 - Webelos Woods -- pellet rifles and archery at Camp Marin Sierra.
Shooting Events That Occurred in April and May
April 13 -- NRA Rifle Instructor certification class.
April 13 -- SFBAC Troop 3 - .22 rifle and archery ranges.
April 27 -- Girl Scouts of Northern California - archery range.
May 25 -- SFBAC Troop 722 - .22 and archery ranges.
Camporee Is on the Calendar
Join us for an exciting weekend on October 5-6 at Camp Tamarancho for a councilwide camporee hosted by the Venturers of Marin Council. Our theme will be "Lead the Adventure," and we'll have a wide range of amazing activities inspired by the BSA High Adventure bases including a waterfront Seabase experience and Summit shooting sports. Troops will be invited to cook Jamboree style and engage in our evening program including a campfire and some exhilarating night games.
Campsites are available along the Sunrise to Upper Eagle road to any troops who wish to spend the night, and breakfast on Sunday will be included. Contact the
Venturing Officers Association
with any questions. Cost of attendance will be $15 per participant. Registration will be on the web site during the summer.
Here is a flyer
for the event (2 pages).
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post
Be sure you have all the gear and materials you need for you summer of Scouting.
Take a look at the featured items this month on our web site:
Matching Gift Donations
Would you like to maximize the difference your donation to the Marin Council makes? One way to do that is to take advantage of matching gifts that many companies offer. Some companies match financial contributions of their employees and others match the value of the time you volunteer. To check and see if your company participates in matching gift programs please
visit this portal
, and thank you again for your support of Scouting in Marin.
Scout Day with the Giants
This is June 16, 1:05 p.m., vs. Brewers. We are offering 10% off tickets, a Scout day SF Giants patch, scouts in uniform are invited for a pregame ceremony on the field, and a portion of each special event ticket goes towards Boy Scouts of America.
for more information.
First Cast Fishing Day
A favorite event for many young people that love fishing or want to learn, the First Cast Day, conducted by Golden Gate Trout Unlimited, will be September 15. The event is at Marin Civic Center lagoon from 8:30-1:30 for young people ages 10-18.
Learn how to fly fish and work on a fishing merit badge. There is no charge, and you will gain so much!
It's still early, but we will not have a chance to notify you about this until September. If you would like to attend or have questions, call or
email Larry Lack
Lake Fishing for Kids
Saturday, June 8, 9-11 a.m. Stafford Lake Park, Novato
Rangers will cast out with the kids at Stafford Lake Park to try to reel in the biggest fish in the lake. Rangers will supply a limited amount of fishing poles and bait for participants.
All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don't forget to bring a fishing pole. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park.
Basics of Freshwater Fishing
Saturday, August 10, 9-11 a.m. Meet at the skate park at McInnis Park in San Rafael (310 Smith Ranch Rd).
This will be at McInnis Park where rangers will teach tips and tricks of the trade of freshwater fishing at the park's pond. This event requires a short walk up and down a large hill to reach the park's pond.
This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don't forget to bring a fishing pole. A fishing license is required for participants 16 and over. Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed.