March 2019 Vol. 12, Issue 3
Spring will be springing soon! With it will be a boatload of activities for Scouts and adults.
Of utmost importance because the time for them is near:
- Recognition Dinner (see next article)
- Cub Scout Bunny Shoot
But, wait, there's more! Read through the entire newsletter to find out what is going on around the council.
Please forward this monthly newsletter to other people in your unit that may not be receiving it. They can also
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Marin Council Recognition Dinner
One of the highlights of the year for many Scouts, parents, and leaders is the Marin Council Recognition Dinner, held every year in March. This year, it will be on
Monday, March 11, again at the San Rafael Community Center on B Street.
Adults and Scouts that you know will be honored at this event. Hopefully, you can be there to cheer them on. Some are a surprise!
It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, March 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.
Cub Scout Roundtable
Fun and fellowship begins at 7:30 p.m., winding down at 8:30 p.m
. The discussion sometimes continues for those who wish, but our meeting ends at 8:30 for those who need to return home.
Strike up the band! This month we'll make some music (or noise) together and have some serious fun. Could your pack leaders use a helping hand planning fun den and pack meetings? Awesome overnighters? Annual planning and budget? Of course! Everyone wins with trained leaders, especially the Scouts. New leaders should be making their way up to take over one day, and Marin Council is here to help. This month, our Training Chair, Jeff Clark, will fill us in on all things training. We'll also hear from Talako Lodge (Order of the Arrow) about a new ceremony for bridging, from the Shooting Sports Committee, and much more.
Looking ahead, the rocket scientists among us may want to start work on 2 liter bottle rocket designs (search NASA's project if you're not familiar), because we'll have something special in April, and I'd love to see some designs that are out of this world.
Scouts BSA Roundtable
We're going to have another great roundtable! This month's theme is "
Duty to God," and Ed Branscome of Pack 28 and Troop 76 will be presenting the Religious Emblem Program and discussing the meaning and value of being Reverent.
To recap February's roundtable the theme was "Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader" and Jeff Clark presented the 2019 training road map. If you could not attend this roundtable you can find valuable training information on the council's website, and it was a first in council history where an all-female Troop 1015 conducted the flag ceremony. They and Troop 27 are off to a good start.
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.
(May not occur for every roundtable if there are no handouts.)
We need a troop to volunteer for opening and closing flags for
, April, May, and June. 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.
No Venturing rally this month.
Thank You Jamey Schnasse, Joe Rozell and
for providing Den Chief Training to a dozen Scouts from Marin and San Francisco!
Upcoming Adult Training
Scouts Deserve Trained Leaders
When: Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (Check-in is at 8:45 am)
Location: LDS Church at 220 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael
When: Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (Check-in is at 8:45 am; Lunch is provided)
Location: LDS Church at 220 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael
When: March 23-24. Learn from experienced Cub Leaders to help your pack run successful outdoor events. Then
have fun with your Scout as you apply your new skills. Leaders will train from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and then their
Scouts are invited to come up from 3 p.m. for the overnight portion, wrapping by Noon on Sunday.
Location: Camp Tamarancho at 1000 Iron Springs Road, Fairfax
Cub Scout Bunny Shoot
Register now. This event fills quickly.
Similar to the Turkey Shoot held in October, this fun event is for Cub Scouts to enjoy archery and BB shooting. The date is March 23, and it will be held at Camp Tamarancho from 9:30-2:50. No, we will not be shooting bunnies!
With half-hour periods throughout the day, your Cub Scout will have the opportunity to experience one session of each of these activities.
Click this link
for a descriptive flyer and shooting sports release form.
When you click the link below to sign up, you will be given the opportunity to choose one half-hour period of each activity. THEN, return to the Marin Council web site to pay and download the shooting sports release form if you have not done so already. If you do not return to pay, your reservation will be dropped.
Last day to register is March 18.
Cub Scout Day Camps
Early Bird discount available through March 31!
Day Camp is the highlight of a Cub Scout's year! However, boys and girls who are not currently in Cub Scouts are welcome attend. Day Camp is open to youth who will be entering the second through fifth grades in the fall of 2019.
- First Day Camp: June 24-28 (registration open through 6/13/19)
- Second Day Camp: July 8-12 (registration open through 6/28/19)
- Third Day Camp: July 22-26 (registration open through 7/11/19)
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.
There is also an early bird discount of $15.00 until March 31.
Theme: Bug Hunter
May 17-19, 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 older 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 Scouts or Venturers.
The theme and activities around "Bug Hunter" 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 10.
for more information and registration (only online).
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
. We are seeking an aquatics director, climbing director, waterfront staff, shotgun director, food services staff, climbing and COPE assistants, 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!
Commissioners Sam Guyton, Tony Mei, and Chris Cardinal attended the commissioner College in Santa Clara last weekend. We were able to have several discussions with Patrick Sterrett, Assistant Chief Scout Executive, BSA, on a wide variety of subjects, including family Scouting, STEM Scouts, and temporary Eagle extensions.
This last item is important to all eligible Scouts. There are new, temporary rules in place which will allow girls (and young men in specific situations) to earn their Eagle Scout rank beyond their 18th birthday. There is a very specific process to apply for this time extension, which begins with the eligible youth requesting permission to use the time extension from her (his) Scoutmaster, and the Scoutmaster applying electronically to request the extension on my.scouting.org. The extension can be approved ONLY by the BSA National Office and granted only if requested. (Read more here.) Dr. David Goodman, Marin Council President, and Chris Cardinal, Marin Council Commissioner, have worked determinedly in putting forward this national resolution. Let's not leave anyone behind who is deserving of this honor.
Lastly, what will your legacy be? With the forming of two new girl troops and a third one in progress, the commissioner corps have a need for additional commissioners. In this regard, women (and men) who have been members of the unit committee, assistant Scoutmasters and Cubmasters, your training and program experience are invaluable to new girl units. Becoming a unit commissioner is a great way to continue your journey along the Scouting trail. Email Chris Cardinal if interested.
Commissioners will be at roundtable and will be happy to answer questions.
Shooting Sports News
Upcoming Shooting Range Staff Training Opportunities.
The Shooting Sports Committee has set up an
NRA Rifle Instructor
course for Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14. This is a great opportunity to learn the skills to teach how to shoot accurately as well as firearm safety. This results in a national certification as a Rifle Instructor.
The committee is also teaching a shorter 4 hour class as a
on Saturday afternoon April 13. Sign-ups and more detailed information for both are on the council web site under Training.
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 rangemaster but has a conflict on April 13, contact us, and we will arrange a training date for you. Contact
at (415) 509-8687,
at (415) 246-4744 or
at (415) 999-3384.
Upcoming Shooting Events
Shooting Events That Occurred in February
February 9:Pinewood Derby Workshop Shoot: BB and archery ranges open during OA workshop
February 10: Marin Troop 59: .22 rifle and archery ranges
Remember your troop or crew gets free range time for every hour spent doing a service project for the ranges.
Talako Lodge Updates
Election and Bridging season is coming fast, so if you need to register for either one now is the time!! We've only got registrations from a few troops so if you could register sooner rather than later it would help us organize our schedule better. Please email us at email@example.com to schedule yours today!
Unfortunately, the Klondike Derby was canceled due to weather conditions. There was no power for most of the weekend and the snow was above the roofline of Ibach Lodge. We appreciate your understanding.
The Pinewood Derby Workshop was a very successful event. Around 90 Scouts attended even though it was a wet rainy day. We served a hotdog lunch, and the BB and archery ranges were open for the Cubs to use. It was a very successful event and we look forward to hosting again next year!
Upcoming Marin Council Donor / Alumni Events
On Wednesday, March 27, the Marin Council will hold its annual Donor Appreciation Dinner in Sausalito. Individuals who have donated $500 or more in 2018 have been sent invitations for this celebration event. We will be recognizing a wide range of donors this year including the newest members of Scouting's Second Century Society. If you missed your invitation and would like to attend, please contact
. This is an appreciation dinner; no donations will be sought that night.
Are you an adult Eagle Scout? If so, then mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 7, for our Gathering of Eagles dinner. Join with other Eagle alumni to celebrate Scouting and support the awarding of the Marin Council Eagle Alumni College Scholarship to this year's recipient. Invitations will be mailed beginning in April. However, since we do not have every Eagle Scout on our mailing list, an online sign-up will be available on the council web site in March. While the dinner is complimentary, you must pre-register for accurate food counts. Please note that due to an open reception, this event is limited to alumni over 21 years of age. Contact
with any questions or to insure you are on the invitation list.
Marin Council Pinewood Derby Race
At the Marin County Fair
We are seeking a track, software, and a capable team to run the annual Pinewood Derby Race at the Marin County Fair this summer. Dates and entry forms will be released soon; however, we cannot release entry forms until we have all the components assembled.
Scouts Observe Scout Sabbath
Troop 76 and Rabbi Stacy Friedman of Congregation Rodef Sholom on March 1, 2019
Marin County Fair Entry Possibilities
Packs, troops, and crews keep the Fair in mind in your summer plans. Scouts (and Scouters) can enter the Fair with their competitive exhibits (baked goods, art, crafts, wine, and more). Competitive exhibit forms are available online starting March 15. Also the Cub Scouts will have a Pinewood Derby run off on Kids Day and the OA will again host an ice cream service project booth with Rotary Club. Go to marinfair.org for info on kids day.
Reminder: Marin Council will distribute forms for the Pinewood Derby Exhibition. Forms will be available later this month and in the April Dispatch.
Check out this STEM program at Sonoma Raceway on April 6.