May 2019 Vol. 12, Issue 5
The heat of summer is coming and along with that, the fun is heating up! May, June, and beyond have activities for Scouts of all ages as well as for adults! There are ways to adventure in Scouting and ways to pitch in to help.
As you read through this newsletter, not only keep these activities in mind for yourselves and your families, but spread the word to others in your packs, troops, crews, and posts. We guarantee that there will be people who need this information and want to be involved.
Have a wonderful month of May!
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, May 2, 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.
Is your pack all set for the next year of Scouting? This month, we'll take a quick look back at the year behind before talking about tools and strategies for annual planning for the year ahead. We'll also take a closer look at communication--a key component to a high performing team of leaders.
Our meeting will be built around the theme "Roaming Reptile Alert," so come prepared for... well you'll have to come to find out.
There will also be an update on some of the recent media attention by Michael Dybeck.
See you there!
Scouts BSA Roundtable
We're going to have another great roundtable! This month's theme is Eagle projects. The council committee (Paul Hinz, Jesse Barnett, Roger Krakow, and Michael Rex) will be discussing the process of getting an Eagle project to soar. There will also be an update on some of the recent media attention by Michael Dybeck. I encourage a representative from all units to attend.
To recap April's roundtable, Chris Cardinal and Tim Wells presented annual summer camp orientation for Camp Marin Sierra.
We need a troop to volunteer for opening and closing flags for May and June. I am seeking a troop for every roundtable to present the opening flags.
, roundtable commissioner, for which month you would like to do the color guard.
Please join us for our next Venturing Rally this week on Thursday at 7:30 pm. We will be sharing information and answering questions before all Venturers enter into their summer activities. Adults and Venturers are invited.
If there is anything that you would like share with us, please let me know so I can allow some extra time, and please bring some information along. If you need specific information on a topic, please send me an email, in order to better address those questions. Thank you.
Email Monika Kainz
Michael Dybeck will be joining us during the meeting for some about recent BSA media attention.
The VOA will be meeting simultaneously but will join us at 8:15 p.m. for their VOA announcements.
Open Up Marin Sierra
We are looking for Scouts and adults to help us open Camp Marin Sierra for the summer season. The weekend is Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.
We convert the camp from winter to summer use. Projects include: converting Ibach and Murray Lodges for summer use, setting up waterfront, opening the kitchen, preparing campsites, building picnic tables, assembling the fishing dock, and more!
You can come for one day or more. We are usually finished by 10:00-11:00 on Monday morning. If you come to help, we will feed and house you for the time you are there. We will need you to email us to let us know you are coming so that we can plan for food.
We are looking for 2-3 capable older Scouts/Venturers or adults to help with the pre-production of our picnic tables on Saturday, May 11. We drill, rout, and stain all the wood for the picnic tables we assemble and use at Marin Sierra.
if you can help with this project.
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
The Gathering of Eagles--Last Chance!
Are you an adult Eagle Scout? If so, join us on Tuesday, May 7, for our Gathering of Eagles dinner. Gather 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 were sent out at the beginning of the month. However, since we do not have every Eagle Scout on our mailing list, an online sign-up is available (link below).
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.
with any questions or to insure you are on the invitation list.
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.
We are seeking a track, software, and a capable team to conduct 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 or publish check-in dates until we have all the components assembled.
Pinewood Car Exhibition
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.
Cub Scout Day Camps
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 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.
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, hikes, shooting sports, and nature 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).
The Marin Council is again teaming up with the Marin Rod & Gun Club to host the annual Marin Council Fishing Derby. The date is June 1, 10:00-1:00 and the location is the Marin Rod & Gun Club in Point San Quentin.
This is a great opportunity for Scouts of all ages to fish and have fun. Joe Cilia will again conduct the event, and he has organized all the bait, instruction, prizes, and lunch. There is a BBQ lunch, patch, and fun for everyone!
Click this link
to find out all the information and to register. You must register online prior to the event. No walk-ins.
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, medical officer, food services staff, and climbing assistant.
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 are having a fellowship day hike on Sunday, May 5, from the Mill Valley plaza to Stinson Beach. We will leave at 9:00 a.m. and return by bus to Marin. Bring $25, a snack, proper clothes, and water bottle for the hike.
Our next Lodge meeting is on Tuesday, May 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in San Rafael. We hope to see everyone there, including our new members!!
Speaking of new members, we had our spring ordeal on April 19-20. There were 22 inductees, including 3 girls--our first female youth members. Our service to the camp that weekend included building the initial framework of a canoe rack by Lake Hacke and pulling broom on Staff Hill and Sunrise. We welcome the following new members to the lodge: Varun Aruldas, August Buessing, Riley Conklin, Calvin Ginnebaugh, Ryan Gundersen, Ryan Hagerman, John Hibbard, Stefanie Iojica, Kade Kayser, Lisa Linnenkohl, Jordon Locke, Mac McGrath, James Meezan, Chas Mitchell, Gina Schneider, Ian Sommerville, Kai Tuffo, Noah Tyler, Matthew Vasser, Tyler Von Pervieux, and Bu Wei He.
During the weekend of April 6-7, Erik Gundersen and Mr. Bob Del Secco received the Vigil Honor, which is the highest honor that the OA can bestow upon its members. It is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who have made distinguished contributions to Scouting. Congratulations to them both!
On the weekend of March 9-10, Section W-3N held its annual Council of Chiefs meeting. Our Lodge Chief Joshua Holzer attended alongside the four other lodge chiefs in the section plus the section leadership. Together, they planned many aspects of the upcoming Section W-3N Conclave in September.
At the Marin Council Recognition Dinner in March, many of our members were recognized for their contributions. We'd like to congratulate the following: Willy Coronado, Volunteer of the Year, Crew 333; Alex Perry, Boy Scout of the Year, Troop 1; Jamie Miller, Council Scout of the Year and Boy Scout of the Year, Troop 59; Miguel Tanem, Boy Scout of the Year, Troop 76; Jesus Ake, Boy Scout of the Year, Troop 2000; Ned Farnkopf, Silver Beaver; Tristan Brousseau, Arrowman of the Year, Talako Lodge; and Scott Shern, Arrowman of the Year, Talako Lodge.
Mark your calendars for the 2019 popcorn kickoff meeting: 6:30, September 5, before roundtable. At this meeting you'll receive forms and samples, learn about Trails End's app that offers FREE credit card processing, powered by Square, and their online system for placing unit orders and tracking inventory, plus tips on door-to-door and storefront sales, the new prize program, and the Scout portal for online sales with a possible 40% commission.
We hope all units ill participate in popcorn sales to support Marin Council camp properties and program-related expenses as well as earn funds for unit activities and outings. This fundraiser also teaches Scouts to help contribute to the running of their unit and the council.
Don't miss out on all the popcorn news! Come to the September 5 kickoff. Additional popcorn sales information will be posted on our web site.
with any questions.
What Is a Unit Commissioner?
A unit commissioner is a volunteer Scouter who works directly with Scout units and leaders to help them provide the highest quality Scouting program possible. As friends, teachers and counselors to unit leaders, commissioners represent the ideals, principles and policies of the Boy Scout program
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 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 soon.
Welcome to Troop 1 girls in Mill Valley. This troop just chartered in March, and they are off to a running start.
Here are pictures from the other female troops in Marin from their first courts of honor last week. Top is Troop 27 Novato, and below is Troop 1015 San Anselmo. Congratulations on the girls earning their first ranks!
Over spring break, Novato Fire Explorer Post 61 hosted the 46th annual California Fire Explorer Academy. 153 youth and 100 advisors from all over California participated. The events included live fire training, wildland fire, ropes and rappelling, auto extrication and firefighter safety and survival. The Explorers were housed at Novato High School.
SF-Marin Food Bank Needs Help
The Food Bank is looking for 3-4 people to help with their letter carriers food drive on Saturday, May 11. They need help loading trucks. Contact Debbi Bellush if you can help them.
Know a Scout who is interested in stamp collecting? We have a box of stamps that were generously donated to the council to help start or support a collection.
Marin County Parks Needs Your Feedback
Marin County Parks is doing a survey for parents on what kind of Jr. Ranger program would appeal to their kids. If you'd like your voice heard, please
find the survey here
. You can email completed surveys to
. Do not send them to the Marin Council BSA.
Scout Day with the A's
Scout Day with the Giants
Join us for Scout Day with the A's on Sunday afternoon, June 2nd and you'll receive that collector's patch as well as access to the Scout festival, a spot in the on-field pre-game parade, and a ticket to A's vs Astros at 1:07pm.Individual tickets can be purchased by
clicking this link
. Groups of 15 or more can receive discounted tickets and service fees waived by contacting Justin Jabs at 510-746-4440 or
. From one Scout to another, I hope you are able to join us!
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.
European Jamboree 2020
What: The European Jamboree, the first such event since 2005. Participants will use their Scouting skills to make new friends and learn how to make a difference in the world.
When: July 27 to Aug. 6, 2020
Where: Gdańsk, Poland
Age (youth): Boys or girls must be age 14 to 17 (with birthdays between Aug. 6, 2002, and July 26, 2006)
Age (adults): Unit Leaders must be age 21 or older (birthday before July 27, 1999); members of the International Service must be 18 or older (birthday before July 27, 2002)
Cost: $3,300 for youth participants or adult until leaders, $650 for members of the International Service Team (IST fee does not include travel)
What: The Interamerican Region JamCam, bringing together Scouts and leaders from all over North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It's a weeklong jamboree/camporee (hence the name JamCam) that aims to strengthen the bonds of Scout values.
When: Jan. 4 to 10, 2020
Where: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, the main base for visiting the famous Iguaçu Waterfalls
Age (youth): Boys or girls must be age 15 to 17 (with birthdays between Jan. 11, 2002, and Jan. 3, 2005)
Age (adults): Leaders must be age 21 or older (birthday before Jan. 4, 1999); members of the International Service must be 18 or older (birthday before Jan. 4, 2002)
Cost: $4,400 for youth participants or adults; $780 for members of the International Service Team (IST fee does not include travel)