October 2018 Vol. 11, Issue 8
"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."
Our mission statement is now more important than ever. With the recent inclusion of females in the BSA, we are prepared to widen the scope of that youth development. Now young men and young women can enjoy the fun and adventure of Scouting, all the while learning and developing into the best people they can become.
With this month comes some of the activities Scouts love to do--activities that fulfill our mission. They are highlighted below in various articles. Take advantage of everything available, and give our young people the most robust program you can.
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It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, October 4, 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. The base of a successful pack is the family. This month, we'll discuss how to get families to work with the pack and the den to make the Scouting experience more memorable for the Scouts. We'll also discuss the cycles packs and dens experience when families are less engaged and share how packs around Marin are getting parents and family involved in our program as leaders. Is there such a thing as too much involvement? We look forward hearing about your experience. See you there!
Boy Scout Roundtable
We're going to have a great roundtable! This month's theme is Commitment to Fitness. Last month's theme was Emergency Preparedness, and if you missed out, we have documents from roundtables posted on the council web site under the
. Scroll down until you see the Roundtable section. This month we will have a couple of doctors talking about healthy lifestyles and more!
I like to remind everyone that it is very important for your troop to attend roundtable. Any adult in your unit can attend (leaders or parents). Your troop will get credit towards the winter camp lottery in June, and you all will be better informed about what is going on around the council. And remember, being on time will be rewarded!
I am also seeking a troop at every roundtable for opening flags. Please contact me--
, Roundtable Commissioner--to schedule a month for your troop. As of this mailing, all months are open.
The Venturing Rally is this Thursday, October 4 at 7:30. There are several topics. Among those is discussing a Venturing Officers Association.
Please, Don't Miss This Meeting!
Every year, all BSA units (packs, troops, crews, and posts) are required to renew their membership and renew their relationship with their chartering organization. This process is called rechartering. It can be an involved process, but we hope to make it as simple as possible for you.
Before roundtable on Thursday, October 4, at 6:45 p.m., there will be an orientation about this process. This will be at the location of our regular roundtable (LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael), and it will be done in time for the regular roundtable meetings.
Some of you have already received an email from BSA regarding this. However, a live session with us will help you avoid pitfalls and streamline the process.
Every pack, troop, and crew should have a representative at this meeting. We cannot stress this enough. Without exception, every year we have people that do not attend, and they get totally lost in the process. Please, please, please find someone to attend. Much remains the same; however, some things have changed.
At this meeting, you will receive:
- Instruction on how to do rechartering
- Your access code (new every year)
- Timelines and due dates
- A current roster for your unit from BSA system
- A current fee chart
- Some adult and youth applications
- Council purchasing authorization form
You will also be able to ask questions and learn about some of the common mistakes and pitfalls in the process.
with any questions.
New Youth Protection Training
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Every registered adult must complete the new YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING to remain registered with BSA. If you have taken YPT after February 1, 2018, then you have completed the new version.If you took YPT before February 1, then you must take the new version.
Take the training online at My.Scouting.Org. The new training is updated and very well done.
Since many people's Youth Protection training expired on October 1, the council percentage of untrained registered adults is now 48%. Let's lower that as soon as we can, getting everyone 100% trained!
Congratulations to Troop 76 and Crew 200, who both have 100% of their leaders trained with current Youth Protection!
Marin Council can offer in-person group training, upon request.
Leader Training this Fall
CUB LEADER TRAINING--click appropriate link to register.
BOY SCOUT LEADER TRAINING--click appropriate link to register.
Check out the
on our web site for all current training information.
Cub Scout Halloween and Turkey Shoot
Come have fun at Camp Tamarancho on Saturday, October 27. The council Shooting Sports Committee will conduct the Sixth Annual Cub Scout Halloween and Turkey Shoot. Archery and BB guns will be the activities of the day. Cub Scouts (Tiger through Webelos--Lions cannot shoot) are encouraged to wear fun Halloween costumes.
Don't worry; no turkeys will be harmed at this event!
The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. with 30 minute sessions every 40 minutes (allowing 10 minutes of travel time between sessions) until 2:50 pm. We can accommodate 8 Cubs per rotation on each range. Space is limited, so do sign up early. Cubs should arrive at the BB Gun range 15 minutes before their scheduled session for a mandatory safety briefing. (If they miss it, they will not be allowed to shoot.) Also, allow ample time to drive up the "hill." There will be traffic coming and going. If your Cub Scout is late for his scheduled time he may miss the action.
Cost per participant is $10.00, which covers 1 session of archery and 1 session of BB's shooting.
Register soon because it will fill up quickly!
Online sign-ups and scheduling ONLY on the council web site (
click this link
Sign-up deadline: October 22
. Release forms must be filled out and signed by at least one custodial parent/guardian in order to participate. Forms are available on the council web site. You will have the opportunity to download them when you register. NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED.
Tigers must have an adult partner with them. No one can wear face masks, jewelry, or loose clothing while shooting. Everyone must wear closed-toed shoes in camp. No dogs allowed in camp (unless a service animal).
For more information or with questions, email
CHP Explorer Post 350
Marin CHP Explorer Post 350 is having an open house on Thursday, October 25 from 6:00pm-7:00pm for youth between the ages of 15-21 interested in exploring a career in Law Enforcement. For more information contact
November is the time for giving thanks. It is also the time of year to give to those in need. It's amazing how many families and people are food challenged in Marin--more than you think. The BSA national service project of Scouting for Food benefits millions of people every year.
This year, the Bay Area councils will do this service project on the second and third weekends of November--11/10 and 11/17. The weekend of 11/10 is when we distribute the door hangers; Saturday, 11/17 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.
Please note: the location of the SF-Marin Food Bank has changed. They are now located at 2550 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael.
Since 1988, the Marin Council has gathered well over a million pounds of food for the Marin Food Bank. Last year alone, we contributed over 26,000 lbs of food. What an awesome way to teach our families how to give and to serve their community. It is a very tangible way to see giving in action and leaves everyone feeling like they have contributed significantly.
We will do the orientation to hand out door hangers and maps before roundtable on November 1 at 6:45 p.m.
Talako was a busy group in September.
Conclave, September 14-16, in the Sierras: A teaching moment was our Pinewood Derby Workshop booth on the Midway. We also ran the shows and the Powwow.
The weekend of September 28-30, Talako celebrated its 60th Year anniversary. A highlight was the parachute tent and tepee village provided by Willy Coronado and a team of Arrowmen. The weather wasn't what we expected but a good time was had by all who attended. Many thanks to the council for providing us the meadow to host our event.
October is our fall election and ordeal season. Let us know if you wish us to host an election we are willing and able to help.
Our Fall Ordeal will be at Camp Tamarancho October 19- 21. Contact
. We will schedule you on our calendar and provide the Scoutmaster or troop Leadership with our election forms.
Not too Early to Apply
In fact, now is the best time to apply to insure you get a place on staff and perhaps even the job you desire.
If you have questions or need information, you can email
about Cub Scout camp or
about Boy Scout camp.
These camps our your camps!
Leigh Ann Is Retiring
Yes, it is true! After having her with us for so many years, she has decided that it is time to start a new adventure.
She will be retiring on October 12. So, please
or call her to congratulate her.
In addition to serving on council staff, she has been a big part of our council as a volunteer. She started when her son, Andy, became a Tiger Cub, and she hasn't stopped since. She has been a Cub leader, Scoutmaster, commissioner, worked with the training committee, Cub camping committee, and she has also helped out at Camp Tamarancho.
She has been the Trading Post manager for over 10 years. We will miss her dearly.
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post
Extended Fall Hours
Our extended fall hours will begin on September 15 and run through October 30:
- Mon., Wed., Fri.--10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tues. and Thurs.--10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Sat.--10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
After October 30, the store will be open until 7:30 p.m. only on Thursday. Please note the change in day (it used to be Tuesday).
Monday, October 8
Monday, November 12
Thur.-Fri, November 22-23
New BSA Leadership Requirements
With the addition of female youth throughout the Scouting program, the BSA has outlined new leadership requirements. Note that there are changes in registration, gender, and age requirements.
(Effective October 1, 2018) Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
(Effective now) All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet
Come and join Crew 333 and the Marin Amateur Radio Society for Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet-the Jamborees that only require travel to San Rafael but open up the world of Scouting!
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Avenue, San Rafael.
Everyone is welcome to the biggest event in World Scouting. Last year, we made contact with Scouts from Southern California and Indonesia, and who knows who we'll meet this year?
This is a great opportunity for Scouts working on their Citizenship in the World Merit Badge!
We will also have information on the 2019 World Jamboree. Contact