February 2019 Vol. 12, Issue 2
Some might call February the month of love because of Valentine's Day. Here are some things we love:
- Pinewood Derby Workshop
- Scout Sunday/Sabbath
- Klondike Derby
- Marin Council Recognition Dinner
- Training Strong Leaders
- Cub Scout Day Camp
Along with those, we love and celebrate the forming of two new female Scouts BSA troops in Marin as of February 1 along with the dozens of female Cub Scouts that joined last year.
Read through the newsletter to find out how you can be involved in great programs and opportunities for Scouts and leaders alike in the succeeding months.
Scouting in Marin. We love it!
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Pinewood Derby Workshop This Saturday
Yes! The annual
Pinewood Derby Workshop
at Camp Tamarancho is this Saturday, February 9 from 9:00-1:00. Hosted by Talako Lodge, this important event helps Cub Scouts and their parents design and build their own pinewood derby car. We have all the tools and expertise, you just need to bring your car kit along with an idea of what you want it to be. There is no fee or registration required for this workshop.
Concurrently with the workshop is the BB gun and archery shoot hosted by the Marin Council shooting sports committee. It costs $5 to shoot at both ranges, and you must download and bring the
shooting sports release form
(link includes a flyer as well). You can do this while you wait to get into the workshop or afterwards. Register at one of the ranges as soon as you get there, even if you cannot shoot yet.
But wait; there's more! Talako Lodge will also offer a simple hot dog lunch for $5 as well.
It's Roundtable Time
Thursday, February 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.
This month at roundtable, we will have the new re-chartered rosters for every unit as well as Scouting for Food patches. There will be Marin Sierra Leader Guide packets for those troops that are registered to come to camp this summer.
Den Chief Training will be held from 7:00-8:15. Send your Scouts that want to be or already are Den Chiefs. No pre-registration nor fees necessary. For more information, email Jeff Clark.
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.
This month a seasoned Scouter, Rob Crumpler of Pack 34, will share his passion for all things Pinewood Derby. Included will be lessons learned on how to a make your derby one the Scouts and their families will talk about for years to come. We'll also talk about Family Scouting as bridging season nears, and first aid training opportunities for adults.
Wear your uniform with pride and you may win a prize. See you there!
Scouts BSA Roundtable
We're going to have another great roundtable! This month's theme is "Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader," and Jeff Clark will be presenting the council's training road map for 2019. This roundtable is also very special because it marks a new era in Scouting where girls can join. It will include the first time a Scouts BSA female troop will be conducting the flag ceremony. All Scouts BSA leaders should attend this roundtable and give a big welcome and support for our new troops.
To recap January's roundtable, Alex Mauer did a great job presenting an introduction to Scoutbook. As of January 1, 2019, the BSA has made Scoutbook free to everyone.
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.
We need a troop to volunteer for opening and closing flags for March, April, May, and June (Feb is taken). 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.
This is a reminder that we will have our Venturing Rally this Thursday, February 7, from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Highlights: We will talk about the World Jamboree this summer 2019! Get the latest details! The Venturing Officers Association (VOA) will join our meeting towards the end at about 8:15 p.m.
If you have any information to share, please bring it along or
email to Monika Kainz
your information or event happenings if you will not be able to attend.
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.
Those that attend love it and often remark how they didn't realize how many people were involved in Scouting. It is not only wonderful to see Scouts recognized but also many adults, some of whom have been volunteering for decades! It's a great time, with a great meal, with great friends. Come and support your Scout/adult to cheer them on.
Register for the
Marin Council Recognition Dinner
on our web site. Do it soon as the price increases after March 1, and there are no registrations after March 6. No walk-ins can be accommodated.
Den Chief Training
When: Thursday, February 7, 7:00-8:15 p.m., at the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. No pre-registration nor fees necessary.
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 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
-- Second Day Camp: July 8-12
-- Third Day Camp: July 22-26
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.
Youth Protection Training
An update to the online Youth Protection Training (YPT) is scheduled for March 1. When this update occurs, those individuals in the process of taking YPT will need to restart if not complete. So, we recommend taking and finishing the training before March 1 or starting it after that date. (This will not affect the YPT expiration date of those who have completed YPT subsequent to February, 1 2018.
Scouts BSA Is Here!
It's no secret that girls have been allowed to join Scouts. For almost the past year, girls have been joining Cub Scouts throughout Marin. Now, as of February 1, we have two pioneer female troops: Troop 27 Novato and Troop 1015 San Anselmo. Let's give them a warm welcome and wish them the best on their Scouting journey!
Pack 76 wanted to welcome the new Scouts by making cards for them, which they all signed. Too awesome!
We are seeking to form a female troop in southern Marin to support girls in the Tiburon/Mill Valley/Sausalito areas. So far, we have about four girls ready to bridge from Cub Scouts and 1-2 others. We would love to have more! If you are interested in helping with that and/or know girls that would like to join, please email
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 a program director, Climbing director, waterfront staff, shotgun director, and many more! There are positions open for all ages (over 14).
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 Updates
Pinewood Derby Workshop
The Pinewood Derby Workshop is on February 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All Cub Scouts are invited to come to have your cars cut for free! We will serve hotdogs at lunchtime for $5, and we will have car kits for purchase if needed. This event is great for Cub Scouts who don't have access to power tools. The BB gun and archery ranges will also be open. $5 fee to shoot is required along with consent form. More info can be found here.
Klondike Derby is on March 1-3. You can learn how to snow camp up at Camp Marin Sierra! We will be hosting a series of scenarios based on the theme Winter is Coming. The event will feature scenarios like fire building, defending the castle, and more. Lunch will be served on Saturday; otherwise, all meals will be prepared by each troop in their campsite. For more information and to sign up
Code Red was very fun with many scenarios. Talako ran a scenario with a gas spill, which was very successful. All the troops in the area came to learn and perfect their skills with a series of scenarios created by the OA and each of the troops. The participants were judged on how well they treated the victim, surveyed the scene, and if they stayed "alive" themselves.
Lodge Officers Essentials
We recently had our Lodge LOE at Camp Tamarancho. The new leadership was trained on how to be effective officers. We learned how to communicate, established goals for the year, and even learned how to build a tipi. It also gave us time to bond and create plans for the future with each other and our advisors. Despite the cold weather, it was a fun weekend
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 will be sent invitations in the coming weeks 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.
Code Red First Aid Meet
Another successful Code Red meet! Thanks to all of the Scouts that attended--either to put on a scenario or to compete--and to all of the adults who helped.
Code Red 2019 was a little different than in the past. Troop 76 decided to add a twist to this year's meet. Instead of scenarios with no true theme, ranging from a car crash to a shark bite, we set a theme of a natural disaster. There were scenarios about earthquakes affecting a chemistry lab and causing gas leaks to a tornado in progress. We also had some outstanding demonstrations by PG&E, Marin County Search and Rescue Explorer Post 74, CPR practice, and a surprise fire department demonstration during which the Scouts were able to explore a fire truck and an ambulance.
Troop 101's Krabby Patty patrol tied with Troop 48's Doge patrol for first place with the scenarios for first aid and resolving emergencies.
Troop 76's Greenie patrol and Troop 2000's Rescue Dogs patrol tied for the Patrol Spirit award for outstanding leadership under stress and working well together as a team.
Troop 73's Party Gone Wrong beat last year's winner (the O/A) for best scenario.
Thanks for helping us make it happen.
Shooting Sports News
December and January Shooting Events
December 8 - Alameda Troop 2 shooting at the .22 rifle, archery and tomahawk ranges
December 15 - Marin Troop 76 shooting at the .22 rifle and archery ranges
January 26 - Shooting Sports Committee staff free shoot (day of open shooting by all of our range masters)
January 27 - Silverado Troop 224 shooting at the .22 rifle range
Upcoming Shooting Events
The next shooting event is the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Workshop BB gun and archery shoot on 2/9. Yes! This year we have expanded the event to include archery as well as BBs. During the hours of the Pinewood Derby Workshop run by the Order of the Arrow, the Shooting Sports Committee opens the rifle and archery ranges for drop-in shooting. Sign up for a half hour of BB and/or archery shooting at the rifle range while en route to the workshop. Cost is $5, and pay when you sign up. Be sure to have your release form.
Marin Troop 59 will be shooting at the .22 rifle range and archery range on February 10.
Upcoming Range Staff Training opportunities.
Without adult supervision, we cannot provide shooting opportunities for the Scouts. Please consider training to supervise one of our ranges. The training for supervising BB and archery takes about 4 hours. To supervise the wrist rocket/slingshot and tomahawk programs the training takes about 1-2 hours. Call and we'll schedule a class at your convenience.
More advanced classes for NRA and USA Archery certifications take 1-2 days and will be scheduled if there is interest. These are national organization certifications and accreditations that are accepted anywhere in the USA, not just at BSA camps.
Contact Keith Angerman at (415) 509-8687, Steve Dutra at (415) 246-4744, or Elizabeth Pontious at (415) 999-3384, and we will arrange a class for you.
Help Recognize Day Camp at Tamarancho!
If your son or daughter has enjoyed what our Day Camps have to offer--canoeing, archery, BB shooting, cooking, Scout skills, science, nature, field sports, and more--help spread the word by voting us Best Children's Camp in Marin!
Every vote counts! Please click this link to l
et your voice be heard. Your support is greatly appreciated!!
Survey ends on February 8 at 5:00 p.m., so please do it today.
Easy Ways to Donate
Here are some easy ways you can support Scouting in Marin all year long.
First is through
. It's easy to sign up. Every time you purchase eligible products through Amazon, they donate .5% to the Marin Council. Just
follow the link
, and designate Marin Council BSA as your beneficiary.
Second is through Sports Basement. You can sign up to be a Basementeer. With every purchase, you receive a 10% discount, and an additional 10% will be donated to the Marin Council BSA. You can sign up and find out more by
clicking this link
or go into a local store (there's one in Vintage Oaks in Novato).
Third, you can donate a used vehicle. It's really easy. Just
click this link
to go to the vehicle donation site. This link can also be found on our web site.
And fourth, but not least of course, you can donate directly.
Click this link
, and you will be able to donate to the Marin Council.
Thank you for keeping the Marin Council running smoothly and furthering the development of our youth!