June 2022
Volume 15, Issue 6
June is the official start of Summer when schools are letting out for the season. We are now in the midst of planning for so many great Summertime activities including Cub Scout Day Camp @ Tamarancho and Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp @ Marin-Sierra. Look through our monthly newsletter and find out how you can be involved in fun programs and new opportunities for Scouts and leaders in the coming months!

As a reminder, please forward this monthly newsletter to other people in your unit who may not be receiving it. They can also go to our Council website homepage for calendar links to events or to sign-up for their own Dispatch subscription here!
Council Roundtable & Winter Camp Lottery
7:30pm this Thursday, June 2
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend our final monthly Roundtable meeting of the season! Our virtual gathering together via ZOOM will start at 7:30pm with opening ceremony and brief announcements for all program volunteers gathered together in a townhall-style meeting. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of Council President Chris Cardinal, Council Commissioner Sam Guyton, and Scout Executive Michael Dybeck about how our local Council is doing.

Sometime shortly before 8pm, we will start the annual Camp Marin-Sierra winter lottery. Your unit "draft pick" is determined by whether your 2021/2022 reservation was cancelled last winter by our Council CoViD response, and your overall unit roundtable attendance during the past year. You must be present to make a reservation! Plan ahead with your Scout unit using this seasonal calendar.
Please forward this ZOOM link invitation to other Scouters and parents in your local packs, troops and crews to make sure every unit is represented for all the information sharing and Scouting fellowship!

with Commissioners Roger Dickerson, Mike Blum and Sam Guyton!
ZOOM Meeting ID# 415 454 1081
"Take ME Out to the Ballgame, Take ME Out with the Crowd!"
Join us this Summer as the San Rafael PACIFICS welcome
Marin Council families to celebrate Scouts’ Night at Albert Field
on Thursday, June 16 & Friday, July 29

This year we’ll enjoy two (2) Marin Council Scouts’ Nights with the San Rafael Pacifics ball club. These games both start at 6pm on Albert Field in San Rafael! So come on out with your friends, family and Scout unit to have a great time cheering for our local AAA baseball team! Click on the dates below for links to discounted admission tickets at only $8 per person!

If you are interested in throwing out the first pitch, singing the national anthem, presenting the US flag at the game, or need some additional assistance with your group order, please contact Scouts’ Night event organizer by email: Roger Dickerson. For an event flyer with all teh details to share with your unit families, please click on the photo above!
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) --- Register Today!
NYLT is a six-day course held June 12-18, 2022 at Camp Tamarancho.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intensive week-long BSA leadership training course conducted in an outdoor setting. As members of an NYLT patrol, Scouts BSA and Venturing youth learn the tools of leadership, communication, problem solving, ethical decision-making and much more --- experiencing the Patrol Method of Scouting first-hand while they camp, cook, eat, work and learn together.
It is recommended that all youth have participated in Scout camping over one year. NYLT is not an outdoor skills course and it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.

Click for more info or to register your Scout, or contact NYLT Course Director Jennifer Masterson by email!
SAVE the DATE: Council Pinewood Derby Race --- August 14
Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!! Save the Date for another fun Summertime activity . . . the 2022 Marin Council Pinewood Derby Race will be held Sunday, August 14 at the local Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Street, San Rafael. More details will be emailed to Cub Scout Pack Leaders soon!
Scouting is Growing in Marin . . . Let’s keep it that way!
It’s true, more youth are joining Scouting! Whether it is outdoor adventures, learning new skills, or just hanging out with friends --- Scouting has it all and families recognize that. We are proud of the growth that we have had over the past year; we were the only Scout Council west of the Rockies to have a membership gain. We want to keep growing because that means more youth that benefit from our programs and more volunteers to help ensure diverse and well-led units.

To support our growing Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts, we will continue to offer the “Open Door” incentive which will reimburse your unit up to $100 for costs associated with holding a recruiting event. That may be ice cream for an ice cream social, prizes, or whatever works best for your unit. Click on the image above to download our 2022 Membership Development guide, or contact Council staff for more information. And remember --- 60% of families joined Scouting because someone they know and trusted invited them to . . . let’s make sure our doors are open and we include our friends on the Scouting trail!
California Assembly Bill 506 (AB 506) for Youth Organizations
As has been previously announced, California Assembly Bill 506 (AB 506) was signed into law with an effective date of January 1, 2022. The intent of AB 506 is to improve the safety of all California youth.

AB 506 requires administrators, employees, and regular “volunteers” of all youth serving organizations to:
  • Complete training in child abuse and neglect identification and mandated reporting
  • Undergo a background check (based on fingerprinting) to identify and exclude any persons with a history of child abuse
  • Ensure mandatory reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities outside of the organization
  • Require two mandatory reporters be present whenever adults are in contact or in the supervision of children
While many of us are familiar with BSA Youth Protection policies and training requirements, in order to meet the criteria of the new state law there are some additional steps that will need to be taken, including additional online training and fingerprinting of direct-contact volunteers through the Live Scan system.

Together, Marin and other California BSA Councils have developed a consistent statewide plan to comply with AB-506 and created a website California Scouting that can serve as your primary resource. There are 3 major steps that each volunteer needs to complete, which are highlighted in the easy-to-follow instructions shown on the left; just click on the graphic to download your own copy.

Should you have questions regarding this important matter, please reach out to Scout Executive Michael Dybeck (click to email) or by phone at 415-454-1081.
BSA Annual Health & Medical Record Forms --- Plan Ahead NOW!
A friendly reminder to complete your BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) before Summer. To participate in Scouting activities and campouts, all Scout youth and adult Scouters must complete the AHMR; parts A&B for day or wknd events (for youth it must be signed by a parent), OR parts A/B/C (must be reviewed, completed and signed by a physician) for events longer than 72 hrs including all Summer Camp weeks and high-adventure treks. Download a fillable .pdf copy by clicking the image at right, and don't delay scheduling your physician appointments!
Citizenship in Society MB Becomes Eagle-Required on July 1!
From the desk of our Council Advancement Chair:
On November 1, 2021, BSA introduced a new merit badge, Citizenship in Society, which is part of the BSA's DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Mission "To promote a culture where every youth, volunteer, and employee feels a sense of belonging and to build communities where every person feels respected and valued." As part of the introduction of this new award, it was announced that the merit badge will become the 14th merit badge required for advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout on July 1, 2022, although the total number of merit badges will remain at 21.
Eagle Scout candidates will continue to use the current rank requirements until June 30, 2022, and will not be required to complete the new Citizenship in Society Merit Badge as long as they complete all of the current Eagle rank requirements before July 1, 2022. They do not have to submit their final Eagle Scout application; nor complete their Eagle Scout Board of Review prior to July 1, 2022, but must complete all current Eagle rank requirements before then. Starting July 1, 2022, Eagle Scout candidates will be required to complete all Eagle rank requirements including the new Citizenship in Society MB.
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!
Have your adult leaders completed all of their training? Our Council Training Committee has been very active this Spring offering important sessions for all the basic and advanced training courses that you need to prepare you for your Scouting trail ahead, and become a more effective leader in your unit!

More information can always be found on our website page: Leadership Training.

Committee Challenge Training --- Thursday, August 4 for Cub Scout Pack and Scouts BSA Troop Committee Leaders and members. Registration and the ZOOM link will be posted on Marin Council website in the near future. Mark your calendars and spread the word!

The BSA’s Hazardous Weather Training is required in order to be a Trained leader and takes less than an hour to complete. It is available on My Scouting website.

Youth Protection Training (YPT) needs to be renewed every two years. Log-in to My Scouting and check to see when your Youth Protection Training expires!
Wood Badge --- Fall 2022: a fun and highly-valued leadership training program for all BSA-registered volunteers. This five-day course held over two weekends in September at scenic Camp Tamarancho will provide insights into all areas of your life including relationships, communication, goal-setting and more!
Cub Camping Adventures for 2022 --- Lots of Outdoor Fun
STAFF NEEDED for Summer Day Camp Weeks!
July 11-15 & July 25-29 @ Camp Tamarancho
Download a flyer, or REGISTER NOW for our Fall events at the links below!

September 2-4 @ Camp Marin-Sierra

September 23-25 @ Camp Tamarancho

It takes many hands to put on these programs each year, from planning by the committee to staffing the actual events themselves. A BIG thank you to all the dedicated volunteers for their efforts throughout the year, and we could really use your help! Please join by contacting Committee Chair Ron Poggi or District Director Trish Ferenz. Click on their names to email for more details on how you can be a part of this winning team of volunteers!
Apply for Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp Staff Positions!
After a successful Summer reviving the Scout Camp traditions at Marin-Sierra following a year away, we are excited by the opportunities awaiting us in July 2022! The Council website has all the exciting details to plan your best Summer ever at Scouts BSA resident camp!

Click here to apply for your best Summer ever on Camp Staff at Marin-Sierra! "Be Prepared" to put your best foot forward and secure that special position where you know you can make a difference with our campers! This experience is critical to the delivering the promise of adventure and the mission of the BSA to our Scouting youth and adult volunteers at Camp Marin-Sierra!
News Bulletin for OA Lodge Members
Current Events: as Summer quickly approaches, Talako Lodge has several exciting events coming up, and we’d love for you to join us!
Our next meeting will be at 6pm on June 7 (earlier than usual time). You'll find us at the Elks Lodge pool, and we’ll be cooking dinner on the BBQ patio and having fun times together. Please bring a swimsuit and towel, etc.

Later, we'll be at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael for the long holiday weekend (June 30 to July 4) for our annual Ice Cream Service Project. It’s a big task every year, so please come for at least one day if you can (you’ll get free access to all rides for a whole day if you help out!). More information will be available soon; Please contact Lodge Advisor Kenn Moynihan with any questions.
NOAC 2022 is coming: the National Order of the Arrow Conference is scheduled for July 25–30, 2022 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Nearly 20 Talako Arrowman will be traveling this Summer to attend this exciting brotherhood event! Stay tuned for all the details when they return in August!
Annual Lodge Registration and Dues:
If you are a Talako Lodge member of the Order of the Arrow, and you have not paid your dues for 2022, please use the link below. Paying your $20 annual dues helps the Lodge grow, and if you want to attend events or purchase our new PATCHES, then you have to be a member in good standing!

Currently, we have available the new black Lodge flap shown. These can be ordered when you are completing your annual registration and dues payment online. Also, there is a new link for the Lodge Trading Post where you can order other OA memorabilia!

If you have any questions about the National Order of the Arrow organization, NOAC or the local Talako Lodge in Marin, please contact Lodge Chief Jamey Schnasse.
Scouting . . . we are
Prepared. For Life.
At the Marin Council, we will continue to do our best to keep you informed of updates to our program calendar. We will also strive to highlight new ways for your family continue to enjoy and benefit from Scouting both at-home and outdoors during these challenging times.

Please check our Council website homepage regularly for the most current information and event calendar, and the frequent social media activity on our Facebook and Instagram pages linked below, as well as those for Camps Tamarancho & Marin Sierra.