May 2022
Volume 15, Issue 5
May is a wonderful time of Spring to be outdoors and enjoy a walk through the majestic Coast Redwoods found here in Marin. We are now in the midst of planning for so many great Summer Camp activities, so don't forget to 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 --- 7:30pm Thursday, May 5
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend our monthly Roundtable meeting! Our virtual gathering together via ZOOM will start at 7:30pm with opening ceremony and brief announcements for all program volunteers. The Scouts BSA group will then move into their own break-out room session, leaving the Cub Scout leaders in the main meeting space.
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
Council Volunteer Recognition Dinner --- POSTPONED
While there is nothing more we would like to do than gather together as a full Marin Scouting family for our annual Council Recognition Dinner this month, we realize that the date set for May 9, 2022 might not be the right time yet.

Thanks to all the unit leaders who submitted nominations to honor their "of the Year" Scouting youth and adult volunteers! We will be printing "of the Year" certificates for unit leaders to pick-up at the Tradin' Post mailboxes starting Thursday, May 5 should you like to conduct unit award presentations.
Leader-Specific Training Sessions this Saturday, May 7
@ the Marin Community Foundation in Novato . . . REGISTER NOW!
Cub Scout Leader-Specific Training: for Cubmasters & Asst. Cubmasters, Pack Committee Members, Den Leaders & Asst. Den Leaders.

Scouts BSA Leader-Specific Training: for Scoutmasters & Asst. Scoutmasters.
Family Fiesta Weekend Campout @ Tamarancho --- May 20-22
Family Fiesta is a weekend family camping experience for Lions through Webelos, together with their family members. This program will introduce the Cub Scouts to some of the fun activities that are offered during our Summer day camp weeks at Camp Tamarancho.  The theme of "Bug Hunters" will help everyone learn about the amazing world of insects. All campers participate in events ranging from field sports to nature hikes, shooting sports, handi-crafts and ourtdoor exploration. The day will close with a campfire program. Don't delay, register now!
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 left, and don't delay scheduling your physician appointments!
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) --- Register Today!
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.
NYLT is a six-day course held June 12-18, 2022 at Camp Tamarancho.
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!
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!
Our Council Training Committee has been very active offering new sessions for all the basic and advanced training courses that you need to become a more effective leader in your unit! We are offering many in-person Adult Leader Trainings this Spring to prepare you for Scouting the trail ahead! Download a flyer to share, or click on the course titles to be directed to the website link for more information or to register today! Also see Leadership Training online.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): for all Cub Scout adult volunteers. Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, June 5 outdoors at Camp Tamarancho.

The BSA’s Hazardous Weather Training is required in order to be considered a fully-Trained leader. It is available online at

Wood Badge 2022: the pinnacle of adult leader training for all BSA-registered volunteers. A five-day course held over two weekends in September at Camp Tamarancho.
What's Tradin' at the Marin Trading Post?
With end-of-school year Courts of Honor and preparing for Summer Camp adventures, it's time to get your complete uniform together! Youth and Men’s Scout Pants are finally back in stock and available for purchase.

Monday thru Friday 10am - 4:30pm; Thursdays till 6pm
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! We are holding staff interviews via ZOOM in March, so "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!
Venturing BSA --- the Crews' Corner
The Council Venturing Committee helps guide our older Scouting youth and young adults with the benefits of this co-ed program and fantastic leadership opportunities. More information about our Venture Crews and their special interests has been provided at recent Scouts BSA Roundtable meetings. For further details, please contact Venturing Commissioner Monika Kainz.
Travel the world with Marin Council Crew 333;
Lead the Adventure in Summer 2023!
Join Marin Scouts on the adventure of a lifetime and visit the amazing International Scout Centre in Kandersteg, Switzerland, founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. Next Summer we'll travel to the Swiss Alps, hike trails surrounded by incredibly scenic vistas, and enjoy meeting Scouts from around globe! Depart from SFO and fly to Zurich, then travel by rail though the Swiss Alps to Kandersteg, and return for a fun overnight in Zurich. For more details, check out the Kandersteg website or email Crew Advisor Willy Coronado.
National Scout Jamboree, West Virginia, July 19-28, 2023
This big event happens every four years at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, but was postponed from 2021 due to the pandemic. This new date was announced, and the BSA registration page is now open and accepting applicants. Sign-up to receive more info by clicking here!
World Scout Jamboree, South Korea, August 1-12, 2023
This will be the second World Scout Jamboree for the Korean Scout Association; they also hosted the 17th World Scout Jamboree in 1991. Registration is open to join the BSA Contingent to the 25th World Scout Jamboree; go to 2023 WSJ - Korea. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Will we #SeeYouIn2023?
News Bulletin for Order of the Arrow Members
Current Events:
A huge thank you again to everyone who attended the Spring Induction Wknd. Our new Arrowmen were incredibly resilient in braving the elements and several strenuous service projects. The staff worked tremendously together serving cheerfully in a myriad of ways throughout the weekend.

OA Talako Lodge is pleased to welcome our newest members:
Isabella Coaquira - T1015
TJ Diaz - T73
Keely Everage - T1g
Jason Gurrola - T73
Ryan Ip - T48
Skylar Lariviere - T1015
Logan Reed - T73
Addison Everage - T1g Nicole Everage - T1g
Ryder Lariviere - T15 Amelia Lee - T1g
Natalie Lee - T1g Helen Perry - T1g

Our next Lodge meeting will be at 7pm Tuesday, May 10 at the San Rafael Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Street. We will be discussing plans for all the exciting Summer activities. Please contact Lodge Chief Jamey Schnasse or 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!
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.