September 2022
Volume 15, Issue 7
Our Summer camping and vacation season wanes as our youth head back to school, and the Council calendar is filling up rapidly! Let's keep the "Outing" in our Scouting by supporting all the great activities this Fall here in beautiful Marin! You'll find more event information below or on our Council website homepage!

Remember to email Cynthia at the Council Service Center to place your unit camping
reservation at scenic Tamarancho. Plan a rambling day hike, a star-gazing family campout under autumn night skies, a novice backpacking trek from Fairfax or Woodacre, or a wilderness survival overnight at our primitive outposts.

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 Marin Dispatch subscription here!
Council Venturing Rally --- 6:30pm, Thursday, September 1
The next quarterly Venturing Rally is planned for
6:30pm, Thursday, September 1, just before the
regular monthly Council roundtable. All Venturing youth and advisors are welcome to Join the ZOOM meeting here!

We will be introducing new Venturing Rally Commissioner Peter Bauer, a longtime supporter of Scouting programs for older youth in Marin. Also, check out the Crews' Corner posts near the end of this newsletter for some exciting adventures next year!
Council Roundtable Meeting --- 7:30pm, Thursday, September 1
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend the first monthly Roundtable meeting of the new school year! This gathering via ZOOM will start at 7:30pm sharp with opening ceremony and brief announcements for all program volunteers together. The Scouts BSA group will then go into their own break-out session.
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
September is National Preparedness Month
We all know to "Be Prepared." That has been the Scout Motto around the world since 1907. National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2022 theme is "A Lasting Legacy;" the life you've built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for your and your family.

Here in Marin, these events could include severe storms, seasonal flooding, wildfire and earthquakes. Check out valuable ideas to prepare your home and family at, and find great opportunities for achievement in Cub Scout and Scouts BSA requirements, Merit Badge topics and BSA special awards!
BSA Alumni Award for Adults --- 3pm Sunday, September 11
Want to expand your training, and add a knot to your uniform, and help your youth, unit, and Council at the same time? Then this Zoom seminar is for YOU!
Earn Your BSA Alumni Award Knot
Sunday, September 11, 2022; 3pm for 45-60 minutes

Register in advance here; the Zoom link will be sent to you.
California Coastal Clean-up Day --- Saturday, September 17
The 38th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will take place Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 9am to 12noon. There are 54 unique sites in Marin County alone including beaches, rocky shores, creeks, marches and more. All locations could use the help of our Scouting youth and adult volunteers.

Margaret Farley, Troop 50 Committee Chair is the County of Marin Coastal Clean-up Chair this year! Sign up your unit or contact the local site captains at the Coastal Commission website, or find the Marin County map locations here!
"First Cast" Fly-Fishing Clinic & BBQ --- Sunday, September 18
The Golden Gate Chapter of Trout Unlimited and FishFirst FlyFishing have partnered to offer a FREE Fly-Fishing clinic and BBQ lunch for all youth ages 10-18 at nearby Hoog Park in Novato, 8:30am-1:30pm, Sunday, September 18. This fun event is designed to introduce youth to the joys of fly-fishing, which is also a BSA Merit Badge topic! For more information or to register, please email BSA volunteer Larry Lack or download this flyer with all the details!
Cub Scout Adventure Weekend --- September 23-25
This weekend campout is for all Lions through Webelos entering Kindergarten through 5th grades this Fall 2022. The Scout and their adult partner who is a family member or guardian over 18yrs-old will form a team. Cub Scouts will participate in age-related activities in dens made up of six to eight similarly-ranked youth and rotate through various activities. Per BSA policy, Lions are not allowed to shoot BB guns or Archery, so they will have different programs during those sessions. Register NOW for all the fun later this month!
HOWL at the MOON Camporee --- October 7-9 @ Tamarancho
Registration is now open for Marin Council’s first post-CoViD Scouts BSA camporee. Check-in at Camp Tamarancho Friday evening to camp overnight, then Saturday will be non-stop action with seven different activities that will test scout skills to their limit! Anything Scouts learned on the Trail-to-First-Class is fair game; patrols should start brushing up now on skills like pioneering, orienteering, first-aid and camping.

Saturday lunch and afternoon trail snacks will be provided to keep the action moving. After dinner and a campfire program, we’re not stopping until we’ve howled at the MOON on a hike up White Hill and back down to evening Crackerbarrel. Sunday activities will include open shooting from 9am-3pm at the Archery, Rifle and Tomahawk ranges sponsored by our Council Shooting Sports Committee volunteers! Registration is by patrol with a minimum patrol size of five Scouts, and a maximum of eight. Check it out here NOW!
Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet --- October 14-16
JOTA-JOTI season is here! JOTA-JOTI is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place online and over the air. This educational event brings together more than 2 million Scouts every year in October for a weekend of Scouting and friendship. Young people can learn about communications technology and connect with fellow Scouts from over 172 countries through fun activities, workshops, global campfires and live shows. Don't miss this amazing opportunity and sign up today! This event is sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
Shooting Sports Committee & Fall Range Events @ Tamarancho
Our regular monthly meetings have returned to 6:30pm on the third Thursday of every month (09/15, 10/20, 11/17, etc.); email District Exec MJ Andrews for a ZOOM link invitation.

In the interim, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer in the coming months with an impressive schedule of shooting sports events to cover at Camp Tamarancho! Please show your support for any of the following outdoor activities:
09/24 Saturday, Cub Scout Adventure Wknd: need Rangemasters for Archery, BBgun
& Slingshot, please!

10/09 Sunday, Howl at the Moon Fall Camporee Open Shoot: need Range staff for Scouts BSA youth campout with Archery, Rifle & Tomahawk ranges open 9am-3pm.

10/29 Saturday, Cub Scout "Great Pumpkin" Halloween Shoot: need Range staff. Let’s open the ranges and show the Cubbies some fun!

11/19 Saturday, Cub Scout "Big Turkey" Thanksgiving Shoot: need Range staff. Actually no turkeys will be shot at this fun activity!

TBD Weekend Day, Fall Rangemaster Trainings: please email Steve Dutra to coordinate the range content you need for training in Archery, BBgun, Slingshot & Tomahawk!
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!
What's NEW at the Marin Council Trading Post?
We're gearing up for Fall new member recruitment season with lots of uniform supplies, handbooks and accessories for all Scouts! Your local Marin Council Trading Post is open with extended hours during this important time of year; come on down and check it out!

Weekdays Monday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm, and Thursdays until 6pm

Saturdays 9am to 12noon, September 17 through October 29 ONLY
Annual "Scouting for Food" Community Service Campaign

Together we can help end hunger in Marin!
A staggering one-in-five of your Marin County neighbors was in need of food assistance during
this past year! Join Marin Council unit volunteers for our annual door-to-door community service campaign throughout assigned neighborhoods to pick-up food donations and transport them to the SF-Marin Food Bank in San Rafael. We plan to hold three meetings in October for local units in the North, Central, and Southern areas of our County to assess the local neighborhood coverage. Click on the following links for further details:

Door Hanger Distribution --- Weekend of Saturday/Sunday, November 5-6

Food Donations Collection --- 9am-3pm, Saturday, November 12
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 with their special interests and high adventure activities is available through our quarterly Venturing Rally meetings or recent Scouts BSA Roundtables. For further details, please email Venturing Rally Commissioner Peter Bauer. There are several interesting adventures next year to National and world Scouting events; see details below or join Crew 333 to find out more!
Attend the BSA National Scout Jamboree @ the Summit
The National Venturing Committee is excited to announce that the 2023 National Jamboree will offer a variety of special programs designed especially for Venturing, Sea Scouting and Exploring. We will “Lead the Adventure” from Subcamp D3, the specially-designated Subcamp for Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers. Your Crew will experience the exciting adventures the Summit offers and the fun and fellowship of more than a thousand Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers from around the country. More details are coming soon!
Travel the world with Marin Council Crew 333
Join local Marin Scouts who are planning to visit the amazing International Scout Centre in Kandersteg,
Switzerland, founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. From June 25 to July 9, 2023, we'll travel the Swiss Alps, hike trails surrounded by incredibly scenic beauty, 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. The Crew size is limited to 14 participants; all equipment and program is provided. For more details, check out the Kandersteg website or email Crew Advisor Willy Coronado.
News Bulletin for OA Lodge Members
Current Events: As Summer comes to a close, Talako Lodge has several important reminders regarding upcoming events. These were discussed at our recent Lodge meeting on Tuesday, August 23.

First, many Lodge members will be supporting events at Camp Marin-Sierra over Labor Day Wknd including Webelos Woods and the season-closing work party. Out next monthly Lodge meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13 at the San Rafael Elks. The G17N Conclave is also fast approaching, September 16-18, at Camp Lassen. Talako is only about halfway to our registration goal for this fun, collaborative event filled with great activities to promote fellowship and brotherhood! Don't delay, pricing goes up next week and closes on 09/12, so register now! Finally, it's the season for Unit Elections! This is a crucial time for our OA representatives to step up and organize an election for their unit so that the candidates can prepare to attend the Fall Induction which will be held October 14-16 at Camp Tamarancho.

Talako Lodge had a variety of events over the Summer from selling ice cream at the Marin County Fair to staffing at Marin-Sierra Summer Camp to attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Tennessee. We hope all units enjoyed their summertime activities, and that you share our excitement for what is being planned in the next few months!
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.