September 2021
Volume 14, Issue 7

Summer camp season has passed and our youth are heading back to school. Our Council calendar is filling rapidly! Let's keep the "Outing" in our Scouting by supporting all the great weekend events here in beautiful Marin! You'll find more 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 and plan a rambling day hike, a star-gazing campout under the autumn night skies, a novice backpacking trek from Fairfax or Woodacre, or a wilderness survival overnight at our primitive outposts.
Annual Popcorn Fundraiser Kick-Off Meetings this week!
It’s popcorn time again! We hope all units will participate in popcorn sales to earn funds for unit activities and outings, as well as support Marin Council camp properties and program-related expenses. This fundraiser also teaches Scouts about salesmanship and contributing to their unit and the Council. Contact Senior District Executive Nancy Rozell by email, and join us for the 2021 virtual popcorn kickoff meetings via ZOOM scheduled for this week!
7:00pm Tuesday, August 31

5:30pm Thursday, September 2
Quarterly Venturing Rally - 6:30pm Thursday, September 2
The next quarterly Venturing Rally is planned for 6:30pm, Thursday, September 2, just before the regular monthly Council roundtable. All Venturing youth and advisors are welcome to Join the ZOOM meeting here!

For further details, please email Venturing Rally Commissioner Monika Kainz. Also, check out the Crews' Corner posts near the end of this email for some exciting international adventures!
Council Roundtable, 7:30pm Thursday, September 2
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend the first monthly Roundtable meeting of the season! This gathering via ZOOM will start at 7:30pm sharp with opening ceremony and brief announcements with all program volunteers together. We will continue in a town-hall style meeting with Council President Chris Cardinal, Council Commissioner Sam Guyton, and Scout Executive Michael Dybeck. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about how our local Council is doing currently. The Scouts BSA volunteers will then go into their own break-out session.
Please forward this invitation to other Scouters and parents in your local units to make sure every unit is represented!

with Commissioners Roger Dickerson, Mike Blum and Sam Guyton!
ZOOM Meeting ID # 826 1598 5928
Fall Family Fiesta --- September 17-19 @ Camp Tamarancho
Join us for a fun-filled adventure as we kick-off the Fall camping season with our "Superheroes" event! Family Fiesta is a weekend overnight campout for ALL Cub Scouts and their family members; an event designed to introduce the Cubs to some of the fun activities that can be experienced during our regular Summer Day Camp program.

The activities are run by Scouts BSA troops, Venturing BSA crews, and members of the Order of the Arrow Talako Lodge. The Cub Scouts will get an opportunity to meet the Summer Day Camp staff and older Scout youth, and as an added bonus, experience all the fun and exciting activities that await them when they transition into Scouts BSA programs when they are older. Program activities will include: Archery, BB Guns, Obstacle Course, Leathercraft, Pioneering, First Aid, and a Saturday evening campfire. You have the option of arriving Friday night or Saturday morning, providing you the choice of camping under the stars for one or two nights, and the delicious chef-prepared food is included!

Fall Recruiting Season --- "Scoop Up Some FUN!"
Let's Grow Scouting in Marin! Almost 60% of families join Scouting because of a personal recommendation or invitation from someone they know! Statistics show the best recruiting happens at the local level . . . Scout to Scout, families reaching out to friends, and school or community-centered events. To support your recruiting and the growth of Scouting in your local units, the Marin Council is dedicating funds toward underwriting Pack, Troop, and Crew recruitment efforts this fall. We will underwrite the first $100 of your unit's recruiting expenses.

This might include:
  • An ice cream social at your meeting place
  • Peachjar fees at local schools
  • Handbooks for Scouts that join at a recruitment event
  • Facebook ads / Geofencing banners or other local advertising

If it is related to membership growth and will bring new families into Scouting, we will stand behind you and help! Contact your District Executive for more information and also for the reimbursement process. Please remember . . . most of your printing and duplication needs can be met through the Marin Council Service Center at no cost to your unit!
September is National Preparedness Month!
The Scout Motto is "Be Prepared". Each September, the US government agency leads the observance of National Preparedness Month, a time to highlight the importance of preparing for natural disasters and local emergencies including wildfires, power outages, extreme heat and droughts. The theme this year is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Throughout the month, the campaign will focus on several aspects of preparedness for individuals, families, and communities. There are many good opportunities to complete advancement requirements or to earn Emergency Preparedness merit badge. Visit the National Preparedness Month webpage for great materials and more information to share with our Scouting families!
BSA's Summer of Service --- Did Your Scouts Participate?
It's not too late to join Scouting families across the country in a spirited Summer of Service! As we have throughout our history, Scouting families are answering the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives, to caring for the environment, to assisting neighbors in need, Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. Now more than ever, our world needs that Scouting spirit once again. Let’s step up! Together, we can answer the call to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods and communities. Join us today, with projects big or small, in a Summer of Service! For more information, please click on!
California Coastal Clean-up Day --- Saturday, September 18
Help remove the trash and plastic pollution at beaches and waterways. In 2019, more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout Marin.

Self-guided neighborhood cleanups: participate throughout the month by cleaning your neighborhoods, parks, and other local areas. Trash from inland areas flows downstream to the coast, so cleaning up neighborhood trash prevents marine debris. Gather cleanup supplies from home, download here (to count your trash, and to have your trash counted!), and clean on your own time throughout September. More than 14,000 Californians participated in a neighborhood cleanup during September 2020, preventing over 150,000 pounds of trash from entering our stormwater systems and potentially polluting our coast and ocean.
50th-anniversary Environmental Protection Agency Award
The Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a public awareness campaign to celebrate its first 50 years, has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to create an award for members of troops, crews and ships. This new award will recognize youth who research and learn about the subjects of human health and the environment, as the EPA develops its vision for the next 50 years.

The objective of the EPA award is to combine a variety of disciplines to challenge and educate youth; introduce them to the breadth of the EPA’s involvement in environmental protection and conservation; and encourage them to research, investigate, experiment, demonstrate, survey, and study air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and ocean dumping. Click here for more details on this exciting award available only during 2021!
Be a "Friend of Scouting" in support of Marin Council
A wide range of donors at every level is what has sustained the Marin Council so far, and what is necessary for us to continue to provide exceptional Scouting in our community. We depend on donations to improve and maintain our camps as well as help subsidize our camp fees so camp is affordable for all families, including camperships when necessary. Donations also underwrite administrative costs ranging from insurance to utilities, drinking water testing and safety, and governmental permitting. And donations help fund a capable staff, ensuring our Marin Council families are supported in a safe program. Every dollar donated touches a component of what it takes to operate our Council and every donation stays local, supporting our Scouts right here in Marin.

We hope that every Scouting family would become a Friend of Scouting through their donation. To make your contribution today . . . click here!
Shooting Sports Committee & Fall Events @ Tamarancho
Our regular monthly meetings have returned to 6:30pm on the third Thursday of every month (09/16, 10/21, 11/18, etc.); contact MJ for a ZOOM invitation.

In the interim, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer in the coming months with an impressive schedule of range maintenance days, training sessions and shooting sports events to get these important outdoor programs back on track. Please show your support for any of the following activities:

09/04 Saturday, Webelos Woods: Archery & pellet ranges are covered, thank you!

09/18 Saturday, Family Fiesta: Need Rangemasters for Archery, BB & Slingshot, please!

10/23 Saturday, Committee Open Shoot: Shooting Sports Committee members can come up the hill for a fun day on the ranges!

10/30 Saturday, Halloween Shoot: Need Range staff. Let’s open the ranges and show the Cubbies some fun!

11/20 Saturday, Turkey Shoot:  Need Range staff. Actually no turkeys will be shot at this fun activity!

TBD Weekend Day, Fall Rangemaster Trainings: Please contact Steve Dutra to coordinate the content you need for training!
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 of the pandemic! Join Marin Council 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 will be holding 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, November 6

Food Donation Collection --- Afternoon of Saturday, November 13
What's New at the Marin Council Trading Post?
We're gearing up for recruitment season with lots of uniform supplies and handbooks! Your local Marin Council Trading Post is now the 4th largest Scout shop in the SF Bay Area! We are open weekdays Monday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm. Come on down and check it out!
Leadership Training is Required of all BSA-Registered Adults!
Great news! Adult Leader training is back in person and we have several important courses scheduled for this fall! If you’re not sure what training courses are needed for your unit leaders (Packs, Troops, Crews), the following link shows what sessions are required for each level of the Scouting program: Leadership Training.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) for all Cub Scout Pack adult volunteers! A BALOO-trained leader is required for all Pack outings and campouts. BALOO is the outdoor training Cub Scout Leaders should complete before taking Cub Scouts on any overnight camping trip, even at Camp Tamarancho.
  • WHEN: weekend of September 18 - 19, 2021
  • WHERE: at Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax
  • HOW to REGISTER: Click on this link to the Marin Council Training webpage.

Position-Specific Training for all adult leaders on Saturday, October 30. There will be sessions for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA and unit committees. Locations and registration details will be announced soon.

In addition to the critically-important Youth Protection Training due every two years, Hazardous Weather training is required to qualify as a trained adult leader. It's only 30-40 minutes online and you will learn some great information for your next outing! Just click on the title and the link will take you there to get started!
Wood Badge Training is great outdoor training for adult leaders at all experience levels. It's a fun course, you'll learn a lot of skills to apply in all areas of your life, and you'll build some great friendships with fellow Scouters! If you’re a registered adult and have completed YPT, then you’re eligible to attend Wood Badge. Scheduled dates are two weekends in September 2021 at Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax. Find more information about the 2021 Wood Badge course here: Wood Badge - part 1 Sept 10-12, part 2 Sept.25-26
Reserve your Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp Week NOW!
After a fantastic Summer reviving the Scout Camp traditions at Marin Sierra following the CoViD year-off, we are excited by the opportunities awaiting us in July 2022! Our Camp Marin Sierra forms are being updated, and the Council website has all the exciting details to plan your best week ever for Scouts BSA resident camp! Keeping our camps open in 2022 is critical to the mission delivery of the Boy Scouts of America. Click here to reserve a week at the best Sierra summer camp experience you can provide your Scouts!
Venturing BSA --- 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.

There are several interesting adventures next year to international Scouting events; one with Crew 333 and other with BSA contingents:
Travel the world with Marin Council Crew 333;
Lead the Adventure!
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 26 to July 8, 2022, 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 will be camping; all equipment and program is provided. For more details, check out the Kandersteg website or email Crew Advisor Willy Coronado.

World Scout Jamboree, South Korea, August 1 to August 12, 2023
This big event happens only once every four years. BSA registration is not yet open, but we’ll let you know when it is!
Talako Lodge News Bulletin --- Order of the Arrow Members
Summer of Cheerful Service: Our thanks go to all the Arrowmen that supported many Council activities over the Summer camping season as camp staff and counselors, including National Youth Leadership Training and Cub Scout Day Camp @ Tamarancho, and Scouts BSA Summer Camp @ Marin Sierra. It was great to see so many Arrowmen supporting these important events – thank you to all who contributed to making these programs a success! As a bonus, we enjoyed an August BBQ on the garden terrace at the Elks Lodge last Monday, August 23.

September Lodge Meeting: Our next Lodge meeting is at 7pm Wednesday, September 8 outside the Elk’s Lodge on the terrace at 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael. Check your email for more information later on and don’t miss it!

Troop Elections: Our fall Ordeal is scheduled for mid-October and there is still time to hold a troop election so candidates can participate. Please contact Lodge Chief Alex Perry or Associate Advisor Ned Farnkopf if you’d like to schedule an election, or if you have candidates that have been elected but have not participated in an Ordeal please have them join! 
Area 3 Conclave: The annual Area 3 Conclave will be held at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, the weekend of September 10-12. This is a chance for Arrowmen across Northern California and Nevada to get together for fellowship, training, and fun! See the link for more details or to register thru NOERS. The cost for the event is $60. If you haven’t registered, there is still time! Talako is one of the host lodges and we have plenty of opportunities for involvement and engagement during the Conclave!
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 2021, please use the link below. Paying your $15 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 No-NOAC 2020 patch sets shown. They 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, including the new black Talako Lodge flaps!

If you have any questions about the National Order of the Arrow organization, or the local Talako Lodge in Marin, please contact Lodge Chief Alex Perry.
Continuing Local Scout Unit Meetings and Activities Safely
As a reminder, under the Marin County Public Health directives, face masks are still required everywhere indoors. Our Risk Management Committee has produced several documents to assist with determining your response for planning events and activities. These can be found on the Marin Council website homepage.

Marin Council Service Center: Office Status Updated
The Trading Post is open weekdays from 10am-4:30pm, and the Marin Council administrative offices are now accessible to the public again. Our office staff is still available to support you with Scouting inquiries almost anytime. Please be aware:
  • Council staff is onsite and available by phone Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
  • Staff may still be working remotely on some days, so if you need to visit a specific staff member in person, it is suggested you schedule an appointment or arrange a phone conference or ZOOM meeting.
  • No matter what . . . Council Executive Staff are always available via email here: (Michael DybeckNancy Rozell, and Michael "MJ" Andrews).

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these novel times; please contact Scout Executive Michael Dybeck with any questions or concerns in this regard.
Scouting . . .
Prepared. For Life.
At the Marin Council, we will continue to do our best to keep you informed of changes in our program calendar. We will also strive to highlight new ways for your family continue to enjoy and benefit from Scouting at-home and outdoors under these unique circumstances.

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