January 2023
Volume 16, Issue 1
Looking Back and Looking Forward . . .
some thoughts from our Scout Executive.
The page has turned on another calendar year for Scouting in Marin. It’s time to look back and realize over the past twelve months how much good this program has done for our Scouts and how much good our Scouts have done for the community.

During the course of 2022, we’ve seen a boom in activities. Scouts were camping, enjoying time with friends, learning new skills, developing as leaders, and growing into the types of people we want them to be. While lingering pandemic issues may have prevented some larger Council-wide gatherings, there were increases in camp attendance and a growth in membership --- the second year in a row. Coupled with increased camp use came major investments to improve our facilities and protect our properties from wildfire. It was a good year for Scouting in Marin.

And Scouts in Marin made sure it was a good year for community service. Whether it was service projects helping clean shorelines, Eagle projects painting schoolyards or protecting parklands, or Scouting for Food --- our Scouts were there at every turn, cheerfully lending service to make Marin an even better place.

As 2023 begins, we should be encouraged by our accomplishments of the past year. They provide both a bit of momentum and also a bit of challenge.  We have faced the turmoil of the last few years and emerged stronger, and in 2023 we will be stronger still. Let us be up to that challenge and resolve that in 2023, more families will benefit from Scouting and Marin as a whole will benefit from Scouting. MD
Council Roundtable Meeting --- 7:30pm Thursday, January 5
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend our regular monthly Roundtable meeting for leaders and parents! 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
2022 "Of The Year" (OTY) Award Nominations
for Scouting Youth & Adult Volunteers
Youth nominations are due next Wednesday, January 11!
One of the favorite local events of the year is the annual Marin Council Recognition Dinner,
held annually (scheduled for Monday, March 13, 2023). The reason it's so popular is that we
recognize dozens of outstanding Scouts and leaders at that time. Scouts, Explorers, and adult
leaders from all over the county attend this wonderful event.

Now is the time to begin to consider individuals for those 2022 OTY nominations. Please note
the following important dates in this process, and don't miss this opportunity for recognition!
  • Wednesday, January 11 --- Scout youth nominations are due at the Council office.
  • Wednesday, January 25 --- all Scouting youth nominees will be interviewed by a panel of Marin Council adult volunteer leaders in-person that evening.
  • Wednesday, February 1 --- Adult volunteer nominations are due at the Council office. OTY Leaders will all be recognized. For the other Adults awards, the honorees are selected from all the nominations by the Council Recognition committee.

All Scout youth & adult nominees will be recognized at the Marin Council Recognition Dinner in
March 2023. This is a great opportunity to see all that is happening in Scouting throughout
Marin County! Updated "Of the Year" nomination forms will be emailed to all unit leaders, and
are available to download from the Council website here: Documents & Forms.
Shooting Sports RangeMaster Training Programs
Saturday, January 21 or Sunday, January 22
The Shooting Sports Program at Camp Tamarancho is a designed to teach safety in the use of firearms while having fun at the range. We offer shooting opportunities in Archery, BB Gun, Rifle, Slingshot & Tomahawk. In order to maintain these opportunities for our youth to improve marksmanship skills and learn firearm safety, we need adult volunteers to operate the ranges. Training programs take about 4 hours for Archery & BB Gun, and about 1 hour each for Slingshot and Tomahawk-throwing. After completing the training sessions, we ask our newly-certified RangeMasters to staff at least 2 events per year to facilitate these programs. The more trained staff we have the more shooting opportunities we can offer.

We will be holding basic BSA-card training classes again in January over the wknd of Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd. REGISTER TODAY using the highlighted date links!

In addition, for the first time in many years, our Council Shooting Sports Committee volunteers are now qualified to teach these three official National Rifle Association (NRA) trainings which will be offered:
Saturday, February 25 (NRA Basic Rifle)
the wknd of March 2-5 (NRA Rifle Instructor)
Saturday March 18 (NRA Range Safety Officer)
For more information about these training programs click here for a flyer, or just click on the images above to link directly to registration. For any further questions, please contact by email Chief Trainer Steve Dutra.
Code RED First-Aid Meet --- Saturday, January 28
Our annual Marin Council Code RED First-Aid competition is returning to its traditional date (last Saturday in January) and indoor format at the San Rafael LDS Church where Scouting functions were held for many years. Participating Troops and Crews throughout the Marin Council will work together in patrols to evaluate and resolve the various outdoor first-aid scenarios. Patrols can register NOW (max of 2 per troop with 5-8 Scouts each), so save the date and brush up on those First-Aid and Emergency Preparedness skills!

For more information, just download this flyer. More details will be sent upon registration of your patrol, but don't delay, spaces are limited and time is running out! The reduced patrol participation fee is used to defray the facility cost, bathrooms and janitorial services, program materials, and patches for all participants.This exciting Scout Skills event is sponsored by the Scouts and adult volunteers of Troop 73 from Novato with support assistance by the youth of OA Talako Lodge! If you would like to help by sponsoring a scenario location, please contact Advisor Nestor Schnasse.
Pinewood Derby Workshop --- Saturday, February 11
This fun activity helps Cub Scouts and their parents who need assistance designing, cutting and building a Pinewood Derby car. Due to the popularity of this annual event, we have returned to our traditional location at the Camp Tamarancho woodshop. Bring your own car kit purchased from our Marin Council Trading Post, and have a design in mind. Council adult volunteers and OA Talako Lodge Arrowmen will be onhand to assist with directing traffic and parking, managing check-in, and working with power tools and other equipment to help you rough out the shape of your imagination on wheels!
We will present a small snack shack for refreshments, so don't forget the small change! And thanks to the dedication of our Council Shooting Sports Committee, we anticipate also being able to offer the BB-gun and Slingshot ranges open for a little marksmanship fun when you are done on Pit Row! For more details, or to register your Cub Scout, please click on the Pinewood Derby Workshop image above. Thanks for your support!
Our Marin Council Depends on YOUR Support!
Nearly 25% of our annual budget comes from donations! Those are contributions from Scouting alumni, community partners, and local Scouting families who benefit the most from our programs and our camps. Without this support, we would not be able to offer the services we do, and not be able to maintain our camps to the level we need.
We have heard from a number of our families and donors that have requested greater opportunity for directed giving towards specific projects or programs as opposed to general program support. Beginning this fall we have begun rolling out “micro-campaigns” through our online giving portal. These micro-campaigns will be geared to a specific Council program or camp improvement items --- many times projects that will not be able to move forward without additional funding.
Our first two micro-campaigns consist of the camp toilet conversion project which is a huge improvement to our facilities, and our annual Scouting for Food drive which costs our Council about $5,000 to conduct. We are pleased to announce that we did reach our recent challenge grant for the toilet retrofit project, but even though we were able to match that initial target, there is still a funding need to achieve our total goal of $50,000. Donations are still welcome, so to give to these campaigns, you can visit Give - Boy Scouts of America or simply click the “DONATE” button on our Council homepage. We will update this portal periodically and add new priority micro-campaigns as we move through the year.

We will always have a Friends of Scouting appeal to process those donations online and support all aspects of council operations. (Please note: for ease of set-up we take advantage of a BSA National giving platform, but rest assured that your generous donation always stays local within the Marin Council.)
Cub Scout Camping Adventures --- Mark your Calendars NOW!
Our annual Cub Scout Camping adventures are a great way for your family, den and pack to have fun outdoors at our beautiful camp properties which are among the best of their type in all of California! Tent camping, good food, fun activities and lots of program opportunities await you this Spring, Summer and Fall. Registrations details will be released soon!

Family Fiesta Weekend --- May 19-21 @ Camp Tamarancho
Cub Scout Day Camp Weeks --- July 10-14 and July 24-28 @ Tamarancho
Webelos Woods Weekend --- September 1-3 @ Camp Marin-Sierra
Cub Scout Adventure Weekend --- September 22-24 @ Camp Tamarancho
Reserve your Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp Week NOW!
After another successful Summer reviving the excellent programs and Scout Camp traditions at Marin-Sierra, we are excited by the opportunities awaiting us in July 2023! All of our camp forms are updated and the Council website has all the exciting details to plan your best week ever at Scouts BSA resident camp! This annual experience is critical to the delivering the promise of adventure and the mission of the BSA to our youth. Click here to place your unit reservation at the best Summer camp in the Sierra Nevada . . . May the Forest be with YOU!

Or click here to submit an application for the most Summer fun you can have by joining our amazing Camp Staff team at 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 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 Venture Crew 333 to find out more!
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.
A Monthly News Bulletin for OA Lodge Members
Talako Lodge has had a very successful 2022 year in review, with a promising 2023 coming in strong!

December Meeting & Banquet: Last month, we had a very important activity with the LEC elections held prior to the annual Banquet at Mill Valley Scout Hall. Here is our new leadership slate; we are very excited for a fantastic upcoming year with these achievers at the helm!

Lodge Chief Finn Diringer
Vice Chief of Program Helen Perry
Vice Chief of Membership Mason Chiu
Vice Chief of Ceremonies Addison Everage
Secretary Nicole Everage
Treasurer Skylar Lariviere
The Lodge Leadership Development training sessions with the new LEC officers will take place on the wknd of January 7th-8th at Camp Tamarancho, where our new lodge youth leaders will be planning out our year! Looking into the new year, here are some events that are right around the corner. Our first lodge meeting of the year will be at 7pm, January 10th at Elks Lodge. We will be supporting many other events in the coming months including the annual Code RED and the Pinewood Derby Workshop days. Looking forward to a wonderful year!
Currently, we have available the black Lodge flap shown here: These can be ordered online when you are completing your annual registration and dues payment. Also, there another 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 Finn Diringer.
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.