June 2021
Volume 14, Issue 6
Greetings!

June is traditionally a month for school graduations, family celebrations, and the start of vacation season. Here in beautiful Marin, our thoughts turn to all those fun activities outside! It's been a long pandemic year, so remember to get your youth vaccinated for camp, and let's put some OUTINGs back in our SCOUTING!

Email Cynthia at the Council Service Center to place your unit registration at scenic Tamarancho for a geo-cache exploration, rambling day hike, small-group camping, novice backpacking trek from Fairfax or Woodacre, or a wilderness survival overnight at our primitive outposts. Right around the corner in July and August, we'll be camping at beautiful Marin Sierra again, seeking out new adventures around Chubb Lake, and celebrating those wonderful camp traditions . . . and don't forget about our new Family Vacation Camp week!
Quarterly Venturing Rally - 6:30pm Thursday, June 3
The next quarterly Venturing Rally is planned for 6:30pm, Thursday, June 3, just before the regular monthly Council roundtable. All Venturing youth and advisors are welcome to Join the ZOOM meeting here!

Recently, an activity interest survey was broadcast to all Scouts BSA youth (13 yrs or older) and adult leaders. For details, please email Venturing Rally Commissioner Monika Kainz. Also, check out the Crews' Corner posts near the end for some exciting international adventures!
Council Roundtable & Annual Marin Sierra Lottery
7pm Thursday, June 3
Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack/Troop/Crew to attend this final Roundtable
meeting of the season! The Roundtable will start at 7pm sharp with opening ceremony and current announcements in a combined gathering format as all program groups gather together.

7:00 pm - - - Opening ceremony and brief announcements 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.

7:20 pm - - - approximate start of the annual Camp Marin Sierra winter lottery. Your unit "draft pick" is determined by overall 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 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
American Hiking Society's National Trails Day - Saturday, June 5
This coming weekend, join the BSA in celebrating the American Hiking Society's "National Trails Day" annual event. The AHS and the BSA have a longstanding partnership to encourage physical fitness and outdoor awareness through responsible hiking, trail management and public lands access. They also have a great "Hiking with Kids" guide available here!

During the COVID-19 pandemic year we have been challenged to spend time outdoors, so pick your favorite hiking trail or find a new one, and get out for a ramble in beautiful Marin County!
Shooting Sports Rangemaster Training - Sunday, June 6
Our first two Rangemaster training sessions at Camp Tamarancho in May were well-attended, so our Shooting Sports committee added another in preparation for opening our outdoor range activities! Here's your chance to attend rangemaster training, giving you the skills and certification to teach Scouts about marksmanship and safety for a fun archery, bb-gun or slingshot experience. The Council Shooting Sports Committee is offering this range certification training day for any registered Scout leader, and new volunteers are always welcome!

Meet up at Camp Tamarancho on Sunday, June 6 beginning at 9am to range certify for BB-gun and Archery in the morning, then a scenic lunch break followed by Slingshot and Tomahawk in the afternoon. Preregistration is required! Email Steve Dutra today to sign up for the range training you need!

Also, we need to prepare our beautiful ranges for the season with work party maintenance. If you can help with a unit work detail, we have simple maintenance items that need attention. Please contact Steve Dutra ASAP!
What's New at the Marin Council Trading Post?
We're gearing up for youth advancement and awards, plus new uniforms and pants for Summer Camp. We just received lots of great outdoor gear too! We're open weekdays Monday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm. Come on down and check it out!
BSA Annual Health & Medical Record Forms - Plan Ahead Now!
PLAN NOW to complete your BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR). 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. See the recent Bryan on Scouting blog for further information.
BSA's Summer of Service --- How Your Scouts Can Participate
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 Scouting.org!
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!
Reconnect with the Great Outdoors at Cub Scout Camp!

After the many challenges of 2020, we look forward to seeing your Cub Scouts in-person at our Camp Tamarancho events again this Summer and Fall . . .
Cub Scout Day Camp - "Under the Sea" Theme
Day Camp is the highlight of a Cub Scout's year! Local boys and girls who are not currently in Cub Scouts are welcome to attend also, so invite your friends! Day Camp is open to youth who will be entering the second through fifth grades in the fall of 2021.
  • First Day Camp Week: July 12-16, 2021
  • Second Day Camp Week: July 26-30, 2021

Both Day Camp sessions are filled to capacity! Please contact Camp Director Nancy Rozell to be placed on a waiting list.
Webelos Woods @ Marin Sierra, September 3-5
Theme: Back to Baden-Powell
 
Webelos Woods is for incoming Webelos I and II Scouts, and their parent or adult guardian/partner. This camp is an opportunity to work on Webelos-specific advancement activities in the beautiful setting of Camp Marin Sierra. Webelos are lead and mentored by Marin Scouts BSA and Venturing youth. This is truly a chance for the Scouts to develop skills and sportsmanship in a fun environment and be inspired by the promise of the next level of Scouting. The event is limited to 64 youth/adult teams. Register HERE now!

Family Fiesta @ Camp TamaranchoSeptember 17-19
Theme: Cub Scout Superheroes
Details and registration coming soon!
It takes many hands to produce these events each year, from planning the festivities to staffing the actual activities themselves. As we look forward to 2021, we could use your help! Please consider joining our fun committee. Contact Chair Ron Poggi or SDE Nancy Rozell.
Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp in July!
We are well into planning for our delayed 70th-anniversary celebration in July 2021 at Emigrant Gap! Our Camp Marin Sierra forms are updated, and the Council website has all the exciting details to plan your best week ever for Scouts BSA resident camp! Opening camps in 2021 is critical to the mission delivery of the Boy Scouts of America. The decision to open and how to operate involves a solid plan for mitigating the risk of COVID-19 for your safety while at camp. Click here to register your troop for the best Sierra summer camp experience you can provide your Scouts!
Marin Sierra Family Vacation Camp in August --- Join the FUN!
Parents, are you tired of hearing about all the fun your Scouts are having at our beautiful camp properties? Well now you'll have the opportunity to share some quality outdoor time together as a family with all the traditions of Scout Summer Camp. While celebrating our CoViD-delayed 70th anniversary of Camp Marin Sierra, we are also in the planning to introduce a family vacation camp with stays during Sunday, August 1 through Saturday, August 7, 2021.
Imagine packing for your family camping vacation, but not having to worry about setting up a tent, or cooking your food, or planning activities! For one low price per person, you will be able to register your family members to spend a couple days beside crystal-clear Chubb Lake, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and gaze at the amazing night skies while our camp staff takes care of all the basics necessities such as tent, meals, and all the standard program activities including waterfront, shooting sports, crafts, nature and more! For further details or to register, please click here!
Leadership Training is a Requirement
for all BSA-Registered Adults!
Great news! Outdoor leader training is back! We have three great courses planned for all Adult Leaders:

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) for all Troop and Crew adult volunteers is an important and enjoyable course to prepare Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venturing Crew Leaders, and involved parents. It covers the outdoor skills that your Scouts or Venturers need to learn in their basic training.
  • WHEN: weekend of July 31 - August 1, 2021
  • WHERE: at Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax
  • HOW to REGISTER: Click this link to the IOLS course registration webpage!

Powderhorn, the BSA’s high adventure training course
This special event is being held for the greater Bay Area region at Wente Scout Reservation from August 8 - 13. Find more information or register here!
 
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.

If you’re not sure what training courses are needed for your adult unit leaders (Packs, Troops, Crews), the following link shows what sessions are required for each level of the Scouting program: Leadership Training.

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
In pre-CoViD times, the annual Marin Council Dinner was so popular because we recognized dozens of outstanding Scout youth and adult leaders. Scouts and Scouters from our many units all over the county attended this wonderful event. Last winter, all Scout youth nominees were interviewed via ZOOM by a panel of adult leaders on the Council Recognition Committee. Earlier this month we broadcast a special announcement to publicly recognize all the "Of the Year" unit nominations. This is a great opportunity to see the width and breadth of what is happening in Scouting throughout Marin County. If you missed it, just click here!
2020 Silver Acorn Award, part II
In recognition of one of our most dedicated volunteers during the past several years, we honor Lisa Linnenkohl for all the work she has done to support Scouting in Marin. Lisa is very active as a Scoutmaster of girls' Troop 1015 and ASM in boys' Troop 15, a member of the Council Executive Board, and a leader on the Properties Committee which helps maintain and improve our camps for all to enjoy. Most successfully, Lisa has volunteered tirelessly in support of bringing girls into Scouting.
 
From her start with Venturing BSA Crew 215, Lisa has been an amazing force for helping establish the first female troops in Marin, and helped guide four young women to become part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. She led them through the entire Scouts BSA program and helped them plan and carry out their individual Eagle projects during the pandemic year. She arranged for Summer Camp attendance, local media coverage, helping to spread the news in Marin that Scouting is open to girls and they can achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Lisa has also become a driving force to get a female troop started in Novato. Her love of the program and desire for inclusion is infectious, and we are all benefitting from her efforts! For all this, we are pleased to present Lisa with the President’s Silver Acorn Award.
The President's Silver Acorn Award recognizes volunteers who demonstrate exceptional service to the Marin Council, BSA and the youth and families we serve.  The individuals recognized with the Silver Acorn are personally selected by the Council President in recognition of their service.  The symbolism of the acorn – a tiny seed that grows into a mighty oak tree represents many of our volunteer efforts: single acts that compound and grow and develop into a profound and life changing experience for the youth whose lives we impact for generations to come. 

Congratulations Lisa! We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to grow Scouting for youth in Marin!
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. Also, we sent out an activity interest survey to all Scouts BSA youth 13 years or older and all Scouts BSA adult leaders, as well as all current Venturing participants. 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 Moot, Ireland, July 18 to July 28, 2022
This event is like an world jamboree specifically for older Scouts (ages 18 to 26) from around the globe, with international service team (IST) staff age 27 or older. There are Marin Council young adults already signed up to attend, and the BSA registration website for this fantastic event is active now, but don't delay as space is limited!

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
Important Reminders
  • The next Lodge meeting is 6 - 8pm, Tuesday, June 8. This last meeting of the season will be in person on the Elks Lodge terrace at 1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael. Stay tuned for further details about the annual BBQ event; see you soon!  
  • Of special note to all Cub Scout Packs, the Lodge has produced a new Bridging Ceremonies video for Webelos dens to use in their virtual events. Please contact by email either Vice Chief of Ceremonies Sam Silvestri or Lodge Chief Alex Perry for additional details.
  • Just a friendly reminder that the Western Region Section 3 Area Conclave "H2OA" is September 10 - 12 at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. Registration is now open! See the link for more details or to register thru NOERS.
May Highlights
  • We held a pleasant outdoor Lodge meeting at the Elks Lodge terrace. Committees and activities for the following season were discussed. With 30 Arrowmen in attendance and another 6 dialed in via ZOOM, this was a very successful "returning to normal" hybrid event!
  • Please join us in congratulating Joshua Holzer and Zac Farnkopf on completing their Vigil Honor induction on May 28. They were ably guided by Michael Swalberg and Willy Coronado, with Ned Farnkopf, Kenn, Dylan and Ryan Moynihan, Bob Del Secco, Kenny Larson and Scott Shern; thanks for all their support during this momentous occasion!
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 or Talako memorabilia and swag!



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, social distancing and face masks are still required. Our Risk Management Committee has produced several important 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.