September 2020
Vol. 13, No. 10

Scouts are returning to school and the Autumn months are soon upon us. There is some good news about Marin County Public Health starting to relax the CoronaVirus restrictions, and these will have important effects in opening your units to meetings and activities again. For more details about restarting your unit activities together in-person, check the last section of this Dispatch.

We continue to offer a number of interesting program ideas for our Scouting families highlighted below, and online resources to support learning and entertainment for all. Keeping our Scouts engaged in character-building programs during these challenging times is our top priority.  We look forward to seeing you all participate in a virtual event or with family and small unit camping up the hill at Tamarancho soon!
Cub Scout Speaker Series - the First Wednesday every month!
Join us this Wednesday, September 2 at 5pm for our very popular Cub Scout Speakers Series. Our next presenter is Scouter Dave Rempe of Novato, an experienced carpenter and tradesman currently helping design and build some new structures at the Tamarancho waterfront.

For Cub Scouts that have a woodcraft item they have made (i.e. with their den last year), they will have an opportunity to show it to the group at the beginning of the meeting as an ice breaker! All Scouts who attend can earn credit towards rank advancement. Email Nancy Rozell right away to register your Cub Scout for this special event!
Annual Popcorn Fundraiser Kick-off

Due to concerns with the ongoing CoViD-19 pandemic, this year’s Trails End Popcorn fundraising campaign will focus on online and take orders rather than storefront sales. Last year an impressive 25% of sales were from take orders and online sales, so by improving on that presence, we’re hoping Scouts and units can sell enough to support their Pack, Troop and Crew programs and activities through the year!
Contact Senior District Executive Nancy Rozell by email, and join us for the 2020 virtual popcorn kickoff meetings via ZOOM scheduled for this week:

7:00pm Wednesday, September 2

5:30pm Thursday, September 3
Council Roundtable Meeting - the First Thursday every month!
We now return to our regularly-scheduled Council Roundtable meetings held the first Thursday of every month, September through June. This Thursday, September 3, we will be meeting online through ZOOM. The Roundtable will start at 7:30 sharp with current announcements and important presentations until 8:30pm. We have some valuable news to share for opening up your units to in-person Scout meetings, activities, and advancement fun! Please see program-specific log-in details below, and forward the invitation to other Scouters in your local units!
Join Cub Scout Roundtable with Commissioner Roger Dickerson!
ZOOM Meeting ID # 826 1598 5928

Join Scouts BSA Roundtable with Council Commissioner Sam Guyton!
ZOOM Meeting ID # 883 3538 0556

VOA & Venturing Rally
The Scouts in the Venturing Officer's Association have been holding meetings via the
Google Hangout call-in method for the Crew Presidents and other VOA members. There is no quarterly Venturing Rally scheduled this month, but will be scheduled in the future.
BSA Family Fun Fest online - streaming Saturday, September 12!
Webelos Woods is going virtual on several Saturdays this Fall!
Webelos Woods is a three-week program for incoming or current Webelos I and II Scouts. If your Webelos is entering 4th or 5th grade this Fall of 2020, he/she is eligible to attend. This program is an opportunity to work on Webelos-specific advancement activities lead by adult volunteers and youth members from Scouts BSA and Venture crew units around Marin Council. Participants will be given instructions online, then do the activities outdoors or at home. There will be special "office hours" to help with activities. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a jump start on the year, so don’t miss out!

The fee for this virtual camp is $25 per Webelos Scout, and includes activity supplies available for pick-up at the Marin Council offices. Registration is online only, and attendance is limited to the first 60 Webelos. A waiting list may occur if registration is full before the closing deadline of Saturday 9/12/20. If you have any questions, please contact by email Ron Poggi or Walter Pritchard (clicking on their names). Click here to register NOW!
California Coastal Cleanup Day Upgraded to All Month Long!
The annual California Coastal Cleanup Day may seem challenging during the COVID pandemic and while wildfire smoke masks the Pacific Coast. However, instead of cancelling this single-day environmental event, it has been upgraded to a month-long effort, encouraging communities to “Protect Your Happy Place!” by undertaking localized activities throughout September.

Participants involved in Coastal Cleanup activities should maintain necessary pandemic precautions, limit their volunteer groups to same-household members or small Scouting units, and avoid exposure to wildfire smoke and other unsafe areas. It is also recommended that participants avoid popular locations such as beaches, and limit driving to help keep roads clear for wildfire-related emergency vehicles.

The multi-agency effort is organized by the California Coastal Commission with local coordination by Clean Marin. Marin County Parks, another partner of the annual event, will not be coordinating volunteer groups this year, as they have in the past, due to the pandemic. The redefined goal this September is for people to conduct self-guided cleanup efforts in their own neighborhoods and local nature sites.

Some potential activities for families or Scout units are picking up trash along streets, neighborhood parks, local creeks or shorelines that are close to home. People are encouraged to record their activities and data via the Clean Swell app or using the online portal, which will enable agencies to continue to monitor the success of the volunteer cleanup event. Please forward an account of your unit community service activities along with any photos by emailing District Executive Michael "MJ" Andrews, and post on social media.
New Cub Scout Video Resources to Help Support Den Leaders!
Staff, volunteers, and community partners from 50 councils across the country worked together with the BSA National Council to produce a series of video resources for all the required and elective adventures in the Cub Scout program. These videos are available all Scouting volunteers here. You can read the "Bryan on Scouting" article about the new video resources here. To support this new production, there will be a Cub Scout Adventure Video training on Monday, September 14 via ZOOM; just click on the program image above to join!
Important Adult Leader Training Continues with Online Access
Our Scouts benefit from having trained leaders in several ways including stronger programs that lead to a better experience for our sons and daughters, more fun and less stress for the adults, improved preparedness if or when something goes wrong, and fulfilling an important requirement for our unit leadership. You are most likely spending more time at home these days, so why not carve out a little spare time to participate in the free BSA online training courses that you can complete in a reasonable time frame, some in less than an hour!
Youth Protection Training, Cub Leader Position Training, Scoutmaster/ASM Position Training, and Venturing Advisor Position Training: all are available online for free! Follow these steps to register and complete your training:
  1. Create or log-in to your personal account at;
  2. Next, to renew your Youth Protection training (YPT), click on the YPT logo at the upper right side of the screen;
  3. Or, click on "BSA Learning Center" to find the online version of the Leader Specific training courses listed above.

Hazardous Weather training is also required to be considered a trained leader and wear the "Trained" patch on your uniform. 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!
Enjoy Tamarancho with Scout Family or Small Unit Camping
This Summer, many individual Scouting families were able to enjoy a unique opportunity to get out of the house for local tent camping and dayhiking along scenic Fairfax Ridge.  Now, dens and patrols or small packs, troops and crews can join the fun! As current County restrictions related to CoViD-19 have been adjusted, the Marin Council is finally able to utilize Camp Tamarancho for daytime outdoor activities and small groups for overnight camping. To register for your event, please contact Office Manager Cynthia Mueller for campsite availability!
Council Properties Committee: what's new at our great camps?
We are not active this year with our traditional Summer Camping events and activities, but in the absence of all the Scout and adult leader traffic and under the guidance of our Council Properties Committee, there has been a lot going on at our camps! This group is composed of a few dedicated adult volunteers lead by longtime Chair John Pope, who work with our Camp Rangers "AJ" Quilty at Tamarancho and Jake Van Winkle at Marin Sierra, with the support of District Exec "MJ" Andrews, to maintain and preserve our properties for current and future program needs.
But we need your help, please!
If you are a contractor, carpenter, electrician, plumber, painter, welder, tree trimmer, heavy equipment operator, handyperson, fundraiser, grant writer . . . or even if you just love our beautiful camps and want to volunteer for projects . . . or don't have time but can contribute to the Camp Preservation Fund, please let us know! We have several ongoing projects and weekend work parties planned! To help out in your area of expertise or just join in the fun with a great group of Scouters, please email Lisa Linnenkohl. Our camps are some of the most precious Scout properties in Northern California; please join us in preserving them for our Council and future generations!
Talako Lodge News Bulletin --- Order of the Arrow Members
The Lodge leadership has several important announcements and big events for all Arrowmen happening in September and October! We are starting to conduct our monthly lodge meetings again, with our next virtual gathering on Tuesday, September 8 via ZOOM. During this meeting, special guest Bryce Hanson, our W3N Section Chief, will discuss the upcoming Conclave. Also, we will be planning our Fall Ordeal on the weekend of October 16.
Section W3N+S "Areaclave"
Just over a week away, this virtual event will be held on Saturday, September 12. We encourage everyone to register so you will get a CAST-OA exclusive theme patch and have the chance to participate in virtual Lodge competitions and games. You will also hear from OA National Officers and other special guests. Sign-up with your Arrow ID to register for this unique Conclave event here now!

Fall Ordeal Weekend
Talako Lodge will be holding our Fall Ordeal this year. We are currently contacting every Troop to schedule virtual elections. If you have been elected already, please be on the look-out for some exciting information about this unique experience. Our Ordeal will be over the weekend of October 16, and we plan to use a unique Hybrid event model; details to follow!
Annual Lodge Registration and Dues
If you are a Talako Lodge member of the Order of the Arrow, and you know that you have not paid your dues this year for 2020-2021, please use the link below. Paying your 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 are in the process of making the new NO-NOAC 2020 patch sets shown. They can be ordered when you are completing your annual registration and dues payment online. If you have any questions about the Order of the Arrow and Talako Lodge, please email Lodge Chief Joshua Holzer.

Restarting Local Scout Unit Meetings and Activities Safely
As a reminder, under the continuing Marin County Public Health directives, social distancing and face masks are required in public. Our Scout Executive Michael Dybeck, with the approval of our Risk Management Committee, has produced several important documents to assist with determining your response for planning events and activities. These include Marin Council guidelines and FAQs, as well as a valuable unit restarting guidebook loaded with details and available by clicking on the image at right . . .

Other Helpful Links and Resources on CoViD-19
Marin County Public Health webpage
BSA National Memo webpage
BSA National Videos webpage
BSA SAFE Restart checklist
Marin Council Service Center: Offices & Trading Post Status Updated
Effective July 13, 2020, the Marin Council offices along with other non-critical businesses were ordered closed to the public. Regardless, our office staff is still available to support you almost anytime. Please be aware:
  • Council staff is onsite and available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.
  • Currently, non-employees are not allowed upstairs in the Administrative offices.
  • The bulk of the staff is primarily working remotely; if you need to see a specific staff member, it is suggested you schedule an appointment and we will be happy to arrange a phone or Zoom meeting.
  • No matter what . . . Council Executive Staff are always available via email here: (Michael DybeckNancy Rozell, and Michael "MJ" Andrews).

While the office may be closed, the Marin Council Trading Post is open for "Curbside" pickup, as well as inside sales with the following modifications:
  • Trading Post hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 2:30pm, although arrangements can be made to pick-up prepaid orders after hours.
  • Inside sales, curbside walk-up sales, as well as orders placed in advance can all be accommodated. It is recommended large orders be placed in advance.
  • Orders can be placed in advance by calling (415) 454-1081 or emailing both Mary Vasser and Cynthia Mueller.
  • Clothing cannot be tried on before purchase.
  • Credit / debit, check, or unit account charges are preferred forms of payment.
  • Please wear a facemask when visiting the Trading Post; we will provide hand santizer.
  • Practice physical distancing if waiting in line (only 4 people can be inside).

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 as the weeks pass. We will also strive to highlight new ways for your family continue to enjoy and benefit from Scouting-at-home 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 our individual Camps Tamarancho & Marin Sierra.