May 2024

Volume 17, Issue 5

Greetings Michael,

The saying goes that "April showers bring May flowers." It certainly is the most colorful time of year to get outdoors and see nature blooming with wildflowers and wildlife activity. Read through this monthly newsletter to find out how you can be involved in fun programs and great opportunities in the coming months for Scout youth and adult leaders alike! Please forward this monthly newsletter to other people in your unit who may not be receiving it. Or suggest they go to our website and sign-up for a subscription!

July Weeks --- Sign-Up Your Cub Scout TODAY!

Council Roundtable Meeting --- 7:30pm Thursday, May 2

Unit leaders, don't forget to assign someone from your Pack, Troop or Crew to attend this regular Council Roundtable meeting. This monthly 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!

Join Marin Council Roundtable with

Commissioners Roger Dickerson (Cubs) and Mike Blum (Scouts)!

ZOOM Meeting ID# 415 454 1081

Cub Scout Bike Rodeo --- Saturday, May 4 in SF

Registration is now open to all Packs!

This year will be even bigger and better than before and we'd love to see you all there! The San Francisco Bike Rodeo is a great opportunity for your Cub Scouts and their family members to learn about and practice their safe biking skills. We'll have a bike obstacle course, bike and helmet inspections, and a 2-mile escorted ride along the scenic Embarcadero Bike Path where there is no car traffic! Parking onsite at Pier 30-32 is free! A flyer is attached here. For more info, please email! Or register here NOW!

Scouts "Trash the Trash" Day --- Saturday, May 4

A "Messengers of Peace" Global Service Project

Scouts Trash the Trash Day is an international Messengers of Peace service project for Scouts around the world, where each Scout is challenged to bring a friend or family member along and pick up at least one Kilo (2.2 pounds) of trash for each person on the first Saturday in May.

The idea for Scouts Trash the Trash Day came from the Scouts of Helena Montana Troop 1206 after realizing that there are several days throughout the year that Scouts get together and do the same thing on the same day. Other Days like Jamboree on the Air and Internet, Jamboree on the Trail and World Neckerchief Day already exist, but there was not a day for Scouts to all get together and clean up their communities. Scouts are asked to bring a non-Scout friend with them on this day of service in order to double the impact of their trash cleaning effort. Scouts Trash the Trash Day is about more than just cleaning our planet, it is a day to show the world what Scouting is about, educate individuals about Scouting and recruit new boys, girls and adults into the Scouting movement!


Record your results and order limited-edition 10th Anniversary patches here!

Venture Crew 333 Fundraiser Dinner --- Saturday, May 11

Venture Crew 333 is a Marin Council based unit with Scouts from around the Bay Area and a unique focus on international travel to exciting locations. Last June, Crew 333 went to the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) high-adventure base in Kandersteg, Switzerland, and toured around that beautiful alpine country. Several members also attended the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea last August. This July, Crew 333 is traveling to New York City on the way to Toronto, Canada and then north in Ontario Province to the Algonquin Park to explore the amazing backcountry there by canoe paddling!

The Crew is holding a fundraiser spaghetti dinner on Saturday, May 11 from 6-8pm at Marin Country Mart in Larkspur across from the Ferry Terminal Landing. In addition to the fabulous cooking by Crew Advisor Willy Coronado and his youth team, this annual event will have a fun silent auction including gift baskets, gift certificates and some rare Scouting patches.


Please join us for a nice evening overlooking the Larkspur Ferry Landing. Tickets are only $25 ($15 for children under 12) and are a great way to support Venture Crew 333 with their international adventures! Pay at the door or contact Willy Coronado by email to purchase tickets today!

A Good Turn Weekend for Camp Tamarancho --- May 17-19

The Marin Council Camping & Properties Committees invite your Scouts BSA youth and troop leaders to join dedicated volunteers in giving back to the local Camp Tamarancho we all love and adore by "doing a good turn" with camp service projects. It's been almost a year now since the Iron Springs Road landslide effectively shut down our beautiful property to daily vehicular traffic. Hike in with your unit Scouts and CAMP for FREE for the weekend and give back to Tamarancho, helping us beautify the property by cleaning up brush and downed trees in campsite areas, improving road maintenance by filling potholes, clearing the pond dam of unwanted vegetation, completing new waterlines at Sunrise & Shady Bend campsites, and rebuilding Pioneer campsite near the center of camp into a vision of the future!

Camping is only $10 per troop sign-up to cover the sign-up, and Saturday lunch and evening crackerbarrel will be provided for everyone who registers in advance. Patrol boxes are staged in the campsites, but Ranger AJ can be available to truck any troop gear up the hill from Fairfax village while you are hiking in. Please register your unit by emailing District Exec MJ Andrews. Let's be proud of our amazing resource and make Tamarancho great again!

BSA Annual Health & Medical Record Forms --- Plan Ahead!

This is a friendly reminder to complete your BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) soon before partaking in Summer adventures. To participate in any 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 with approval signature by a physician) for any events longer than 72 hrs including all Summer Camp weeks and high-adventure treks. Find our more details or download a fillable.pdf version here, and don't delay scheduling an appointment with your physician as these can take several weeks to arrange!

What's New at the Marin Council Trading Post?

Corresponding to updates in the Cub Scout advancement program and activities, the new 2024 Cub Scout rank handbooks have arrived! Lion and Tiger Books are $12.99 each and include both the Handbook and Adult Partner Guide. The Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light spiral-bound handbooks are $23.99 each.  Start your Cub Scout off right with a new book for this Summer and next school year!

Cub Scout Summer Day Camp Weeks in July!

Summer Day Camp is the highlight of a Cub Scout's year! Our annual Cub Scout Day Camp Weeks are July 8-12 and July 22-26, and this year we are excited to welcome your child to our great outdoor adventures when we will be at an exciting bay shore location in the Marin County Park system at McNears Beach (201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA). Day Camp fun is open to any Cub Scout youth who will be entering the Second through Fifth grades in the 2024/25 school year. Register NOW by clicking on either of the weekly dates above!

For any questions, contact Camp Director Trish Ferenz by email!

Webelos Woods Weekend --- August 30 - September 1

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 BSA youth. This is truly a chance for the younger Scouts to develop skills and sportsmanship in a fun environment, and be inspired by the promise of advancing to the next level of Scouting. The event is limited to just 64 Webelos youth and their adult partners.

Register HERE now!

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

June 16-22 at Camp Tamarancho

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intensive week-long BSA leadership training

course conducted in an outdoor setting. As members of an NYLT patrol, Scouts BSA and

Venturing youth learn the tools of leadership, communication, problem solving, ethical

decision-making and much more --- experiencing the Patrol Method of Scouting first-hand while they camp, cook, eat, work and learn together.

NYLT is a six-day course held June 16-22, 2024 at Camp Tamarancho. It is recommended that all youth have participated in Scout camping at least one year. NYLT is not an outdoor skills course specifically, so it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience. Click here for more information and to register your Scout, or contact NYLT Course Director Erik Masterson by email!

Join the BEST Summer Camp Staff in the Sierra Nevada!

After another successful Summer reviving the excellent Scout programs and Camp traditions at Marin-Sierra, we are excited by the opportunities awaiting us in 2024! This annual Summer experience is critical to the delivering the promise of adventure and the mission of the BSA to our youth! For the most Summer fun you can have this year, click here to submit an application to join our Camp Staff team! We currently have openings for Rifle & Shotgun Range Assistants (18+), HandyCrafts Area Director (18+), a Food Service Mgr (21+) and Asst. Kitchen Managers (18+).

Wood Badge Training is 2 Weekends in September!

Wood Badge registration is now open! This top adult training event takes place over two weekends at Camp Tamarancho this Fall: September 6-8 and September 28-29. Wood Badge is the ultimate adult leadership training program for volunteers involved in all levels of Scouting (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, and Council levels). It's not just training, it's a leadership experience! Participate in the one Scouting tradition that exists in every corner of the world! Learn about yourself and others! Develop leadership skills! Make lifelong friends! Learn more by contacting by email Course Director Tom Denson or register here today!

A Monthly News Bulletin for OA Lodge Members

Our annual Spring Induction in late April at Camp Tamarancho was an important highlight this season where Talako Lodge gained 15 new members and 7 new Brotherhood commitments. Our Spring Fellowship event will kick off this month on Saturday, May 4 at the Rebounderz indoor fun center in Rohnert Park to officially welcome all of the new Arrowmen into our Lodge! Our monthly Lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at the San Rafael Elks Lodge. Finally, Talako members will be participating in the Good Turn Weekend on May 15-17 at Camp Tamarancho. We hope to see you all at these events!

Don't forget to complete your 2024 OA Talako Lodge Annual Registration & Dues

Currently, we have available a variety of special edition Lodge flaps available. 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 and Talako memorabilia!

OA Talako Lodge Trading Post

If you have any questions about the National Order of the Arrow organization, or the local Talako Lodge in Marin, please contact Lodge Chief Helen Perry.

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 promising 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.

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