March 2013
Vol 6, Issue 3

The Dispatch
Monthly News
for Marin Council Leaders
and Friends




The first Scout to become president was John F. Kennedy, a member of Troop 2 in Bronxville, New York, from 1929 to 1931, and he was a leader in the Boston Council. He said:


"For more than 50 years, Scouting has played an important part in the lives of the Boy Scouts of this nation. It has helped to mold character, to form friendships, to provide a worthwhile outlet for the natural energies of growing boys, and to train these boys to become good citizens of the future."


And also: "In a very real sense, the principles learned and practiced as Boy Scouts add to the strength of America and her ideals." 

This, in essence, is what Scouting is. These days, the old baseball analogy of "let's keep our eye on the ball" could not be more true. In order to hit a home run, the batter needs to watch the ball, not everything else.

If we want to hit a home run with our youth in Scouting, we have to do the same. Prioritizing what President Kennedy referred to will enable us to instill in today's young people the skills and values to succeed in life. As we lead them--through outdoor programs, adventure, and fun--they will learn without realizing they were being taught.

The Marin Council would like to thank all of you who are continuing to run a fantastic, robust, and worthwhile programs. Through these programs, we are strengthening our youth and our country. 
In This Issue
Council Recognition Dinner
Summer Camp Staff
Cub Scout Camping Updates
Article Headline
Spring Training
Can You Help?
Tradin' Post
Take Scouts to the Ball Game!
2013 Council Officers
Join Our Mailing List!

Quick Links
Marin Council Annual Recognition Dinner

Please don't pass up the opportunity to say Thank You and Well Done to a representative volunteer and youth in your unit. Make sure you and your friends in your unit attend the Marin Council Recognition Dinner.

Every year, outstanding youth and adults in the Marin Council are recognized at this annual dinner. This year, the dinner will be on Monday, March 11. You can find details by clicking this link. Registration is online thru the deadline of March 8 or you can download the registration form, and send it in to the office. Price increases on March 1.

We think you will be impressed at how many exceptional volunteers and youth there are throughout the council.
Be a Part of Camp Life

Summer camp is proven to be one of the greatest experiences and advancement opportunities in Scouting. Scouts who attend long-term camps are more likely to stay in and enjoy Scouting than those who do not.

Crucial to the difference camps make in the lives of young people is the quality of staff that work to provide program and support. There are opportunities to work at these excellent camps Marin Council offers. During the summer months, there are three Cub Scout day camps at Camp Tamarancho as well as Boy Scout resident camp for six weeks at Camp Marin Sierra. Working at summer camp is one of the most rewarding and fun experiences a youth can have.

However, don't wait; the time to apply is now. While there is no application deadline, the people who apply early have a better chance of being hired as well as securing the job they desire. Already, many applications have arrived in our office. If you or someone you know would like to apply, you can download the applications from our web site: Cub Scout Camp and Boy Scout Camp. Age requirements are listed on the forms.
Cub Scout Camping Committee Updates

Registration is now open for Family Fiesta - Myths & Legends, May 17-19


Character, skill, adventure, and destiny are four key aspects of the heroic journey common across myths and legends of all cultures. This year's Family Fiesta will provide an opportunity for Scouts, siblings, and parents to learn, or refresh their knowledge of Scout skills, craft, and values within the context of our favorite stories. Marin Council Boy Scout troops and crews will lead campers in events ranging from field sports, climbing, nature hikes and tracking, shooting sports, craft, and epic feats of heroism. A magical, rousing campfire will close the day's event.


Registration forms are available by clicking this link.


Calling All Marin Council Troops and Crews: Family Fiesta Needs Your Leadership


Daniel Boone's Nature Hike in search of the Sasquatch, Thor's Hammer Swing, Zeus' Lightning Bolt Throw, and Tales of King Arthur are just some of the starter ideas for program areas at this year's Family Fiesta: Myths & Legends. We need your involvement to bring our favorites stories from the past to life in ways that teach Scout craft, skills, and core values. This is a great opportunity to bring creativity and fun to the Cub Scout program and inspire the next generation of Boy Scouts and their families. To get involved, please email to or call Committee Chair David Pearce at 415-203-6052


Join the Cub Camping Committee


Cub Camping is volunteer run, and we'd love to have as many participants as possible helping craft these lifetime memories for our Scouts and parents. The committee meets regularly at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. All meetings are held at the Marin Council headquarters unless otherwise noted. Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 12.


For those that cannot attend in person, the conference bridge call-in details are provided below.

  • Conference Dial-in Number: (213) 493-0800
  • Participant Access Code: 319930#

To get involved, please email or call Committee Chair David Pearce at 415-203-6052 or the council office at 415-454-1081.

Let's Care for "Our" Camps


Marin Council is blessed with beautiful facilities for Scouts and adults to use. However, many people do not realize how much work is involved in maintaining these camps to keep them available and ready for your unit outings as well as our council camping and training programs. Here are some ways you can help:


Tamarancho Work Parties


Tamarancho Lake Every first Saturday of the month from 9-Noon, the Properties Committee hosts work parties at Camp Tamarancho. This Saturday, March 2, there is much work to be done.


Shooting Sports--In conjunction with the Properties work party, the Shooting Sports Committee has been joining them to work on our ranges at Tamarancho to make sure they are not only ready for council camping but also for troops and crews to use on the weekends. Please come and help because there is much work to be done. If you would like to help on the ranges, email Chris.


Friends of Tamarancho Flow Trail--You may be aware that the Friends of Tamarancho group is building an awesome flow trail on the back side of the camp to enhance the mountain biking trails. If you would like to help with this project, please contact Jim Jacobsen


Marin Sierra Work Parties


Every year, there is a concentrated effort to get camp ready for the summer after the snow melts and put camp away (winterize) after summer use. There is a very small window to ready camp at the end of May before groups come in to start using camp.


Memorial Day weekend is the opening "Camp Power" weekend. We will feed and house anyone that comes to work. You can come for the entire weekend (Saturday thru Monday--finished usually by noon on Monday) or one or two days. The fellowship is great and food is good and hearty. Bring a patrol from your troop. We can use both skilled and unskilled labor.


Labor Day weekend is the closing weekend. Along with having Webelos Woods running at camp, crews are working to prepare camp for winter as well as other maintenance and repair projects. We will also be putting together special work parties on other weekends to re-roof and repair buildings. Let us know if you can help with those. Email us


We can really use your help. Remember: This camp is your camp!


If you have question, email Tim, Chris, or John Pope (Properties chair) or call the council office at 415-454-1081. Make plans now to help! We can't do it without you.

Voice of the Scout Survey

The Spring Voice of the Scout (VOS) survey is scheduled to launch on Friday, March 8. VOS is a semiannual survey conducted nationally by BSA to help us get feedback from the most important group of all: our members. This spring's survey will include one or more questions seeking opinions about the potential change to the national membership standards that will be considered at the National Annual Meeting in May. Watch your email box for your Voice of the Scout Survey and please take the time to give BSA your feedback.


There is great stuff happening with science in Marin Council.


Marin Council will start promoting Nova and Supernova awards, available in all program areas. Check out the BSA web site for more details on the STEM Program.


The Nova awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics apply to everyday living. Counselors and mentors help bring this engaging, contemporary, and fun program to life for youth members.


The Nova Awards


There are four Nova awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Each award covers one component of STEM-science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

  • Cub Scout Nova awards: Science Everywhere, Tech Talk, Swing!, and 1-2-3 Go!
  • Boy Scout Nova awards: Shoot!, Start Your Engines, Whoosh!, and Designed to Crunch
  • Venturer Nova awards: Launch!, Power Up, Hang On!, and Numbers Don't Lie

For their first Nova award, Scouts earn the distinctive Nova award patch. After that, a Scout can earn three more Nova awards, each one recognized with a separate pi (π) pin-on device that attaches to the patch. The patch and the three devices represent each of the four STEM topics-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Come join the fun. We are looking for volunteers to help plan and staff events at all levels of Scouting: Cubs, Scouts, and Venturing. Contact Mary Stevens for more information.

Spring Training


No, not baseball: Scout leader training in the Spring! Please get your unit's adult leaders signed up now for the appropriate courses all being given at Camp Tamarancho over the weekend of April 26-28. Check out the registration pages for all the details.  

You can come Friday night for BSLST and stay over that night if you want to attend IOLST on Saturday/Sunday, and finish BSLST Sunday afternoon. Continental breakfast will be provided Saturday morning for those that stay over.


Additionally, Merit Badge Counselor Training will be offered before the March Roundtable, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the San Rafael LDS Church on North San Pedro Road. Please drop us a note if you plan to attend.


If you are interested in additional training, either more date choices or additional courses, just let us know by clicking this link.
Can You Help?

Event Needs 


There are many ways you can be involved with the activities of the Marin Council. Having volunteers for these events is critical to their success and even to their existence. Whether it's the Klondike Derby, First Aid Meet, Annual Recognition Dinner, trainings, or other activities, they are all run by dedicated volunteers. 


The Council Pinewood Derby Race at the Marin County Fair is an event loved by Cub Scouts. However, in order to conduct the race, we need several volunteers, a track, and race software. Individuals as well as units can run events. In order to insure that this event will happen, please contact the council office if you would like to help. 


Other Council Needs 


Camp Marin Sierra summer camp started a mountain biking program in 2010. Although it is ideal for Scouts to bring their own bikes to camp, often this is impractical because of the distance and space available for them to transport them. Therefore, we are seeking donations of good used bikes for this program. Our preference is hardtails that are 26" rims, sizes from 13-17 (small to medium-large). Please, no kids bikes. If you have or know of a bike, email Tim Wells or call 415-454-2983. Thank you ahead of time for your help!

If you have a vehicle that you want to dispose of that is in good condition, our council could use some updated cars and trucks. If it's running and in decent condition, call or email our council office to find out if we can use it.

If the vehicle is older, not running, or needs quite a bit of work, consider donating it by clicking this link. We will receive part of the money gained from the sale of the vehicle. 
Shooting Sports for Troops and Crews
Attention crews and troops: The Camp Tamarancho archery and rifle ranges are available for unit "shoots." All you need to do is request a range reservation form from our office and fill it out and turn it back in. Someone from the shooting sports committee will then contact you. Make sure you check that the ranges are available for your requested date(s) as you will also need to fill out a Camp Tamarancho reservation form. You can do just a day event or camp over the weekend and go hiking or biking along with shooting sports. We hope to see you soon. Call now to the Marin Council service center 415-454-1081, and submit your reservations. The Marin Council Shooting Sports Committee hopes to see you soon.
What's Tradin' at the Tradin' Post

Pinewood Derby Awards

NOVA Program Awards

Summer Scout Pants

coming soon!

Click here to check out the

resources offered in the Tradin' Post
Take Scouts out to the Ball Game!


Head for the Pacifics  


Experience baseball like it used to be: up close, exciting and lots of fun!


Marin County's own minor-league team, the San Rafael Pacifics, is ready to start the 2013 season after winning the 2012 North American League Championship. Opening Day is June 11!


The Pacifics invite your pack, troop, or crew to come to a game this summer, and we've got ticket discount plans and pre-game party options in one of our fun party areas at Albert Park. We've got lots of great package deals that even include throwing out the first pitch or take batting practice with the team!


Book your event by emailing Kim Biss or call 415-640-4504 You can get additional information on tickets, parties, or merchandise on our web site.



Oakland A's Scout Day: May 19


The A's are inviting units to come to the game on May 19 against the Royals. 

Troops and groups of 25 people or more get tickets discounted.


Click here to download the flyer. 

Marin Council 2013 Officers

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Marin Council held its Annual Business Meeting which included the election of Marin Council officers and Executive Board members for the 2013 term. The Marin Council is honored to be led by dedicated and engaged volunteers who ensure our council provides a quality Scouting program to the youth of Marin County. We are pleased to announce our council officers and Executive Board members for 2013:


President: Brad Stevens

Council Commissioner: Tony Mei

Treasurer/Secretary: Larry Chu

Assistant Treasurer: David Hellman

VP Development: Bill Barton

VP Marketing: Rolf Hartley

VP Membership: Andy Odell

VP Program: Mary Stevens

VP Properties: John Pope

Counsel: George Silvestri

Asst. Commissioner: CJ Carrillo

Past President: Phil Cassou

Past President: Lynn O'Malley Taylor


In addition to the above officers, other Marin Council Executive Board members include: William Bell, Carl Blom, Al Boro, Diane Brown, Glen Calkins, Chris Cardinal, Keith Coombs, Tom Decker, Russ Ketron, Ed Keller, Dick Kientz, Carl Lippenberger, Denman McNear, Michael Reading, Irv Schwartz, Trish Shurtz, Peter Sullivan, Nick Tarlson, and Jim Wirth.

Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America