May 2014
Vol 7, Issue 5

The Dispatch
Monthly News
for Marin Council Leaders
and Friends



There are two aspects that are wonderful about what Baden-Powell said. First, a Scout is going to develop and learn more easily if he is shown and involved in the process. Simply telling Scouts how to do something can often leave them unsure and questioning. However, if we patiently show them how while we explain, there is a much better chance they will catch on more quickly.


The second interesting point of the quote is that BP uses the analogy of a game. We know that he called Scouting a "game with a purpose." Making Scouting fun will ensure that what the Scout experiences does not feel like a classroom. But more importantly, when a Scout sees an adult having just as much fun as he is--doing what he wants the Scout to learn--he will be more likely to want to be involved and learn it as well.


Summer is around the corner. This is the time when we get to venture forth into our greatest classroom: the outdoors. Take your Scouts out to experience everything they can in nature. Let them smell the air, feel the fresh water, watch animals, view plant life, experience the thrill of hiking to a mountain peak--all the while, playing the game and learning.  

In This Issue
Council Pinewood Derby
Cub Scout Camping
Friends of Scouting
May Roundtable
Camp Staff at Marin Sierra
Party at Camp
Article Headline
Catholic Scouting
Technology Quest
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Marin Council Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby fun does not have to stop with your pack races!


All Scouts not racing in the council derby are welcome to enter the Marin County Fair exhibition. Scouts can earn awards for their cars based on their handicraft. What will work well is if cars are collected by each pack. After your own pinewood race, pack them up in a tub, and bring them into the council office when you have the forms filled out. Parents must sign the exhibit entry form, which will be available soon.


First place winners for each rank from your pack are welcome to enter the Marin Council Pinewood Derby at the Marin County Fair on July 2. Collect winning cars and impound them so that they can be submitted for weigh-in as a group. All Scouts are welcome to come to weigh in, but weigh-in by pack will avoid late sign-ups. Weigh-ins will be Tuesday, June 3, from 5:00-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 14, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the council service center in San Rafael. In fairness to the on-time entries, no late entries will be accepted. No exceptions. 


Volunteers are needed to support the Marin Council Pinewood Derby at the Marin County Fair. We need people from various packs to participate. If you will be coming anyway to watch the race with your son, please volunteer to help for a couple hours. If you are available for weigh in, or to assist with race day set-up, clean-up, or racing, please email Bill Bradbury.  

Cub Scout Camping's Amazing Camps!

Counting Down to Family Fiesta

Space Wrecked! May 16-18

All systems are GO for a fantastic spring camping event featuring rocket launchers, roller coasters, alien games, pod races, and more, at this year's Family Fiesta. Bring the whole family for the whole weekend or just the day. Meal ticket deadline is May 10, so sign up today! Forms and information available online here.


Registration Now Open for Webelos Woods

Trail to AOL! Aug 29-31, Camp Marin Sierra

Set in the Sierras, this camp is for 4th and 5th grade Webelos only, and the focus will be on Boy-Scout-level skills and spirit. This camp sells out, so sign up today to save your spot! Forms and information available online here.


Cub Scout Day Camps

There is sill room in the July 21-25 and August 4-8 camps, but they are filling up. Download forms online here.   

Friends of Scouting -- Is It Important?

Did you know that your annual BSA registration fee goes to the National BSA office, not to support Scouting in Marin?


In fact, Marin Council subsidizes around $250 for every youth that participates in our camps, events, and activities each year without any financial support from the National Council. We cover this amount through special events, sales, and donations. FOS accounts for almost 25% of the total council budget


One of the most important donation programs we have is Friends of Scouting.


Friends of Scouting donations stay right here in our council to support our local Scouting outreach. Your donation to FOS helps us cover the costs of adult and youth leader training materials, council administration expenses, and year-round maintenance of our facilities, including health and safety improvements, building projects, and structural repairs. Simply put, FOS keeps Scouting in Marin going strong for the youth in our community.


FOS is massively important to helping us continue the legacy of Scouting in Marin. Please consider making a pledge or donation to support Marin Council. Contact us by email here or by dialing 415-454-1081.
May Roundtable
The next roundtable is on Wednesday, May 7. Both Boy Scout and Cub Scout sessions begin at 7:30 p.m. Roundtable is held at the LDS Church, 220 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, on the first Wednesday of most months through June. Anyone is welcome to attend. At least one person from each unit should come to stay up-to-date on what is happening around the council.

Along with important council information and announcements, the roundtable meetings will include program items specific to Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders.
Some Camp Staff Positions Still Available

Although all under-18 positions are filled at Marin Sierra, we are still looking for a couple over-18 and over-21 positions. These are (18) Trail to Eagle director, shotgun assistant, and a commissary assistant, and (21) Climbing director.

Applications for Boy Scout resident camp can be downloaded by clicking this link. Also you can email Tim Wells with any questions about Boy Scout camp.
Parties at Camp?

"I'm Sure Someone Will Do It?"

Taking care of our camp properties keeps them up to date and in good shape for all our users. The ongoing care of the facilities is what keeps us from major maintenance problems down the road.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to experience the joy of serving and helping at one of the camp properties during our work parties.

During the first Saturday of every month, we have a short (half day) work party at Tamarancho. You can contact John Pope or Ranger Dana if you would like to come up for one of those. There is always work to do, and it's nearby.

At Marin Sierra, there are several upcoming opportunities. We feed you for the work parties at Marin Sierra if you come to work. Form a car pool, and come on up! But, don't just drop in because we want to make sure there is food for you. Email us ahead.
  • Memorial Day Weekend Camp-Opening Work Party, May 24-27. Come for all or part. There is much work to be done getting camp ready for summer. We will be building picnic tables, platforms, preparing campsites, working in COPE, along with many other projects. Email Tim Wells if you can come up so we get you in the food count.  
  • Special Ibach Lodge Upgrade Work Party, weekends of August 16 and 23. We are doing some major maintenance and upgrades: Reroof, finishing bathrooms, remodeling kitchen. We will need both skilled and capable unskilled help. Email Tim Wells or John Pope with questions or if you can help.  
  • Labor Day Camp-Closing Weekend, August 30-Sept. 1. This is when we put away everything from summer and get ready for the snow. There is again much work to be done, and many capable hands make the work easier. Email Tim Wells if you can help.
So, will someone do it? We don't know. Will you?

Thank you in advance for your help.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Marin and Redwood Empire Council's 2014 NYLT Course

June 22 (Sun) 12 noon to June 28 (Sat) 11:00 a.m.

Camp Tamarancho


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.


The NYLT Course is leadership training experience sponsored by the Marin and Redwood Empire Area Councils and held at Camp Tamarancho in Marin. The training is conducted by highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors.


The course models a month in the life of a unit. The training consists of a variety of lectures and Scout activities culminating in an overnight outpost camp.


Any questions, contact Erik Masterson Scoutmaster 2014 NYLT Course. You may obtain more information or apply through the Marin Council by clicking this link.  

Wood Badge 2014

Don't miss the opportunity to attend Wood Badge in the fall. You will be very glad you did.

There will be a full article in the Dispatch next month; however, to learn more, click this link.
Catholic Scouting

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is inviting Scouts to be recognized for earning the Catholic religious awards on May 15. For information, click here.
Technology Quest

Technology Quest:

A Leadership Challenge, July 15-19


This course is designed to provide you with a technology-based leadership challenge that applies the cutting edge technology activities, and advanced leadership skills and that motivates you to follow a life of servant leadership by helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.


The TQ Challenge will equip youth leaders to be better leaders, and to better succeed in all aspects of their school, family life and careers. It will help guide a Scouts' journey in leadership service to others - able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.


Course Activities include

  • Advanced teambuilding skills
  • Geocaching
  • Robotics
  • 3D Printing
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnology

Participant Requirements

  • Be 14 years of age by the first day of the course
  • Open to both youth and adult leaders
  • Be in good physical condition and have parts A, B, and C of the BSA annual medical form.
  • Be motivated to engage in leadership learning and to pass your skills to others after the course

Program Cost


The cost of the program is $375. Registration deadline is 5/31/14. This fee covers meals/lodging, training materials, a cap, and t-shirt. Payment in full is due with registration.


Click here for information and registration form. 

Click here to email for information.

Thank you for all you do to make Scouting in Marin possible.

Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America