June 2014
Vol 7, Issue 6

The Dispatch
Monthly News
for Marin Council Leaders
and Friends



Fun, Adventure, Memories


Scouts in the BSA program need several key elements to keep them engaged. Here are three:


Fun-We will not see a young person exit faster from the Scouting program than if it is boring. Young men and women like to have fun-just like adults do. The program is designed to do just that. Taking them outdoors introduces a myriad of opportunities to have fun.


Adventure-Every young person needs to adventure, take risks, and explore the unknown. It's a crucial part of their development. Sitting at home in a controlled environment will not produce that. Going outdoors to unexplored places will. Take them hiking, swimming, camping, and more.


Memories-If we are doing the above 2 things, we will help our youth develop memories that will last a lifetime. They will not just remember where they went on a camping trip, but they will remember the smell of the air and trees around them, the wonder of the stars above, and the feeling of camaraderie around the campfire.


Baden-Powell said it well in the above quote. Let's give them everything they need and deserve from the Scouting program. 

In This Issue
June Roundtable
Council Pinewood Derby
Cub Scout Camping
Wood Badge 2014
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June Final Roundtable of the Year!
Because of paving in the LDS Church parking lot, we are unable to use the church this month. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we just found out about it a few days ago. The location has been changed to:

Trinity Community Church
1675 Grand Avenue
San Rafael

The free BBQ dinner starts at 6:00, and the town hall meeting with the council president Bill Barton, Scout Executive Michael Dybeck, and council commissioner Tony Mei, will start immediately following the dinner (time is dependent on when people finish eating).

Following the town hall meeting, the winter camp lottery will be held. You must have a representative from your unit there to claim a date.
Marin Council Pinewood Derby


Pinewood Derby at the Marin County Fair


Derby Race

Main Entry Gate, Behind the Marin Veteran's Auditorium, Bring a Friend, Under 12 get in free 

July 2: 1:00-3:00


Weigh In

At the council office

Tues. June 3: 5:00-7:30

Sat. June 14:11:00-1:00

No Exceptions; No Late Weigh-ins

To volunteer, contact Bill Bradbury


Derby Car Exhibition

Week Long Exhibition, Fair Exhibit Hall

Cars must be delivered to Scout Office with completed Exhibition Form no later than June 3,

Again, no exceptions, no late drop-offs.

Cub Scout Camping's Amazing Camps!

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 almost full. Download forms online here.   

Wood Badge 2014

Wood Badge is the ultimate leadership training program designed for ALL adult leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. It's offered right here by the North Bay at two picturesque BSA camps: a collaboration between Redwood Empire, Marin, and Piedmont Councils.


Prepare to have fun. This is a 6-day course: Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, at Camp Tamarancho and Saturday-Monday, October 4-6, at Camp Marin Sierra.


What can you expect? Wood Badge is:

  • Experienced-based learning as well as classroom learning
  • Based on contemporary leadership concepts used in the private sector - similar courses on the corporate side cost thousands of dollars - we charge just $275 (or $250 before May 17th) for a 6-day experience
  • Designed for use in Scouting as well as in the workplace and other volunteer organizations.

If the cost of the course is a concern, ask your unit about financial assistance, they will reap the rewards as much as you will.


Cub Scout leaders, why wait?!! You'll benefit the most, and the youth you serve will get the biggest payback. Get the help and skills now. Be prepared to assist your Webelos and their parents and leaders with the transition to Boy Scouts, and leave your pack stronger than you found it.


Register now to ensure it's on your calendar. If you delay you may miss out on this life-changing opportunity. More information and registration form found HERE.


I look forward to you joining us!


Eleanor Henderson

Course Director - Wood Badge 2014

North Coast Cluster


Properties Committee Report June 2014

  The summer party is here!   


It's a party! Work parties! Hey, they are just that, party time! Could there be more fun than a party with great food, activities, and friends? That's what we do, combined with a little aerobic activity to keep the conversation lively. Please consider helping with these important work parties.


Marin Sierra


Ibach Lodge

A series of work parties in August are scheduled to renovate the kitchen with new stoves and surfaces, complete the bathroom repairs, and replace the roof. There is ongoing work in the loft area and septic system issues to resolve. A work party description developed by Tim Wells is on the next page. Please communicate the dates to anyone you believe may be interested.


Read more . . . 

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.  

Let's go outdoors!

Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America