The troop week begins each Sunday at noon and ends each Saturday by 8:30 a.m. This fantastic, one week, troop camping opportunity can be coupled with a trek (before or after a camp session) in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. Most weeks begin with a stunning campfire on Monday night and end with an intertroop campfire on Friday night.
Click this link to download the 2016 General Program Schedule. Although this may change, it gives you a good idea of what the week will look like.
Here is the list of merit badges for 2016 and a chart showing those that have specific schedules to help determine your Scout's schedule. These charts have been extracted from the Leader's Guide.
Merit badge sign-ups take place Monday morning in an arena style. Many merit badges are drop-in style, where a Scout does not sign-up on Monday to work on a badge at any particular time but brings his blue card to the merit badge class. Others are scheduled, meaning the Scout signs-up on Monday to pariticpate in a particular session. See Chapter 4 of the Leader's Guide for more about this Monday session.
Jamboree Cooking Day
The Trail to First Class area is geared toward guiding newer Scouts through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. It has both scheduled times to work on particular requirements but is available for drop-in work as well. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are strongly encouraged to work with their Scouts in this area.
Handicraft, Nature, and Scout Skills offer all Scouts many options to explore topics of interest, hobbies and to earn Eagle-reqiuired merit badges. Refer to the Leader Guide for the listing of difficulty level of each merit badge, any age or rank recommendations, and any pre-requisite requirements.
The Marin Sierra Shooting Sports program consists of the rifle, shotgun, and archery ranges. Free shoot and merit badge work is done on the range, and all Scouts and adult leaders receive the range safety orientation. Scouts also have the opportunity to earn an NRA safety certificate from a certified NRA Instructor. To participate in shooting sports, COPE, or climbing, parents must be sure to sign the Minor Activity Release Form.
Trail to Eagle classes are offered to older Scouts who have perhaps earned most of the camp-type merit badges. This is a great way to bring the older Scouts to camp to help with troop leadership and to jump-start them on their Eagle advancement. These are some of the most popular classes for older youth.
Rock Climbing is held on large granite walls, cliffs, and overhangs on the edge of Camp Marin Sierra. Scouts can complete a 40' rappell or take their first steps in learning to climb. Numerous different climbing routes and rappells provide all levels a safe and exciting experience.
The state-of-the-art COPE couse facilitates challenges for individuals, patrols, and troops. Project COPE is designed to teach an understanding of individual comfort zones, teamwork skills, self and group assessment and increase team confidence and competence. From a week long, in-depth, challenging, team and personal experience to an evening patrol activity, there is something to challenge everyone on the COPE course.
Marin Council has invested resources and is proud to have a well-equipped COPE course. It is challenging and fun for both youth and adults.