From time to time the SFMC sets up challenge where the membership participates to accomplish a combined goal. In the past challenges have included reading and collecting money and toys for Toy-for-Tots.
Every year the SFMC Commandant selects at least one (usually more) for the Marines to dedicate their time and energy to in support of that charity’s mission. Every Marine who donates at least 4 hours of their time and energy in support of any charity qualifies for the Commandant’s Campaign Ribbon. The involvement is to be reported on the Unit’s bi-monthly report and the awards are issued each year in January or February when the full list of names is presented to the SFMC Commandant by COFORCECOM or their designee. PLEASE NOTE: Giving of your time and energy counts for this award, simply giving cash or donating items does not count for purposes of this award.
Currently the charities designated by the SFMC Commandant for purposes of this award are the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program (or its equivalent elsewhere in the World) and the Special Olympics Programs around the World.
SFMC Reading Challenge
The SFMC Reading Challenge is a program designed to encourage and promote extracurricular reading among Marines of all ages, from cadets to adults. To participate, all you have to do is read! The Challenge usually runs from International Conference to International Conference. During that year-long time frame, read all that you can, keep track of what you read and provide that information to your unit OIC for inclusion in their bi-monthly unit reports. In the final reporting period before each IC, results will be tabulated by FORCECOM, and awards and streamers will be presented at the IC for the most pages read in several categories. Details on eligibility and submission requirements follow:
This page outlines the requirements for the SFMC Wilderness Challenge. If you have any questions regarding the Challenge, please contact the Chair, General Wade Olson ( email@example.com).
The Wilderness Challenge is a yearly event. The over all event includes all the individual Challenges put on by the Brigades within the Corps. Each may be different but they all must represent the true nature of why the event was started. It must be physically challenging and promote fellowship. Challenges can be planned around any number of physical activities including sports but is not intended to be a win or lose contest. Anyone who participates receives the same reward. It is not to pit member against member, but members against themselves or nature. The first three official Challenges were hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains, but they can consist of training sessions, obstacle courses, treasure hunts or biking, swimming, hiking, skiing or any number of physically challenging events.
How to Bid:
Wilderness Challenge bids are judged by several factors. The most important of which is the nature of the event. However there are other very important factors to consider like how well organized it is, the area it will take place, safety for the participants, etc. It must be well planned and thought out. Plenty of time should be giving to get the word out to the members. Accommodations should be scouted out to give suggestions to visitors coming from long distances. There is a lot of planning to consider when putting together a bid.
A detailed description of the event is needed. It should include the following:
If it requires walking, riding or climbing describe the terrain in great detail.
. A list of equipment that everyone is required to have to participate.
. Registration fee and what it includes.
. List of Restaurants and Hotels in the area.
. If there is a meal included with the event describe it.
. Date, place and time the event starts and its likely duration.
. Contingencies for weather.
. Event Chair and Co-Chair contact information.
. Closing date on registrations.
Only one challenge is approved per brigade each year.
Any good Wilderness Challenge will include things besides the actual activity. It’s hard for the participants to fix food for a meal while hiking, biking, canoeing, etc. For these things it is a good idea to have a Ground Crew. These people do the other tasks such as fix meals, develop the group pictures, pick up party supplies, and other tasks preparing for the noonday meal or other activities for when the actual physical part of the event is over. This also gives those who may not be physically able to participate a chance to qualify for the ribbon as support crew.
A Wilderness Challenge notice must be posted to the Corps-L list at least six weeks prior to the event (or immediately after approval if less than six weeks remain) and once a week from then till registration is closed. Registration can start immediately upon advertisement and should be accepted for at least four weeks if the bid is granted six weeks or more before the event. Or it may run longer if you feel you won’t have a problem getting the Bandanas done closer to the last minute.
Each Challenge must provide a Group Photo large enough for autographs of participants. Generally an 8 x 10. This photo is to be taken of the group at the start of the event and the “ground crew” should have it developed and printed during the event so that participants may autograph it before they leave.
Each participant is to receive a bandanna in the color designated for the year. In 2008 (when this information was originally drafted) colors are Yellow bandanna with black embroidery.
Wilderness Challege Bandana Example