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This site is designed to serve as the index to contacts, general Scouting knowledge, and resources for Scouters (registered adult Scout leaders) in Pine Tree Council. We hope you'll use this site regularly. Whatever Scouting info you need, this is the right place to start!

On this site we have information on our expectations for leaders (on this page), how to keep informed, administration, Scouting, the outdoors, and the PTC contacts who can help with questions.

The essential links and forms from this site may be found on our forms page.

Safe Scouting

Nothing is more important than the safety of our youth. Through the Scouter Code of Conduct we commit ourselves to making the protection of youth a personal priority.

The definitive guide to safety in the Scouting program is BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting, which includes details on safety requirements, forms, and age-appropriate guidelines for Scouting activities.

Youth Protection

All registered adult leaders in Pine Tree Council are required to complete Youth Protection training annually.

This training may be taken online at my.scouting.org even before an adult application is submitted. A printed copy of your Youth Protection certificate should be submitted with your adult leader application.

Please see Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for instructions on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies.

Uniforming

Proper uniforming of adult leaders sets a positive tone from the top, reinforcing personal equality, Scouting spirit, achievement and personal commitment.

Uniforms are available from the Scout Shop and online at scoutstuff.org. Additionally, many units operate a Uniform Bank containing donated uniforms.

What makes a uniform complete? Where should patches be sewn on the uniform? See the Uniform Inspection Sheet for Scout Leaders.

Training

Scouts deserve a Trained leader.

Training is available for every Scouting role. See Trained Leader Requirements to determine what training you need.

Training is available online and in-person. For a printable list of upcoming training events, see Training at a Glance.

Progress Cards

How can you Do Your Best?

Each role in Scouting is eligible for a Training Award. Working toward this award will help make you a strong leader for the youth you serve.

A number of other awards and recognitions are issued on a nominating basis, including the prestigious District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver awards.

There's more! Use these resource links to access five additional pages of Leader Resources!

News & Events

Keep Updated on Local and National Scouting.

Events

Registration for all Pine Tree Council events, training and camp programs is provided through the PTC Events registration platform.

The biggest events in our Council are the annual University of Scouting which brings together adult leaders and youth aged 14+ for a day of training you just can't find elsewhere, and the annual Scout-o-Rama which brings together youth and public from across Pine Tree Council for a weekend of camping and activities.

District Websites

Camporees, Pinewood Derbies, Scouting for Food, Klondike Derby, Roundtable and Merit Badge Colleges are all provided at the District level. The best place to find information on local Scouting events and resources is your District website:

Pine Spills

Pine Tree Council's email newsletter, "Pine Spills" reaches 70% of leaders. Help us make it 100% by subscribing today! New issues are sent every 2-4 weeks.

PTC Facebook

Pine Tree Council operates a Facebook page of Scouting news and information from around the Council, the Boy Scouts of America, and Scouting worldwide. Like us and share!

Scouting Wire

BSA's official blog is "Scouting Wire", providing a roundup of Scouting news and information for parents, volunteers and employees.

Bryan on Scouting

Scouting Magazine's blog, "Bryan on Scouting", provides adult leaders important news about program updates and leader resources.

Unit Administration

Keep paperwork overhead in check so you can focus on Scouting.

Annual Planning

BSA provides tools to support annual planning, including budgeting and program planning.

Training on the annual planning process is included in position-specific Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader training courses. Training is available online and in-person. For a printable list of upcoming training events, see Training at a Glance.

JTE

The Journey to Excellence is a continuous improvement program for all Units, Districts and Councils across the Boy Scouts of America.

JTE Scorecards are useful in annual planning and in tracking ongoing Unit performance.

Work with your Commissioner to set reasonable goals.

Advancement

Advancement is tracked using Internet Advancement, and awards are then purchased from the Scout Shop. Access to Unit Account funds at the Scout Shop is restricted, and the approved list should be updatd annually.

The PTC Advancement Team provides support for Advancement policies and procedures and Internet Advancement. Internet Advancement training is available, as well as "Getting the Most from Internet Advancement".

The Guide to Advancement details the Advancement program. The Guide to Insignia and Awards lists the awards which may be earned. Uniform Inspection Sheets detail where awards should be sewn on.

Some Units have elected to make use of Scoutbook for advancement tracking. Internet Advancement remains the system of record, and data must be transferred from Scoutbook to Internet Advancement.

Recruitment

New Scouts find your Unit through local recruiting and through beascout.org. Please keep your Unit pin up-to-date if your Unit contact, Chartered Organization or meeting place changes.

New Scouts currently register using a paper Youth Application. Online registration will launch in Pine Tree Council in June, 2017.

New Adult leaders currently register using a paper Adult Application. Please make sure all signature boxes are complete (both pages), your Social Security Number is provided (as to enable a background check), and the correct position code is specified. If you are registering for a new position, please note your existing member ID as to prevent accidental doubling of member IDs. Online registration will launch in Pine Tree Council in June, 2017.

If you're planning a recruit event for your Unit, please contact your District Executive to have flyers printed.

Recharter

All units in Pine Tree Council complete a recharter process annually in the fall, with all paperwork completed by December 31st. This process is handled by the Unit's Committee Chair in coordination with the Unit Leader (Cubmaster or Scoutmaster) and Chartered Organization Rep.

As part of this process, Pine Tree Council requires that all leaders repeat Youth Protection training (available online at my.scouting.org) in the same year as the recharter (e.g. if charter paperwork is due by Dec 31, 2017, all leaders must have a 2017 Youth Protection training completion date).

The Commissioner Team provides information about the recharter starting with Youth Protection training reminders in June, and recharter process instructions in the fall.

Talent Forms

Most Units resource from within. The Family Talent Survey can help identify which parents have power tools and who has a large vehicle for hauling cases of popcorn.

Fundraising

Pine Tree Council supports Units by administering an annual Popcorn sales program.

Units seeking other fundraising opportunities must complete a Unit Money-Earning Application. The Council does not take a cut from fundraisers. In accordance with Fiscal Policies and Procedures for BSA Units, fundraising is not permitted unless approved by the Chartered Organization and the Council. This application is not needed for the Council's popcorn sale.

Unit Accounts are maintained with Pine Tree Council and the Scout Shop. Access to these accounts is controlled by the Restricted Use of Unit Accounts form, which should be updated annually.

FOS

Friends of Scouting provides an important source of funds to support Scouting program within Pine Tree Council. Please contact your District Executive if your Unit has not yet scheduled a FOS presentation. PTC intends to provide a new site on FOS later in 2017.

LDS Units

Units chartered to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints follow LDS-specific program guidance.

Program

Use your resources to provide great Scouting opportunities.

Med Forms

All participants in Scouting activities should have an Annual Health and Medical Record (aka "Med Form").

Register for Activities

Registration for all Pine Tree Council events, training and camp programs is provided through the PTC Events registration platform.

Program Planning

With the growth of new high-quality online resources, program planning has come a long way in the last year.

Leader Manuals

Leader manuals exist for each Scouting program and are available through the Scout Shop and online at scoutstuff.org

Cub Scouting

To run an effective Cub Scouting program, "Keep It Simple, Make It Fun".

Cub Scouting provides opportunities for fun and growth for boys grade 1 through 5. Some Packs participate in our Lion Pilot, which opens Cub Scouting to grade K.

Packs which are active year-round may be eligible for the National Summertime Pack Award.

For the latest information on Cub Scout program, see cubscouts.org and the Program Updates page.

Boy Scouting

The most effective Troops are boy-led using the Patrol Method. Contact the Commissioner Team if you have questions about the Patrol Method!

Boy Scouting is for boys aged 11 to 18, an opportunity to develop leadership skills in the outdoors, and to work toward the Eagle Scout rank.

For the latest information on Boy Scout program, see Program Updates.

Venturing

Venturing is a Youth-led and Youth-administered program for young men and women aged 14 to 20. Focused on Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth and Service, the Venturing program provides an enormous range of opportunities for outdoor leadership development, shooting sports competition, and high adventure activities.

See venturing.org and Program Updates page for program information. Contact the ACC for Venturing with program questions.

Sea Scouting

Please see seascout.org for Sea Scouting program resources.

Exploring

Please see exploring.org for Exploring program resources. Pine Tree Council provides an annual Maine Youth Law Enforcement Academy. Please contact Ron Lemons, 207-797-5252 x16, with Exploring questions.

Youth Leadership

Pine Tree Council Scouts are active with the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow, through the Madockawanda Lodge.

Cub Scout Leaders may seek assistance from their District's OA Chapter to support camp promotion and Arrow of Light crossover ceremonies. Boy Scout Leaders and Venturing Leaders should keep in touch with the District OA Chapter to support annual OA elections.

In support of Venturing youth leadership and administration, Pine Tree Council is forming a Venturing Officer's Association. Contact the ACC for Venturing for more information.

Boy Scouts and Venturers develop leadership skills through Scouting activity and training. NYLT is one of the tools available to strengthen youth leadership skills.

Roundtable

One of the best resources for program information is your monthly District Roundtable, open to all leaders. See your District website for more information.

Camping

Pine Tree Council provides a wide range of summer camping opportunities including Cub Scout Day Camp, Webelos Resident Camp, Boy Scout Traditional Camping and Specialty Camping. Pine Tree Council also provides Winter Camp, Fly First Class, and Okpik opportunities. All camp and activity registrations are handled via PTC Events.

Scouts unable to afford camp should be encouraged to apply for a camp scholarship (campership).

Pine Tree Council properties may be rented by Units and outside groups when camp is not in session. Units who camp at all four Council properties within a year may be eligible for the Unit Camping Award.

Service Hours

Service hours are tracked per the instructions under the "Service Projects" heading on the Journey to Excellence page.

Special Needs

Are you supporting a Scout with Autism or other special needs? Resources are available to help you maximize their experience.

STEM/Nova

BSA provides the Nova and Supernova programs to encourage youth to develop an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM).

Religious Emblems

Religion is deeply personal. Duty to God is an essential element of all Scouting programs. BSA does not provide religious programs, but recognizes religious emblems earned by Scouts and leaders.

Unique to PTC

Pine Tree Council provides a number of rare and unique Scouting program opportunities including:

  • Pinewood Derby rules are established at the Council level. Please observe District and Council announcements of Pinewood Derby rules.
  • Okpik, where Scouts can sleep outside in a quinzhee (offered seasonally)
  • The Scout Patriot Award which encourages Scouts of all ages to learn about America's founding fathers through the Scout law, discussion and field trips.
  • The Unit Camping Award which recognizes Units that camp at all four Council properties within a year.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is considered by many as a peak experience in their Scouting careers. Wood Badge Training offers a unique opportunity for learning and for leadership. Participants live and work together in a Patrol with other Scouters, while they learn about the skills of leadership. The skills of Wood badge will help you in your personal and professional life along with Scouting!

Outdoors

Places to Hike

Outdoor Training

Pine Tree Council provides age-appropriate outdoor program training:

  • BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), preparing you to take your Pack camping
  • WLOT (Webelos Leader Outdoor Training), preparing you to deliver outdoor skills training in the Webelos and Arrow of Light programs
  • ITOLS (Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills), preparing you to deliver outdoor skills training within a Boy Scout Troop

Training is available online and in-person. For a printable list of upcoming training events, see Training at a Glance.

Wilderness First Aid

'This course goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too.'

Pine Tree Council offers Wilderness First Aid training several times per year. Upcoming opportunities are listed online. WFA training is also offered through WMA and SOLO.

Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor Ethics should be applied by all Units. Outdoor Ethics includes the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly!

Contact Us

Let us know if you have questions.

District Executives

Each District in Pine Tree Council is served by a professional:

PTC Offices

Pine Tree Council offices process the paperwork that keeps Scouting moving.

Mailing address: 146 Plains Rd, Raymond, ME 04071
Office phone: 207-797-5252
Office FAX: 207-655-6282

The Scout Shop is located at 131 Johnson Rd in Portland, ME and may be reached at 207-541-3951 or by emailing [email protected]

The following staff support Council operations:

The following contacts are for Camp operations:

  • Camp Hinds Office: 207-655-6766
  • Camp Bomazeen Office: 207-465-3098
  • Director, Camp Bomazeen: Butch Dawbin
  • Director, Camp Hinds: Jack Waite

Scout Executive

For all press inquiries and policy questions, please contact Pine Tree Council's Scout Executive, Eric Tarbox, 207-797-5252 x20

Please see Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for instructions on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies.

You Are The District

Pine Tree Council is volunteer-led and professionally-guided. At the Council level and in every District, a paid professional works with a team of volunteers to help support Scouting.

Pine Tree Council serves 10 of Maine's 16 counties. The leaders volunteering at the District and Council level often get their start as a Scout or as a Unit-level volunteer within the Council. And as we serve a broad geographic area, it takes leaders in all places, not just in Portland or Raymond, to provide an effective Scouting program. Scouting is where you are.

When you see needs at the District or Council level, please surface those needs. The Districts and the Council do their best to serve the needs of the Units. By letting us know about a problem, you enable us to pursue a solution.

But recognize too that there is opportunity to serve Scouting. As a volunteer-led Council, we are the Districts and we are the Council. Contact your District Commissioner or District Executive to offer your assistance.