Be Prepared

Welcome to our Scouting family,
and thank you for serving the youth of Maine!
(Not yet a leader? Contact us to learn more.)

Get to know this site!

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.

We also offer the ability to search across Pine Tree Council's websites and events listings.

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.

The Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Portland, Maine, has a policy of zero tolerance for sexual advocacy or inappropriate behavior of any kind within its Scouting programs. Please see the PTC Statement on Sexual Advocacy for more information.

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.

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training (YPT) will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Effective June 1, 2018, all adults accompanying a Boy Scout Troop to a residence camp or Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must register as a leader. Please review the details of these policy changes.

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.

Need Help?

Not sure where to go for help? Contact commissioners@ptcbsa.org

Merit Badge Counselors, Nova Counselors and Supernova Mentors can find resources on the PTC Advancement site.

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

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