Outdoors

Safety First

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

Tour permits and plans were required since the 1960's, but have been eliminated as of April 1, 2017. Direct questions to commissioners@ptcbsa.org

All registered leaders must be Youth Protection trained annually. If your Unit is swimming, boating, climbing, camping, or flying then additional training may be required. Please see the Guide to Safe Scouting for details on these activity-specific training requirements.

Leaders are encouraged to make use of the Activity Consent Form for all activities outside the normal meeting place as per the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Places to Hike

Places to Explore

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!

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