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

Info on Pine Tree Council camps can be found on the PTC Camp Site. We also maintain a handy page of all forms, contacts and documents for camp.

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.

Safety Forms

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

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

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!

Need Help?

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

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