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Rte 236, S.Berwick, ME (207)748-0014
-There are changes in progress with the Pine Tree Council and York District websites. The York District site is now located on the PTC site at http://york.pinetreebsa.org/, the OA Lodge site is now https://sites.google.com/site/lodge271pinetree/, the Pine Spills newsletter is now at http://pinetreebsa.org/pine-spills-newsletter/, and the camp Hinds page has been relaunched at http://camphinds.org/. I'm sure there are more changes coming, so if you find broken links or have emails returned, please let me know the particulars and I will investigate.
Some event highlights
-Sat Mar 29 to Sun 3/30 Local Bike trip and Game Night at SBRGA.
-The Mon Mar 31 6:45-8pm Court of Honor has been rescheduled to April (28th?), and there will be a regular Scout meeting this Monday instead.
-Sat Apr 12 to Sun 4/13 Camp Jack overnighter with Hunger Games theme.
-Sun Apr 13 Committee Meeting rescheduled to 3pm at club with Venture meeting.
-Mon Apr 14 Boards of Review at regular scout meeting, committee members needed.
-Sat Apr 26 8am - noon Rod & Gun Club Spring Cleanup. -Mon Apr 28 6:30pm Court of Honor at the S.Berwick Rod & Gun club. Come and celebrate our Scouts achievements!
-Fri May 2 to Sun 5/4 West Point Camporee. Depart SBRGA Fri at 7am, target return Sun 5pm.
-Fri May 16 5:00pm to Sun May 18 11am York District Spring Camporee 2014. Aviation-based theme at Sanford Airport. Registration Form link. The goal is to give free airplane rides to all Scouts who would like one. In order to be eligible for this opportunity, Scouts need two consent forms to be filled out by parents or legal guardians. One of these forms is the BSA Activity Consent form and the other form is from the EAA Young Eagles and is ONLY available from Owen Maguire or Rick Raynes (our Jason Mongeon has some). The deadline for this paperwork to be turned in is MAY 2, 2014. A more detailed explanation is available on the York District Website: york.pinetreebsa.org/. Scouts can choose one of two options to experience flight. The first is the chance to get a free airplane ride and the second is the chance to try and land a plane in a full size Redbird Simulator. Our goal is to get everyone to experience their choice of flight, however, please understand it may not be possible. Both of these opportunities are subject to variables such as weather, the number of pilots available and the number of scouts. Scouts can NOT pick both choices; they MUST choose either the airplane ride or the simulator.
The Scouts have planned many exciting activities and we have provided our input to ensure the best possible program, reflected in these links. 2014 Calendar .doc or 2014 Calendar .pdf.
Please go to the 2014 EVENTS page to see a complete listing of all activities. Please don't hesitate to call your Scoutmaster if you have any questions.
Check out the updated 2014 Night Sky Notes below for the year's celestial events.
Merit Badge Counselors needed! Your profession, natural talent, or hobby interests can become a great asset for the advancement of Scouts, with your application to be a Merit Badge Counselor. It's easier than you think, and has great rewards for a small investment of your time. Check out the Troop Resource Survey and the Official Merit Badge List to get ideas of which ones you'd like to teach. Check out the Merit Badge Central section on our LINKS page and please contact Secretary Lenny Andrews with any questions or for assistance in signing up. Help build tomorrow's leaders! I've also added a new fillable Merit Badge Counselor application Word doc, so you can save your info for easy submittal each year.
Training Requirements for all Adult Leaders & Merit Badge Councilors
To be Trained, all Scoutmasters, Assistants, Committee and Merit Badge Counselors need to complete the following:
* Youth Protection Training: Pine Tree Council is now asking that Adults take the online YPT annually. Take it online. There are no exceptions, and anyone not trained will not be allowed to recharter.
* All Adult Leaders may benefit from taking "This is Scouting" and/or Boy Scout Fast Start online training, but it is no longer a requirement to be considered trained.
* All Committee Members must take Troop Committee Challenge online
* Scoutmasters must have Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training (SMLST) - indoor training.
* Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend.
SMLST should be completed before ITOLS.
If you need to take ITOLS or SMLST, please email York District Training Chair - Tony Fleurent advising your availability. Here is the 2014 training schedule from Council. Some training dates are listed on the Events page.
Other required training can be taken online from the comfort of home.
* Hazardous Weather (required by the Leader on any outdoor activity)
* Safety Afloat (required for any boating activity)
* Trek Safely (required for backpacking excursions)
See the Summary sheet for Basic Training Requirements and go to our FORMS & PHOTOS page to see our Training section.
These are just a sample of the many E-learning courses offered online. See our Online Training Tips for help in setting up an account and printing your certificates to a pdf file for our records.
What's Up in The Night Sky 2014
January 2, 3 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower. January 5 - Jupiter will be at its closet to Earth and its face fully illuminated by the sun. April 8 - Mars will be on its closest appproach to Earth since 2008. April 14 - a total lunar eclipse. April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. May 10 - Saturn will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. May 24 - Possible brilliant new meteor shower predicted, from the debris field left behind by a small comet known as P/209 LINEAR. July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. October 8 - Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible throughout most of the world. October 8, 9 - Draconids Meteor Shower. October 22, 23 - Orionids Meteor Shower. November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower. November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower. December 22, 23 - Ursids Meteor Shower.
Check out these websites for details and look up at the night sky to see 'what's up'. Sea and Sky Astronomy, SkyLog, Night Sky Notes, The Planetary Society, NASA realdata sightings.
Please, keep sending ideas, schedules, events, updates, etc. for posting. You'll find links to other sites of interest on our Links & Resources page.
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