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Rte 236, S.Berwick, ME (207)748-0014
-Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout Patrick Hourihan! As of 05/28/2014 he became our 32nd Eagle.
Some event highlights
-Sun Jun 22nd to Fri Jun 27th NYLT at Camp Bombazeen in Belgrade. For more information click this link.
-Sat Jun 28th Strawberry Festival fundraiser-Volunteers needed for shifts, 8am until closing. See Dave Wessling.
-Sat Jun 28th to Mon Jun 30th Fishing and canoe trip.
-Sun Jul 13th to Fri 18th - Summer Camp week 3, Byrd West/Maguire site @ Camp Hinds, The gates open at 2 PM, scouts released to parents after Fri campfire ceremony. Check out the Camp Hinds website for program info, forms, merit badges, etc.
Please go to the 2014 EVENTS page to see a complete listing of all activities and District/Council events of interest. The boys' Monthly Planning Calendars are available as links at the top of the page 2014 Calendar .doc or 2014 Calendar .pdf 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.
-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.
Merit Badge Counselors updated! 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. We could still use the following Eagle-required badges: First Aid, Lifesaving, and Swimming. It would also be great to have backups for Emergency Preparedness and Family Life. 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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