Scouting is a Training culture and a broad range of courses are scheduled within Pine Tree Council throughout the year.
Leader-specific training for most registered leader roles is available both online and in-person. Outdoor training and specialty courses are available in-person.
All in-person training events in Pine Tree Council accept registration through PTC Events.
A list of these opportunities is available via PTC Events or on our printable Training-at-a-Glance document.
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BSA provides training online through the my.scouting.org platform. Online training includes Youth Protection, leader role-specific training for most roles, and a number of supplemental training courses.
District Committee Training and Chartered Organization Representative training are not offered online at this time.
Merit Badge Counselor and Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training (the indoor training) are now available online.
Outdoor training courses (such as the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Training -- ITOLS, needed by Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters) are available only in-person. ITOLS is highly-recommended, and includes training on the Patrol Method used by Boy Scout Troops.
If I take training online, what do I miss?
Pine Tree Council wishes for all registered leaders to become Trained in their role. We recognize that not every leader will have training needs which align to our scheduled training opportunities. Please become Trained, using online courses as needed.
Leaders taking online training should recognize that they are missing some of the experience delivered when courses are attended in-person. We provide this guidance to help you close the gap:
- Our trainers typically provide localized expertise and Pine Tree Council-specific details. PTC's Leader Resources site is intended to make this information available to you.
- There is always someone available to answer your questions. Please contact your District Training Chair or the Commissioner Team to assist with questions.
- It's important to have opportunity to meet and learn from other local leaders. Your monthly District Roundtable and the annual University of Scouting provide great opportunity for fellowship and learning.