About Pine Tree Council, BSA

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The Pine Tree Council carries out this mission in central, western in southern Maine through a locally operated non-profit corporation chartered by the national council and supported by local volunteers and contributors. Our Council is divided into four districts inside of Maine, where Scouting is delivered to the local communities:

Districts

Abnaki - serving Androscoggin, Oxford and Sagadahoc counties

Casco Bay - serving Cumberland county

Kennebec Valley - serving Franklin, Kennebec, Lincoln, Knox and Somerset counties

York - serving York county

Council Leadership

Council Key 3

Jeffrey Messer - Council President                                     jeff@messerte.com

Bill Coffin - Council District Commissioner                      billcoffin@ptcbsa.org

Eric Tarbox - Council Scout Executive                              eric.tarbox@scouting.org

 

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Jeffrey Messer                     President

Edward Kane                       Executive Vice-President

Jeffrey Doss                         First Vice-President

Bill Coffin                             Council Commissioner

Alan Atkins                          Legal Counsel/Vice-President of Administration

Tom Cattell                          Treasurer

Eric Tarbox                          Scout Executive/CEO

David Erb                             Immediate Past President

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Alan Atkins Robert Barry Jason Beam Brian Butler
Thomas Cattell William Coffin Paul Conley  Frederick Denico
Dr. Jeffrey Doss Thomas Dunham David Erb  Elwood "Chip" Foye
Vincent Furey, Jr. Rodney Gagnon Kenneth Gray Larry Grondin
Janet Hansen Horace Horton Thomas Hussey Ken Kacere
Edward Kane Michael L'Abbe Richard Lambert  John Lescure
Jim Lesser Marc Libby, Sr. Michelle Libby Donald Littlefield
Misha Littlefield  Christopher Lockman  Jeffrey Messer  Jennifer Mogavero
Gary Moore Peter Moore Lynne Picoraro Ryan Poulin
Brian Prichard J.J. Rouhana Dr. Bruce Rueger  William Sipperly
Paul Spellman Clinton Staples Walt Stinson Kelly Sturmer
Edward Theriault James Thomas William Thornton Dr. Scott Valcourt
Peter Ventre David Weeks Richard Yerxa  
 

 

History of the Pine Tree Council

Our council was organized in 1919, and at that time was known as the Portland Council, as it only included the city of Portland. Mr. Whitman Smith was the first Scout Executive, and during his term from 1919 until 1926, the balance of Cumberland County was added and the name changed to Cumberland County Council. The council was incorporated in 1927, and the land purchase of Camp William Hinds was made to honor the late son of Charles Hinds, who was on the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Herbert "Skipper" Patrick, for whom Patrick campsite is named, became the second Scout Executive in 1927 and kept this position until 1943. During this time, there were three other councils in Maine: the Katahdin Area Council in Bangor, the Pine Tree Council in Rockland and the York County Council in the Biddeford-Saco area. This arrangement of councils left a large area of Maine with no organized Scouting. Smaller councils grew in Lewiston-Auburn and Oxford and Franklin counties.

In 1933, the councils in southern and central Maine merged to formally become the Pine Tree Council, and in 1936 the York County Council gave up their charter and joined Pine Tree Council.  Early growth records show a youth membership of over 3,200 Scouts in 1933, over 6,000 in 1948 and doubling to over 12,000 members in 1958. The Council Service Center on Auburn Street in Portland was erected in 1959 to become the official headquarters of the Pine Tree Council and was dedicated as the Niss Service Center in the 1960s to honor the support to Scouting from Bill Niss.

Source

Scout Oath     

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty To God and my country and to obey the Scout Law,
To help other people at all times,
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law       

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law

 

146 Plains Rd
Raymond, ME 04071
Phone: 207-797-5252

 

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