We hope for finances to never be a barrier to Scouting.
Scout Bucks or Camp Bucks have been issued as part of the Pine Tree Council popcorn sale. These Bucks are usable for camp fees, and may not be used in the Scout Shop or in the Camp trading post.
Camp Bucks are a physical item (paper) and must be turned-in physically to the Council offices. This may be done in-person or by mail to:
Pine Tree Council, BSA
ATTN: Tammy Chapman
146 Plains Rd
Raymond, ME 04071
Please include the following information along with your Camp Bucks:
- Scout name, address and phone number
- Unit type (Pack, Troop, Crew) and number
- Which camp they will be attending
- Camp registration number, if available
Bucks are transferrable. Scouts not attending camp may give their Camp Bucks to a Scout who is by giving that Scout the Camp Bucks paper, which that Scout may then redeem as detailed above.
Popcorn Powers Scouting
Scouts can earn their way to camp through fundraising. Pine Tree Council's annual popcorn sale presents one such opportunity.
Units may also operate their own fundraising events after obtaining approval from their Chartered Organization and Pine Tree Council via a Unit Money-Earning Application.
It is important to have conversation with your Unit Leader (Cubmaster or Scoutmaster) if finances pose a barrier to Scouting. Units and Chartered Organizations may be able to assist a family in offsetting camp expenses. There are additionally a number of community organizations throughout the state which provide financial assistance to youth wishing to attend camp.
Realizing that families occasionally are not in the financial position to pay for their Scout to attend a camping experience, Pine Tree Council's camp scholarship (Campership) funds are made available to assist those Scouts with a financial need. These funds generally do not cover the full camp bill, but supplement funds from other sources.
Families must apply for a campership in advance of the April 1st deadline. The campership application must be signed by the Scout's Unit Leader (Cubmaster or Scoutmaster) before submission to Council, so please budget enough time for this to occur. To support fair decision-making about how funds are used throughout the Council, the form requires a summary of fundraising efforts, income, and money contributed by the Unit and Chartered Organization. This form is reviewed by the Unit Leader and the Council's Campership committee, who will do their best to help your Scout attend a camping experience.
Pine Tree Council's fee structure includes many discounts to help enable families to maximize Scouting opportunities. When a family sends multiple Scouts to camp, a multi-Scout discount is provided. When a Scout attends multiple weeks of program, a multi-week discount may be available.