The purpose and philosophy of the Pine Bend Association have been to generate and develop friendship and good citizenship in the outdoor environment.

In addition to it's annual meeting and occasional special meetings or social activities, the association owns and maintains a half section of campground land on a central Minnesota lake. Camp sites have been developed and are available to Scout troops or similar organizations, as well as to members of the association for the purpose of learning about and enjoying the natural surroundings.

The association is incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization for the purpose of holding the property and financial assets, from which donations to such organizations as the Twin Cities Boy Scout councils have been made annually. Having evolved from the Pine Bend Scout Club, which was formed in 1932, the association has a heritage deep in the Scouting Movement (the PBSC motto was "A Scout is Friendly"; the PBA motto is "A Scout Is Helpful"). This does not preclude its interest or future development into compatible areas.

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