This document presents the policies and procedures for the operation of Troop 412. The purpose of this document is to provide Scouts, parents, and adult leaders of the Troop a reference that explains the policies of the Troop. These guidelines are meant to be followed by all members of Troop 412.
The policies created by the Troop Committee and Scoutmaster in Troop 412 are intended to supplement the bylaws, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, the Heart of America Council, the Red Tailed Hawk District and Olathe Christian Church.
Because the Troop Committee, in consultation with the Scoutmaster and parents, have formulated these guidelines, the Troop Committee and Scoutmaster, in appropriate circumstances, may make exceptions to these policies. This document will be revised from time to time in order to accommodate changes in official Policy and the needs of the Troop.
There may be circumstances where a Scout or a Scout family has a special need. Please contact the Scoutmaster or the Chartered Organization Representative to
discuss any issue in complete confidence. Issues could include: financial assistance, academic or special needs, medical matters, behavior or personality matters, or anything else that may affect the Scout or their performance in the Troop.
Membership in Boy Scouting is open to all boys who have completed the fifth grade, achieved the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts, or are at least 11 years old but not older than 18 years old. Scouts who are 18 years or older can become adult leaders in the Troop upon approval of the Troop Committee.
Each Scout must have completed a registration form (one time only) and pay the annual registration fee (see Appendix A). Each Scout must have the Boy Scout Handbook and a complete Scout Uniform as discussed herein.
Adults are encouraged to take an active role in the Troop, but must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America. The fee for registration is collected in Spring, and is presented in Appendix A. Adult leadership positions are available for anyone wishing to help with the Troop. Some positions are elected, some are appointed.
Scout Run/Boy Led Troop
Empowering boys to be leaders is at the core of Scouting and is as Lord Baden- Powell planned the program to be. Scouts learn by doing, and some of what they do in Scouting is lead their Patrols and the Troop. Troop 412 is a small democracy. The Scouts are formed into Patrols, the basic unit of the Troop, and we operate by the “Patrol Method”. Troop 412 relies upon Scouts serving in positions of responsibility to plan and manage the Troop’s activities. The Scouts themselves develop the Troop’s program, and then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve their goals.
An important part of the leadership experience is to handle adversity with resolve and persistence. For that reason, it is important that the Troop provide the Scouts the “opportunity to fail” with the protection of a safety net. This one of the most challenging aspects of serving as an adult leader to a Troop. There is nothing more difficult than watching a group of Scouts argue over the right direction to go, the proper way to start a fire or the correct way to prepare dinner, knowing that the outcome of the discussion will be less than an optimal result.
Within the boundaries of safety, however, it is absolutely essential that the leaders permit the adverse results to occur and assist the Scouts in learning the lessons that come from such experiences. Thus, it is not unlikely that your Scout may come home from an outdoor activity cold, wet or hungry on occasion. It is the Troop’s task to be sure that your Scout is safe and learns a positive lesson from experience rather abandoning the whole program. It is the sopping wet campout and the black pancakes of which Boy Scout legends are made.
As proven through the years, the Scouts will also learn something about preparation, responsibility and accountability along the way.
Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout Troop. A Patrol is a small group (6 to 8 boys is the ideal size) of boys who work together as a team to make the Patrol a success (this is the foundation of the “Patrol Method”). Each Patrol has a name and should develop a Patrol yell, Patrol flag and other things that give the Patrol its own identity. In Troop 412 the Patrols sit together during meetings and are assigned responsibilities for various parts of the meeting such as the opening, the closing and pre-meeting set up. The Scouts also plan their participation in Troop campouts as Patrols. Similarly they tent, cook and eat as Patrols.
In addition, Troop equipment such as tents and stoves are assigned to each Patrol. The Patrol is responsible for making sure that this equipment is available for its
use at the campout, and may require working with the Quartermaster or other parties. Failure to meet these responsibilities may well result in a weekend out under the stars with out the benefit of a tent or cold meals without the benefit of a stove! As Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement once observed, “The object of the Patrol Method is not as much saving the Scoutmaster trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.”
In Troop 412 we have decided that each Patrol should consist of Scouts of diverse ages. We believe that this contributes to the “Boy Run Troop” concept. This Patrol organization creates another opportunity for boys to teach and mentor other boys. It also presents more opportunities for leadership and helps to provide continuity in the Troop Program and Scout skills over time. In addition, it gives the older Scouts a sense of ownership in their own organization.
First year Scouts, as they reach the rank of First Class, are assigned (via the Senior Patrol Leader, and the Scoutmaster) to existing Patrols in the early Spring after they have had a year to become familiar with the Troop’s program and the basics of Troop camping through the Troop’s First Year Scouting Program.
Parental input may be solicited to assist the Scoutmaster in assigning the first year Scouts to more permanent Patrols.
After Scouts reach their 5th year or 15 years in age, in the Troop, they will be allowed to form their own Patrol or join an existing ‘Venture Patrol’. This allows them to perform in an advisory role in the Troop.
Other Patrol functions (on a rotating basis) include (but are not limited to): responsibility for setup and takedown of chairs and other equipment used for the Troop functions; performing opening and closing ceremonies of Troop meetings; and responsibility for loading and unloading of the trailer used for the transport of the Troop equipment to a campout.
The members of each Patrol elect one of their own to serve as their Patrol Leader. Troop 412 conducts elections twice a year for the purpose of electing Patrol
Leaders. In some cases, the Senior Patrol Leader may appoint the Patrol Leaders. Other Scouts may be assigned to Positions of Responsibility for the Troop according to their abilities, interests, and needs of the Troop. The elections for Senior Patrol Leader take place once a year. Scouts who are interesting in running for Senior Patrol Leader should approach the Scoutmaster and express their interest, and be prepared to discuss their qualifications and goals.
Becoming a Patrol Leader is often a Scout’s first opportunity to develop practical leadership skills. His responsibilities include taking a leading role in planning and conducting the Patrol’s participation in Troop activities, encouraging other Patrol members to complete advancement requirements; representing the Patrol as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council, and being sure that the Patrol arrives at Troop Campouts with the appropriate equipment and groceries. The Patrol may also elect other leaders such as an Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Quartermaster.
The Patrol Leaders’ Council consists of the Patrol Leaders, The Senior Patrol Leader, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and perhaps some other positions of responsibility, at the discretion of the Senior Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leaders’ Council plans and runs the Troop’s Program and activities and gives long-range direction with an annual program planning meeting that lays out the Troop’s calendar for the coming year. The Patrol Leaders’ Council reviews and evaluates the Troop’s most recent activity, plans the next month’s activity and plans the Troop meetings for the next month.
In Troop 412 the Patrol Leaders’ Council meets at least once a month, typically the Monday following a Troop campout.
First Year Scouts Patrol(s)
Oftentimes it is difficult for a Scout to transition from being a Webelos Scout to a Boy Scout. In order to help with that transition, all Scouts who join the Troop become members of a special Patrol for the first year (or longer if needed). This is generally a Patrol made up of boys of the same age. This type of Patrol setting will also help ease the transition of Webelos into Boy Scouts. There is one or two Assistant Scoutmasters and a Troop Guide assigned to work exclusively with these first year Scouts to ensure they have a great start in Boy Scouts.
The Scouts in this program will work closely together and with their ASMs and their Troop Guide to learn the basics of the Scouting program. They will be taught knots, first aid, cooking (and cleaning!), hiking and navigation, knife/axe/saw safe handling, and many other skills. These are taught through exercises in the Troop meetings, campouts, and summer camp, so it is important to attend as many of these as possible.
The end of this program is realized by the Scout earning their First Class rank advancement.
The Old Dogs Patrol
The adult Patrol is called the “Old Dog Patrol”. The Old Dogs operate in the Patrol Method just as the Scouts do (camping, cooking, etc…) with the exception that the Old Dogs do not allocate/elect a Patrol Leader. On occasion, the Old Dogs do participate in Patrol challenges and competitions, if requested to do so by the Scouts.
The Old Dogs also provide mentors for the Scouts in Positions of Responsibility.
All registered adults of the Troop are members of the Old Dogs Patrol, and are encouraged to be in proper uniform.
Leadership Positions/Positions of Responsibility
A requirement for advancement to the rank of Star, Life, and Eagle is that a Scout must hold a leadership position in the Troop for a period of 4-6 months depending upon the rank. The Scout may volunteer, be elected, or be appointed by the Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader to a position. Duration of leadership positions is six months (except Senior Patrol Leader, which is twelve months). Due to the fact that there are limited numbers of positions available at a given time, Scouts should plan carefully, work with the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader to secure a position that is desired. There may be limits to the number of Scouts who may serve in some of these roles!
The following is a list of the leadership positions in the Troop that can be held by a Scout:
• Senior Patrol Leader: Elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the Troop. He leads the Patrol Leaders’ Council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, assigns specific responsibilities as needed. He leads all Troop meetings and manages the Troop’s outdoor activities. Must be a Life or Eagle Scout. Attendance at Brownsea by the Senior Patrol Leader is expected for holding the position. See Brownsea section under finance and training for additional details. Patrol Leaders all report directly to the Senior Patrol Leader.
• Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader and approved by The Scoutmaster. Fills in for the Senior Patrol leader in his absence. They are also responsible for training and giving direction to other junior leaders in the Troop. Must be a Star, Life or Eagle Scout. Brownsea training is recommended. Junior Leader Training is required. A number of Scout “Positions of Responsibility” report to the ASPL.
• Junior Assistant Scoutmaster: Serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster. He must be at least 14 and not yet 18. He should be an Eagle Scout. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability. Scouts interested in the position apply to the Scoutmaster and serve as he directs.
• Patrol Leader: The elected or appointed leader of his Patrol. He provides leadership to members of his Patrol and represents them on the Patrol leaders’ council. Must be a Star, Life or Eagle Scout. Rank requirements are waived for First Year Scouts. Junior Leader Training is required for this position.
• Assistant Patrol Leader: Appointed by the Patrol leader and leads the Patrol in his absence. This position DOES NOT count for leadership credit.
• Scribe: Serves as Troop secretary and maintains the attendance records for Troop meetings, camp outs, and Courts of Honor. He is also responsible for overseeing the publication of the Troop newsletter.
• Librarian: Maintains a library of all Troop-owned publications. He checks out merit badge books to Scouts on request and assures their return or replacement.
• Historian: Keeps a historical record or scrapbook of Troop activities. He collects and maintains Troop memorabilia and information on former Troop members.
• Troop Guide/Instructor: Instructors/Guides to the new Scout Patrols. He helps the new Scouts with rank advancement and keeps track of their advancement. There are various specialties for the Instructors/Guides to focus on, including Fire, Cooking, Edged Tools, and more.
• Den Chief: Works with Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Den Leaders in the Cub Scout Pack.
• Chaplain Aide: Works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the Troop. He also works to promote the religious emblem’s program.
• Bugler: Performs duties of bugler as directed by the Scoutmaster. Credit only good towards Star & Life Ranks; Not Eagle Scout Rank.
• Order of the Arrow Troop Representative: Serves as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the Troop. Encourages Arrowmen in the Troop to be active participants in the lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members. Helps coordinate Troop OA Elections.
• Quartermaster: Responsible for Troop/Patrol equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He maintains the all Troop gear (including tents) on camp outs, and inspects them on their return. He is also responsible for loading and unloading the Troop truck/trailer for campouts.
A Scout must complete leadership training while in the position to receive credit for rank advancement. Their leadership position will not be credited if leadership training is not completed. In addition, the Scout’s performance in a leadership position will be evaluated by the Troop Leadership Coordinator, position mentor, and Scoutmaster before a rank advancement will be allowed. It will be determined whether he performed the duties of the position or just wore the patch. If a Scout in a Position of Responsibility is not being effective in that position, they may be removed from the position by the Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader. It is the Scout’s responsibility to pursue these positions. No one will elect or appoint a Scout to the position without the Scout first taking the initiative and seeking out the position.
Adult Committee Elections
Adult committee elections are held annually in August or September after summer camp. All positions are a year term except for Scoutmaster, which is a two-year minimum term. All candidates for election must be ratified by the COR and Institutional Head. All position holders are responsible for attending and completion of training for their position.
- Committee Chair
- Assistant Scoutmaster – First Year Scouts
- Assistant Scoutmaster – Regular Patrols
- Assistant Scoutmaster – Venture Patrols
- Life to Eagle Advancement Coordinator
- Advancement Representative
- Outdoor Activities Representative
- Fundraising Representative
- Recruitment & Retention Representative
- Training Coordinator
- OA Advisor
- Mic-O-Say AdvisorThese positions are also members of the Troop Committee. Other Registered Adult Leaders of the Troop (can be any adult with interest in the Troop) are also encouraged to participate in the Troop Committee. There is no specific position (as shown above) that they must hold to be a member of the Committee.Order of the ArrowThe Order of the Arrow (OA) is a national honor Scouting program founded in 1915 and is run by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The purpose of the Order is to recognize those Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition causes other Scouts to conduct themselves in such a manner as to warrant recognition.
These Honor Scouting Programs have their own unique criteria for initial membership and future advancement or elevation. They include, among other things:
1. Participation Criteria: Troop 412 has set the following guidelines for measuring this criteria:
o You must attend 55% of scheduled Troop Meetings. You must be in full Scout uniform at Troop Meetings, or your attendance may not be counted.
o You must attend at least 5 of the 11 regularly scheduled monthly Troop campouts held during the school year. If you are an older Scout, 3 of the 5 required campouts must be regular Troop campouts and the other 2 campouts may be Troop Venture camping activities or Troop High Adventure camping activities. Order of the Arrow or Mic-O-Say, organized overnight camping activities may be counted towards 1 of these 2 other campouts. (This does not include Ordeal and Brotherhood Candidates going through Ceremony) This should be approved by the Scoutmaster in advance. Bartle Summer Camp and Summer High Adventure activities are not counted towards these attendance criteria.
o You must attend all Troop Courts of Honor and all Eagle Scout Courts of Honor. If you cannot attend a specific Court of Honor, you must have an excused absence from the Scoutmaster in advance of that Court of Honor.
2. Subjective Criteria of Scout Spirit:
Troop 412 has set the following guidelines for measuring these criteria, for both past and present. Scouts are taught that they are Scouts 24 hours a day: the values of Scouting are not something to be turned off and the end of the Scout meetings. Because of this, Scouts will be evaluated based on:
o Living the Scout Oath and Law.
o Contributing to the Troop
o Contributing to the Community
o Helping younger Scouts grow and learn o Showing maturity and respect for others
3. There are other criteria that are confidential and are not publicly discussed.
The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is an honor Scouting program based at the H. Roe Bartle Reservation and Camp Geiger. It is based on the intensification of the principles and ideals of Scouting. Its purpose is to provide recognition for boys who have demonstrated and proven their devotion to Scouting even beyond the extra mile. It is a boys’ program guided and inspired by adults.
The Troop Committee recommends youth for membership and the Tribesmen recommend adults for membership. Any adult that wishes more information about the program should feel free to ask a member of the Committee or someone in the Scoutmaster Corps.
Troop Operations Workshop
The Troop will conduct one to two Troop Operations Workshops / Troop Leader Trainings during the year. The Troop Operations Workshop will plan activities for six months to a year with the exception of summer camp and most high adventure activities.
A Scout must be active to reap the full benefits of the Troop 412 program. Because camping is the heart of Scouting, the Troop expects its Scouts to attend overnight camps year round and to make every effort to attend the annual summer camp. A Scout is considered active if he attends a minimum of 51% of regular meetings and a minimum of 51% of regular campouts (including summer camp). There are no excused absences since the 51% standard is intended to allow sufficient leeway for such things as illness, school activities, family activities, or sports. Although the Troop does not suspend inactive Scouts, the Scoutmaster may exclude them from certain activities, and the Board of Review may deny advancement.
In addition to the items discussed below, each Scout must have a Boy Scout Handbook with their name boldly marked on the side. Also, the Scout’s name should be placed on everything taken on a campout.
Troop 412 requires a complete and correct uniform for all Scouts and uniformed adult leaders. Scouts and adults may have a reasonable time to acquire a complete uniform or to replace worn or outgrown components.
The Scoutmaster may exclude Scouts without proper or complete uniforms from uniformed activities. No Scout may appear before any Board of Review without wearing a complete uniform (the Scoutmaster may make exceptions for new Scouts appearing before a Tenderfoot Review and for Scouts appearing before a Review during non- uniformed campouts).
The Board of Review may deny advancement to those who consistently wear less than full uniform.
A Class “A” uniform consists of the following components:
- Official BSA short-sleeved shirt with appropriately placed and current rank and insignia (long- sleeve shirt optional).
- Scout neckerchief or bolo tie.
- Any neckerchief slide.
- Official BSA trousers or official BSA dark-khaki-green shorts or pants. (Modest fitting blue jeans, or Dockers are acceptable. If not BSA trousers or shorts, khaki colored trousers or shorts are the best option.)
- Any BSA belt and any BSA buckle.
- BSA socks and appropriate footwear.
- (it should be noted that, for safety reasons, cotton uniform components are best)When traveling to and from council/district/Troop events and as specified by the Troop. The casual Class ”B” uniform (only worn at summer camp, on campouts, and summer meetings as specified) consists of the following components:
- Troop 412 T-shirt, Troop 412 Venture shirt or other official BSA T-shirt or as directed by event coordinator.
- Blue-jean, khaki or green shorts or pants
- Any BSA belt and any BSA buckle.
- Appropriate socks and footwear.Troop Class “B” T-Shirts and sweat shirts are usually ordered in the spring after the new Scouts join the Troop.Uniforms and other related supplies can the purchased at The Boy Scouts of America Scout Shop, 10210 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO, (816) 942-7757. Other sources can/should be investigated, such as others in the Troop that may have used gear/uniforms for sale, and even online locations such as Ebay.Camping EquipmentPlease mark all equipment especially eating utensils with the Scouts last name or initials. This will help us avoid confusion over who owns what after dishes are cleaned.
This is the one item Scouts cannot share or borrow and is difficult to reuse.
Scouts should also carry a notebook and ballpoint pen for writing down instructions, directions, observations, and great ideas.
An adequate sleeping bag will should be rated for appropriate weather conditions, with room for change as may be expected. Cotton sleeping bags are discouraged because they aren’t adequate for cool or cold weather camping and are bulky and heavy. Down bags have the best insulation for their bulk and weight but are expensive. Synthetic fills like Hollofil, Quallofil, or Polarguard in nylon, dacron, or Goretex shells are less expensive substitutes that work well and will last many years with proper treatment. Mummy or cocoon bags are generally warmer the rectangular bags. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice before making a major investment.
Sleeping pads can be the difference between a fun and a miserable campout. The most inexpensive but bulkiest option are closed cell foam pads. We recommend closed cell foam pads at least 1⁄4-inch thick; usually, the thicker, the better. Air mattresses tend to be more compact but are heavier and less reliable the foam pads. The Cadillac of mattress pads is the Thermarest- it offers the comfort and compactness of a standard blow-up air mattress with the lightweight and reliability of a closed-cell foam pad. Closed cell or Thermarest pads offer the best insulation from the ground during winter camping. Cots are forbidden for use in Troop tents, however, cots are provided at summer camp for use in the platform tents.
Currently, most of Troop 412’s campouts are car camps. For these campouts, the best backpacks will be a daypack for short day hikes and activities. Full-fledged backpacks are bulky and difficult to load for transport. Scouts are encouraged to use daypacks or duffle bags for car camps. A full pack will be needed for extended treks and camps. Camp boxes can also be used for longer camp trips, like summer camp.
The official BSA knife is a good buy although a quality-folding knife will do. Buck, Case, and Gerber are popular brands for those who like “no-nonsense” knives and the Swiss Army style knives are very popular with those who like having multiple tools. The various ‘Multi-Tools’ are also very useful. Sheath knives, assisted open knives, and blades longer then 4 inches are forbidden!
Scouts will need a cup, bowl and/or plate, and full set of eating utensils (fork, spoon, knife). A carefully planned menu will allow Scouts to get away with a cup, plastic bowl and large spoon. The cup should be durable and have a handle for hot liquids both plastic and “Sierra” cups are quite popular.
Nylon ponchos are easy to find and are the lightest, most durable and compact. That can usually be found on sale. Plastic ones can be too warm and tear easily in the woods. A large garbage bag may be used in an emergency by cutting out holes for the head and arms.
Ditty bags can be purchased at an outdoor equipment shop or made from an old trouser leg. They should contain the following:
· Soap in a plastic bag
· Toothbrush and tooth paste · Toilet paper
· Personal First Aid kit
· Personal Medication · Sewing kit (repairs) · Insect repellant
· Mirror and comb
· Light Towel
Try to make is lightweight and water-resistant. Scouts typically will not need anything more powerful then a flashlight using 2 “AA” batteries. Be sure to pack extra batteries and an extra bulb. Flashlights based on LED technology instead of standard light bulbs use less electricity and are unlikely or unable to ‘burn out’ and may be good options. Also try and ensure that flashlights are lightweight and water resistant/ water proof. Canteen or Water Bottle.
Lightweight watertight containers holding at least 1 quart, preferably with a belt-mounted sack or clip. Wide-mouth plastic or Nalgene bottles are very convenient.
A complete list of recommended equipment for certain conditions is available via the Troop website (http://www.Troop412bsa.org) and several experienced Old Dogs would be happy to discuss gear and equipment.
The Boy Scouts of America has modified their requirements for heath forms, updating with new standards, with an attempt to work toward a standardized form. The most recent health forms can be obtained via the Troop website, or from BSA National, or via the Heart of America Council directly. If in doubt, and to ensure you have the most recent forms available, please check with Troop Scoutmaster Corps members.
The Troop generally meets on Mondays as directed by the Troop Committee and the PLC. We usually meet at Olathe Christian Church in the multi-purpose room. Meetings begin promptly at 7:00PM and usually last one and one-half hours ending at approximately 8:30PM. For the safety of your Scout please arrange to pick up your son, inside the building, promptly after the meeting.
Scouts, Scouters and other adults associated with the Troop will not have drinks or food of any kind during regular Troop meetings. Sodas can be purchased after the meeting as long as they are not opened in the church. Anyone with a drink will be asked to remove it from the building or dump it out. Scouts caught will be recognized at closing and asked to do special duties by the Senior Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, or Assistant Scoutmaster.
The Troop Committee generally meets on the Monday following the campout. We usually meet at Olathe Christian Church. The Troop Committee meeting begins at 7:00PM, lasting until approximately 8:30pm. Parents are encouraged to attend.
The Patrol leader Conference (PLC) generally meets on the Monday following the campout. Here they plan the programs for the upcoming month (consistent with the annual plan). The PLC meeting begins at 7:00PM and ends at approximately 8:00 PM. The PLC consists of the Senior Patrol Leader, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders and certain other Scouts in positions of responsibility and will be asked to attend by the Senior Patrol Leader.
Patrols will be issued Troop Tents for each outdoor/overnight event that we participate in. It is the responsibility of every member of that Patrol to care for and account for these tents. The cost of tents not returned, or returned in poor condition will be charged to the accounts of appropriate members of that Patrol. The effort it takes to carry out a successful campout is great. It takes every Scout and adult who attends to do his part to insure its success. All those attending a Troop campout should participate in the setup and breakdown of the campsite.
Exceptions are inevitable but in general, the Troop equipment should be packed and the site policed before anyone leaves for home. Any exceptions to this rule shall be at the discretion of the Scoutmaster.
It is the Troop’s policy that Scouts must inform the Scoutmaster, in advance, if they plan to arrive late to a campout, leave during the campout, or go home early from the campout if they expect to get attendance credit.
Scouts are not permitted to leave the designated campsite, even with a parent, without the Scoutmaster’s approval.
The Troop camps every month of the year. Typically these are two night campouts. The cold winter campouts may be one night campouts except for special district events like Klondike or if activities warrant it. In order to gain full benefits of the Scouting experience, Scouts are encouraged to attend the entire campout or event that we are running.
The campout meals are prepared by the Patrols themselves and they appoint a Scout to act as Grub Master to buy the food, drinks and supplies for their planned meals. Certain responsibilities will be rotated throughout the members of the Patrol, such as Grub Master and taking tents home after a wet campout.
Scouts are not allowed to bring electronic devices such as radios, games, or CD players on campouts. Inappropriate devices or materials may be confiscated by the Scoutmaster Corp. Sodas, energy drinks or other type beverages should not be brought to campouts. See uniforms section for travel attire.
Scouts who have met the age and rank requirements may participate in the Troop’s High Adventure Trek. The Troop currently attends Philmont Boy Scout Reservation, Packard High Adventure Base, Sea Base, and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. In addition to these four adventures, the Troop may plan other high adventures for the Scouts to experience.
The Troop attends summer camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Missouri. Camp is 10 days long and provides the boys plenty of opportunity to earn merit badges and Scout skills. In order to gain full benefits of the Scouting experience, Scouts are encouraged to attend.
See the Summer Camp Cost policy later in this document for specific cost information
Visitor’s day is typically on Sunday and we organize a picnic for the parents and family members wishing to come and join us for the day. Parents are encouraged to come and visit their Scouts while at Camp!
One of the favorite pastimes of camp is to go and enjoy a “Peach Float” at Scott’s General Store. The adults can earn a “Peach Float” merit badge for consuming 5 peach floats during summer camp. You can only earn 2 peach float merit badge ‘credits’ (10 floats) per session of summer camp and an entire merit badge must be earned during the same session.
See uniforms section for travel attire.
Court of Honor
At least twice per year, the Troop holds a Court of Honor (COH). The COH is an awards ceremony to recognize the boys for all their hard work and effort during the previous quarter. All parents are encouraged to attend to recognize and support all the Scouts.
The mothers are asked to escort their sons to receive their rank advancement awards. Merit badges, service pins, and other miscellaneous awards are also presented.
This is also one of the best times to receive all the latest information about Troop activities.
Mom’s: don’t forget to wear your mother’s ribbon! (Mother’s ribbons will be provided at the time the Scout joins the Troop)
Communication & Information Troop Directories and Lists
Troop directories and phone lists are updated and posted on the Troop website.
Troop 412 is primarily an E-mail communication driven Troop. E-mails intended for the entire Troop are sent to everyone[at]Troop412bsa.org. Remember this is for Troop related email only, please refrain from sending jokes and non Scout related mail.
The Troop website is http://www.Troop412bsa.org
The site contains a calendar, forms, links, ranks and a Members only area for Troop members. The User Name and Password should only be given to members of the Troop since there are phone numbers and other personal information located there.
(User Name: Troop412 Password: (Contact the Webmaster for password)).
FINANCIAL Scout Membership
The Troop re-charters every March. Dues and fees are discussed in Appendix A. The dues cover a subscription to Boys Life Magazine per household and provide coverage by Boy Scouts of America Accident Insurance. The initial dues cover the neckerchief, belt totem, & mothers pin.
If the fees are not paid by the deadline set by the Troop Treasurer then the fees will be deducted from the Scout account. If the Scout has no available balance in their account they need to make other arrangements or they may be excluded from Scout activities and advancement/awards until they are paid and current.
The fees collected go into a general fund for use by the Troop in purchasing merit badges, rank badges, postage, and other items or services needed by the Troop. Troop members are expected to participate in fundraisers for the benefit of the Troop. Fees that sit in a Scout account that are unclaimed after the Scout departs the Troop or becomes ‘inactive’, remain there for a period of time. If, after this time expires and the funds remain unclaimed, they will be added to either the general fund or the scholarship fund for the Troop.
A current registration is required for participation in all Boy Scout activities.
No Scout shall ever be excluded from the Troop or from Troop activities for financial reasons. Should a Scout need financial assistance for Scouting activities, it needs to be brought to the attention of the Committee Chairperson, Scoutmaster and/or Treasurer.
All Parents are encouraged to become registered BSA Adult Leaders. Applications for membership are available from the Advancement chair. The yearly adult leader registration fee is noted in Appendix A and should be paid to the treasurer prior to re- chartering in the spring. We encourage adult leaders to wear class A uniforms. Neckerchiefs can be purchased from the Treasurer. You must be a registered adult leader to participate in any campout and/or formal Troop activity!
Scout and Adult Accounts
All Scouts and adults will have a financial account with the Troop. This account can be used for paying for Scout activities or personal Scout equipment such as camping equipment or summer camp fees.
Any withdraws from an individual account must be documented by the treasurer and the account owner or guardian. Any person leaving the Troop can have the money from their account transferred to another Scouting unit or another Scouts account. This should be requested directly from the Troop treasurer. You must request the funds from your account within 90 days once you leave the Troop or it becomes part of the Troop general fund Because the funds in your account we raised by Troop activities the money not spent buy Scout related activities will remain with the Troop.
On monthly campouts the Scouts and Scouters are charged per meal. These fees are documented in Appendix A. There are typically 4 meals per campout. The money can either be paid to the Treasurer with cash, check, or taken out of the Scout or Scouters account. In addition, fees may be paid using Paypal, and the additional fees for doing this are noted in Appendix A.
The Grub Master is responsible for purchasing the food and supplies for their Patrol and turn in the receipts for payment to the treasurer. To get reimbursed you must have your receipts so be careful not to lose them. If you have not submitted your receipts within 90 days then you will not be reimbursed. Under normal circumstances you will be reimbursed by the Treasurer at the next meeting. Reimbursement will not exceed what the budget is for your Patrol for that camping event.
For campouts greater than 50 miles each way, the Scouters and Scouts are charged a fee (see Appendix A) if they or their parents are not driving. This is to offset fuel costs paid by the drivers.
The adult drivers which are carrying a load of Scouts or equipment will receive an equal portion of the money collected. The money will be put directly into the Scouters account. The adult pulling the Troop trailer will get double the mileage because of the extra wear and tear, and fuel used to pull the trailer.
If we have an over abundance of drivers for a campout, the Campmaster or Scoutmaster may ask some of the adults to leave their vehicles at the church to conserve resources. If they still wish to drive they may not get reimbursed for mileage costs.
All expenses need to be approved by the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson. Any expenses over $20 ($50 for Scoutmaster or Quartermaster) need pre-approval from the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson.
Any expenses that are of a recurring nature (Awards, Eagle Kit, etc) only need to be approved once. For reimbursement you will need to turn in your receipts and a Troop reimbursement form signed by the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson to the Treasurer.
Summer Camp Costs
Fees for summer camp change each year. Current fees can be found in Appendix A, or sought from the Summer Camp Campmaster or the Troop Treasurer.
Adults attending camp can either register as Full Time or Part Time.
Deposits and payments are expected to be made on time, as the Troop has liability for camp fees payable to the Council office.
The Troop reserves the right to add to the summer camp costs for items such as ice, supplies, and cracker barrel items.
Certain merit badge classes require small fees for supplies. Other miscellaneous fees will be charged for specialized activities at summer camp such as shooting, climbing, COPE, etc. and will be collected by the camp Scoutmaster. If your Scout is attending these activities, make sure your payment of the camp fees includes these amounts.
Brownsea-NYLT is an intense week-long youth oriented leadership training experience sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors conduct the training using the National Youth Leadership Training Course syllabus, as published by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The Troop will provide tuition funding for one Scout to attend Brownsea leadership training per year. The Senior Patrol Leader and the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader have first choice.
If either or both decline the opportunity then the spots will be opened up to other members of the Troop.
Purpose of taking attendance
Attendance is taken at each Scouting event to determine your participation with the Troop. Your involvement is used as an indicator for such things like Scout Spirit, and Mic-O-Say advancement. The attendance records are also used for awards such as Camping Beads, 12- month camper, and 100-night camper.
Attendance sign-in sheets will be at each Scouting event. If you don’t see an attendance sheet it is your responsibility to ask for one or you may not receive credit. The Troop Scribe, Advancement Chairperson, or another Adult should be able to provide a sign-in sheet. At Troop meetings and PLC\Committee meetings you are expected to sign the attendance sheets in the appropriate area. At campouts and service projects the organizer of the activity may check off the attendee’s names without signatures. All attendance sheets should be turned into the Advancement Chairperson at the first possible meeting following the event.
Scoutmaster’s Conferences may be held by the Scoutmaster or one of the Assistant Scoutmasters. The purpose of the conference is to test the Scouts qualifications before advancing him to the Board of Review. The Scoutmaster (or assistant) will talk with the Scout about his Scout spirit and what he has done to earn advancement. The Scoutmaster may also ask the Scout about his plans for the future, his desires from Scouting, problems he has noted in the Troop, or other questions related to Scouting. It is the Scout’s responsibility to request and schedule a Scoutmaster Conference.
Boards of Review
This is the last step before the Scout advances in rank. Boards of Review can range from a “rubber stamp” of the Scoutmaster’s conference, lasting only ten minutes, to a full examination of the Scout’s qualifications. The Board is composed of at least three Troop Committee members (Scoutmasters and Assistants may not sit on a board). Some Boards opt for fully testing the Scout because they are certifying the Scouts readiness to assume the responsibilities of his new rank. Scouts also are normally tested on basic Scout skills that were required at lower ranks; a Life Scout should be able to teach new Scouts everything they need to make it to First Class without consulting the handbook (too often). A “non-pass” by Board of Review (or Scoutmaster’s conference) should not be portrayed as a failure or rejection. Instead, the Scout simply has some areas that need work before certifying him at the higher rank.
Required items for all Boards of Review:
• Full Class A uniform
• Scout book
• Board of Review form (see below)
The Scoutmaster and/or Assistant Scoutmasters will be responsible for putting together Boards of Review. The Scoutmaster will be responsible for putting together the Eagle Boards of Review.
Board of Review Forms
It is the responsibility of the Scout to obtain a Board of review form before his Board for a rank advancement. A form can be obtained from the Website, Advancement Chairperson or an adult with the current TroopMaster data. The form should be requested the week prior to your board to give them the opportunity to print your data. Board of review forms contain all of your personal advancement information that is necessary during you board. After a board has been completed, the form should be filled out and signed by all of the board members and returned to the Advancement Chairperson by a representative of the board.
First Year Scouts
First year Scout advancements are tracked and updated by the Assistant Scoutmaster for New Scouts. If you need a current update for a first year Scout please contact them or access the records through the TroopMaster software.
When available rank patches will be handed out to the Scout immediately after passing his board. If a patch is not available at the time of the rank advancement it will be awarded at a following meeting. If a rank advancement is within a couple weeks of a court of honor the patch may be presented at the COH. If you have not received a patch and it has been more than a couple weeks, please contact the Advancement Chairperson.
Rank Pins and Rank Cards
After earning your new rank you will receive a rank pin and a rank card at the next court of honor. The pin should be given to your mom to display on her moms ribbon. If your mother has not received her ribbon please contact the Advancement Chairperson. The pins are displayed on the ribbon starting from the Scout rank on the bottom and moving up the ribbon to the Eagle at the top.
Merit Badge Cards
To earn a merit badge you must have a merit badge card. The merit badge card is typically the only record of your work on a particular badge. You can request a card from the Advancement Chairperson or a Merit Badge Counselor.
The normal blue merit badge card has 3 perforated areas that are intended for the MB counselor, applicant (Scout), and the Application for merit badge (Advancement Chairperson).
Once you have completed the work for your badge you must make sure that the card is completely filled out and is signed by the merit badge counselor in both areas. Once signed by the MB counselor you need to turn in the “Application for Merit Badge” portion of the card into the Advancement Chairperson. You need to remember to keep the Applicant’s portion for your records in case there is a problem.
Scouts Merit badge policy
1. Scouts wanting to earn a merit badge can obtain a list of merit badge counselors from the website or the advancement chairman. There is also a list of district merit badge counselors available at the Scout office.
2. The Scout needs to contact the appropriate merit badge counselor, and ask if that merit badge counselor is willing and able to work with them.
3. A Scout who wants to work on a merit badge must first obtain a blue merit badge card from the Scoutmaster or the Advancement chairman, and complete the information on the front, so a unit leader can sign it.
4. The Scout is to work with the Merit Badge Counselor on that merit badge.
5. Upon completion of the merit badge, the Scout should retain his portion of the blue merit badge card until the badge is received.
6. Failure to follow these requirements may result in the Merit Badge not be accepted by the Advancement Coordinator.
Summer Camp Merit Badge Cards
Summer camp merit badge cards are not perforated and are typically white. They will be signed and handed out to the Scouts for their merit badge classes at camp. Once camp is over the merit badge cards will be given to the Advancement Chairperson. The completed cards will be entered into TroopMaster system and the incomplete cards will be given back to the Scouts for completion. Once the Scout has completed the remaining tasks the card should be turned back in to the Advancement chair. Once again the merit badge card is the only record for the work that the Scout has completed.
It is recommended that a copy be made of the card before it is handed back in for the Scout record.
Merit Badge Counselors policy
1. Need to have gone to merit badge training class, offered at Roundtable meetings the first Thursday of each month.
2. A Scouter can be a merit badge counselor for no more than six merit badges, and of those six, only three can be Eagle required.
3. In order for a merit badge counselor to work with their own child, at least one other Scout must be present, two-deep leadership must be maintained and another adult must initial the requirements as having been met.
4. In the case of incomplete merit badges, such as those from Bartle, only the Scoutmaster or his/her designee can sign off on that merit badge as being complete.
5. A merit badge counselor who wants to offer a class needs to coordinate this with the Scoutmaster. The merit badge class cannot interfere with regular Troop program and two- deep leadership must be maintained at all times.
6. Merit badges that do not meet this criteria may not be accepted as valid by the Troop.
Merit Badge Patches
Merit badge patches will be presented at the next court of honor following the submission of the completed card to the Advancement chair. If you miss the COH then they will be available at a regular meeting for pickup. If a merit badge is out of stock you will receive the badge card during the COH and the patch once it is available. If you do not receive your merit badge within a couple weeks of the COH please contact the Advancement Chair.
Service Hours & Service Projects
Service Hour Forms
In order to receive credit for individual service hours you must fill out a “Community Service Hours Form” and hand it in to the Advancement Chairperson. All form information is required and the form must be signed and dated. Any service hours not set up by the Troop need to be approved by the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or advancement chair.
Service hours logged and recorded can be referenced via the Troop website or provided by the Advancement Chair.
Troop & Eagle Service Projects
Organizers of Troop and Eagle projects should keep track of the number of hours worked by each Scout and submit a copy to the Advancement Chair once the project is complete. If you would like a sign-in sheet to keep track of attendance please contact the Advancement Chairperson.
Attendance is kept track of at campouts for advancement requirements and camping awards. The Camp master and/or Outdoor chair is responsible for tracking attendance. It is very important that your attendance be recorded for each campout that you attend. If you would like a report of your camping attendance please contact the Advancement Chairperson or check on the website.
The 12-month camper award means that you have camped as a Boy Scout or Scouter in all 12 months over a rolling 24 month period. The 12-month camper does not allow in- door camping. The 100 night camper award is when you have camped 100 nights as a Boy Scout. Both the 12-month camper and the 100 night camper awards are not calculated automatically by our advancement program so if you know you have earned one of these awards please notify the Advancement Chairperson.
Service Star Calculation
Both Scouts and adults earn Service stars. The stars should indicate how many years that you have been involved in Scouting. For Scouts, service is based on the “Joined Unit” date adjusted by “Prior Service”, if any. For adults, service is based on the “Became Leader” date adjusted by “Prior Service”, if any. If you feel that the “Service Star” you receive is incorrect please contact the Advancement Chairperson.
Updating Personal Info
Your personal information needs to be current and correct at all times. Any time you have a change such as change of phone number, address, E-mail or family vehicle you should inform the Advancement Chair.
Scouts and Adults need to have a current, physician signed health form on file with the Troop at all times. This is required to participate in ANY Troop or Scouting related function/activity.
The Advancement Chair and Troop Training Coordinator, via the TroopMaster database, tracks both Scout and adult training.
Participants in district training classes should receive a card verifying their participation. You must submit a copy of the training card to the Advancement chair to receive credit for the training. Attendance sheets for Troop training classes such as CPR should be submitted to the Advancement Chair by the organizer.
There are many reports posted on the Troop website. Most reports are located under the members only section and you will need to login to obtain them. Reports on the website include Scout history, Scout progress, board of review forms, Troop activities, etc. The reports are for you to look over and check against your personal records. You should notify the Advancement Chair of anything that is missing or incorrect. You can request a report by Email at any time by contacting the Advancement Chairperson by phone or E- mail.
Any adult that would like to monitor their son’s progress and create their own reports can install the Troop Master program on their computer. You can download the installation files for TroopMaster from the TroopMaster Download page on the website under the member’s only area. Version updates for the program should be downloaded from the www.Troopmaster.com website and installed. You can check for the latest version by clicking on Help > About… from inside of the program and then click on the check for new version link.
Once the software is loaded follow the TroopMaster DotNet instructions to download the Troop data from the FTP site. If you have any questions regarding TroopMaster please contact the Advancement chairperson.
CODE OF CONDUCT Purpose
It is the policy of Boy Scout Troop 412 to provide its members with a safe, enjoyable atmosphere where the ideals and goals of Boy Scouting are fostered and honored. In keeping with this policy, the code of conduct put forth in the Boy Scout Oath and Law will be strictly adhered to.
As the Troop has grown, the opportunity for disruptive behavior also may grow. Many young men have committed their time and energies for furthering their Scouting knowledge and skills only to find themselves disillusioned and thwarted by some young men who cannot or will not live up to the Scout Oath and Law.
Recognizing that each young man is an individual, with differing levels of understanding of expected behavior, the following Code of Conduct has been adopted. Within the structure of the following Code, each young man will be given the opportunity to team and grow in his understanding of cooperation and the acceptable behavior for his own maturation and the betterment of the Troop.
The Troop Committee of Troop 412 has adopted the following procedure for all future dealings with disruptive behavior.
A Scout’s conduct will be reviewed and considered during all Boards of Review.
Scope of Authority
The provisions of this code apply in all situations in which Scouts are involved, including:
1. Scout activities on property owned by Olathe Christian Church.
2. Activities sponsored by Troop 412 or any other activities sponsored by any group under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America.
3. Travel to and from all Scouting activities.
4. Any behavior, which occurs outside of Scouting that, poses a threat to the safety and well being of Scouts and adult leaders.
Class One Offenses
Disruptions: Intentional acts, behaviors, or conduct occurring at any Scouting activity, which disrupts the Scouting process.
- Failure to Follow Directions: The refusal to comply with or follow established procedures as directed by Junior Leadership, Adult Troop Leadership.
- Violating Rules: The failure to comply with or follow established procedures for fire building, knife handling, ax use or saw use.
- Use Of Profane Language: The use of any language, act, remark, or expression, including obscene gestures, which is offensive to modesty or decency.
- Harassment: Including, but not limited to derogatory comments, jokes, slurs or remarks or questions of a harassing or intimidating nature.
- Administrative Options For Class One Offenses
- Conference with Scout.
- Time out in another supervised area.
- Parent / Guardian conference.
- Restriction of attendance at Scouting sponsored events.
- Short-term suspension. (<=30 days, requires conference with Scout and parent(s))For Class One offenses the Scoutmaster/committee has the authority to use discretion and common sense in enforcing the Code of Conduct. The Scoutmaster/Committee is authorized to apply a higher level of consequence for serious violations of the Code even if it is a Scout’s first offense. The committee is defined as the Scoutmaster or Senior Assistant Scoutmaster and two other adult committee members as designated by the Scoutmaster or Senior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Inciting To Fight: The intentional promotion by a Scout to engage another Scout in physical conflict, continuous harassment or to engage and/or promote other Scouts to engage in physical conflict or the willful engagement of two or more Scouts in physical combat.
Constant Refusal to Follow Directions: The consistent refusal to participate in regularly assigned activities.
Battery: Physical contact with another person when done in a rude, or insulting and/or angry manner.
Vandalism: The willful or malicious destruction or defacement of any property. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, breaking windows, writing on walls, destroying restroom fixtures, the use of paint or like materials to deface property or the willful destruction of Troop property.
Stealing, Gambling, Extortion: The unlawful taking or disposition of property of another with the intent to deprive the person of the property. Receiving stolen property or possession of stolen property is included in this offense, or the participation at Scouting activities in games of chance with the express purpose of exchanging money or other tangible barter, or the solicitation of money, or something of value, from another Scout, regardless of the amount, in return for protection or in connection with a threat to inflict harm.
Contributing To A Disruptive Situation: The intentional promotion or advocacy of Scout misconduct by any Scout, for any purpose.
Scout Sexual Harassment of Others:
Including, but not limited to:
- Verbal, such as derogatory comment, jokes, slurs or remarks/questions of a sexual nature;
- Physical, such as unnecessary, unwanted or offensive touching;
- Visual, such as derogatory or offensive posters, cards, cartoons, graffiti, drawings,and gestures/looks.Defiance Of Authority: The refusal to comply with a reasonable request from any Scouting representative, lying to any Scouting representative, or disobeying any general rule of Scout conduct.Incorrigible Conduct: Persistent violations of the Code of Scout Conduct or persistent violation of the criminal laws of Kansas. Four offenses – either all of Class one or in combination with Class two offenses during the Scouting year – can be considered as”persistent”.
Misbehavior While Being Transported To Scouting Activities: The failure to comply with or follow instructions given by the transportation provider.
Possession or Exhibition of Obscene Literature or Material: In all instance the parent/guardian will be notified and the material will be confiscated from the Scout and be returned only to the parent/guardian.
Possession and/or Use of Alcohol and Tobacco: The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of tobacco at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation by youth members.
Administrative Options For Class Two Offenses
- Conference with Scout.
- Review of Scouting privileges.
- Parent / Guardian conference.
- Restriction of attendance at Scouting sponsored events.
- Shot-term suspension. (<=30 days, requires conference with Scout and parent(s))
- Long-term suspension. (>30 days. requires conference with Scout and parent(s))
- Expulsion from Troop. (considered after second offense, requires conference withparent(s)) _For Class Two offenses the Disciplinary Committee has the authority to use discretion and common sense in enforcing the Code of Conduct. The Disciplinary Committee is authorized to apply a higher level of consequence for serious violations of the Code even if it is a Scout’s first offense. The Scout and/or parent(s)/guardian have the right to appeal the decision of a long-term suspension or expulsion to the Troop Committee. The Scout and/or parent(s)/guardian are not to be present during the final Troop Committee vote, the final decision stands and no other appeals may be made.
Class Three Offenses
Possession and/or Use Of A Weapon Other Than A Firearm:
Possession and/or use of weapons, explosives, or other dangerous articles if such articles may be used as weapons or are designed to hurt someone or put someone in fear. This includes fireworks and laser pointers.
Misuse of Toxic Substances: Use of intoxicants, which cause a loss of control or inebriation and which, shall include but not be limited to glue and solvents.
Distribution of Non-controlled Substances: Distribution, attempt to distribute, or possession with intent to distribute (possession of a substance which by virtue of the quantity, packaging, or other circumstances demonstrates intent or effort to sell or distribute the substance) a non-controlled substance upon the representation that the substance is a controlled substance.
Sexual Misconduct: Actual or simulated conduct, including but not limited to, fondling, inappropriate touching, indecent exposure, or the engagement in any sexual activity on church property, during Scouting functions, or at Scouting sponsored activities.
Arson: Arson is defined as the willful and malicious burning of a building, Troop equipment or its contents, the environment and/or the personal property of others.
Any Intentional Act Which Would Endanger the Life or Well Being Of The Scout, His Fellow Scouts, or Any Person or Persons.
The Possession and/or Use of Any Explosive Device: The possession of any explosive substance or devices is forbidden (including fireworks). The intentional damaging of a building, Troop equipment, etc. or the disruption caused either in the building, or on the grounds by the use of any explosive substances or devices.
Administrative Options For Class Three Offenses
- Short-term suspension. (<=30 days, requires conference at time of suspension with Scout and parent(s))
- Long-term suspension. (>30 days, requires conference with Scout and parent(s))
- Expulsion from Troop. (requires conference with parent(s))For Class Three offenses the Disciplinary Committee has the authority to use discretion and common sense in enforcing the Code of Conduct. The Disciplinary Committee is authorized to apply a higher level of consequence for serious violations of the Code even if it is a Scout’s first offense. The Scout and/or parent(s)/guardian have the right to appeal the decision of a long-term suspension or expulsion to the Troop Committee. The Scout and/or parent(s)/guardian are not to be present during the final Troop Committee vote, the final decision stands and no other appeals may be made.
Class Four Offenses
Possession and/or Use of Alcohol or Illegal Non-Prescription Drugs:
The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation by youth members.
Possession and/or Use of a Firearm: Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdiction, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities except those specifically planned for target shooting under the supervision of a certified BSA or National Rifle Association firearms instructor. This policy may be applied to replicas and/or realistic toy firearms or guns.
Administrative Options For Class Four Offenses
- Long term suspension of no less than 60 days.
- All violators will be dismissed from the activity and suspended from the Troopuntil they appear at a Troop committee meeting (with parent(s) if a Scout). The committee will determine further actions, including the possibility of expulsion from the Troop. The Scout and/or parent(s)/guardian are not to be present during the final Troop Committee vote, the final decision stands, no appeal may be made.Adult Responsibility:Because we depend on our adult leaders, parents and participants to teach our Scouts by example, it is the policy of Troop 412 that adults affiliated with the Troop will abide by the rules of Scouting and the policies set forth, further more:
- All Adult Troop Leaders are subject to the above regulations and administrative options.
- Adult Troop Leaders and Committee members reaffirm the Youth Protection Policy.
- All abilities involving Scouts are to be supervised by no less than two adults. This dual leadership concept is followed within the activity area itself, as well as, monitoring the general areas surrounding the activity, i.e. hallways, parking lots, surrounding camping areas, etc.
- No Adult Leader is to ever threaten or abuse a Scout, either verbally or physically.
- No Adult Leader is to ever discuss a Scout’s behavior, when subject to this policy,with the Scout unless at least one other adult leader is present.
- Adult leaders may smoke only in designated areas.
- The Executive Committee (COR, Committee Chair, Scoutmaster) will addressany breaches of conduct by adult members of the Troop.Appendix A – Fees ScheduleScout Troop Dues: $30, twice per year (spring and fall) Adult Troop Dues: $12, once per year (fall or when applying) Neckerchief: $10 each Old Dog Patrol Patch: $6.50 each
412 Troop Patch (red/white): $4.00 each
Summer Camp Fees: $40 deposit (fall), $125 (winter), $125 (spring). These include $10 per head for Troop expenses at summer camp (ice, etc…)
Grub Fees: $3.00 per meal (Scouts), $3.50 per meal (Old Dogs)
Mileage/Fuel: Under 50 miles, no charge. 50 – 100 miles, $5.00 per person. 100 – 150 miles, $10.00 per person. 150 + miles, $15.00 per person. Reimbursement to drivers covered via Treasurer.
Other Camp/Event Fees: As announced for each event.
Damages to Tent/Patrol/Troop Gear: Will be quoted based on damage. Replacement Knotmaster Rope: $1.00
Replacement Totin Chip and/or Fireman Chit cards: Must be earned