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Troop Policies
Effective October 2015

1.0 Active Scout  

Troop 82 needs active Scouts to deliver upon the promise of adventure.  Active Scouts are:  present when things are happening, take part in meetings, outings, and planning, and make Troop 82 and their patrol successful.  Rank advancement requires active participation which includes taking part in meetings and outings on a regular basis.

Completion of this requirement for rank advancement is determined by the Scoutmaster.

Adult participation from all families is expected at least once per year.  In addition to Leader and Committee positions discussed below, other opportunities for adult participation include (many of which are one-time events):

Merit badge counselor

Friends of Scouting coordinator

Court of Honor food

Rank coaches

2.0 Scout Led Troop

Troop 82 is a Scout led Troop.  That means the Scouts make decisions regarding the activities of the Troop.  The role of the adult leaders is to a) ensure safety, b) provide guidance, c) provide the structure to support Troop activities (funding, meeting places, transportation, etc.)  The Patrol Leader Committee (PLC) is made up of the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant SPLs, and Patrol Leaders.  As a group, the PLC set the agenda for meetings and run the meetings.   The Troop decides on what outings and events the Troop will do and what qualifications are necessary to participate in the event.  The PLC also determines disciplinary actions for Scouts.

3.0 Scout Uniforms 

Class A:  Tan Scout Shirt, all patches (http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/images/pdfs/34283.pdf), current rank, current position, Troop 82 neckerchief and slide.  Shoes with socks.  Pants or shorts with a belt (no athletic shorts).  Shirt tucked in pants or shorts.

 - Optional:  BSA pants or shorts, BSA belt, BSA socks

Class A uniforms are worn to all Troop meetings and when traveling during a Troop outing.

Class A Dress:  Class A plus merit badge and OA sashes.  

Class A Dress uniforms are worn to all courts of honor and ceremonies

Class B:  Troop 82 or other Scout-logoed T-shirt to show pride and Scout spirit

Class B uniforms are worn on all Troop outings when Class As are not worn

Headgear:  BSA logoed hats (baseball) or non-logoed winter hats.  Hats are not worn during meetings or when inside.

4.0 Leader Training 

Requirements to be a Troop 82 Leader are that the adult is registered, has completed youth protection, has a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance, and has authorized a background check by BSA.  Adults are required to be registered leaders to stay overnight during Troop outings.  Troop 82 reimburses the tuition costs for required training.

All adult volunteers are required, by the BSA, to complete Youth Protection Training.  Other training is required, dependent on the leader’s specific role within the troop.   

The BSA Training Continuum can be found at:  http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/NewLeaderTraining.aspx 

5.0 Discipline 

The Troop 82 Code of Conduct is the Scout Oath and Law, applying to both scouts and leaders.  The discipline policy is in place to ensure Scout safety.  A three offense approach is typically used for scouts:  

- 1st offense:  conference with Scout and parents

- 2nd offense:  written notice

- 3rd offense:  asked to leave the Troop

Leaders are held to the standards of the BSA and are expected to act professionally.  Inappropriate leader behavior is not tolerated, and the Troop Committee will take action as needed.

6.0 Scout Accounts, Fundraisers, and Dues 

Scout accounts are used to help each Scout earn their way through Scouting.  A portion of the proceeds from popcorn and wreath sales are deposited into the Scout’s account.  Funds from Scout accounts may be used to pay for outings, annual dues, uniforms, Scouting-related equipment and expenses.  These accounts are maintained by the Troop Treasurer.

Initial fee is $50 for new Scouts.  Annual dues are $150 per year.  The Scout year is from September to August.  New Scouts are charged annual dues on a prorated basis based on crossover date.

Scouts with a negative balance in their Scout account will not be allowed to attend future outings, summer camp, or high adventure until their outstanding balance is paid.  

7.0 Troop Outings and Transportation 

During the annual outing planning meeting, Scouts select and rank activities and outings for the upcoming year.  The details of each upcoming outing are announced at Troop meetings and are posted on the web site.  All logistics and fees are detailed on the permission slip.  Scouts must register for each outing via the permission slip.  All BSA guidelines are followed.  A current medical form is required for each Scout and leader to participate on any outing.

Outings start and end in the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot.  At the end of an outing, Scouts remain in the parking lot until dismissed.  Scouts will dry and clean camping equipment as assigned and return such to the Troop garage promptly (i.e. the next Troop meeting).

Adult Leaders will drive Scouts from the ILC parking lot to the outing location in accordance with BSA guidelines.  The Troop will reimburse drivers for fuel only and based on the miles from ILC to the outing.  All adults are welcome to participate on outings.  Only registered leaders are welcome to stay overnight.

8.0 Leadership Positions and Scout Eligibility for Elections 

Scouts are elected to serve in leadership positions for a six month term.  To be elected, Scouts must be active in the troop and are expected to participate in the monthly Patrol Leaders Council meeting.  Elected positions include:  Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, and Patrol Leaders.  Requirements for SPL are rank of at least First Class and prior service as a Patrol Leader.  Requirements for Patrol Leader are rank of at least First Class.

Troop Guide, Historian, Chaplain Aide, Scribe, Bugler, Den Chief, Librarian, Quartermaster, Leave No Trace Leader, Instructor, Webmaster, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster are positions that are appointed by the Scoutmaster.  

Position descriptions for leadership positions can be found at:  http://bsahandbook.org/PDFs/troop.pdf  

The Order of the Arrow is a service organization within the BSA.  Scouts are elected by their peers for membership.  Requirements to be considered for the Order are  rank of at least First Class, 15 days of camping in last 2 years, including one long-term (at least 6 consecutive days) camping trek, and Scoutmaster approval.

9.0 Adult Leaders

Adult Leaders are necessary to support the activities of the Troop.  Enough Adult Leaders are required at all outings and events to ensure two deep leadership and at least a 10 Scout to 2 Leader ratio and comply with BSA requirements.  Adult leaders are expected to wear a complete and proper BSA Class A uniform (including the appropriate patches) to all meetings and events.  

To be considered an active Adult Leader, one must:

9.1 Comply with the requirements in section 4.0

9.2 Attend at least one Troop Meeting per month (on average)

9.3 Participate in at least one outing or event per year

The PLC will identify specific Adult Leaders allowed to sign-off on rank requirements and only those requirements for which they feel qualified.  If the requirements were completed at an outing or event, only Adult Leaders who attended that event should sign-off on rank requirements and only if they witnessed the successful completion of the requirement.

10.0  Troop Committee 

The Troop Committee is the troop’s board of directors and is run by parent volunteers.  The Troop Committee:  advises the Scoutmaster, assists in transportation, ensures qualified leadership is recruited and trained, carries out BSA regulations and policies, coordinates Friends of Scouting, manages troop finances, acquires and maintains troop equipment, provides adequate meeting facilities, serves on boards of review, resolves discipline problems that cannot be resolved within the troop, and supports delivery of the Scouting program.  Any Committee Member who will come in contact with a Scout as a part of fulfilling their role must be a registered Leader with BSA and completed Youth Protection Training.

All Leaders and parents are welcome at all Troop Committee meetings.  The following positions are expected to attend all Troop Committee meetings:

Committee Chair

Committee Secretary

Treasurer

Outings Chair (or at least one member of the Outings Committee should be at every Committee meeting)

Scoutmaster

Other committee positions should attend at least one Committee Meeting per year and include:

Quartermaster

Advancement Chair

Services Chair

Training Coordinator

Fundraising Chairs (Popcorn, wreathes)

High Adventure Chair

11.0  Troop Finances and Controls

The Troop Treasurer reports the troop’s financial position at the monthly parent meeting.  Two signatures are required on all checks over $100.00.  Authorized signatories are:  Treasurer, Committee Chairman, and Scoutmaster.  Debit cards are used for routine troop expenses.

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