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Friday, December 15, 2017
TROOP CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
This section is not intended to be all encompassing. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters, under the direction of the Troop Committee, shall have the right and responsibility of dealing with individual discipline problems on a case-by-case basis. All disciplinary situations will be handled as consistently and fairly as possible.


All Scouts and Leaders of Troop 194 are expected to exhibit “Scout Spirit”, which is defined as the daily living of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Scouting should be fun and challenging while providing a safe and supportive environment in which Scouts can learn and grow without unnecessary roughness, physical or verbal intimidation, foul or offensive language, or disrespectful behavior. All Scouts should help build Troop unity and an effective, enjoyable program. These are the basics of Scouting

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Code Of Conduct

The “Spirit of Scouting” dictates high expectations for the behavior of all Scouts in Troop 194. All Troop members are asked to abide by the rules and guidelines set forth here and are expected to show self-control and self-discipline. Failure to comply may jeopardize the signoff for “Scout Spirit” for a period of time at rank advancement.

The following rules of conduct have been adopted for purposes of health, safety and behavioral conduct:

Trustworthy
1. Respect other people’s property. No borrowing of any personal or troop equipment or property without prior consent. If it is not yours, leave it alone.

2. No Scout shall leave an activity and/or designated area without the Scoutmaster’s or an Assistant Scoutmaster’s express permission to do so.

Courteous
3. Lights out will be respected. Be considerate of your neighbors.

4. The intentional destruction of, or damage to, natural or man-made areas, as well as to personal or troop property is forbidden.

Kind
5. Practical jokes such as hiding someone else’s gear, sabotaging tents, stuffing a sleeping bag with leaves, etc. have no place in this Troop, and will not be tolerated. This type of behavior is nothing more than a crude attempt at “having fun” at someone else’s expense. Remember, it hurts to be on the receiving end.

6. Horseplay or inappropriate physical roughness will not be tolerated. Never restrain another Scout. No shoving, punching, kicking or stick fighting is allowed.

7. Respect other people’s feelings. Threatening or intimidating another person by word or action is not allowed. No hazing, “put-downs”, ridiculing or name-calling. Use nicknames only if that Scout does not object.

8. No fighting allowed. Fistfights, hurtful comments, jokes at other people’s expense, etc. have no place in Scouting. Loud arguments and shouting matches only lead to more trouble. Fistfights never resolve the problem and are simply not allowed in the Troop.

Obedient
9. Failure to follow reasonable directives from an adult or junior leader is unacceptable.

10. Unruly, loud, disrespectful or disobedient behavior will not be tolerated. The Scoutmaster or Leader in charge is responsible for each boy’s safety and will be obeyed to the fullest extent.

11. When the scout sign goes up, everyone is quiet. This is true not only at our Troop meetings, but also at every Scout event. Failure to stop talking when the sign is raised cuts into time allocated for activities.

Clean
12. No alcohol or any other controlled substances are allowed by Scouts or adults (except medication of which the adult leadership is aware).

13. No use of any tobacco products by any boy members. Adults may use with discretion in designated areas per BSA Policy.

14. No food, candy, or soft drinks are allowed in tents.

15. There are to be no carbonated drinks as part of your meal planning on campouts. Choose a more healthful alternative. Sodas bought in route, or at a camp’s store, are permissible.

Reverent
16. No swearing or offensive use of unfit language.

17. Lying. This type of behavior is inconsistent with the goals and ideals of Scouting and it will not be tolerated.

Rule for Safety
18. No fires of any kind are permitted inside tents. This means no candles, lit matches, stoves, or lanterns. Only battery operated lanterns or flashlights are permitted. Tent heaters may be used temporarily and only with adult supervision.

19. Fire safety rules will be enforced at all times. Scouts will not play in the fire or wave burning sticks in the air. Fires will be placed only in designated locations. Scouts will be allowed to have matches as part of their 10 essentials, but will only be used under adult supervision.

20. No Scout will carry or use a knife, until he has had the proper training and is in possession of a valid “Tote ‘N Chip” card.

21. Sheath knives and knives with blades of more than four (4) inches will not be carried by boys or adults. Any knife deemed unacceptable will be confiscated. The Scoutmaster’s word is absolutely final in the area.

22. Firearms, fire crackers, fireworks, ammunition, black powder, sling shots, bows and arrows, paint ball guns or any other weapons are prohibited Exceptions will be made only for Troop-approved archery and rifle ranges.

23. No throwing of rocks or other objects. Throwing rocks is unacceptable.

24. Never venture off alone. The “buddy system” will be used at all times to provide support and safety. Scouts are required to have another person or buddy with them when swimming, meeting with a Merit Badge Counselor and during other specified activities.

25. Tape/CD players, portable TV’s, radios, portable games, etc. are not allowed. Personal CD players and radios, with headphones, may be allowed during long travels to and from an event, but requires prior driver and Scoutmaster approval.

26. When in doubt, let the Scout Oath and Scout Law be your guide.

27. The Scoutmaster (with counsel from his Assistant Scoutmasters) reserves the right to determine other forms of unacceptable behavior as they occur.

Disciplinary Actions

When a Scout is referred to the adult leadership for inappropriate behavior of a serious nature, the resulting actions will involve three levels of discipline:

A. First Offense – Level One

  • The Scout will be given a "10 minute time out", off to the side from the group/activity.
  • The Scout will be informed of his behavior and what would be proper behavior.
  • The Scout may return to the activity after a respectful "time out".

B. Second Offense – Level Two

  • The Scout will be removed from the activity for a "longer" period of time.
  • The Scout will again be counseled in a Scoutmaster conference and the scout’s parents will be contacted.
  • At the Scoutmaster/Leaders discretion, the parent/guardian may be called to come get the Scout and take him home at the Parents/Guardians expense. Troop 194 will not incur any cost from the removal of a Scout from an activity or meeting.
  • A follow-up call by the Scoutmaster will be made. The Scout will be suspended from non-meeting troop activities for one month. (No camping trips, troop hikes, etc.)

C. Third Offense – Level Three

  • The Scout will be counseled in a Scoutmaster Conference. He will be placed on probation for four troop meetings. This offense will require the parents to pick up their Scout and take him home at the Parents/Guardians expense. Troop 194 will not incur any cost from the removal of a Scout from an activity or meeting.
  • At the Scoutmaster’s discretion, the Scout may be suspended from the troop and all activities for an appropriate period of time. Reinstatement can only be achieved with a conference of the committee, the parents or guardians and the Scout.

D. Other.

  • Any Scout on Level 2 or 3 will not be allowed to have a Board of Review during his discipline period.
  • This plan is not intended to be all encompassing.
  • The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters, under the direction of the Troop Committee, shall have the right and responsibility of dealing with individual discipline problems on a case-by-case basis.
  • All disciplinary situations will be handled as consistently and fairly as possible.
  • Action may also be taken in the form of:
    • Essays - Adult Leaders may require that a Scout write an essay about their behavior.
    • Apology Letter - Apology Letter may be assigned when deemed appropriate.
  • Discipline sessions are to be conducted off to the side but in full view of Scouts or adults and never in private behind closed doors unless other adults are in attendance.

Adults always have the right and responsibility to immediately step into any situation they consider unsafe. These situations include: fighting, hazing, foul language, bullying, sexual misconduct, or inappropriate behavior in public.