It is a privilege to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 505. In order to provide Scouts with a positive Scouting experience and to ensure that the Troop operates effectively, proper discipline and order must be maintained at all times.
Scouts are expected to do what Adult Leaders direct them to do. If a Scout believes that he is being asked to do something that is improper, he should speak with one of the other Adult Leaders.
Because the Troop is a “Boy-Run” organization, the Scouts are expected to cooperate with the Boy Leaders during all activities.
Scouts will respect their fellow Scouts’ feelings and their property. Fighting, rough horseplay, teasing, hazing, excluding another Scout, profanity and name calling are behaviors that will not be tolerated during Boy Scout activities or away from Boy Scouts.
Scouts who have difficulty in accepting or following directions from their Boy Leaders will be counseled by the Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader, or, if necessary, the Assistant Scoutmasters, Scoutmaster, or the Committee Chair. Parents will be notified of any issues as determined by the Scoutmaster and/or the Committee Chair.
If a problem persists and causes disruptions of any activity the Scout(s) Parents will be called and asked to pick up the Scout, either from a meeting or an outing. The Scout may be asked to take a leave of absence from the Troop until his maturity develops to a level expected of Boy Scouts.
If a visiting Parent observes a Scout violating any disciplinary rules, they should bring the matter to the immediate attention of one of the Adult Scout leaders. Parents should not take it upon themselves to correct behavior unless the Parent feels that a Scout is in imminent danger, (in which case the Parent witnessing the behavior should correct the problem immediately, and then notify an Adult Scout Leader).
Although Scouts need to follow instructions from their Boy Leaders, any need for disciplinary measure should be brought to the attention of an Adult Leader. Adult Leaders on site will determine if and what disciplinary measures should be taken. If problems persist beyond the event, discipline issues will be turned over to the Committee Chair. Boy leaders should not decide on disciplinary measures, but may be asked to give their input or implement disciplinary measures.
Scouts will not be permitted to possess the following items at meetings or outings:
1. Alcoholic Beverages*
2. Illegal drugs or narcotics*
3. Tobacco products of any type
6. Bows and arrows
7. Firearms and/or ammunition*
8. Sheath knives (fixed blade), switch blade knives, or knives with blades longer than 4 inches
9. Obscene or pornographic materials
10. Martial arts devices
The first time that any of the contraband items are found in the possession of a Scout, with the exception of alcohol and illegal drugs or narcotics, the items will be confiscated and returned to the parents.
The second occurrence will result in Parents being called and asked to come and pick up their Scouts.
* With respect to alcohol, illegal drugs, narcotics, or firearms, Scouts may not bring, possess, use, distribute, or purchase any of these items during meetings or outings. The first offense will result in the Parents being notified and additional disciplinary actions such as expulsion from the Troop.
At the meetings, Scouts have times when they are required to be quiet and pay attention to the instruction. During instruction periods, Scouts must keep quiet in order to keep from distracting others.
The Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or the Committee Chair will determine the appropriate disciplinary action to be applied to each incident.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, discipline may include, but will not be limited to, the following:
1) Time-out (separation of the Scout from the group for some time period)
2) Extra duties including, but not limited to, policing the camp ground for trash.
3) Notification of parents to pick up the Scout from the meeting or activity
4) Suspension of Scout from participation in meetings or activities for a definite time period
5) Suspension of Scout from participation in meetings or activities until conference with parent(s) is conducted
6) Expulsion from Troop (only used in severe incidents such as any Scout is endangering the health or safety of himself or other members of the Troop, or repeated behavioral problems.)
Note: Parents may not be notified for disciplinary actions 1 or 2. These actions will be used for most minor infractions.
Parents, guardians, or other adults responsible for Scouts may request a meeting with the Committee Chair to review disciplinary action taken against a Scout. Issues that remain unresolved can be presented for further decisions to the Troop Committee.
Items may be added to this policy as the Troop grows and as necessary; copies of such additions will be posted to the Troop 505 web site.
Troop 505 general discipline policy revised 9/22/2010.