For the complete Troop Policies & Procedures, click the above link. The following are important policies and/or excerpts from the complete version.
We will regularly take attendance of Scouts during Patrol Reports. This will be factored into the Scout's "active" participation for purposes of rank advancement.
Use of smartphones and similar devices at ALL Troop functions and activities will be limited to note-taking, reference and research in a Scout context/for Troop business. Any other use (games, texting, email, etc.) is prohibited. Abuse of this privilege will result in the phone being confiscated until the end of the event. (Without banning them completely, I'm trying to avoid the pattern from last year where Scouts would disappear from meetings to go upstairs, downstairs or outside, or huddled around at various events, to engage with their phones. This disrupts the functioning of the event and, of course, is disrespectful to the leaders and other Scouts attending.)
Rank requirements for Star and above may be signed-off ONLY by the Scoutmaster. All other rank requirements may be signed-off ONLY by the Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader (of at least First Class Rank), Instructor and Troop Guide, but siblings may not sign off on each other. An adult leader may not sign off for their son, other than for witnessing attendance or acknowledging tracking logs. Signing off should be done promptly after completion of the requirement (within 30 days), or credit may be denied.
Scouts ready for a Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review should contact the Scoutmaster or Scribe a week before an Advancement Night to request one. Absent pre-approval from the Scoutmaster, Scouts MUST be in full Class A uniform (with sash for Scouts First Class and above) for any Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. See our Uniform, Books & Gear page for more info.
Every effort will be made on the part of all adult leadership in the spirit of acceptance, compassion, consideration for unique circumstances or special needs, and the belief that positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior results in continued positive behavior.
The Scoutmaster sets the tone in a Troop by the ways in which he guides and inspires the Scouts and entrusts them with positions of leadership. The Scoutmaster also has ultimate authority to deal with behavior that will not be tolerated in the Troop. Chief among his responsibilities is establishing an environment that is safe for all Scouts both physically and psychologically.
Scouts are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Certain behavior will not be tolerated in the Troop, including but not limited to substance abuse, intimidation, bullying, exclusion, hazing, inappropriate/foul language, physical or psychological abuse of others, or inappropriate touching or sexual conduct. Depending on the circumstances, discipline may include discussions with the Scout and his parent, suspension from advancement opportunities or Troop activities and/or expulsion from the Troop.
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)