Boy Scout Troop 153
Church on the Rock - Antioch, California
Troop Code of Conduct
As a member of Troop 153, I understand that my right to join in the fun of Scouting requires responsibility on my part to always behave according to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Outdoor Code, the Troop 153 Scout Law Policy and the Code of Conduct described below.
The Code of Conduct for Troop 153 is as follows:
- I will not be disruptive, will pay attention and show respect to both the elected youth leaders and adult Troop Leaders.
- I will do my best to be on time and in the proper uniform for all meetings and scheduled Scouting events.
- I will participate in and support the activities of my patrol and Troop to the best of my abilities.
- I will not haze, threaten, injure or verbally abuse another person.
- I will not abuse things that belong to another person, including Troop equipment.
- I will not borrow another person’s equipment or belongings without permission.
- I will not leave a meeting, event or activity without an adult’s permission and then only with a buddy.
- I will not use profanity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco while at any Scouting function.
- I will use matches and stick lighters only when appropriate and safe and only if I have my “Firem'n Chit” (Cigarette lighters are not appropriate.)
- I will follow “Totin' Chip” rules and regulations when using knives, axes, and saws.
- I will not take dangerous or unauthorized items (fireworks, firearms, bows/arrows, sling shots, laser pens, etc.) to Scouting functions.
- I will not take electronic devices to Scouting functions unless authorized by the Scoutmasters.
- I will remember that a Scout is reverent and do my best to demonstrate reverence by, for example, by saying grace before all meals and by attending troop faith services.
- I will perform the duties of my office or assigned responsibility to the best of my ability.
- I will not ask another Scout to perform a task I am not willing to do myself.
- I will attempt, by word and deed, to bring honor upon my patrol, my Troop, and myself.
Consequences of Improper Behavior
The Scouts of Troop 153 elect the Senior Patrol Leaders and the Patrol Leaders to run the Troop through the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The PLC will initially address many violations of the Code of Conduct. Consequences could include a verbal warning, suspension from certain activities, removal of leadership position, referral to the Scoutmaster, or referral to the Troop Committee for severe violations, in accordance with Troop 153’s Scout Law Policy.
I will do my best to live up to the Scout Oath and Law and agree to follow this Code of Conduct.
Scout Signature___________________________ Date: _____________
Boy Scouts of America
TROOP and CREW 153 BY-LAWS
Antioch, California 94509
Revised and Approved by the Parent’s Committee on November 3, 1999.
Amended and Approved by the Parent’s Committee on February 2, 2000.
Amended and Approved by the Parent’s Committee on January 2, 2002
Amended and Approved by the Parent’s Committee on March 8, 2005
Amended and Approved by the Parent’s Committee on November 24, 2008
[Butler’s Home File: T153law 02-01-06]
The Chartering Organization for Troop-Crew 153 is the Antioch United Methodist Church. The Chartering Organization approves the appointment of the Committee Chairperson, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor and all adult applications. As determined by the Parent’s Committee, Troop and Crew 153 shall function basically as one Unit for boys registered as scouts in the Troop and Venture programs. Scouts 14 through 20 years of age will automatically be registered in both Troop and Crew 153 under BSA duel registration requirements.
Troop and Crew 153 are boy-oriented organizations. The term “Unit” will include both Troop 153 and Crew 153. It is the policy of the Unit to teach leadership skills through citizenship and personal fitness qualities by focusing on outdoor activities. For this reason, the scouts elect their own leadership, plan their outings and run their own meetings. The adult leadership will manage the overall program and serve as mentors and advisors.
The Unit program is planned each November for a twelve month period, by the scout leadership that consists of members from the Patrol Leader’s Council and Uniformed Leader’s Council. As a rule, an outing is planned for each month of the year. The final program must be approved by the Parent’s Committee.
Meetings are held weekly, on Wednesday nights beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Special patrol meetings and/or group events may be conducted as deemed necessary by the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, or Patrol Advisors. Every three months, the Unit will hold a Court of Honor to publicly acknowledge awards Scouts have earned and activities Scouts have participated in since the last Court of Honor. Rank recognition is given at the Troop-Crew meeting following their review. Boards of Reviews are usually conducted by the parents at the regular meetings during the second and third weeks of each month. In order to ensure the fairness of the Board of Review, the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors, and the Committee Chairperson are discouraged from participating in the Board of Review.
Troop-Crew 153 needs a commitment of support and involvement from ALL PARENTS, i.e., transportation, phone committee notification, merit badge counseling, attendance at Court of Honors and fundraisers. Scouts who have interested and involved parents usually enjoy the activities more and will advance at a faster rate.
The Parent’s Committee meeting is usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. Parents are encouraged to be active and are welcome to attend all Unit activities, meetings, outings, and functions. Non-registered youth siblings of the family are welcome to attend the Court of Honor and certain specified events conducted by the Unit (i.e., family camp, troop banquet, certain campouts and hikes, etc.). Certain functions may require adults to submit to a physical or medical examination before being allowed to participate. Each Scout should have at least one parent or guardian attend the monthly Parent’s Committee meeting.
PARENTS COMMITTEE, OFFICERS, DUTIES, AND TRAINING:
Parent’s Committee: Serves as the Board of Directors of the troop and crew. The Parent’s Committee consists of all officers and parents who are with Troop and Crew 153, Boy Scouts of America. A registered member of the Parent’s Committee is an adult who is currently paid and registered with the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Each registered committee member shall have one vote. Non-registered members may still take an active part in the organization and the daily operation of the Unit. Non-registered parents may vote on routine and financial matters designated as such by the Committee Chairperson, but must be registered as a Committee member to vote on legal matters, policy, or By-law changes.
Training is encouraged for those parents holding key positions on the Committee. The Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor are honorary non-voting members of the Parent’s Committee. The Committee Chairperson may only vote to break a tie.
The Chartering Organization has the responsibility for the selection and appointment of the Committee Chairperson for the Troop and Crew. The Committee Chairperson is then responsible for selection and appointment of the Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor. The Parent’s Committee may make recommendations to the Chartering Organization and Committee Chairperson for the fulfillment of these positions.
The Committee Chairperson shall select the Troop Secretary, Troop Treasurer, Advancement Chairperson and the Membership Chairperson, which are non-voting members of the Uniformed Leader’s Committee; in addition to all other Committee Chairpersons of the various unit operating committees. All appointments shall be with the approval and concurrence of the Parent’s Committee. Trek Leaders and/or Special Event coordinators are appointed by the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor with concurrence of the Uniformed Leaders Council.
The Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor shall appoint their respective Assistant Scoutmasters and Crew Associate Advisors. It is recommended that persons holding these positions have a least one year of troop experience or training. These positions serve at the direction and pleasure of their appointee.
Parent’s Committee Officers (Required positions)
Advancement Committee Chairperson
Parent’s Committee Officers are non-voting members of the Uniform Leader’s Council.
Operating Committees: The Committee Chairperson may, as deemed necessary, create ad-hoc committees or appoint chairpersons to facilitate the day-to-day operations and needs of the Unit. Committees may include, but shall not be limited, to the following list of possible committees.
|Court of Honor||Fund Raiser ||Shirt Sales|
|Discipline Review||Medical Records||Telephone|
|Eagle Book Advisor||Membership||Training - Adult|
|Eagle Ceremonies||Newsletter||T-Shirt + Sweat Shirts|
|Eagle Board Liaison||Re-chartering||Webmaster|
|Eagle Project Advisor||Recruitment||Xmas Trees|
|E-Scrip||Red-Green Dinner||Other Committees as Needed|
Special Event Coordinators: The Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor may appoint Trek Leaders or Special Event Coordinators as deemed necessary to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the Troop or Crew.
|Open House||Trek Leaders|
|Bridging ||Scouting for Food ||Winter Sports |
|Equipment Advisor ||Service Projects ||Other Events as Needed|
|JLT- NYLT Training||Summer Camp Liaison |
Uniformed Leaders Council:
The Uniformed Leaders Council is facilitated by the Scoutmaster and is responsible for both troop and crew meetings, activities, outings, training, and advancement. Members of this Council are expected to participate or help organize the majority of all Unit functions that involve direct contact with the youth leadership and membership. Primary members include the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors and the Committee Chairperson. The Troop/Crew Committee Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Advancement Chairperson, and Membership Chairperson are non-voting members of the Uniformed Leaders Council.
Basic Leadership Training is recommended for all members of the Uniformed Leaders Council. Advanced Training is recommended for the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors, Committee Chairperson and the Advancement Committee Chairperson.
Attendance at Committee Meetings:
Any parent may attend any Committee meeting, at which time they may request information or make suggestions on the operation of the Unit.
Institutional / Organizational Representative: Person selected by the Chartering Organization to serve as a representative and liaison between the Chartering Organization and Troop-Crew 153.
Scoutmaster: Primary adult leader of the Unit that facilitates the Uniform Leader’s Council and all activities of the unit at the Scout level. The Scoutmaster serves as the mentor and advisor to the Scout leadership of the Unit. Supervises and guides the Unit members in planning, programming, advancement, training and leadership. Recruits and works with the Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Crew Associate Advisors. The Scoutmaster serves as a non-voting, honorary representative on the Parent’s Committee.
Crew Advisor: Serves as the primary adult leader for Crew 153. Although the Crew is registered as a separate unit, the Crew shall operate in concurrent operation and support of Troop 153. The Crew Advisor, although acting independently on any given crew event, is accountable to the Troop for scheduling and resolution of any other organizational conflicts.
Assistant Scoutmasters and Crew Associate Advisors: Uniformed adult leaders assigned as advisors and mentors to assist patrols, organize special events, and coordinate advancement. Assistant Scoutmasters or Crew Associates Advisors may sign-off advancement skills of any of the ranks. Troop Guides and Eagle Scouts within the Unit may sign-off advancement skills through the rank of First Class.
Committee Chairperson: The Committee Chairperson is appointed by the sponsoring organization and selects the Scoutmaster with concurrence of the unit sponsor. The Committee Chairperson facilitates the monthly Parent’s Committee meeting, appoints the Unit Secretary, Treasurer, Advancement Chairperson and Membership Chairperson. The Committee Chairperson further selects the Chairperson for the various operating unit committees, with the concurrence of the Parent’s Committee.
He/she is in close contact with the Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor to determine the needs of the troop and crew. He/she is responsible for seeing that all committees function efficiently. Serves as an honorary non-voting member of the Uniformed Leader’s Council.
Secretary: Prepares and maintains the minutes of the Parent’s Committee and Uniform Leader’s Council meetings. The Secretary is responsible for all official correspondence and maintenance and storage of important unit documents. The Secretary works closely with the unit Scribe to ensure that minutes of the PLC are competed and documented.
The Secretary also works with the Unit leadership to maintain a library of current merit badge pamphlets and ensures that merit badge counselors are certified and knowledgeable of current and new requirements. The Secretary serves as an honorary non-voting member of the Uniform Leader’s Council.
Treasurer: Manages the bank account for the Unit, making deposits and writing checks as directed by the Committee Chairperson, Uniform Leader’s Council, and the Parent’s Committee. Also keeps records of funds that each Scout has in his individual scout account from fund-raisers and parent contributions.
The Treasurer shall submit a written Income and Expense Report (including details of the Individual Scout Accounts) to the Parent’s Committee on the month following each quarter of the calendar year (i.e., April, July, October, January). The Treasurer shall also submit an abbreviated Treasurer’s Report to the members of the Uniform Leader’s Council during each scheduled meeting of the ULC.
In January and July of each year (or at any time designated by the Uniform Leader’s Council), the Committee Chairperson shall appoint three members from the Parent’s Committee to conduct an audit of all bank and treasury records of the unit. The audit will include the inspection and reconciliation of the Scholarship Fund, Individual Scout Accounts, bank statements, income and expense reports, ledgers, and all electronic records stored on any database that is used or maintained for the benefit of the unit.
The Treasurer shall train and supervise all members that assist him/her with the collection and distribution of funds. The Unit should have no more than five persons authorized to sign checks. Authorized persons shall be determined by the Committee Chairperson with concurrence of the Institutional Representative. The Treasurer serves as an honorary non-voting member of the Uniformed Leader’s Council.
Advancement Chairperson: Maintains records of all advancements made by the Scouts. Works with the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor and the Uniformed Leader’s Council in stimulating and providing opportunity for advancement. Also works with the Senior Patrol Leader to plan the quarterly Court of Honor. Schedule and assist in conducting regular Boards of Review for Scouts requesting advancement. Secures the badges and advancement certificates; and up-dates the advancement status of each scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
Works with Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors and Troop Guides to maintain Scout Advancement Records. The Advancement Chairperson will verify the completion requirements for all Merit Badges earned, service time expended, and leadership service requirements of all scouts prior their the Board of Review. The Advancement Chairperson serves as an honorary non-voting member of the Uniformed Leaders Council.
Court of Honor Committee: Ensures that the schedule, ceremonies, and other aspects of the Court of Honor are completed in a timely manner.
Discipline Review Chairperson: At the request of the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, or the Committee Chairperson, the Discipline Review Committee shall meet to investigate any serious or potential incident where wrongdoing is claimed or alleged. The Discipline Review Committee shall also review prior, present, or future discipline actions taken, proposed, or anticipated. The committee will then make recommendations to the Parent’s Committee for consideration, implementation, or reversal of action proposed or taken.
Members of the Discipline Review Committee are appointed by the Committee Chairperson, with the concurrence of the Parent’s Committee, consisting of three members of the Parent’s Committee that are not voting members of the Uniform Leader’s Council, or the Committee Chairperson.
Eagle Project Advisor: Advisor that reviews proposed Eagle Projects and makes recommendations to the Scout. The Scout shall obtain approval from the Eagle Project Advisor, and then the Scoutmaster, before the project is presented to the Parent’s Committee for their approval.
Equipment Advisor: Monitors the condition of the Unit’s equipment and trailer. Works with the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors, Trek Leaders, and the Quartermaster to determine if any additional equipment is needed. The Quartermaster or Equipment Advisor will then make recommendations to the Parent’s Committee regarding the condition, acquisition, or repair of equipment.
Facilities Chairperson: Ensures that the facilities for all Unit and committee meetings, including facilities for the Court of Honor, are scheduled and the facility properly equipped. Refreshments, meals, and clean up within the facility shall be coordinated by the facilities chairperson.
Fund-Raiser Chairperson: Is responsible for arranging and coordinating intra-troop fund-raisers, i.e., popcorn sales, Christmas wreaths, Christmas tree pick-up, etc. Coordinates information with the Unit Treasurer.
Medical-Liability Records: Maintains the troop-crew personnel documents of current and past medical records and permission slips. Past records should be maintained for a minimum of 5 years. Maybe coordinated by the Membership Chairperson, or as a separate committee.
Membership Chairperson: Responsible for re-chartering. Ensures that all applications and registration requirements for members of Troop and Crew 153 are properly completed and filed with the local BSA Council. Shall coordinate membership information with the Advancement Chairperson.
Recruitment: Responsible for coordinating recruitment and bridging of new or transferring scouts into the troop. Responsible for delivering “Welcome packets” to new troop or crew parents. Serves as the Event Coordinator for the School Night for Scouting, Open House, and Friends of Scouting programs. Maybe coordinated by the Membership Chairperson, or as a separate committee.
Re-chartering Committee: Distributes and collects all applications for re-chartering in a manner to ensure that timelines and dues dates are met with Council. Maybe coordinated by the Membership Chairperson, or as a separate committee.
Red and Green Dinner Committee: Coordinates the facility, food, and program for the annual Red and Green Dinner.
Scholarship Committee: Troop and Crew 153 maintains an ongoing scholarship program and grants for those Scouts that are unable to afford the cost of summer camp, uniforms or equipment.
Once a request is submitted to the Scholarship Committee, the committee members will evaluate the financial hardship of the scout’s family and determine what percentage, if any, the family should pay, and what amount will be provided by the scholarship fund.
The Scholarship Committee, consisting of at least three members of the Parent’s Committee will coordinate the program and make recommendations to the Uniform Leader’s Council for the final determination of the grant.
All families that have the means and ability to contribute annually to the Scholarship Fund are encouraged to do so.
Scrip Coordinator: Coordinates, collects and purchases and distributes Scrip from the various vendors and corporate sponsors. Coordinates information with the Fundraising Chairperson, and the Unit Treasurer.
Trek Leader or Event Coordinator: Adult committee member or uniform leader that is responsible for the operational aspect and coordination of a specific event. The Trek Leader or Event Coordinator may change from one outing to another.
The Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor does not relinquish his/her responsibility over the members of the Unit, even though functional leadership authority has been transferred to the Trek Leader or Event Coordinator. However, the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor should defer specific operational aspects of the outing, or specialized safety issues that require advance training or knowledge, to the Trek Leader or other leaders in the unit whose training, experiences, and/or qualifications are greater.
Example: The Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor maintains the chain-of-command leadership role of the Unit membership attending the event. This includes meal preparation, setting up camp, advancement, leisure time activities, and the campfire program, etc.
However, the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor should defer authority to the Trek
Leader / Event Coordinator in regards to specific operational concerns or
conditions of that event in regards to set-up and preparation, route of travel,
timelines and distances, and specialized safety training and issues.
Tee Shirt and Sweat Shirt Facilitor: Coordinates the purchases and distributions of troop and crew special clothing orders. Coordinates information with the Membership Chairperson and the Unit Treasurer.
Telephone Chairman: Responsible for telephone communications, via the telephone tree, from the Parent’s Committee leadership to all troop families or committee members, as the message requires. Parents or Scouts at the end of the established phone tree will then notify the Telephone Chairman of the results or problems associated with delivery of the message.
Transportation Chairman: Ensures that transportation is arranged for all official Unit functions. Keeps records of drivers that participate in the various Unit functions in order to give everyone a chance to share equally in transportation duties. Maintains a current listing of insurance information of family vehicles and responsible for procuring and filing of Tour Permits as required by the Boy Scouts of America.
Webmaster / Media: Monitors and approves the operational status of the Unit’s Web page. Maintains an official record and printed copy of all changes or modifications. Maintains an open relationship with the local newspapers and sends in pictures or articles that will enhance the reputation of the troop.
Xmas Tree Pick-up Fundraiser Coordinator: Coordinates with the District and City for the pick-up of discarded Xmas trees. Maintains records on the number of hours volunteers worked and the distribution of income and expenses. Coordinates information with the Fundraising Chairperson and the Unit Treasurer.
POLICY CHANGES AND VOTING:
Any additions, deletions, or changes to/from these By-laws or Unit policy may be proposed by any parent or member of the Unit at any time. Each registered member of the Parent’s Committee must be advised of any meetings for the discussion of such changes, and must receive a copy of the proposed changes at least 15 days prior to any official vote. Notification can be made by mail, electronic mail, or by telephone.
A boy is considered to be a member of Unit 153 on the date he submits a completed Scout Application and fees, or Transfer Application and fees, to the Membership Chairperson, Advancement Chairperson, or the Scoutmaster. Scouts 14-20 years if age will automatically be registered in both the Troop and Crew under BSA duel registration requirements. Members of Crew 153 that are 18 -20 years of age may continue membership as a youth in Crew 153, although legally registered as an adult in Troop 153.
It is the responsibility of the Scout to call his Patrol Leader when he is unable to attend a meeting. If the Patrol Leader cannot be reached, he is to call the Assistant Patrol Leader or the advisor. Every effort should be made to contact one of the above.
If the Scout has not been heard from for three consecutive weeks, the Patrol Advisor assigned to the Patrol will call the Scout to encourage him to attend and/or help resolve the problem.
Each Scout is required to bring his notebook and a pencil to each meeting. Scouts below the rank of Star are required to bring their Scout Handbook. These requirements shall not apply to Crew members 18-20 years of age.
Troop 153 will have no more than fifty-one (51) active Scout members. Scouts are expected to attend troop outings and activities as often as possible in order to develop the skills necessary for personal development, advancement, and achievement of personal goals. Scouts who are consistently absent from meetings and/or outings will be asked to explain the reason for their lack of participation. This explanation will be referred to the Parent’s Committee.
At this time, no membership limitations have been set for Crew 153. The Uniformed Leader’s Council, with the concurrence of the Parent’s Committee, may establish membership limitations should it be deemed necessary due to equipment limitations or other management concerns.
The Parent’s Committee may approve a request from the Discipline Committee that the Scout be removed from “active status” on the roster (until the troop re-charters) and/or placed on a conditional status. The Parent’s Committee will decide if an “inactive” member will be allowed to re-charter. A Scout may be considered inactive if he has not participated in any activity, event, or meeting in the last four months.
PATROL LEADER’S COUNCIL (PLC)
The Patrol Leader’s Council is the primary scout leadership organizational unit within the troop. The PLC meets once a month to plan the day-to-day operations of the troop. Scout members of the PLC include:
Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Patrol Leaders (Assistant Patrol Leaders in the absence of the Patrol Leader)
Order of the Arrow Representative
Adult members of the PLC include the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmasters, Crew Associate Advisors, the Advancement Chairperson, and the Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.
VENTURE SCOUTING – CREW 153
Venture Crew 153 has been established to allow the older and more qualified scouts to participate in advanced and more exciting activities, which may not yet be suited for the younger scouts due to their age, size, or lack of scout skills. Crew members must be 14 through 20 years of age.
HIGH ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
High Adventure activities are an integrated part of both Troop and Crew 153. High Adventure activities will be open to all members of the Troop or Crew who meet the basic requirements set forth by the Trek Leader(s) for extraordinary events that require skill or endurance to safely participate in designated high adventure activities. Participation in High Adventure activities is not automatic. Participants must also be mature, with good behavior, and show good judgment.
Attendance at certain High Adventure or Venture Crew activities may be limited by law, land or water use permits, BSA policy, physical ability, failure for the parent(s) to sign the Informed Consent and Hold-harmless Agreement, or by the Unit adult leadership. If attendance is limited, the most qualified and skilled members of the team will be given priority. The adult trek leadership, with the concurrence of the Scoutmaster, will determine the qualifications and skill level necessary for each event.
Boy Scouts are special. They wear their uniform proudly, and are expected to act according to high standards. Scouts are spirited, so they will be given plenty of opportunity for organized play. When the “Scout Sign” is given by a Scout leader or adult leader, it is the signal for all Scouts to immediately cease talking and playing, and to then give their full attention to that leader.
Scouts who are dishonest, disruptive to the troop, a danger to himself or others, or placed on an “inactive” status, may be reprimanded, placed on probation, given a suspension, or expelled from the Unit. Expelled scouts will be deleted from the roster. All disciplinary actions will require review and approval by the Disciplinary Review Committee. The Disciplinary Review Committee will submit their recommendations to the Parent’s Committee, without naming the scout(s) involved. Fifty-one percent of the members in attendance must either approve of the recommendation or send it back for further consideration, investigation, or modification.
It is the policy of Troop 153 that all members attend functions in full uniform. The uniform of the troop consists of an official or approved visor cap, scout shirt, troop neckerchief and slide, and a scout related belt. Official BSA pants and socks (or pants and socks of a very similar type and color) will be required for public events, district activities, summer camp, Scoutmaster Conferences, the Board of Review and the Court of Honor.
Solid color jeans, shorts, or pants (brown, green, black, or blue) may be worn to regular troop meetings or other outings not requiring BSA pants. The Scout Uniform shall be worn properly with the uniform shirt tucked inside of the trouser and (except for females) the cap worn square on top of the head facing forward. The Scoutmaster may allow an official troop shirt, or other attire, to be worn during certain events.
Upon initially joining the Troop, each Scout will receive one troop neckerchief, neckerchief slide, and one BSA handbook. Merit badges, rank Insignias and other patches may be supplied by the troop. All insignia are to be sewn on the uniform shirt in the proper location as shown in the Boy Scout Handbook. Periodic uniform inspections will be conducted during regular troop meetings.
The official Crew uniform shall be the same as the Troop uniform with Venture green shoulder loops. The Crew may adapt an official polo shirt, tee-shirt, or other attire for casual events.
The Unit will supply tents, cooking stoves, and cooking utensils for use by the Scouts. Each Patrol has its own patrol box and is responsible for the maintenance of its contents. Individual Scouts, or their parents, will be responsible for willful damage to equipment or property.
Class 1 Medical Information forms are required to be submitted to the troop, and up-dated on an annual basis, in order to participate in general troop activities.
Class 2 Physical Examination forms are required for participants under 40 years of age to attend summer camp. This examination must be repeated every 3 years.
Class 3 Physical Examination forms are required for all high adventure, athletic competition, or other strenuous activities. All youth and adult members of Crew and Troop that participate in High Adventure activities will require an annual physical examination. Participants 40 years of age or older, will also be required to obtain a Class 3 Physical Examination for BSA Summer Camps, or other events as required by Council or the troop/crew. Class 3 Physical Examination forms are valid for one year.
Parental permission slips are required before scouts are allowed to attend overnight functions or day trips that would require substantial time for the parent to respond to authorize medical treatment. Parental permission slips must be properly completed and submitted to the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Assistant Scoutmaster, Crew Associate Advisors, or Trek Leader before the Scout may participate in that specific function (unless a parent is present during the entire event).
INFORMED CONSENT AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT
All parents (or guardians) shall review the Unit’s “Informed Consent and Hold Harmless Agreement” which is designed to protect the sponsor, the adult leadership, and the parent’s committee against minor or frivolous lawsuits. At least one parent or guardian will be requested to sign this agreement. Signing the form will still allow civil litigation for circumstances where gross negligence is clearly demonstrated. Failure to sign the agreement will require at least a parent or guardian to be present on all outings.
The Unit usually schedules an overnight outing every month. Most outings begin Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon. Parents are responsible to ensure that someone is available to drop off and pick up their son at the designated times as scheduled on the outing Consent Form.
If a Scout is unable to attend an outing to which he has previously committed, and food has already been purchased, he must either find a replacement Scout to take his place or pay for his portion of the purchase. Refunds may not be available for activities that require pre-payment fees ( i.e., camporees, summer camp, etc.).
JUNIOR LEADERS TRAINING:
It is the goal of the troop is to send at least 2 scouts each year to a Council sponsored National Youth Leaders Training course (NYLT or Brownsea). The Scouts will be chosen by the Uniform Leader’s Council with concurrence of the Parent’s Committee. The troop will pay for the cost of the training.
All parents will be expected to supply transportation for outings at least once during the
calendar year. Parents will need to provide essential insurance information, required by the Boy Scouts of America, before a vehicle can be used to transport participants that are not family members. Vehicle insurance coverage limits recommended by the Boy Scouts of America are at least $50,000/$100,000/$50,000. Lower limits are permitted in accordance with State law.
All Scouts must wear seat belts, with no exceptions (example: If you have a van that carries eight passengers, but only has four seat belts, then only four persons can ride in the van). Scouts may not ride in the back of pick-up trucks or areas not secured by seat belts. All drivers shall have a valid license in their possession and be at least 18 years old. One adult leader, at least 21 years of age, must be in-charge and accompany the group as it travels.
Upon approval from the Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Trek Leader, or Event Coordinator, and his parent(s) or guardian(s), Scouts under the age of 18, with a valid Driver’s License, may drive to and from specific scouting events. Drivers under the age of 18, shall not drive other Scouts under the age of 18, except for family members (with the approval of his parent(s) or guardian(s)).
Each driver may be requested to present his/her Driver’s License for inspection by the Transportation Chairman, Trek Leader, Crew Advisor, or Scoutmaster. Vehicles in obviously poor condition will not be used to transport Scouts, other than the driver’s immediate family.
Fuel and Transportation Cost: Parents may be requested to chip-in for the cost of fuel and transportation on any of the unit outings, as determined and requested by the Uniformed Leader’s Council.
Parents shall not drop off or leave their Scout without first notifying the Trek Leader. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that all fees are paid, permission slips submitted, medical forms and information current, and return times are confirmed. This will prevent misunderstandings in case arrangements for the outing have changed.
If not enough vehicles are available for all members of the troop attending the outing, the following priority will be given the Scouts:
A. Scout(s) of the parent driving.
B. Scout(s) whose parent(s) are active in the troop.
C. Scout Leadership (Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and
D. Scout(s) that are current in their dues.
Note: A minimum of two adult leaders who plan to stay throughout the outing must always have a ride. It is National Policy to have a minimum of two adults on all outings.
LIABILITY AND INJURY INSURANCE FOR ADULTS:
The Boy Scouts of America maintains an umbrella liability insurance policy of one million dollars for all adults that are registered members of the troop or BSA programs. This means that the BSA liability insurance is a supplemental or secondary policy to your automotive or homeowners insurance and is only available after your personal insurance coverage has been exhausted. In order to ensure that you are covered by the BSA supplemental liability insurance policy, it is important to register as an adult member of the Parent’s Committee.
The Boy Scouts of America insurance program does not provide or cover adults for personal injury, disability, or accidental death. This may be purchased separately by each adult through the BSA or your personal insurance provider. Scouts automatically receive a minimal injury, disability, and accidental death policy when registering with the Unit.
An enrollment fee is due for each Scout upon initial registration, and renewable on, or prior to, the second troop meeting in November of each year. The fee is determined by the Committee Chairperson, with concurrence of the Uniform Leader’s Council in order to cover the annual registration fee, insurance, Boys Life Magazine subscription, badges, awards, and other expenses.
Fees are prorated when a Scout joins the Unit mid-year, for a term of less than 12 months. If a Scout transfers from another unit during the middle of the year, the Scout must pay the $1.00 BSA mandated transfer fee to change his registration to Troop-Crew 153. Fees for duel registration between Troop/Crew 153 shall be included with the annual registration fee.
Bridging Webelos will be required to pay a prorated fee that does not include Boy’s Life or the National registration fees paid to their previous Pack. At the discretion of the ULC, all or part of the enrollment fee may be waived on the basis of individual hardship.
The BSA registration fee for adult leaders and committee members is waived by the Unit for those who have completed Basic Leadership Training. Bank service charges incurred for returned checks are the responsibility of that individual to reimburse the Unit.
Scout dues - $1.00 per week of the year, for a total of $52.00. Dues are payable in November of each year at the time of re-chartering and re-registration of each scout. Crew members over the age of 17 shall be exempt from paying Scout dues.
SCOUT INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS:
Various fund-raising projects will be held throughout the year. Monies from these projects may be used to pay for (in priority order of) delinquent dues, Scout activities, or Scout related items or equipment. Scout related uniform or equipment purchases will be reimbursed to the Scout upon verification of purchase (receipt). Participation at fund raising events is highly recommended and is the Units way of keeping the enrollment fees low.
In general, one-half of the profits from fund-raiser projects will be credited to the Scout’s account in direct proportion to his (or his parents or siblings) participation in each fund-raising project. The other half will be credited to the Troop’s general fund. Adults who do not have a registered son in the troop may designate his/her time to any scout member within the unit, in regards to the allocation of funds being proportioned to individual scout accounts. At the parent’s request (and with the concurrence of the ULC), Individual Scout Accounts may be transferred from one Scout to another related Scout within the unit.
Fund raising events that involve individual sales (i.e., popcorn and wreath sales)… 100% of the profit will go into the Scout account. All donated public funds are designated on behalf of the troop, and not to an individual scout account.
If a Scout in good standing joins another troop or crew, that has the Individual Scout Account program, his funds may be forwarded to the new troop. The request to transfer funds must be submitted in writing within 60 days upon leaving the Unit.
Unless designated otherwise, unused funds from scouts that become inactive, aged-out, terminate their registration, or for any other reason, will automatically within 60 days be returned to the General Fund upon departure. Each request and disbursement of funds will be at the discretion of the Parent’s Committee. All monies owned to the Unit will be subtracted from the Scout’s individual Account before any disbursement is made.
Expenses will vary for such things as summer camp, camp-out reservation fees, transportation, gas, food, and any other related expenses. These fees are payable as announced by the Unit leadership and due from those who participate in the activity by a specified date (prior to the activity).
The Unit will pay for Scouter training when it is in the best interest of the troop or crew, with prior approval from the Parent’s Committee. Reimbursement will be provided upon successful completion of the training.
The Chartering Representative is required to attend various meeting as a liaison between the Unit and the Boy Scouts of America. The Unit will reimburse the Chartering Representative for reasonable expenses incurred while attending required meetings.
FAILURE TO ENFORCE:
Failure to enforce any part of the By-laws or policy because of mitigating or extenuating circumstances, or just plain administrative oversight, will in no way diminish its enforceability or serve as a precedent in future applications.
______________________ Institutional Representative
Revised and approved by the Parent’s Committee on November 3, 1999.
Amended and approved by the Parent’s Committee on February 2, 2000.
Amended and approved by the Parent’s Committee on November 6, 2001.
Amended and approved by the Parent’s Committee on January 2, 2002.
Amended and approved by the Parent’s Committee on March 8, 2005
Amended and approved by the Parent’s Committee on November 24, 2008
|Scout Oath:|| Scout Law|
|On my honor I will do my best|
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is ... Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful ,Friendly,
Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful,
Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
As an American, I will do my best to --
| Be clean in my outdoor manners,|
| Be careful with fire,|
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Do a good turn daily.
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to:
- Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
- Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
- Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
- Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.