Boy Scout Troop 42 Uniform Guidelines
- As of 7/26/06
Troop 42 utilizes two types of uniforms:
Class A Uniform comprised of BSA Khaki Shirt, Green Olive BSA issued pants (long or short pants), Scout belt (either canvas or leather), and Scout socks (any style). The BSA Khaki shirt must include the Troop numbers, the Council Strip, and the International Symbol of Scouting. Boy Scout hats, neckerchiefs, and neckerchief slides are optional.
Class B Uniform comprised of a Boy Scout related T-shirt along with the scout pants, scout socks and scout belt mentioned above as part of the Class A uniform.
Over the years, the troop has experienced periods of time where some scouts have attended meetings/activities in apparel that does not meet the above guidelines. To address this issue of non-compliance, the members of the troop committee have established the following policy:
Any scout who is a member in good standing of Troop 42 shall wear the Class A Uniform when participating in any of the following activities:
Troop Meetings conducted between October 31 and April 30
All Courts of Honor
Any time the Troop travels together as a unit such as Fridays and Sundays of camping trips.
Flag Lowering Ceremonies at Summer Camp
Vespers reflection time at Summer Camp
Campfire Activities during District and Council sponsored Camps
Flag Retirement Ceremonies
Boards of Review for Rank Advancement
Service projects for the public (Fall Festival, parades, Scouting for Food, etc.)
Class B Uniforms may be worn when the scout is participating in any of the following activities:
Troop Meetings that are conducted between May 1 and October 31
Troop Work Sessions
Saturday activities during troop sponsored camping trips
During Back-Packing activities
If any of the four items (shirt, pants, belt, and socks) are not visible on the scout, then he shall be considered in non-compliance with the Troop’s Uniform guidelines.
If a scout attends a Scout activity where he is not in the appropriate uniform, he must provide a legitimate reason to the Scoutmaster why he was not able to comply with the Troop’s Uniform Guidelines. Reasons such as “uniform was dirty” or “could not find my uniform” will not be accepted. If the scout cannot provide a legitimate explanation for his non-compliance, then the Scoutmaster or Adult leader will ask the scout to excuse himself from participating in the activity. It will be the scout’s responsibility to make arrangements to return home.
If the scout returns home and changes into the appropriate uniform for the activity he will then be allowed to return to the activity and participate.
Boy Scout Troop 42 Attendance Guidelines - As of 7/26/06
The Scout handbook includes the following requirements for Advancement in Rank:
· “Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout” (Star Rank Requirement No. 1)
· “Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Star Scout” (Life Rank Requirement No. 1.)
· “Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Life Scout” (Eagle Rank Requirement No. 1)
In an attempt to establish a clear understanding of what “Be active” means, our Scoutmaster asked the Troop Committee to develop a definition for “Be active in your troop or patrol.”
Troop Committee members have established the following guidelines that Star Scouts, and Life Scouts must participate in the following to be considered “active”:
· 13 Troop Meetings conducted within a six month period (out of a possible 26).
· 4 of the Camping Trips conducted by the troop within the calendar year (out of a possible 11). Participation in Summer Camp will count as 2 of the 4 camping events. Participation in the Merit Badge College conducted in March cannot be credited toward this requirement.
· Six hours of Service Projects such as Scouting for Food, Covenant Church Fall Festival, Eagle Scout Projects, Adopt a Highway, assisting with Cub Scout Day Camp or Webelos Camp. Six hours must be accumulated within the Calendar year.
Scouts working toward Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Ranks must fulfill the requirements of the respective rank regarding camping and service hours to be considered “active”.
These guidelines are intended to serve as a minimum standard.
Scouts who are members of Troop 42 should strive to participate in as many Troop meetings, Troop Camping Trips, and Service projects as possible. Leaders in the troop will make every effort to be flexible with the scout when it comes to participation in extracurricular activities such as sports activities, band activities, or work related schedules. It is the responsibility of the scout to ensure that he complies with these attendance guidelines.
- Participation in Troop Meetings is recorded by each Patrol Leader
- Participation in Troop Camping Trips is recorded by the Adult Leader responsible for organizing the camping trip.
- Participation in Service Projects is recorded by either Adult Leaders, or Eagle Scouts.
All of the participation records are submitted to Troop Committee member responsible for recording participation in the TroopMaster software.
Boy Scout Troop 42 Conduct Policy - As of 4/2/04
The Boy Scouts of America have "two sets of ideals" which govern the conduct of any Scout. These are the SCOUT OATH and the SCOUT LAW. When a boy joins a scout troop he promises to live these ideals. Every Scout in Troop 42 is expected to behave according to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
Every Scout is responsible for maintaining appropriate behavior at all scout activities. The Scoutmaster and other adult leaders are responsible for modeling appropriate behavior at all scout activities.
The Scoutmaster is responsible for the general conduct of the troop and in dealing with behavior that is inconsistent with the Scout Oath or the Scout Law. Behavior intervention should be handled at the time of the occurrence and at the lowest level possible which preserves the dignity of the Scout. The Scoutmaster may use patrol leader(s), the senior patrol leader, Assistant Scoutmaster's, Scoutmaster conferences and other options (such as suspension from the next troop outing) as appropriate to deal with most issues that might arise.
During the course of any scouting event, if a boy's behavior is disruptive or dangerous to the event, the parent(s) of the Scout may be required to come and remove him from the activity. This inappropriate behavior could include harassment of another person, engaging in activity that is unbecoming of a Scout or failure to follow Leader's directions. If this occurs the Scoutmaster, the Scout and the parent(s) will discuss a plan for behavior improvement so the Scout will be allowed to attend future events.
If a Scout's behavior continues to contradict the Scout Oath or Scout Law after the Scoutmaster has tried to work with the Scout, the Scoutmaster, after conferring with the Troop Committee Chairman, may ask for a meeting with the Scout's parents and the Troop Committee Chairman to discuss ways to improve the Scout's behavior.
After this meeting a Scout may be asked not to attend troop functions until they agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.