BOYS SCOUTS BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE MANUAL
All members of the troop are expected to live by the scout oath, law, motto, slogan, and outdoor code
Scouts are expected to be respectful of self and others
Scouts are expected to be responsive to leadership
Scouts are expected to participate in the meetings, outings, fundraising, service projects and other troop activities
Scouts should never leave a meeting or any other function without letting an adult leader know that they are leaving
If the scouts do not participate or are disruptive, action will be taken to correct the situation
If any problems are noted among the boys, leaders will attempt to resolve the situation immediately
HAZING OR ABUSE BY BOY SCOUTS IS A VIOLATION OF BSA POLICY
Older scouts sometimes feel that new scouts should be "initiated" into the troop with a hazing activity.† Hazing and initiations have no place in scouting and are prohibited.
Any scout witnessed by the scoutmaster or other adult leader intentionally planning to physically hurt or mentally abuse another scout, will be immediately sent home.
Nobody likes to deal with discipline problems.† It is unpleasant for everyone.† Parents should help the scoutmaster and other adult leaders in supporting the discipline policy and any decision the scoutmaster or troop committee has to make in this regard.
TROOP 55 HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR HAZING OR BULLYING
The Scout Oath and Law will serve as our Code of Conduct at all times.† Misbehavior will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the activity.† It is the parentís responsibility to pick up their son if called by an adult leader.† Chronic misbehavior will result in probationary status.† This period will not accrue towards rank advancement.† Continued chronic misbehavior may result in dismissal from the troop.
The four steps associated with misbehavior are:
1.†††††††† In-troop counseling by the scoutmaster and other adult leader.
2.†††††††† Dismissal from the activity, with request for parent to pick up scout.
3.†††††††† Suspension from all troop activities for a period from 2 weeks to 2 months.† Prior to rejoining the troop, a counseling †††††††††† session involving the scout, scoutmaster, and parent(s) must occur.
4. ††††††† For chronic misbehavior, probationary status with behavior norms established by scout,††† scoutmaster, and parents which may include parental participation, will be required for a scouts continuation in troop activities.
For continued chronic misbehavior, the scout may be asked to leave the troop.
In the interest of the safety of all scouts, as well as the enjoyment and successful learning experience of the scouting program, common sense and good conduct is required at all times.
The following special rules should be noted:
No flame in tents
No participating in waterfront activities without proper supervision.
No throwing of any objects except as part of an organized activity.
No use of cutting tools (ax, knife, etc.) or matches without successful completion of Totin Chip and Firem'n Chit training.
No food in tents
No drugs or alcohol
††† The scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, and/or the troop committee shall have the authority and discretion to contact parents and send home any boy who refuses to carry out the instructions of the scoutmaster and his designated representative, or who, through his actions endanger lives, causes physical harm or damages property.† In the event this occurs, the parents/guardians of the boy will be required to make arrangements to take custody of the boy.† The troop shall not be liable for any costs involved, these will be solely the parents/guardians' responsibility.
††† Any actions, which might involve disciplinary action, should be dealt with in strict confidence.† The scoutsí parents should be fully informed of the issue.† Because serious or recurring behavioral problems may require the troop committee's involvement, the scoutmaster should share discipline problems with the committee.† Such problems should be addressed in a firm, fair manner with the goal to integrate the youth into the scouting program.† Problems that may lead to a youth's permanent removal from the troop should be handled by the troop committee and the scoutmaster, and should involve the scout's parents or guardians.† Together, the troop committee, parents, and scoutmaster should work toward a solution with the troop's best interest in mind.
††††††††††† (Troop Committee Guidebook, 1998).
†† With regard to the above guidelines, the committee chair is empowered to act on behalf of the committee, so that disciplinary actions can be dealt with on a timely basis.† The parent of a scout involved in a disciplinary action, whom is the scoutmaster, outing leader involved, or the committee chair, shall defer to another leader or committee member during problem resolution.
† Any disciplinary action will include conditions, if any, under which the scout may return to the troop's regular program.
Reason for disciplinary action______________________________________________________________________
Disciplinary action taken_________________________________________________________________________
1 copy to scout, 1 copy to parent, 1 copy to the scoutmaster and 1 copy to the committee