Re: New Troop Standards
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 17 Nov 1992 11:16:34 CST
What you are in fact doing, is planning on setting up a set of Troop 29
By-laws, something that we have been teaching for the 20 years I have been
in this program. So, of course, I would certainly applaud setting up your
goals and by-laws. All you need to do is start with something like:
"Within the guidelines and rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of
America, including amendments and changes made by the National Council, Boy
Scout Troop 29 set forth the following by-laws:
You said --
> * Having a high adventure outing at least every other year. I didn't
> include caps here as I mean that maybe the scouts will get in cars
> and drive to the San Juan mountains in Colorado for an outing, or
> maybe we'll go to a High Adventure experience such as Philmont.
---High adventure requires (by BSA) certain requirements to be met, one of
which is the age and rank of each boy. (14yrs. old) A new troop with boys
just turned 12 would hardly qualify. Also boys never drive boys, adults
must drive the scouts.
> * A policy and emphasis on a warm and welcome acceptance of new scouts.
> Some complaints from parents have included that in some troops the
> scouts feel alienated (the other boys all know each other and our
> new scout's buddy went with another troop). This would obviously
> be an attempt to eliminate hazing.
-- You really can not establish "policies" that is for BSA. Also I have
always found it difficult to force courtesy and proper manners. It is
better taught by example, or learning by doing (our program).
-- Hazing of ANY sort is absolutely called out as AGAINST THE RULES OF BSA.
Any D.E. or executive who even hears about a boy being sent off for a
"smoke bender" is required to report the hazing and stop it immediately.
This policy has become very much stronger over the past 10 years.
> * Supportof Pack 29 activities by inviting Cubs to participate with the
> troop at some level in camporees, Den Chiefs, &tc..
-- There are VERY strict rules of Cub Scout participation with ANY troop,
and is firmly against our rules and regulations to do more. The result if
the boys are overexposed to BS troops, is lack of interest!
A Cub Scout Pack may:
1. Use Den Chiefs from any troop. A Den Chief is appointed:
a. the den leader requests one of the Cubmaster
b. the cubmaster contacts the scoutmaster and requests a den chief --
states for what den, meeting time, leader's name.
c. the scoutmaster appoints a scout to the position.
Remember that Den Chief IS one of the leadership positions in the troop
which can be used towards the boy's advancement requirements, and that
Scoutmasters always have the final approval on such items.
2. Webelos may camp at district camporees with a troop. Cub Scout are NOT
ALLOWED TO CAMP except as family camping (not camporees); or council
approved and staff activities (i.e. resident camp, day camp).
3. Boy Scouts may put on a demonstrtion for a pack meeting or a blue and
gold, but they are not allowed to run den meetings, nor participate as
scouts in cub scout field trips and activities.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City