Re: Troop Policies
David Scammell (David_Scammell.Orlando_spg@XEROX.COM)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 08:41:04 PDT
Disclaimer: IMHO ... <grin>
In our Troop, we have had several 'rule of thumb' policies over the years.
About a year or two ago, a Scouter insisted that we 'officially' document these
and other policies. What resulted was months of deliberation over Troop
policies, how they should be worded, enforced, distributed, etc.
Final result ... we have several 'rule of thumb' policies. For every rule we
thought of, we could think of many exceptions. Every policy we wrote, ended up
having a disclaimer that the final decision was per the judgement of the
Scoutmaster. So, we ended up not documenting these policies.
With this aside, here are a few rule of thumb policies ... not written, but
verbally discussed and enforced by Scouts, with approval of the Scoutmaster
(for boys, by boys, but supervised by adults):
In the lower ranks (Scout to 1st Class) where there are no time frames, a Scout
needs to advance at least one rank a year. Considering the requirements for
these ranks and the opportunities (classes, campouts, 1st Class Emphasis
program, etc.) provided by the Troop to attain these requirements, one rank a
year is very generous. All a Scout has to do is participate, do the
requirement and have his handbook ready to be signed off. Again, the
Scoutmaster has 'final' say in the enforcement.
If a Scout is going to miss a Troop activity, he needs to call his Patrol
Leader or Senior Patrol Leader, otherwise it is an unexcused absence (we highly
encourage responsibility). Three unexcused absences during a period of rank
advancement (i.e. going from 2nd Class to 1st Class), counts against Scout
Spirit. How much? Depends on the Scoutmaster's evaluation.
A Scout needs to at least attend the two meetings before a campout. Why?
These are the final 'general' planning/preparation meetings (i.e., menu
planning, costs, reading of assignments, etc. - detail planning is done in the
PLCs). Remember, Scouting is a team activity, as well as a learning
If a Scout becomes 'too much' trouble during a Scouting activity (meeting,
campout, field trip, etc.), they will be required to be picked up by their
parents, regardless of where we are located. If this happens, then there will
definitely be a Scoutmaster-Scout-Parents' Conference. Again, up to the
Scoutmaster - the SM will be the one in the conference representing the Troop.
That's about it ... everything else is pretty much covered by local, regional &
national policies. For most instances in which a policy would seem helpful to
some, we discuss the issue at hand as a team (SM, SA, CC, CMs, etc. -
sometimes, we even include the Scout after initial issue discussion) and
usually come up with a workable Scouting answer, for that particular boy and
issue. Remember, we want to do what is best for each boy, as an individual.
Also, team discussions help to set a good example of teamwork for the boys.
IMHO ... Considering this, it makes it hard to have umbrella rules/policies to
cover everything and everyone. I hope this helps!
David L. Scammell
ASM Troop 227 - Orlando, FL
Eagle Scout - OA Brotherhood
West Orange District - Central Florida Council
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