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TROOP 136 DISCIPLINE POLICY

Scouts BSA has two “sets of ideals” which govern the conduct of any Scout. These are the SCOUT OATH and the SCOUT LAW. When a youth becomes a Scout, they promises to try to live these ideals. A list of rules and regulations would do nothing more than repeat what is already contained in the Scout Oath and Law. Every Scout in Troop
136 is expected to behave according to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.


Our procedure for dealing with Scouts who become a behavior problem is as follows:

  1. General discipline within the Troop is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters. Any Scout who misbehaves will first meet and talk with the Scoutmaster in an attempt to solve the problem.

  2. If a Scout’s behavior continues to contradict the Scout Oath and Scout Law after the Scoutmaster has tried to work with the Scout, then the parents and the Scoutmaster together will have a conference with the Scout.

  3. A conference with the Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair, the Scout, and the Scout’s parents will be held if behavior problems continue after steps one and two are taken. If this step is required, the Scout will be suspended for the next two camping outings.

  4. Finally, if the Scout’s behavior has not improved after all of the above steps, a majority of the Troop Committee may, at the Scoutmaster’s request, vote to put the Scout on inactive status from Troop 136.

 

** NOTE ** Any of these steps may be skipped depending on the severity of the infraction.

ELECTRONICS POLICIES

 

Phones and electronic devices have become standard items for most adults and some of Scout-age youth.  They can be both a useful tool and a distraction to scouting events.  

 

Usage

Scouts with their own devices can come in handy. It gives the Scout the ability to look up educational items online, plus track their own advancement, RSVP to events, and more within the Scoutbook app.

 

However, we ask that Scouts (and adults) keep smartphone use to an absolute minimum during Scouting meetings and outings and keep their use related to scouting topics. 

 

Scouts' use of smartphones, cell phones, and all other electronics must comply with all BSA policies, other Troop policies, and the Scout Law.

 

Scouts shall not use personal electronic devices on any scouting activity to access and/or view internet websites that are otherwise blocked to their use at home or school. 

 

At most scouting events there is limited or no access to outlets for charging electronic devices. It is the responsibility of the scout to make sure that they conserve battery power in their devices. If charging areas or outlets are present, all rules regarding their use must be followed.
 

Confiscation

In cases of excessive use or inappropriate use, leaders may confiscate the device for the remainder of the activity. 

 

Communication

The Scoutmaster(s) must be aware of any communication between the Scout and his parents, family, friends, or others and only when necessary.  

 

All calls to parents or guardians to pick up a scout early from a scouting event will come directly from the camp itself, a Scoutmaster, or another adult leader at the event. These calls will never come from a scout. If parents/guardians have a question concerning pickup, they should contact the adult leader in charge before driving to the event.

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