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					                          Final – November 24, 2009




OPERATING PROCEDURES
         And
      BY-LAWS



    Boy Scout Troop 322
      Eureka, Missouri
   New Horizons District,
Greater St. Louis Area Council
   Boy Scouts of America



 Revised: November 24, 2009




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                                                          Table of Contents

Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 3
Purpose of the Troop .................................................................................................................... 3
Troop Philosophy .......................................................................................................................... 4
Scout Membership ........................................................................................................................ 4
Adult Membership ........................................................................................................................ 5
Scout Leadership........................................................................................................................... 5
Scout Leadership Election and Appointment Process ............................................................... 7
Committee Leadership ................................................................................................................. 7
Committee Leadership Election Process .................................................................................... 8
Committee Meetings ..................................................................................................................... 9
Troop Meetings ........................................................................................................................... 10
Court Of Honor ........................................................................................................................... 10
Parent’s Meetings........................................................................................................................ 10
Patrol Leaders Council ............................................................................................................... 10
Troop Activities ........................................................................................................................... 10
Financial Responsibilities ........................................................................................................... 11
Scout Bucks.................................................................................................................................. 11
Advancement ............................................................................................................................... 11
Merit Badges................................................................................................................................ 12
Uniforms ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Adult Code of Conduct ............................................................................................................... 13
Scout Discipline ........................................................................................................................... 14
General Troop Guidelines .......................................................................................................... 14
Troop and Personal Equipment ................................................................................................ 15
Service Projects ........................................................................................................................... 15
Amendments ................................................................................................................................ 15




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                       Boy Scout Troop 322
                  Operating Procedures and Bylaws

Introduction

Troop 322 is a recognized troop within the Boy Scouts of America. The troop is sponsored by
and chartered through the Eureka United Methodist Church, located in Eureka, Missouri. Troop
322 is part of the New Horizon’s district of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

The attached articles of these operating procedures and bylaws shall in no way conflict with the
written policies of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), but are meant to ensure that the program is
fairly and consistently administered for the benefit of all scouts in the troop. To that end, the
troop will follow applicable BSA guidelines (where applicable), but reserves the right to develop
and administer its own guidelines that are felt to benefit this troop’s scouts and program.


Purpose of the Troop

The purpose of this troop is to provide a year round quality scouting program. This troop’s goal
is to provide a comprehensive scouting program that will develop boys into quality adults that
will benefit our society as a whole while ensuring it is fun for all involved. All aspects of the
troop’s goals and program are developed utilizing the following principles:

                                   MISSION STATEMENT

  It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in
young people and to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their
  full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and
                                            Scout Law.

                               SCOUT OATH OR PROMISE
                               On my honor, I will do my best
                          To do my duty to God and my Country and
                                  To obey the Scout Law;
                              To help other people at all times;
                              To keep myself physically strong,
                            mentally awake, and morally straight.

                                     THE SCOUT LAW
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
                                 Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

                                    THE SCOUT MOTTO
                                       "Be Prepared."


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                                    THE SCOUT SLOGAN
                                    "Do a Good Turn Daily."

                                   THE OUTDOOR CODE
                             As an American, I will do my best to --
                               Be clean in my outdoor manners,
                                     Be careful with fire,
                              Be considerate in the outdoors, and
                                   Be conservation-minded.


Troop Philosophy

We gladly welcome new scouts into our troop. The Scouting program is developed as a
cooperative effort between the Scoutmaster (SM), Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM), Scout
Leadership, Parents, and the Scouts themselves. The program is then carried out by the Scouts
with guidance from the SM and ASM while under the supervision of the Troop Committee.

Specifically, the Troop Leadership pledge to assist each scout in the development of his duties to
God and Country, to others, and to himself. The program seeks to develop an awareness of self-
reliance, to improve individual and group skills, and to increase the scout’s abilities and
knowledge. In turn, Scouts are encouraged to participate in the entire scout program to produce
a well rounded experience. Scouts are asked to encourage one another to do their best and to
treat all other troop members with respect and in accordance with the scout principles.
Additionally, the Scout's parents are asked to encourage each scout’s efforts. In many cases the
Troop may ask for direct participation by parents for events and where possible adult
participation is greatly appreciated. Parents can serve the Troop through many avenues
including committee positions, merit badge counselors, district and council positions, event
coordinators and helpers, program assistance, trainers, transportation, and/or other special
requests.


Scout Membership

Per BSA membership provisions Boys Scouts is for boys who are 11 through 17 years of age, or
have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light award and are at least 10 years old, or have
completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.

Membership in the troop is governed by the membership provisions of the BSA. Additionally,
scouts are asked to maintain their active membership (i.e., an active scout) by observing the
following:

       Maintaining an active status within the troop by attending at least 50% of the meetings,
        outings, and events annually;
       Keeping up with their monetary requirements for monthly dues and event fees;


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       Re-chartering annually with the troop through payment of the re-chartering fees; and,
       Committing to and supporting the troop’s annual fundraising event by meeting any
        appropriate work requirements (this fundraiser is not associated with the Scout Bucks
        fundraiser(s) mentioned in that section).

Any unusual circumstances that will prohibit a scout from meeting these requirements should be
brought to the SM, who will in turn take the issue before the committee with his
recommendations. Relief from a specific requirement may be extended to the scout by a vote of
the Troop Committee.

Failure to maintain active membership may impact scout eligibility for certain outings,
leadership roles, or other opportunities as determined on a case by case basis by the SM and the
Troop Committee.


Adult Membership

All parents are encouraged to participate in troop activities as they can and as is proper. It must
be recognized that all activities must be conducted with proper adult supervision, which is
defined as registered and trained adult leaders. Therefore, it is suggested and encouraged that
adults complete an application with the BSA and become registered leaders with the Troop. All
adult leadership will be approved by the Chartered Organization Representative (COR) and the
Troop Committee Chairman (CC). Additionally, the troop requires that adult leaders complete a
few critical training programs as part of their registrations to ensure the success of the program.
These include, but are not limited to, youth protection and basic adult leader training. These
minimal training requirements are required to be recognized as a registered adult leader.

Registered leaders will be included as committee members on the Charter unless chosen by the
SM to serve in an ASM role. However, the Charter designation does not constitute status as a
voting member of the Troop Committee.


Scout Leadership

The Troop’s Scout Leadership consists of the following positions. The position’s term and the
qualifications that need to be met prior to the election are listed below.




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                Position                       Term          Elected or      Rank Qualifications
                                                             Appointed
 Junior Assistant Scout Master (JASM)        One Year        Appointed            Eagle Scout
       Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)            One Year         Elected        Star Scout or Higher
 Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)       One Year        Appointed       Star Scout or Higher
            Troop Guide(s)                  Six Months       Appointed       First Class or Higher
          Quartermaster (QM)                 One Year         Elected        First Class or Higher
           Patrol Leader (PL)               Six Months        Elected        First Class or Higher
     Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)          Six Months       Appointed       First Class or Higher
             Chaplin’s Aid                  Six Months        Elected        First Class or Higher
                Librarian                   Six Months        Elected        First Class or Higher
                Historian                   Six Months        Elected        First Class or Higher
                 Scribe                     Six Months        Elected        First Class or Higher
           OA Representative                 One Year         Elected            OA Member
                 Buglar                     Six Months       Appointed       First Class or Higher
               Den Chief                     One Year        Appointed       First Class or Higher

Other positions may be added as leadership opportunities arise and are found appropriate by the
SM. However, only positions described in the BSA guidance are recognized for Scout rank
advancement. Generally, all positions report to the SPL, ASPL and the SM with the SPL
reporting to the SM. Specifically, the ASPL, patrol leaders and the troop guides report to the
SPL. The OA rep, quartermaster, scribe, librarian, historian and chaplain aide report to the
ASPL.

No scout will be allowed to take a leadership position during the first six months after joining the
troop. This will allow each new scout the opportunity to become familiar with the troop’s
organization and the Boy Scout program. Therefore, newly formed patrols that have recently
crossed over will be assigned a patrol leader and assistant patrol leader from the existing older
scouts. The SM will make these selections with the input of the SPL.

The list of duties assigned to each position will be developed by the SM with assistance as
needed from the ASMs and active boy leadership. The list of duties will be made available prior
to each election so that prospective candidates can review the requirements.

Should a position become vacant due to an absence, removal from office, or no viable candidate
chooses to run, the SPL with the approval of the SM may choose an appropriate candidate to fill
the position, as long as the pre-qualifications are met. The candidate will be chosen based on the
following criteria:

   1.   Meets all the requirements for an active scout;
   2.   The need for a leadership position to fulfill a rank advancement;
   3.   Rank;
   4.   Age and maturity level; and,
   5.   Ability to perform the duties of the position.



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Should there be no candidate available that has the proper pre-qualification; the SM with the
input of the SPL may choose to waive the pre-qualification rank requirement.


Scout Leadership Election and Appointment Process

Scout leadership elections will be held twice per year – September and March of each year. For
those positions noted as yearly terms, elections will be in September. As noted earlier, no scout
may be a candidate for a position during the first six months after joining the troop unless the
requirement is waived by a vote of the committee. A description, qualifications, and duties for
each position will be presented to the scouts at least two weeks prior to the election. Candidates
for each position will inform the SM at least a week prior to the election of their desire to be
placed on the ballot. Should a candidate wish to be added to the ballot the day of the election,
his qualifications would need verification prior to allowing him as a write in candidate.

For all appointed positions, the following criteria will be used to make the selections:

   1.   Meets all the requirements for an active scout;
   2.   The need for a leadership position to fulfill a rank advancement;
   3.   Rank;
   4.   Age and maturity level; and,
   5.   Ability to perform the duties of the position.

Once the SPL election is concluded, the SPL will discuss all potential candidates for ASPL with
the SM and once obtaining approval, will announce his choice. Likewise, PLs will discuss all
potential candidates for APL with the SPL and SM and once obtaining approval, will announce
his choice. Once the SPL, ASPL, PL and APL positions are filled, then the remaining positions
will be elected in order. The last two potential positions, Den Chief(s) and Troop Guide(s), are
appointed by the SM with input from the SPL. For a Den Chief position, the Cub Scout Pack
leadership (Cub Master and Den Leader) must first request the position of the SM. Once
formally requested, a discussion between the SM and SPL can occur and an appropriate
candidate chosen from a pool of appropriate scouts. The JASM will be appointed by the SM.


Committee Leadership

The adult committee leadership of the troop consists of the following positions:




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   1. Charter Organization Representative (COR)*
   2. Committee Chair Person (CC)*
   3. Treasurer*
   4. Secretary*
   5. Quartermaster (QM)*
   6. Chaplin*
   7. Service Coordinator (SC)*
   8. Advancement/Training Coordinator (ATC)*
   9. Fundraising Coordinator (FC)*
   10. Activities Coordinator (AC)*
   11. Membership Coordinator (MC)*
   12. Scoutmaster (SM)
   13. Assistant Scoutmaster(s) (ASM)

The voting members of the committee are designated with * by the position. All candidates for
committee positions are required to be registered and trained adult leaders with the troop. Per
BSA guidelines, the Unit Commissioner is assigned by the district to provide consultation and
support to the troop committee, the Unit Commissioner is not a committee member and has no
vote. The list of duties assigned to each committee position will be developed by the CC with
assistance of the Troop Committee. The list of duties will be made available prior to each
election so that prospective candidates can review the requirements.


Committee Leadership Election Process

All listed members of the committee except for the COR, SM, ASM(s) and UC are elected
annually through the process described below. The COR must be appointed by the
Administrative Council of Eureka United Methodist Church. The ASM(s) are appointed by the
SM and the UC is appointed by the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) through the New
Horizons District. The SM shall serve for a term of three years and is elected by the Troop
Committee from a pool of candidates prepared by a selection committee formed by the CC.

It is encouraged that current volunteers planning to vacate these positions help recruit and
identify other parents and adults leaders that may be interested and/or may be qualified for their
position prior to vacating that position. Additionally, it is part of the CC’s responsibility to
promote volunteerism amongst the adult membership and encourage adults to run for these
positions.

   1. Every position should have a description of the requirements, goals and tasks. These
      position descriptions should be reviewed and updated prior to each election. These
      descriptions will be provided to all adult members at the troop meetings in October and
      November.
   2. These positions are open to all registered adult members of the troop.




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   3. Voting for these positions will be held two weeks prior to rechartering each calendar year
      at the regularly scheduled committee meeting. New committee members take over the
      office on the first of January to coincide with the annual re-chartering date for the troop.
   4. All registered adult leaders in the troop are eligible to vote for the candidates at the
      November committee meeting. Those present at that meeting will constitute a quorum
      for the purpose of voting for the candidate(s) for the various positions.
   5. Those that are running unopposed may be elected by acclamation.
   6. Nominations for candidates to fill the committee positions will be taken starting at the
      October committee meeting and ending one week prior to the election. This will allow
      for ballots to be printed prior to the election meeting. However, spaces will be available
      on the ballot for floor nominations and write in candidates.
   7. The nomination must be accepted by the candidate.
   8. Any candidate may nominate themselves for any position.

Should a position become available outside of the normal election process, the following
procedure will be used to fill that position.

   1. A selection committee will be commissioned by the CC to quickly identify candidates for
      any position that becomes vacant prior to a regularly scheduled election.
   2. The position opening will be announced during at a regularly scheduled troop meeting
      and included in the newsletter. Nomination will be received for two weeks after the
      meeting announcement and newsletter, whichever is later.
   3. At the first committee meeting after the nomination period has concluded and any
      candidate(s) are identified, an election will be held.
   4. Those registered adult leaders present at that committee meeting will constitute a quorum
      for the purposes of voting on candidate(s) for the vacated position(s). Those running
      unopposed may be elected by acclamation.
   5. The elected volunteer will begin those duties immediately upon election.


Committee Meetings

Generally, a Troop Committee meeting will be held once each month unless a Special
Committee meeting is deemed necessary. Meeting time and locations will be communicated in
advance of the meeting. For Special Committee meetings, all voting members of the committee
will be notified of the meeting at least five days prior to the meeting. The meeting is to be run by
the Committee Chairperson. All Committee Members should attend. Additionally, all interested
adults are also encouraged to attend. Quorum is achieved through the presence of at least 50% of
the allegeable voting members of the committee. Decisions made by the committee, other than
those specifically listed in other sections of these bylaws are made by a simple majority of the
voting members of the committee present at the meeting. Additionally, a vote on a specific issue
can be taken electronically should the need arise, and the decision made by a majority of the
voting members of the committee.




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Troop Meetings

      The troop will make every effort to hold a meeting weekly.

A scouting event may take the place of a meeting. Meeting locations and times will be
communicated in advance as much as possible. This meeting is for all scouts registered with the
unit and parents of scouts are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.


Court Of Honor

At least three times per year, Troop 322 will host a Court of Honor to formally recognize those
Scouts who have earned Merit Badges, received special awards, or advanced to higher rank.
Announcements of upcoming events are usually made at this time. It is important that parents
attend and show their support of their son's work. These events, like the Scout program itself,
are planned by the Scouts. And, like all official functions, Scouts must be in Class "A" uniform
to receive their awards.


Parent’s Meetings

Typically, at the first regularly scheduled troop meeting of each month, the CC will meet with
scout parents to answer questions, review the event calendar, and communicate any necessary
information.


Patrol Leaders Council

Generally, a PLC will be held early each month to help plan the event for the upcoming two
months. Meeting time and locations will be communicated in advance of the meeting. The
meeting is to be run by the SPL assisted by the ASPL. All patrol leaders should attend as well as
troop guides, scribe, and scout quartermaster. Representatives of the adult leadership are
encouraged to attend, but should recognize that this meeting is for the Scouts to plan their
activities and is supervised and assisted by the SM and ASM(s).


Troop Activities

The troop will not attend any function with less than two (2) adult leaders and two (2) scouts
being present, in accordance with BSA policy. Additionally, one of these leaders must be a
registered and trained adult leader, be over 21 years of age, and have had Youth Protection
Training.

Times for activities will be announced in advance of their occurrence. Sign up sheets are posted
for upcoming events and all Scouts should signup and pay for the event in advance to help with
the planning.


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Financial Responsibilities

Each Scout must complete a BSA registration form which the parent or guardian must sign prior
to participation in any Scouting activity. Fees for the initial registration are described on the
application form and are provided to the local area council. Troop dues are set by the committee,
which partially covers the cost of badges and patches for advancement. Dues are to be paid on a
monthly basis. Additionally, each activity has its own cost associated with it, which will be
posted on the signup sheet and in the newsletter. The cost of food for campouts will be shared
equally by all Scouts participating in the activity. All fees will be paid the week prior to the
planned event. There are no refunds after the food has been purchased.

Dues and event monies are collected during the troop meetings. Records for dues paid are kept
by the Troop Treasurer. A ledger sheet showing dues paid is available at the troop meetings.

The leadership of Troop 322 realizes that Scouting can put a strain upon the household budget.
No scout should be prevented from participating in any of our activities due to financial reasons.
Should finances be a concern, parents should discuss this with the Scoutmaster. The SM will
bring any such issue and his recommendation to the regularly scheduled Troop Committee
meeting to determine if financial aid will be extended and to what extent. All such discussions
will be held in the strictest confidence.


Scout Bucks

The troop attempts to hold two fundraising events annually to allow scouts to earn “Scout
Bucks”. The profits from the individual efforts of each scout are retained in the troop account
for that scout. The scout may chose to use these funds to pay for scout activities and equipment
such as monthly dues, outing fees, scout camps, scouting equipment, uniforms, etc. Equipment
expenditures must be requested of the SM, who in turn presents this request to the committee for
approval. Once a scout is no longer a member of the troop, any remaining Scout Bucks in his
individual account are placed in the general funds of the troop.


Advancement

Advancement is the process by which Scouts progress from rank to rank in the Scouting
program. The purpose of advancement is to strengthen character, body, mind, and the concept of
being a participating citizen. There are 5 steps in this process: learning, testing, reviewing,
recognition, and participation. The Scout handbook will be utilized as the document recording
the Scout’s journey toward rank advancement. Each Scout should bring their Boy Scout
Handbook to the meeting to take advantage of any advancement opportunities that are planned at
the meeting. Scouts who are first class or higher and registered adult leaders can sign off on an
advancement requirement, although it is encouraged for Scouts to seek out other scouts for such
signoffs.


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Once all of the requirements for a rank are completed, the scouts must complete two reviews –
Scoutmaster Conference and Troop Board of Review. Scouts must complete the two reviews for
each rank in order, even though they may work on advancement items for later rank
advancements at the same time. The Scout must signup and obtains a time to complete his
Scoutmaster’s conference. These meetings require complete Class “A” attire. As each Scout
completes the requirements for the next rank, his progress is reviewed by the Scoutmaster. The
purpose of the Scoutmaster Conference is to make sure the Scout has learned and completed the
requirements for the rank. This helps the Scout evaluate his accomplishments and set new goals.
Once this conference is completed, the Scout is prepared for his Board of Review. Again the
Scout must signup and obtains a time to complete his Board of Review.

The Boards of Review for the ranks of Tenderfoot through Life are the responsibility of the
Troop Committee and is managed by the Secretary. The Board of Review is designed to see how
good an experience the Scout is having and to encourage the Scout to progress further. Each
Scout will appear before this Board in a Class "A" uniform (described under “Uniforms”) and
with his Scout Handbook. Scouts not wearing a Class "A" uniform, without their Scout
Handbook or whose dues are not current will not be reviewed.

The Advancement Committee is made up of the SM, ASMs and Advancement Coordinator. The
Advancement Committee will advise the troop committee whenever issues arise during the
advancement process.

For Eagle Scout candidates, the initial meeting will be with the SM. It is recommended that all
Eagle Scout candidates attend the Life to Eagle seminar prior to beginning. Eagle project
planning and reviews will be held with committee members of the troop as selected by the SM.
Project coordination will also be required with members of the New Horizons District Eagle
Board and these are arranged by the Scout after the troop has approved his Eagle Scout project
plan.


Merit Badges

Through the Merit Badge Program, a Scout learns career skills, develops socially, and develops
physical skills and hobbies that give a lifetime of healthful recreation. When a Scout is
interested in earning a Merit Badge, he must discuss it with the Scoutmaster, who will give him
the appropriately signed Merit Badge card. It is up to the individual Scout to locate and make
the arrangements to meet with the Merit Badge counselor and complete their requirements.
Scouts should utilize the "Buddy" system in working on Merit Badges. Upon completion of the
requirements, the counselor will sign off on the work. The Scout is to return the completed card
to the SM so he can be recognized at the next Court of Honor. At the Court of Honor the
completed card and patch will be awarded to the Scout. A Scout must read the merit badge
pamphlet in order to earn the badge. The pamphlet may be checked out from the Troop library or
purchased at the Scout Shop.




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Merit badge counselors registered in Troop 322 are encouraged to avoid the appearance of a
conflict of interest by involving the SM or an ASM during the merit badge review process when
the counselor is working with his/her own son.


Uniforms

Uniforms should be worn to all Scout meetings. Uniforms help create a sense of belonging.
They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. When
properly worn, the uniform can build good unit spirit. Class "A" (known as Field) uniforms
consist of the following items:

   1.   Official BSA khaki shirt (long or short sleeve).
   2.   Green Scout pants (long or short).
   3.   Scout belt with buckle.
   4.   Official Scout socks.
   5.   Red or green epaulettes.
   6.   Troop 322 or other BSA neckerchiefs.
   7.   Dark shoes
   8.   Insignias on shirt.
            o Greater St. Louis Area Council patch.
            o American flag patch.
            o Patrol patch.
            o Numeral 322.
            o Rank insignia.
            o Troop Position Patch (where applicable)

The front and back covers of the Boy Scout Handbook show the proper placement of these
insignias on the Class “A” shirt. Class “A” uniforms are required when traveling to and from a
scouting function. The Class "B" (known as Activity) uniform consists of the Troop 322 T-Shirt,
or other BSA T-shirt, worn with shorts or jeans and can be worn when approved by the SM.


Adult Code of Conduct

As stated earlier, all members of Troop 322 are to conduct themselves in accordance with the
Scout Oath and Law at all times, especially adult leaders. It is anticipated that this requirement
will never become an issue. However, should there become a question as to an adult’s behavior
at any scout meeting or event; the issue will be handled directly at that outing by the Troop CC.
SM, or their designee. Remediation can include any necessary action up to removal of the adult
from the event in question. Once such an event has occurred, the Troop Committee will address
any further action at the next available Committee meeting or during a specially called session
warranted by the situation and called by the CC.

The Troop Committee reserves the right to remove any adult leader from a position of
responsibility within the troop for conduct unbecoming a position of authority and in direct


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violation of the principles of scouting. Such actions, including their removal from Troop Charter
(i.e., removed as registered leaders) for cause are accomplished by a 2/3 majority vote of the
voting members of the Troop Committee at a regularly or specially scheduled committee
meeting.


Scout Discipline

The scouting program is designed for group activity in a team environment, with appropriately
trained youth and adult leadership. Each Scout is expected to conduct himself at all Scout
Activities according to the Boy Scout Oath and Law. Scouts whose behavior is disruptive or
inappropriate will be addressed first by their PL. If the problem continues, it will be brought to
the attention of the ASPL and the SPL. Should they be unable to resolve the situation, they will
go to the ASM assigned to the patrol of which the boy is a member or the SM. If the problem is
serious enough, the Scout's parents or guardian will be informed by the SM. The parents could
be asked to pick their son up from the activity. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the Troop
for any reason.

The Troop Committee reserves the right to discipline up to removal of any scout from the Troop
for serious misconduct. Such disciplinary actions are taken by the Troop Committee by a 2/3
majority vote of the voting members of the Troop Committee at a regularly or specially
scheduled committee meeting.


General Troop Guidelines

The following guidelines are for both Scouts and Adult Leaders at any troop function.

   1. Fireworks are strictly prohibited.
   2. No person will ride on the outside of any motor vehicle (this includes the bed of a truck).
   3. Scouts are not permitted to play with fire. The basic rule is that “What goes in the fire,
       stays in the fire.”
   4. No unsafe acts allowed.
   5. No cursing or foul language will be tolerated.
   6. Excessive rowdy, unruly, loud, disrespectful, disobedient, or disruptive behavior will not
       be tolerated.
   7. No unapproved weapons or firearms will be allowed.
   8. Fixed open blade sheath knives are not to be brought, worn, or used.
   9. Smoking or the use of any tobacco products on any BSA property is prohibited. Tobacco
       use within sight of the boys at any event that is not on BSA property is prohibited.
   10. Pornography will not be tolerated.
   11. No illegal drugs will be in the possession of any Scout or adult during a BSA outing. On
       scout outings, prescription medications shall be managed and administered by a
       designated adult leader per the medical release from their parent or guardian.
   12. Alcohol is not allowed at any BSA function.




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   13. Youth protection guidelines will be followed at all times during BSA outing, events and
       meetings.


Troop and Personal Equipment

The suggested personal equipment that is needed by each Scout is listed in the Boy Scout
Handbook, and provided by the troop prior to such outings. It is important that Scouts work to
obtain this equipment and maintain it in operable order to minimize problems and delays during
outings. This equipment is provided by the scout, not the troop.

Likewise, the troop possesses cooking, camping and backpacking gear. This equipment is for
the benefit of all Troop 322 scouts and leaders. All members of the troop should strive to care
for the equipment and maintain it in good condition. Rules and procedures for using and
maintaining the equipment will be developed by the QM and provided to all scouts and leaders.
Should an outside organization desire to borrow any troop owned equipment, approval by a
majority of the voting members of the Troop Committee is required.


Service Projects

The Boy Scouts of America seeks to develop in each Scout a spirit of cheerful service. Each boy
will learn through Service Projects that he, his patrol and the troop can make a difference in their
community. Service to others is required for advancement for each rank from Second Class to
Eagle. Therefore, service projects are considered troop events that count toward the required
attendance for an active scout and should be encouraged by fellow scouts, adults and leaders.


Amendments

All policies adopted by the Troop 322 Committee cannot be in conflict with BSA policies.
Should a portion of the bylaws be found in conflict with BSA policy, the remainder of the
bylaws will remain in effect. Additionally, these bylaws and policies cannot cover every
conceivable situation. As such, these policies may be amended, revised, removed, or new
policies added as deemed necessary by the Troop Committee.

Voting on bylaws will be done either at a meeting or electronically, but not both. Initial approval
of the bylaws is achieved with a majority vote of the active scout’s families present at the
meeting or responding electronically. Any amendments or revisions will be achieved through a
2/3 majority vote of the active scout’s families present at the meeting or responding
electronically. Any such meeting will be announced at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.
For an electronic vote, two week from the transmittal date will be allowed so that all interested
families can respond. Specifically, each family of an active scout or scouts will have one vote.




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