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					TROOP 82
 Parent &
Scout Guide




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     Table of Contents

Introduction             Page 3

Troop Organization       Pages 4-7

Troop Meeting Details    Pages 8-9

Troop Uniform Policy     Pages 10-11

Process of Advancement   Pages 12-13

Troop Camping            Pages 14-17

Camping SOP              Page 18

Miscellaneous Info       Page 19

Resources/Stores         Page 20

Discipline Policy        Pages 21-25




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                               Boy Scouts Of America
                                      Troop 82
                                    Introduction

       The Boy Scouts Of America “Aim Of Scouting” is to help boys develop into honorable
men. Scouting‟s values can be incorporated into a Scout‟s daily life: Character Development,
Citizenship Training and Mental and Physical Fitness.

        Is Scouting educational? You bet it is! Scouts have many opportunities to learn skills of
leadership, of the outdoors and of life. Each Scout decides what he will learn and how quickly
he will do it. As he progresses, the values of his achievements will be reinforced through
advancement. As one of the eight methods of Scouting, advancement is a natural outcome of the
other seven methods of Scouting. A boy‟s Scouting experience should introduce him to the BSA
ideals, the patrol method, the outdoors, association with adults, personal growth, leadership
development and the uniform. By experiencing these ideals a scout will most certainly find
himself moving steadily along the BSA‟s advancement trail.

        Troop 82 incorporates the “Aims Of Scouting” and the “Methods Of Scouting” in our
program. We encourage scouts to attain the goals they have set in scouting. The sooner a boy
joins the troop and participates in a few troop activities and campouts, the more confident he‟ll
feel with his new troop. We also highly recommend that he attend summer camp. He will really
have a great time and this is a great start for the new scout to work on and receive some merit
badges.

       Scouting is a game with a purpose. Fun is the game. Values are the purpose. Learning is
the process.


Be sure to read Pages 17-27 in the Scouting Handbook for additional
information.




                                                        Troop Organization
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                               Trinity United Methodist Church
                                        8 Cross Road
                                   LaGrangeville, NY 12540

                               Scoutmaster: Mr. Dave Polgrean
                                         592-1081

                            Committee Chairman: Mr. Bill Struss
                                        227-6165

                          Troop Web Site: www.bsatroop82-ny.org

        Troop 82‟s charter organization is Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC). The
church receives a national charter each year allowing scouting to be part of its youth ministries.
TUMC received its first charter for Troop 82 in 1955. Since then, many Scouters and other
qualified leaders along with hundreds of boys have passed through the doors of TUMC‟s
scouting program.

       TUMC provides a place for the troop to meet and approves and signs all adult leader
applications. The chartered organization appoints an organization representative. The chartered
organization representative is our liaison to TUMC.

        A troop committee is organized to help support the Scoutmaster in delivering a quality
program to the boys. The troop committee handles the administration of the troop. The
committee consists of members who are involved in handling troop finances, fund raising,
transportation, special events, conducting boards of review and assisting with outdoor activities,
training and equipment. The committee welcomes help from all scout families.

         Parents of new scouts are encouraged to take an active part in their son‟s scouting.
Volunteering to help the committee leaders or assisting in a specific area of expertise provides
excellent opportunities to become actively involved in your scout‟s scouting adventure. Please
fill out a Volunteer Activity Form and hand it in to the Committee Chair.

       Troop 82 meets every Wednesday (unless specifically specified) at 6:30 PM in the TUMC
fellowship hall basement located in the white building next to the church.




                                                Troop Organization (Continued)


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       The following diagram illustrates how Troop 82 is organized:



                          Chartered Organization


                               Troop Committee


                                    Scoutmaster



                                        Senior Patrol                       Jr. Assistant
   Assistant
                                         Leader &
 Scoutmaster(s)                          ASPL(s)                           Scoutmaster(s)



  Den Chief
  Librarian         Patrol Leader      Patrol Leader      Patrol Leader
  Quartermaster      & Assistant        & Assistant        & Assistant
  Scribe            Patrol Leader      Patrol Leader      Patrol Leader
  Troop Guide
  Webmaster
                     Scouts              Scouts            Scouts




                                                        Troop Meeting Details

       Troop 82 holds weekly troop meetings on Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 PM in the
fellowship hall of TUMC.

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       The remaining weekly meetings will follow a set agenda, planned by the Scout Master
and the Senior Patrol and supervised by the unit leaders. The scouts will be able to work on
advancement and scouting skills, prepare for upcoming campouts and events and have fun. In
general, the meeting will run as follows:




                            6:30-6:40            Opening and Announcements
                            6:40-7:50           Activity –The Senior Patrol has
                                             lined up a schedule of activities for
                                                the boys during each meeting.
                                             Please refer to the Troop calendar to
                                                    find out what is planned.
                            7:50-8:00         Closing and final announcements
                                             Please plan to attend this portion
                                               of the meeting with your scout.
                                                   Important information is
                                             exchanged during Round-up and
                                               it is also a great time to obtain
                                                 clarification if you have any
                                             questions on upcoming activities.


Scouts:
   1- Be Prompt – 6:30pm
   2- Wear the proper uniform
   3- Bring Scout Handbook, notebook, pen or pencil, dues
   4- Don‟t forget to sign in


Parents:
       1-   Attend closing and announcements at 7:50pm
       2-   Attend all Court of Honors
       3-   May drop off Scouts at door at 6:30pm
       4-   Sign up for all trips in advance with Asst. Scoutmaster




                         Troop Meeting Details (Continued)

Any rank advancements or awards may be handed out either at the beginning or end of a troop meeting,
with a formal recognition at the next Court of Honor (COH). The end of a troop meeting (the closing) is a
good time for parents to join the circle and hear about upcoming events. The above schedule may be
altered due to Troop wide activities requiring planning for a special event. This is done at the discretion
of the PLC (Patrol Leaders Committee) and the Scoutmaster.
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What is required of a Scout at these meetings? Basically, the Scout should follow the Scout Oath and
Law at all times. The items being addressed under this topic apply equally to all Scout activities, not just
the troop meetings.

   Promptness is essential to the smooth operation of the troop meetings.
   Proper behavior and attentiveness are required at all times. Please see Discipline Guidelines for
additional details
 The Scouts‟ motto is "Be Prepared.” A Scout with a proper uniform, book, paper and pencil/pen is
prepared.
 Wearing the proper uniform is one of the methods of Scouting. We understand Scouts do have other
activities that at times will conflict with their ability to get their uniform for a meeting. If a Scout arrives
at the meeting directly from another activity (sports, school event, or work) wearing that activity's
uniform, they will be credited as having a uniform for that meeting.
 Additionally, each Scout is required to pay weekly dues. The dues are to be paid to the Scribe or Unit
Leader responsible for dues. This money is used to purchase advancement awards and other materials.
 Scouts and their parents/family should plan to attend the Troop's Court of Honors (COH). These are
held three times a year. A COH is a special meeting where the Scout and Scouters are recognized for
their time, effort and achievements since the last COH.
 The Troop also has a 'point system' in place, where each Scout can accrue points toward a total point
structure. At every COH, we name the top 25% of Scouts and the top patrol (patrol with the highest
average point total). Points are given based on uniform, book, paper, pencil/pen, attendance,
advancement and participation in scouting activities. At the end of the year, May/June, the points are
totaled for the entire year and the top two Scouts are recognized and money placed in their camping fund.
 Cancellations/Moves. Generally, a meeting is not moved, but on occasion when one is, the scouts
will be notified by their Patrol Leader about any change in activity. If the Scout has any doubts about
a meeting, they should contact their patrol leader first, then the Senior Patrol Leader. This applies to
missed meetings as well, in order to get any information that was announced at the meeting. It is the
responsibility of the Patrol Leader to ensure proper coverage takes place at a meeting they are not able to
attend. It is also their responsibility to call all patrol members not present at the meeting to give them
any information they needed. Snow Cancellations-The troop follows the Arlington School District
snow cancellation schedule.

   E-mail is an excellent tool in today's world. If you have an e-mail address (id), please give it to the
Newsletter Co-ordinator. We use e-mail to convey information. If a Scout does not have e-mail, please
inform your patrol leader. We rely on the Patrol Leader or some other scout to convey that information.
We also use the phone at times, especially when the message is important and the time is relevant to get
an immediate response (like snow cancellations).




                                     Troop Uniform Policy

The uniform is an essential part of any organization and is one of the methods of Scouting. Your uniform
is also a sign to you and to others that you are a person who follows the scout oath and law. You can be
counted on to lend a hand when help is needed. Dressed as a Scout, you will want to act as a Scout.

There are two basic classes of uniform: Class A and Class B.


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Class A

The formal Scout Uniform: (Required at the 1st meeting of every month)
 Official Scout Shirt (long or a short sleeve)
 Official Scout Pants or Official Scout Shorts Official Scout Socks are required
when wearing the shorts.
 Scout Belt (web or leather with a BSA buckle)
 Scout Neckerchief and Slide (or a Bolo in place of Neckerchief and slide).
 Scout Hat (Optional)

The Troop has a 'Troop Neckerchief' (Black and Red) and at times it will be required as part of the
uniform. (See “When to wear / bring Class A uniform” for the wearing of Troop Neckerchief)

Scout Shirt Insignia:
 See inside of Scout Handbook (front and back covers) for proper placement of
   insignia.
 World Brotherhood of Scouting Crest (Round Purple Patch with Fleur-de-list) 3"
    above left pocket
 Veteran Unit Bar - 25 Year patch can be purchased through Troop Advancement
Chair


Class B

   The same as Class A, except in place of the Scout shirt, a „Scout‟ T-shirt may be
worn. The Troop does have an official Troop Class B shirt (Polo Style shirt).
         May be worn May through September (any scout T shirt)
         „Troop‟ Class B scout shirt may be worn between October and April except for
the first meeting of the month




When to wear/bring Class A Uniform

   First troop meeting of the month (October thru April)
   Summer Camp
   Camporees
   Scoutmaster Conference
   Board of Review
       Troop Inspection (Troop Neckerchief)
       Eagle Board of Review (Troop Neckerchief)
       Court of Honors (Designated Neckerchief)
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      Special Troop events (Troop Neckerchief)
   Traveling to, from and at District/Council/National Events (Troop Neckerchief)
   Scout Sunday (Troop Neckerchief)
   Eagle Court of Honor (Troop Neckerchief)

On some occasions, the uniform may be altered or modified for the event or activity. This information
will come from the unit leaders in attendance at the activity.




When to wear Class B Uniform

      Troop meetings
   October through April – Troop Polo Shirt (Blue) except for 1st meeting of month.

Any Class B T-shirt between May and September (Includes Troop Class B Polo shirt). Again, on some
occasions, the uniform may be altered or modified for the event or activity. This information will come
from the unit leaders in attendance at the activity.


Miscellaneous Items

   A Scout hat is optional at Troop meetings.
   A Scout is Clean. This means the body, clothes, and mind. Also, it implies being presentable, with
the shirt tucked in.

The Troop does have a uniform exchange. This consists of used uniforms handed in by Scouts who have
outgrown them. Please see the contact listed on the Committee member list.




                                Process Of Advancement

Scouting provides a series of requirements that a Scout must master and demonstrate to a leader for
approval and sign off through the advancement method. The Scout plans his advancement and progresses
at his own pace as he overcomes each challenge. In order for a Boy Scout to advance in ranks, he must
fulfill a certain amount of requirements and Merit Badges (MB). MBs are to the Scout ranks as Activity
Pins are to the Webelos Rank.

RANK REQUIREMENTS
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         All of the requirements are part of the advancement process. The requirements must be
completed in order to advance in rank. The requirements can be accomplished at campouts and other
troop projects, i.e., participation in adopt a highway, memorial garden cleanup and planting, etc. You, as
parent, may go over the Scout Handbook with your son to see if there are any activities that your scout
can have signed off at the next troop campout or troop meeting. All requirements are listed in the
handbook and must be signed by a Scout Leader. No parent, guardian or relative may sign their son's
requirements. The Scout should have the requirements signed off as they are completed. This should be
done before or after scout meetings or at the activity. A Scout may work on requirements for more than
one rank at a time, especially Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class, but the Ranks are earned in order.
        When a scout has all the requirements for a rank signed off except Scout spirit, Scoutmaster
Conference and a Board of Review (BOR), he should meet with the Troop Advancement Chairperson
(TAC) to ensure that the troop records are updated. He should then meet with the scribe or Scout Leader
responsible for dues and make sure his dues are up to date, and put his name on the list for a Scoutmaster
Conference. At this point the TAC will update the troop records and print out a Board of Review form.
He should then pick up this form and bring it to his Scoutmaster conference and Board of Review.

        NOTE: In order for a Scout to advance to Star Rank and above he must serve a specified amount
of time in a leadership position (Assistant Patrol Leader does not qualify as a leadership position). If a
scout misses four or more meetings, he cannot apply the missed time toward the leadership position.
Also, if a Scout has other commitments he should not take the position until he is able to fulfill the
requirements of the position.
Merit badges are different fields of interest, hobbies, and careers. For a Scout to reach Eagle, he must
have a total of twenty-one merit badges. The Scout can obtain merit badges at any time working with an
approved Merit Badge counselor. All merit badges are listed in the Scout Handbook.
        For Tenderfoot to Life BORs there are three or more committee members interviewing the
Scout to ensure he has completed all requirements, to determine the quality of his troop experience, to
encourage him to advance further, and to determine the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting
ideals.
        The Eagle BOR has at least five members, the Troop Committee Chair person, Council Rep. and
three others. The three can be a combination of committee members, Pastor at TUMC, Church members
or people from the Community.




MERIT BADGES

        Merit Badge books. There is a specific requirement book and a specific counselor to work with
your son on each merit badge. Our troop has a list of Merit Badge Counselors for your son's reference. At
times Merit Badge seminars are held by different Troops in the area. The best time to obtain outdoor
merit badges, such as swimming, canoeing, camping, etc., is at summer camp.
        1-Request a „Blue Card‟ from the Troop Advancement Chair (TAC).
        2-Engage a Merit Badge Counselor. See the Committee Chair for a list.
        3-Purchase a Merit Badge handbook or check out one from the Troop library.




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BOARD of REVIEW PROCESS

When a Scout has completed all requirements for a rank except for the requirements for Scout spirit and
a Scoutmaster Conference, he will need to do the following:

   Have Records updated with the Troop Advancement Chairman (TAC)
   Obtain a completed rank advancement form from the TAC
   Ensure dues are up to date with Scribe or Scout Leader responsible for dues
   Sign up for a Scoutmaster Conference on the Troop Announcement Board
   Complete a Scoutmaster Conference
   Sign up for a Board Of Review and inform Troop Committee

    At the time of the BOR:

   Wear your Class A uniform
   Bring a Scout handbook
   Bring the completed rank advancement form from the TAC




                                         Troop Camping

        Camping offers each scout an opportunity to learn about the outdoors, nature, environment,
survival, and camping skills, as well as an opportunity to put into practice all that you have learned. You
also need to attend campouts to get requirements completed.

       This troop tries to plan a campout 10 times a year, once per month with August and one winter
month being the exception. We camp locally as well as travel great distances (like Canada and Boston)
for weekend camping.


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What do Scouts need for camping? What is required?

For the most part, this troop uses tents. The troop has a sufficient supply of tents for use on the campouts;
however, you may bring your own tent if you desire. All patrol equipment for tenting, cooking and
cleaning is provided by the troop. The following sections will describe what is expected of a patrol and
Scout for each camp out.

How to Sign up:

Parents must sign up their Scout at the beginning of the Troop meeting and sign the permissions slip. The
parents must also pay the fee at this time.

Schedule of events at a camp out

Each campout is unique in the activities, but the general schedule of events remains common for
every campout. When we arrive at the departure point, usually the church parking lot, we need to
load up all equipment and personal gear. Each Scout is required to help. Many hands make light
work, and the sooner we get loaded, the quicker we can get to our camp site.

Each event requires a signed parental permission for the Scout to attend. Prior to
departure permissions must be SIGNED. Please do not just drop off your Scout and leave.
Additionally, all medication MUST be handed over to a Unit Leader with permission and instructions
for the child to take the medication.

Upon arrival at the camping area, we unload the vehicles and set up Troop equipment first which
includes any Dining Fly's / Canopies, patrol tables, stoves and lanterns. Once the Troop equipment has
been set up, each Scout will set up their tents, if we are using tents, and store their personal gear.

Generally, there isn't any cooking on Friday night. A Scout must bring his dinner with him. On Saturday
we will attend the day's activities. The issues of cooking and cleaning are outlined below. On Sunday all
help to pack up the camp and load up the trucks for departure. The specific time this occurs varies from
campout to campout.

Parents are notified of when and where to pick up their Scouts.




Food (Menus, Storage, Cooking, Purchasing)

Each “campout” patrol is required to prepare a menu, a shopping list, and a duty roster prior to
any campout. The patrol determines who will purchase the food. They may elect to give money
prior to the purchase so the buyer does not have to put out the money themself.

Once purchased, food will need to be kept in storage (cold as well as non-cold). Coolers will
need to be provided by the patrol (they may use their own, family, friends, or other scouts) for
cold storage. Crates or boxes can be used for nonperishable items and dry goods. Sometimes the
Troop's plastic 'foot lockers' can be used as nonperishable and dry-goods storage. If ice is
required, the patrol must add that to the shopping list.

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       Helpful hints:
       • ½ gallon containers filled with water and frozen work well
       • Good to keep a limit of $10.00 per Scout when buying food
       • Buy things on sale, most often store brands are cheaper
       • Buy non-perishables in bulk to save and bring for the next campout
       • Bring food in plastic bags or containers to reseal
       • Save unused non-perishable food for the next campout
       • Label all personal gear with a name or initials

Once the food is purchased, any Scout who had signed up to attend the camp out is responsible
for their share of the food costs. If a Scout can contact the individual(s) responsible for
purchasing the food prior to the purchase and let them know they will not be attending, they may
be excused from the food- costs.

Non food items will need to be purchased as well, such as paper towels, condiments, special
equipment (for those daring patrols doing some special cooking).

Each Patrol is required to submit a Duty Roster for each camp out. The duty roster helps control
the work required at each meal. The list contains a schedule for each meal of who will cook,
clean, get water, get wood, etc.

Equipment/Clothing

Each campout is generally a month away from the previous and thus the weather is quite
different. "Be Prepared" is the best rule-of-thumb, especially since most of our camping is
„'Truck Camping‟ (That is we camp where our vehicles will take us.) However, on occasion we
will go backpacking or hiking and a Scout will need proper equipment and clothing that suits the
activity.

Equipment
     Sleeping: A proper sleeping bag will be necessary. A sleeping bag should be able
     to handle at least down to Zero degree weather. Talk to one of the Unit Leaders
     for more information on types and sizes of sleeping bags. Refer to the section in
     this pamphlet on resources for stores that carry camping equipment.

       Ground Pad: A pad is necessary to keep the cold ground from drawing the heat
       from you and your bag. A closed-cell pad is a cheap solution and for most
       camping works well. A 'self-inflating' pad (thickness no more than 2 inches) is
       probably the best, but the cost is more also. Again speak with a unit leader for
       more information. ( No air mattresses for winter camping)

       Duffel Bag: For most campouts, a duffel bag is sufficient to pack what they need.
       Plastic or paper bags are not recommended and should be avoided.

       Helpful Hint: You may want to put one outfit such as a tee shirt, socks underwear
       and pants in a sealable bag or bags so you have one dry outfit if all else is wet.
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       Back Pack: Scouts should consider getting a pack, have it fitted (don't just go and
       pick up one at the local department store). Again, speak with a Unit Leader for
       more information.

       Extra Gear: Mess Kit, although it isn't always necessary to purchase a “Scout
       Mess Kit”, many new Scouts like the set up. A plastic plate, bowl, cup, and
       utensils are all they will need. A pillow is nice to have if you are “truck
       camping”, but it is not necessary.

       Rain Gear: Some inclement weather can almost be guaranteed (we don't like to use the
       'R word). For the “growing” Scout, a poncho is acceptable; however, draw backs to
       ponchos include wet bottoms of legs, wet feet, bulky, and wide. A good rain suit is the
       better solution. The costs vary and should be taken into consideration based on the
       'growth' spurt the Scout will exhibit. Rain suits are much better in that they are better
       ventilated, better fit, and cover the entire body.

       Winter clothing: Layers, Layers, Layers; That is the key to winter clothing. Don't buy
       one “huge” bulky coat. Layer, so you can take away or add to as you heat up or cool
       down. Insulated boots are essential in cold weather. Sneakers are not allowed on winter
       campouts. You should have good gloves and a winter hat for better protection. Wear two
       pairs of socks, first nylon then wool.

       Boots: Hiking will require good support and durability in footwear. Today you can
       purchase decent hiking boots at a relatively low cost.

       At each event, it is not only the leader's responsibility, but the parents as well, to ensure
       the Scout is properly dressed for the weather and event.

Transportation

Transportation is provided by parents and leaders. Each event will require transportation. An
excellent way for parents to help the troop is by volunteering to provide transportation. Make
sure you have registered your current vehicle(s) with the troop.

Each event also requires a signed parental permission for the Scout to attend. These
permissions must be signed prior to departure. Don't just drop off your Scout and leave.


Camping Fund

During the year, the troop runs several fund-raisers. If you help with the fund-raiser, you will
receive a portion of any profit the Troop receives.

That portion goes into a separate account (on paper) for each Scout. The Scout may use this
money for Camping fees. The Troop Treasurer or Committee Chair person should be contacted
for any questions regarding the use of the money. The Troop Treasurer keeps a record of each
Scout's fund.

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If a Scout transfers to another troop, his camping fund balance transfers to the new troop.

If .

If vou can get by with borrowed equipment or items you currently have then you should do so in the
beginning. The equipment and clothing can be purchased over time for holiday gifts, birthday gifts and
for special occasions.




                Standard Operating Procedure For Camp Outs

If the Scoutmaster is not present, an approved and trained Assistant Scoutmaster will be in charge for
each camp out or Troop event, assigned by the Scoutmaster prior to the planned camp out/event.

Whether it is the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or Leader in charge, they will use proper conduct,
good judgement, safety and follow BSA policies on Youth Protection and Guide To Safe Scouting at all
times. All leaders working with the scouts must take Youth Protection Training and keep it current
(every three years). All leaders must read the Guide To Safe Scouting.


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The other Assistant Scoutmasters, Leaders, Parents or Guardian of the Scouts will give that person in
charge of the camp out/event the proper respect and the help he or she may need along with the proper
courtesy and support. No foul language or temper flair ups will be tolerated at any time and the person in
charge may ask a person using foul language or displaying improper or inappropriate behavior to leave
the camp out/event immediately. Any adult who attends the event is expected to exemplify scout
behavior by following the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The scouts learn by example.

There will always be proper adult coverage at all camp outs/events. As per BSA Policy for camp outs,
two adults for the first eight scouts, an additional adult for each eight additional scouts. No leader,
parent or guardian is to be alone with any scout that is not their own child. Proper Scout like behavior is
required at all times by all Scouts, Leader and accompanying Parents. When a scout‟s behavior needs to
be addressed follow the Troop 82 Parent & Scout Guide section on Troop Policy on Maintaining Good
Order and a Safe, Positive Scouting Environment.

When traveling to and from a camp out/event, we all travel in Class “A” uniforms complete with a troop
neckerchief. All Assistant Scoutmasters are to have a full Class “A” uniform. Also, when traveling, all
Scouts, Leaders, Parents or Guardians must follow BSA Policy on proper seat belts for each occupant in
the vehicle, proper wearing of the seat belts and proper distribution of leaders and scouts in vehicles.

When arriving at a camp out/event at night, the procedure is 1) Propane bottles, propane trees and
lanterns get set up first for proper lighting, 2) Dining flies are set up next one at a time, 3) Troop tents
and personal tents are set up next, 4) Patrol boxes and cooking areas/tables are set up, 5) Duty rosters,
menus and event schedules all get posted on the Troop bulletin board and 6) when such camp outs/events
have one, adult Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders go to the event‟s “cracker barrel” or “instructional
Briefing” and register the Troop if not done before hand.

There also will be no smoking in front of any of the Scouts and it is the policy of the Boy Scouts of
America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at camp outs or
scout events.

Scoutmaster                     Troop Committee Chair

Dave Polgrean                   Bill Struss




                                Miscellaneous Information

Fund Raising

The Troop runs fund-raising projects throughout the year. These projects benefit both the Scout and the
troop. We purchase camping equipment, teaching materials, and other troop items with these funds. This
is a good opportunity for you to volunteer your help. Examples of past fund raisers include Bowl-A-
Thons, popcorn sales, and running a concession booth at local community fairs.

Service Projects


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Several Scout ranks require service time for advancement. A scout pledges in the scout oath „to help
other people at all times‟. This service time is an unselfish act, by the Scout, toward his community and
others. Service time requires prior approval from the Scoutmaster in order to be credited for
advancement.

The Troop maintains a memorial garden adjacent to the church. The Troop has participated in the
National Scouting for Food drive and other projects that have benefited the charter organization and the
community.

Other Scouting Activities
Order of the Arrow (OA)

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is an honor campers brotherhood chartered by the Boy Scouts of America.
It recognizes those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and, by such
recognition, to promote camping, and to crystallize the habit of helpfulness as a life purpose.

The OA has work weekends at Hudson Valley Council Camps, where they prepare the camp for summer
and winter. Their function is service to these camps. Also, the OA has Conclaves and National Order of
the Arrow Conferences (NOAC). OA members are 1st class and above Scouts and are elected annually
by their fellow Scouts.


Scouting offers a variety of programs outside the Troop's normal programming. One very unique and
fulfilling program is the High Adventure program. There are many High Adventure programs throughout
this country and too numerous to list here; however, we will list a few major ones.

    Philmont Scout Reservation based in Cimmeron, New Mexico in the Rocky Mountains. The
Council generally books a trip there every other year. It is open to Scouts 14 years or older and
has many programs. Hiking/Backpacking for 10 days straight, horseback riding for a week on
trails, Trail Crew programs, etc.
 Florida Sea Base located in the Florida keys. Many programs are offered from Out Island
Adventures to Scuba Diving including a week on a Sail Boat as crew.
 Adirondack Adventure camps located throughout the Adirondack Mountain region offers
both hiking/back packing as well as canoeing.
 National Jamboree is held once every four years. Scouts get to interact with Scouts across the
country as well as Mexico, Canada and other countries.



                      Resources For Scouting/Camping Gear

Dick's Sporting Goods                           (Camping, Outdoor gear and
clothing)
Poughkeepsie Galleria - 297-4767

The Flag Guys                                   (Uniforms etc.)
283 Windsor Highway (Rte. 32)
New Windsor, NY - 562-0088


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Hudson Valley Council #374 Scout Shop
Station Road Square (County Rte. 94)
Salisbury Mills, NY – 496-0905

Li’l Darling Shoppe                           (Uniforms, Insignia and Books)
Rte. 9
Wappinger Falls, NY - 298-7300

EMS                                          (Gear and Clothing)
Rte 9
Poughkeepsie, NY -463-3207

Rhinebeck Sport Shop                          (Uniforms, Books, Insignia, some
camping gear)
Rte. 9 (opposite Fairgrounds)
Rhinebeck, NY - 876 - 2400

Rhinebeck Tack & Leather Shop                  (Outdoor clothing)
Rte. 9 ~ext to Rhinebeck Sport Shop)
Rhinebeck, NY - 876-4287

Sunset Sporting Goods, Inc.                   (Outdoor clothing)
15 Old Route 299
New Paltz, NY - 255 - 7550

Campmor                                       (Outdoor Gear)
Rte. 17N
Paramus , NJ - (201) 445-5000

Ramsey Outlet                                 (Outdoor Gear)
Rte. 17S
Ramsey, NJ

Scoutstuff.org

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     Discipline Policy for Maintaining Good Order and a Safe,
                  Positive Scouting Environment
Disciplinary action for infraction of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Junior Leader Handbook or
Troop Parent and Scout Guide.

The troop leaders do know that boys will be boys and that at this age many of them have to be
reminded from time to time about conducting himself in a scout like manner. They are talking
while someone else is talking or not being mindful with respect to others and their property. It is


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that continued ignoring of the leaders after being spoken to time and time again for the same
thing that needs us to implement more drastic measures.

Because every Scout is different and every infraction is different, these are only guidelines by
which the troop will use to help guide the Scout back to the Scouting way. Because not every
Scout will follow the guidelines given to him, the troop may be forced to take drastic measures
with this Scout.

Purpose:      This policy sets forth the Troop 82 due process response to behavior, which:

       1) Adversely affects the individual and/or another scout.

       2) Disrupts the conduct of a troop meeting or other Troop activity.

       3) Violates public law.

General:
      1) Leaders are encouraged to resolve behavioral issues informally with the scout and, if
         deemed necessary, the scout‟s parent(s) or guardian(s) before undertaking this formal
         process.

       2) All counseling conducted as part of this policy shall be conducted as an application of
          the Scout Oath. Counseling sessions will be conducted in accordance with BSA rules
          and policy regarding Child Protection.

       3) Only actions which have been properly recorded, in a timely manner, will be
          considered as precedence for further action under this policy. The Scoutmaster has the
          form that this policy will use to record the counseling. The scout will sign the
          counseling form. This is to signify that he has read the information on the form. The
          Troop Committee shall maintain records of all formal counseling conducted as a part
          of this policy.

       4) In the event that the scout is a relative of a Troop Leader or Committee member, that
           parent, guardian or relative will recuse him or herself from this process as leader. The
           parent or guardian may advocate for their child in their parental or guardianship role.


       5) Senior scouts (above the rank of Second Class) and scouts in leadership positions will
          be held to a higher standard as they are expected to be role models. This higher
          standard is a condition of their position in the Troop.

       6) The Committee reserves the right to consider mitigating circumstances when applying
          this policy.

Classification of Adverse Behavior:



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       Class 1, Troop: Behavior which adversely affects the scout‟s, another scout‟s or the
       troop‟s ability to meaningfully and safely participate in a positive scouting experience.
       This includes showing disrespect for any adult.

       Class 2, Scouting: Behavior, which results in negative attention or embarrassment to the
       troop or the institution of scouting.

       Class 3, Public: Behavior, which is in violation of public law.

Definitions:

       Adverse Behavior: Behavior, which is in violation of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Junior
       Leader Handbook, Troop Parent and Scout Guide.

       Probation: The scout may participate in Troop activities. The scout may proceed with
       advancement requirements, but may not advance during this period. A behavior
       modification plan should be in place. The probation period will be assigned in terms of a
       number of troop meetings. Only meetings attended by the scout will be counted toward
       fulfilling the probation time requirement.

       Recovery: The scout may recover probation time by performing Troop or community
       service. The scoutmaster and the scout‟s parent(s) or guardian(s) must approve the
       service. This service will not be counted toward advancement requirements. Each hour of
       community service will eliminate one day of probation up to 50% of the probation period.

       Suspension: The scout may not participate in Troop activities during the period of
       suspension. The scout will not proceed with advancement requirements. The suspension
       will be in force for a pre-determined length of time. The Troop Committee and
       Scoutmaster will conduct a special board of review at the end of the suspension period to
       determine if the scout may return to full participation in the scouting experience.

       Dismissal: The scout will be asked to leave the Troop. This is an action taken in only the
       most extreme cases where the health and welfare of the scout or other scouts are at risk
       and no other remedy has been successful.




Response precedence to a Class 1, Behavior Issue Affecting
the Troop

       First: Formal and recorded counseling and verbal warning by any adult leader who
       observes the adverse behavior. The leader must clearly identify the adverse behavior,
       explain the negative impact of the behavior on the scout or other scouts in the Troop and
       provide guidance for improving the behavior.


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       Second: Formal and recorded counseling and verbal warning by the Scoutmaster. The
       parent(s) or guardian(s) are notified. The Scoutmaster must clearly identify the adverse
       behavior, explain the negative impact of the behavior on the scout or other scouts in the
       Troop and provide guidance for improving the behavior.

       Third: Formal and recorded Board of Review by the Troop Committee. A warning letter
       signed by the Troop Committee Chairperson and the Scoutmaster is sent to the scout‟s
       parent(s) or guardian(s). A behavior modification plan will be instituted with the
       cooperation and written permission of the parent(s) or guardian(s). If the written
       permission is not granted the Troop Committee and the parent(s) or guardian(s) will meet
       to come to an agreement. If no agreement can be made the scout will leave the Troop.

       Fourth: Formal and recorded Board of Review by the Troop Committee with the scout
       and his parent(s) or guardian(s) present.

       a) If the adverse behavior does not put others at risk, but seriously limits their ability to
          have a meaningful scouting experience, the scout will be placed on probation for up to
          eight (8) Troop meetings. The scout may recover probation time as explained above. If
          the scout is in a leadership position, the leadership position will be taken away. Any
          previous time served in the leadership position will count toward completion of the
          tenure requirement.

       b) If the adverse behavior places others at serious risk, the scout will be suspended from
          all Troop activities for a pre-determined time.

Response precedence to a Class 2. Behavior Issue Affecting the Institution of Scouting.

       First: Formal and recorded counseling and verbal warning by any adult leader who
       observes the adverse behavior. The leader must clearly identify the adverse behavior,
       explain the negative impact of the behavior on the reputation of the Troop and of scouting
       as an institution, and provide guidance for improving the behavior.

       Second: Formal and recorded counseling and verbal warning by the Scoutmaster. The
       parent(s) or guardian(s) are notified. The scoutmaster must clearly identify the adverse
       behavior, explain the negative impact of the behavior on the reputation of the Troop and
       of scouting as an institution, and provide guidance for improving the behavior.

       Third: Formal and recorded Board of Review by the Troop Committee. A warning letter
       signed by the Troop Committee Chairperson and the Scoutmaster is sent to the scout‟s
       parent(s) or guardian(s). A behavior modification plan will be instituted with the
       cooperation and written permission of the parent(s) or guardian(s). If the written
       permission is not granted the Troop Committee and the parent(s) or guardian(s) will meet
       to come to an agreement. If no agreement can be made the scout will leave the Troop.

       Fourth: Formal and recorded Board of Review by the Troop Committee with the scout
       and his parent(s) or guardian(s) present.


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    a) If the adverse behavior results in warning from the Troop‟s Charter Organization
       <hosts>, the scout will be placed on probation for up to twelve (12) Troop meetings.
       The scout may recover probation time as explained above. If the scout is in a
       leadership position, the leadership position will be taken away. Any previous tune
       served in the leadership position will count toward completion of the tenure
       requirement.

    b) If the adverse behavior creates a situation wherein the troop is no longer welcome at
       events or activity sites thus limiting the troop‟s ability to have a meaningful scouting
       experience, the scout will be suspended for a pre-determined time.


Response precedence to a Class 3, Behavior Issue Which
Violates the Law

    1) Substance abuse will not be tolerated by the Troop. Scouts who provide illegal
       substances to other scouts will be referred to the appropriate legal jurisdiction. The
       Troop Committee Chairperson and the Council Executive will be notified of any such
       action at the earliest possible time. Scouts who are found to be abusing illegal
       substances will be referred to their parent(s) or guardian(s). The scout must be taken
       to professional counseling. The Troop leaders will work with the parent(s) or
       guardians(s) and the counselor to help end the abuse.

    2) If the offense is minor and the injured party is prepared to accept restitution, the scout
       will be offered an opportunity to make restitution and a formal and recorded Board of
       Review will place the scout on probation for up to twelve (12) troop meetings. The
       scout may recover probation time as explained above. If the scout is in a leadership
       position, the leadership position will be taken away. Any previous time served in the
       leadership position will count toward completion of the tenure requirement.

    3) If the offense is a clear violation of the law, the scout will be referred to the appropriate
       legal jurisdiction. The Troop Committee Chairperson and the Council Executive will
       be notified of any such action at the earliest possible time. The Troop Committee will
       make a determination regarding the scout‟s further participation in the Troop.




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I have read and understand The Troop 82 Parent and Scout Guide. I agree and will abide by the
policy and guidelines as put forth in the Troop Parent and Scout Guide.

____________________________________________________
            (Print Scout Name)

____________________________________________________            ________________
            (Scout Signature)                                         (Date)

____________________________________________________
            (Print Parent or Guardian Name)

____________________________________________________            ________________
            (Parent or Guardian Signature)                            (Date)

____________________________________________________
            (Print Parent or Guardian Name)

____________________________________________________            ________________
            (Parent or Guardian Signature)                            (Date)




Please sign this page and return it to the Committee Chair.
                    Thank you.




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