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             BY-LAWS

              Troop 71




First United Methodist Church of Brooksville
             Brooksville, Florida




              (Revised December 6, 2010)
                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
Sponsors ................................................................................................................ 3
Mission Statement .................................................................................................. 3
Purpose .................................................................................................................. 3
Goals ...................................................................................................................... 4
Activities Information .............................................................................................. 4
Adult Troop Leaders ............................................................................................... 5
The Troop Committee ............................................................................................ 5
The Committee Chairman ...................................................................................... 6
Troop Committee Vice Chairman ........................................................................... 7
Troop Committee Secretary ................................................................................... 7
Troop Treasurer ..................................................................................................... 7
Scholarships ........................................................................................................... 8
Summer Camp Funding ......................................................................................... 8
Troop Committee Meetings .................................................................................... 8
The Scoutmaster’s Job Description and Duties ...................................................... 9
Assistant Scoutmaster(s)........................................................................................ 10
Adult Leader Training Chairman............................................................................. 11
Advancement Chairman ......................................................................................... 11
Fundraising Chairman ............................................................................................ 11
Transportation Coordinator..................................................................................... 12
Outdoor/Activities Coordinator................................................................................ 12
Merit Badge Counselors ......................................................................................... 12
Membership............................................................................................................ 12
Membership Requirements .................................................................................... 13
Attendance ............................................................................................................. 13
Behavior and Consequences ................................................................................. 13
Parents/Guardian Responsibilities ......................................................................... 13
Uniform Dress Code ............................................................................................... 14
Dues and Fees ....................................................................................................... 14
Equipment .............................................................................................................. 15
Advancements........................................................................................................ 15
Scoutmaster Conferences ...................................................................................... 16
Boards of Review ................................................................................................... 16
Patrol Description ................................................................................................... 16
Description/Responsibilities of Junior Scout Leaders ............................................. 17
Election Procedures ............................................................................................... 17
Patrol Leaders Council ........................................................................................... 17
Senior Patrol Leader .............................................................................................. 18
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader ............................................................................... 18
Patrol Leader .......................................................................................................... 18
Assistant Patrol Leader .......................................................................................... 19
Quartermaster ........................................................................................................ 19
Scribe ..................................................................................................................... 19
Troop Guide ........................................................................................................... 20
Historian ................................................................................................................. 20
Chaplain Aide ......................................................................................................... 20
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster ................................................................................. 20
Den Chief ............................................................................................................... 21
Bugler ..................................................................................................................... 21
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          TROOP 71 BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
                                   Brooksville, Florida


                                     BY-LAWS
                                 Revised: March 8, 2010

                                      SPONSORS

The First United Methodist Church of Brooksville serves as the sponsor of Boy Scout
Troop 71. As sponsoring organization it retains total control and responsibility for the
Troop, as defined in the Boy Scouts of America Charter. The Brooksville Kiwanis Club has
been a strong supporter of Boy Scout Troop 71. The Troop in appreciation for the
Brooksville Kiwanis’ Club’s support will communicate with the Brooksville Kiwanis Club
about troop activities and will assist the Brooksville Kiwanis Club with community service
activities as needed.

Boy Scout Troop 71 operates under this Charter and through the Institutional
Representative(s) of the sponsoring organizations and the Scout Troop Committee as
defined in the Troop By-Laws. An exception to any and/or all parts of these bylaws may
be allowed with the approval of a majority of the Troop Committee either in person or by
proxy.

The Troop Committee Officers shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary
and a Treasurer. These officers shall be nominated and elected by the Troop Committee
to serve a two year term, or until the end of their current term as Committee Members
whichever occurs first, and may be re-nominated and elected to serve consecutive terms.

The other Troop Adult Leaders shall serve by appointment, which must be approved by the
Troop Committee, and will serve at the direction and discretion of the said Committee.

At the last Troop Committee Meeting prior to re-chartering, the Troop Committee shall
elect Members and Officers and approve all appointments of Adult Leaders to serve for the
ensuing year. New Committee members may be elected to serve at any time of the year
by a two-thirds majority vote at any Committee meeting.

Any Troop Committee Member, Officer or appointed Adult Leader who fails to meet the
aims and directives of Boy Scouts of America or the direction of the Troop Committee may
be dismissed by a majority vote of the Troop Committee.

                               MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the sponsors is to assist young men to become responsible, respected
citizens and leaders of the community through the use of the principles and skills set forth
in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan, in an atmosphere of fun and respect, for all
boys equally.

                                       PURPOSE

The Troop works toward these four aims:
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1.    Growth in moral strength and character
2.    Participating citizenship
3.    Development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness, and
4.    The opportunity to advance along the trail to the cherished Eagle Scout rank
      attainment.

The Troop stresses the ideals contained in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout
Motto and the Scout Slogan.

                                        GOALS
Annually we, as a Troop will strive to attain the coveted Quality Unit Award. One measure
of a Boy Scout Troop’s success is fulfilling the requirements for a national Quality Unit
Award. There are 10 requirements, of which 6 are mandatory:
1.    TRAINING—The Scoutmaster will complete Boy Scout Leader Fast Training and
      Scoutmaster Fundamentals.
2.    TWO-DEEP LEADERSHIP—We will have one or more Assistant Scoutmasters
      registered, trained, and active. One registered adult is assigned responsibility for
      the Youth Protection Training.
3.    PLANNED PROGRAM—Our Troop will conduct an annual program planning
      conference, publish and Annual Troop Program Calendar, and present it to the
      parents/guardians at a family activity.
4.    SERVICE PROJECT—Our Troop will conduct a service project annually, preferably
      for the chartering organizations or the community.
5.    ADVANCEMENT—Sixty percent or more of our Boy Scouts will advance a rank, or
      we will have ten percent increase in total rank advancement over a year ago.
      Approved rank advancements for this recognition include Tenderfoot, Second
      Class, First Class, Star, and Eagle.
6.    BOY’S LIFE—Fifty percent or more of our Boy Scouts will subscribe to Boy’s Life
      magazine, or will have a ten percent increase over a year ago.
7.    OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES—The Troop will conduct six highlight activities (such as
      hikes, campouts, trips, tours, etc.) and attend a Boy Scout of America long-term
      camp.
8.    MEMBERSHIP—We will renew our charter with an equal or greater number of
      youths registered over a year ago.
9.    PATROL METHOD—We will conduct Troop Junior Training as outlined in the
      Scoutmaster Handbook and hold monthly patrol leaders’ council meetings.
10.   ON TIME CHARTER RENEWAL—The Troop will complete its charter renewal
      before its current charter expires.

                            ACTIVITIES INFORMATION
The Troop Program is planned, directed and implemented by the Scouts under the
guidance of the Troop Committee and Adult Leaders. The Troop program contains a
variety of activities:
1.     Weekly Troop Meetings are held throughout the school year on Tuesdays of each
       week, usually from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church located at
       109 N. Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida. Summer meetings and outings will be
       held at the Troop’s discretion.
2.     Monthly campouts and outings are a central part of the program, and all Scouts are
       highly encouraged to attend. The Patrol method is used on all campouts, with each
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      Patrol responsible for their own planning. At least one of the campouts each year
      may be a backpacking trip.           Whenever possible, there are advancement
      opportunities for the campers.
3.    Summer camp is highly recommended for all Scouts.
4.    Community Service projects are an important part of Scouting. When Troop
      Service projects are scheduled Scouts are encouraged to participate. Some of the
      service projects are combined with monthly campouts. Scouts are also asked to
      participate in the Eagle service projects which are led by the Eagle Scout
      candidates.
5.    Courts of Honor are conducted (usually in place of the regular Tuesday Troop
      Meetings) at least three times per year to recognize the accomplishments and
      contributions of our Scouts and Scouters.
6.    Troop program planning is done by the Troop Committee and Adult Leaders and the
      Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). All members of the Patrol Leaders Council are
      required to attend these meetings.
7.    Junior Leaders Training sessions are held at least once a year. All new Junior
      Leaders are required to attend, and other Scouts who are interested are also
      encouraged to participate.
8.    The Patrol activities are encouraged in addition to the Troop activities. These could
      include times for advancement, camping, hiking, and fun. The Troop Committee will
      be notified of the details of the activity for approval and arrangement for adult
      leaders to provide the two-deep leadership requirements.
9.    The Troop has several fundraising events each year to help fund our operations.
      Scouts are expected to participate.
10.   High adventures may be planned each summer for the older Scouts in the Troop.
      Participation is optional for those Scouts who are First Class and 13 years of age or
      older.
11.   Order of the Arrow members are encouraged to support their Lodge and Chapter by
      participating in annual Service weekends and attending monthly Chapter meetings
      and activities.
12.   Numerous other optional activities (such as Hunter Safety Education, Merit Badge
      opportunities, ski days, additional hikes are available each year.


                             ADULT TROOP LEADERS
All adult leaders will be subject to a background check prior to election or appointment.
The Troop Committee will participate in the Fast Start Training Video film and require that
all Adult Scout Leaders, within two weeks of filing an Application, must view the Fast Start
Training Film, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must commit to complete online,
within 6 months of Registration or at the next available presentation, whichever comes
first, the Scoutmaster’s Fundamentals. All Adult Leaders are strongly encouraged to
continue their training through Wood Badge Rank.

                                TROOP COMMITTEE
The Troop Committee is made up of the Committee Chairman, Committee Vice Chairman,
the Committee Secretary, the Committee Treasurer and other Committee Members. Their
duties and responsibilities are as follows:


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1.    Oversees the Troop program for appropriateness and adherence to the policies and
      regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
2.    Makes sure that the Troop is responsive to the needs of the Chartering
      Organization.
3.    A quorum consists of four or more members. Committee officers and Committee
      members are the voting members of the Troop 71 Committee. The Scoutmaster
      and Assistant Scoutmasters are not voting members of the Committee.
4.    Meets monthly at a date and time established by the committee.
5.    Ensure that Boards of Review are held regularly or as by special request.
6.    Is responsible for fiscal policies including the approval of the budget, adequate
      funding, disbursements and fundraisers.
7.    Is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, maintenance and care of needed
      equipment.
8.    Assures that the Troop has an adequate camping and outdoor program.
9.    Gives annual approval of charter roster.
10.   Will sign and abide by the “Two Deep Leadership Statement of Understanding.”
11.   Is responsible for the annual review of the By-Laws and audit of the financial
      statement.
12.   Must have regular attendance at Committee Meetings. After three consecutive
      unexcused absences the committee chairman can be replaced by the committee
      (the failure to notify the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Secretary prior to the meeting
      date shall constitute an unexcused absence).
13.   Troop Committee Members shall be welcome at any Troop activity and even though
      they are visitors they are encouraged to report their observations to the Committee
      Chairman.

                             COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
The Committee Chairman’s responsibilities are as follows:
1.   Ensure that the Troop Committee carries out its responsibilities. If an adult leader
     does not meet the requirements of the assigned position, the Committee Chairman
     may initiate procedures to consider replacement.
2.   Conducts the Troop Committee meetings, or if the Chairman (or in his absence the
     Vice Chairman) deems if necessary, in the interest of time and expedient to the
     need, may telephone Committee Members for their verbal vote on any matter
     requiring immediate action and when time does not permit calling a “special
     committee meeting.”
3.   Assists in the recruitment of quality adult leaders from the parents of the Troop
     Scouts and friends of the Troop.
4.   Encourages adult participation in District provided opportunities for training.
5.   Conducts Boards of Review.
6.   Leads in the nomination of Adult Leaders for district awards and recognition.
7.   Assures and participates in the re-chartering of the Troop.
8.   Serves along with the Institutional Representative(s) as liaison for our Charter
     Organization.
9.   In the absence or unavailability of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman shall perform
     the duties of the Chairman.
10.  In the event the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters fail to follow guidelines, the
     Committee Chairman will initiate procedures to consider dismissal.


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                      TROOP COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN

The responsibilities of the Committee Vice Chairman are as follows:
1.    Shall work with the Committee Chairman to accomplish all of the aims and
      objectives of the Troop Committee.
2.    Oversee and be responsible for the functions of the Advancement Chairman, and
3.    In the event of the absence or unavailability of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman
      shall assume the responsibilities and duties of the Chairman, including conducting
      of Committee Meetings and Boards of Review.

                        TROOP COMMITTEE SECRETARY
The duties of the Secretary are as follows:

1.     Keeps minutes of all Troop Meetings and distributes copies to all registered leaders
       and Committee members.
2.     Keeps a file of past minutes.
3.     Insures scribe writes thank you notes when needed.
4.     Responsible for all correspondence to parents and scouts for all Troop activities.
5.     Maintains Troop Calendar.

                                 TROOP TREASURER
The responsibilities of the Treasurer are as follows:

1.     Maintains the Troop finances and reports the status to the Troop Committee for
       their approval.
2.     Collects the fees for Troop activities, registration fees, Troop dues, Boy’s Life
       payments and maintains the earnings from Troop fundraisers.
3.     Maintains the Troop checkbook and the Troop bank account.
4.     Oversees the budget process ad monitors the spending levels and makes
       recommendations to the Troop Committee; and arranges for audit of Troop finances
       at the Committee’s request.
5.     Scout Individual Accounts
       The concept of the Scouts Individual Fund Account is to encourage the individual
       Scout to participate in his own financial responsibility and experience. Customarily
       the Committee has encouraged the Scouts to work towards individual financial
       accountability. When the Troop holds a fundraiser event the Committee elects to
       designate from net profits after expenses a percentage of the profits based on the
       individual Scouts participation in the fundraiser. This participation is usually
       determined by the Scouts ticket sales and/or other participation in the fundraiser as
       determined by the Adult Leaders and the Troop Committee. These monies remain
       in the Troop Treasury as “designated funds,” and each Scout has an account which
       is credited with these monies.

       The monies in the above accounts may be used by the Scout toward payment of
       fees etc. for Troop Camp Outs, Tours, Summer Camp and including fees that the
       individual Scouts must pay for District and Council BSA events or to National
       Camps and Camporees, etc. In every case the expense must be for Scouting
       purposes.

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       Should the Scout leave the Troop for any reason the Committee must determine the
       disposition of the monies. If the Scout transfers to another Troop the monies could
       be transferred to the other Troop if that Troop has designated such accountability.
       Should the Scout leave Scouting and has a brother of the same household
       remaining in the Troop then the monies could be transferred to the brother’s
       account. If neither of these two circumstances are applicable the monies are to
       revert back to the Troop General Fund because they are a part of the Troop profits
       from the fundraiser which no longer qualify as “designated funds.”

                                    SCHOLARSHIPS
Troop 71 may be able to offer some scholarship support to scouts for scouting activities.
Contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman for financial assistance. All requests will
be kept confidential and will be acted upon during Committee meetings. Because it is
important for Scouts to learn to earn and to save for their activities, Troop Scholarships for
an event will not exceed 50% of the cost with the balance to be paid by the Scout and his
family. Scouts are required to participate in Troop fundraisers to be eligible for the
Scholarship Program. Needy Scouts should only request one scholarship per year unless
special circumstances require more.

                             SUMMER CAMP FUNDING
Summer camp funding is specifically for the Woodruff Summer Camp in Blairsville,
Georgia. There are two free leadership fees provided by Woodruff that are intended for
the Troop Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters attending Woodruff camp with the
Troop.

Based on approval by the Troop Committee, these two fees can be assigned to the
Scoutmaster and one Assistant Scoutmaster, or to two Assistant Scoutmasters. If there
are not enough adults in these positions able to attend, the fee can be assigned to a Troop
Committee member, or members, filling elected leadership positions on the committee.
Should a need arise to adjust these provisions further, the Troop Committee Chairman and
the committee elected members will meet and decide on any adjustment required. Those
adults who fill volunteer, unelected positions on the Troop Committee, as described by
these by-laws, will receive priority consideration.

                          TROOP COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Troop Committee will meet monthly on a regular scheduled date and time at a
designated location. The Committee Chairman shall preside over the meeting and in his
or her absence the Vice Chairman shall preside. A quorum shall consist of a minimum of 4
members present. Committee members as well as the Scoutmaster, Assistant
Scoutmasters are expected to attend, Junior Leaders may be invited to attend for specific
limited portions of the meeting.

During that meeting the Troop Committee will discuss and plan the Troop direction as well
as implement the Scout program. Voting on any matter coming before the Committee
shall be limited to “one (1) vote per family unit.”



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The Troop Committee must approve expenditures before they are incurred and
reimbursements will be made up to the approved amount after the submittal of an expense
sheet or invoiced with supporting receipts attached.


          THE SCOUTMASTER’S JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES
In order to build and sustain a strong and viable Scout Troop it is absolutely necessary for
the Scoutmaster to be a “role model” for the Scouts to emulate. The job descriptions
outlined in the Troop Committee Guidebook and the Troop By-Laws are very
comprehensive and serve as excellent standards. The Troop Committee Guidebook,
Chapter 3 outlines the Scoutmaster responsibilities and has sections regarding
MEETINGS, GUIDANCE and ACTIVITIES as they relate to building a strong program by
using proven methods.

The Scout Committee of Troop 71 Boy Scouts of America is committed to adequate
planning and training necessary to build a strong Troop and hereby establish the following
specific expectations of performance by the Scoutmaster and the recommended
procedures to follow if the guidelines are not followed or met:

1.    That the Scoutmaster should make every effort to attend all scheduled Scout
      Meetings and Activities including Troop Camp-Outs, Summer Camp (one week),
      Fundraisers, Courts of Honor and Committee Meetings. If he is unable to attend a
      meeting or an activity, he should contact the Committee Chairman prior to the
      event.
2.    The Scoutmaster will be responsible for the assurance of a planned program for
      every meeting.
3.    The Scoutmaster is expected to attain Scoutmaster training (2 sessions) within one
      year.
4.    The Scoutmaster is expected to be CPR and First-Aid Trained with current
      certifications within one year after assuming the position of Scoutmaster.
5.    Failure to follow guidelines or to attain the required training shall be grounds for
      dismissal by the Committee.

Consistent with this job duty are these specific duties and responsibilities. The duties and
responsibilities of the Scoutmaster are as follows:

1.    Reports to the Troop Committee and follows their direction and vision, and is
      responsive to Committee members’ inquiries and communications in a timely
      fashion.
2.    Inspires the Troop to strive for the ideals contained in the Scout Oath, the Scout
      Law, Motto and Slogan.
3.    Has overall responsibility for the Troop operation and programs and works for
      success in these areas with the Assistant Scoutmaster(s).
4.    Gives direction and guidance to the Assistant Scoutmaster(s).
5.    Takes the lead in recruiting of the Junior Leaders and quality adult leaders of the
      Troop.
6.    Encourages the training, coaching, and guiding of the Junior Leaders of the Troop.
      Insures junior leaders attend Junior Leadership Training.
7.    Meets quarterly with the Patrol Leaders Council.

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8.    Conducts Scoutmaster Conferences and may request the assistance of the Troop
      Assistant Scoutmaster(s) for all rank advancements.
9.    Participates in the re-chartering of the Troop.
10.   Assists in the nomination of Adult Leaders for District Awards and Recognition.
11.   Advises the Senior Patrol Leader, and Patrol Leaders Council in planning the
      camping program and the weekly Troop meeting to support proper preparations for
      the camp outs.
12.   Works with:
      a.      The Troop Committee to define objectives for the camping program.
      b.      The Assistant Scoutmaster(s) for the camping program and the Patrol
              Leaders Council to plan activities for camp outs.
      c.      Scout Quartermasters to ensure that proper equipment is available.
      d.      Troop Treasurer giving finalized attendance lists.
      e.      Transportation Coordinator to ensure adequate vehicles for people and
              equipment.
13.   Helps to ensure that the camp outs are conducted safely and in coordination with
      Boy Scouts of America policies, and follow the Guide to Safe Scouting.
14.   Provides information sheets for camp outs at least two weeks in advance.
15.   Keeps records of attendance at camp outs, and for related special awards.
16.   Will assign an Assistant Scoutmaster to each Patrol to oversee its activities.
17.   Solicits feedback after each camp out at the next Troop meeting to help the Troop
      learn what works well and what improvements could be made, if any.
18.   Insures information is provided to scouts and adults about summer camp, oversees
      payments of fees for the summer camp and that he obtains the following prior to
      leaving for summer camp:
      a.      Roster of Scouts and adults attending.
      b.      Health forms for scouts and adults
      c.      Activities/merit badge schedules of each scout.
      d.      A reasonable Adult leader/scout ratio.
19.   Assures the quality and quantity of Troop equipment available for the camping
      program.
20.   Works with the Troop Quartermaster, to insure that the Quartermaster’s duties are
      accomplished.
21.   Assists Senior Patrol Leader with conducting elections.
22.   Follows guidelines outlined in Scoutmaster’s Handbook.

                        ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER(S)
The guidelines for the Assistant Scoutmaster(s) are as follows:
1.    Guide the Junior Leaders at Planning Meetings.
2.    Joins with the Scoutmaster in guiding the Junior Leaders at the Patrol Leaders
      Council, in planning the activities and Troop meetings.
3.    Assures the adherence to Troop planning parameters.
4.    Work together to assure coordinated Troop meetings and activities which meet the
      needs of the different age groups.
5.    Work with the Scoutmaster and Committee Members.
6.    Maintain a copy of the current year’s program and distributes it as appropriate.
7.    Assist in the conducting of Junior Leader training programs.
8.    Assist in the advancement of the Scouts.
9.    Will assume responsibility of guiding a Patrol (assigned by the Scoutmaster) and
      will monitor the Patrol’s behavior, advancements and attendance.
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10.   Will work with assigned patrol to ensure patrols plan menus and food and supplies
      are procured for each campout.

                     ADULT LEADER TRAINING CHAIRMAN
The duties and responsibilities of the Adult Leader Training Chairman are as follows:

1.    Keep a list of all adults involved with Troop 71.
2.    Keep a list of all training programs available to the adults in the order in which they
      should be taken.
3.    Develop a list of which training programs are required for different leadership
      positions.
4.    Keep a list of all adults and which training programs they have completed.
5.    Promote on-line training to troop adults and record program completion of these
      trainings.
6.    Coordinate training sessions between council personnel and Troop 71 adults.
7.    Keep informed of upcoming training by council and promote these sessions to the
      proper adults.

                           ADVANCEMENT CHAIRMAN
The Advancement Chairman position may be filled by either an Assistant Scoutmaster or
an Adult Leader and the functions will be overseen by the Committee Vice Chairman and
will include the following:

1.    Maintains all records of the Scout Advancement program.
2.    Files all advancement records and orders all awards through the Council office.
3.    Schedules Boards of Review; (Boards of Review will be conducted by the
      Committee Chairman or by the Vice Chairman in the absence of the Chairman).
4.    Meets all Scouts at least every six months to review their advancement progress.
5.    Review the Eagle candidates paperwork before final approval.
6.    Approves all Merit Badge Counselors, files applications with council and maintains a
      current list.
7.    Insures Merit Badge Counselors are recruited and available to the troop.


                            FUNDRAISING CHAIRMAN

The Fundraising Chairman shall be a parent volunteer who:

1.    Keeps records of past, present, and future fundraising events,
2.    Gathers new ideas for fundraisers,
3.    Leads or delegates to another adult leader the leadership of the following:
      a.    The organization of the fundraiser,
      b.    The promotion of fundraisers to scouts and parents,
      c.    The fundraising activity when it occurs,
      d.    The financial aspects of the fundraiser,
      e.    The reporting to the troop of the results.



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                       TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

The Transportation Coordinator shall be a parent volunteer whose duties are:
1.    Arrange transportation to and from activities, making sure that there are sufficient
      seat belts.
2.    Maintains a list of adults available to drive, and current drivers license numbers and
      the insurance information required for tour permits.
3.    Prepares and files tour permits with the Council Office for all Troop activities, at
      least two weeks before the event (or at least month before activities requiring a
      National Permit).

                     OUTDOOR/ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR
The Outdoor/Activities Coordinator shall be a parent volunteer whose duties are:

1.    Helps in securing permits to reserve camping sites.
2.    Secures tour permits as needed for all troop activities.
3.    Ensures there are at least two adults at each event.
4.    Promotes, through family meetings, attendance at troop campouts, fundraisers,
      additional events (MOSI, tubing, Alexander Springs, etc.), and community service
      events.
5.    Makes arrangements with activity provider to make reservations, payments and
      complete necessary paperwork for the activity.
6.    Works with Transportation Coordinator to insure adequate transportation is provided
      to each activity.
7.    Reports to the troop committee at each meeting.
8.    Ensures that any necessary landowner permission and/or reservations are
      obtained.

                          MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS

1.    Must be 18 years of age or older and of good character.
2.    Be recognized as having sufficient skills and education in the subjects for which
      they are to serve as Merit Badge Counselors.
3.    Be registered members of Boy Scouts of America and also complete a Merit Badge
      Counselor application.
4.    Parent/guardian Merit Badge Counselor of a Troop 71 Scout are encouraged to only
      sign their son’s Merit Badge card if the Scout has participated in a group setting and
      the fulfilled requirements be subject to review.
5.    Have read and understands the Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counseling
      Pamphlet.
6.    Must use the “buddy system” or have two deep leadership when working with the
      Scouts.

                                    MEMBERSHIP
The membership of the Troop shall consist of boys who have completed the fifth grade, or
who have earned the Arrow of Light Award, or are a minimum of 10-1/2 years of age but
have not yet reached their 18th birthday.


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                          MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Boys may become a member of Troop 71 after attending a minimum of two Troop
Meetings and/or Activities, and declaring their intent to be active members. All scouts and
their parents must meet with the Scoutmaster, complete the necessary registration forms,
must read these By-Laws, and the parent/guardian participation agreement, and agree in
writing to up-hold and abide by the By-Laws and the Participation Agreement. The Scout
will be expected to abide by these By-Laws and is expected to attend and participate in all
Troop activities. At the end of one-month of activities the Scout will be expected to obtain a
Scout Handbook.

                                     ATTENDANCE
After a Scout joins the Troop he is expected to maintain regular attendance at Troop
Meetings and activities. If a Scout misses two consecutive meetings, he is to notify either
his Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader in
advance. A Scout will become inactive when he misses three or more consecutive
unreported absences. In order to progress in rank, the inactive Scout must return to active
participation and participate in a Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Conference indicating
his commitment to the satisfaction of the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster.

                        BEHAVIOR AND CONSEQUENCES
Scouts and adult leaders are expected to live and behave according to the Scout Oath and
Scout Law. They are expected to have a positive attitude and be anxious to learn and
teach skills while having fun. At no time will physical or verbal abuse of another person or
intentional damage to property or equipment be tolerated. Any behavior that does not meet
the ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law could result in the Scout being “side lined” for
a period by the Senior Patrol Leader, the Scoutmaster, or an Assistant Scoutmaster.
Usually parent/guardians are only involved when a pattern of misbehavior or fighting
becomes a problem. Serious and repetitive problems are referred to the Troop Committee
for resolution. The Troop Committee will address any issues or concerns involving a Scout
or Scouter. Smoking, drug use or alcohol use (or the appearance of such) are not
acceptable at Scout activities or while in Scout uniforms.

                   PARENTS/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
Troop 71 recognizes that the support and encouragement of the Scout’s family are key
factors to the Scout’s progress and persistence. The success of any Scout is contingent
upon each parent/guardian’s involvement. Therefore each has an obligation to assume an
active part in the Scout program by:

1.     Encouraging their Scout to work consistently for rank advancement, and to remind
       them of the requirements to be completed.
2.     Attending the Courts of Honor, where every Scout is recognized and rewarded for
       their efforts.
3.     Being aware of upcoming activities by reading the Troop correspondence, listening
       to your Scout, and asking questions.
4.     Providing feed-back to the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee.
5.     Assisting and cooperating with Troop Adult Leaders and Junior Leaders.
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6.    Encouraging your Scout to honor his commitment to attend the weekly Troop
      Meetings and outings and to always “be prepared.”
7.    To encourage their Scout to have appropriate behavior according to these By-Laws.
8.    Ensuring that your Scout is wearing the proper Scout uniform according to these
      By-Laws.
9.    To consider becoming a trained and registered leader, a member of the Troop
      Committee (as a Committee Member you have voting privileges at the Committee
      Meetings), or merit badge counselor (where you can share your experiences and
      profession); and
10.   Bringing any issues or concerns needing to be addressed to the Committee
      Chairman and/or Scoutmaster so they may be presented to the Troop Committee
      for evaluation.

                              UNIFORM DRESS CODE
The purpose of the dress code is to maintain the honor, integrity and tradition of The Boy
Scouts of America as it has developed over time and is expected by the public. It is a
time-honored code, which must be maintained by wearing the Uniform neatly, correctly
and complete (including all patches). The dress code will apply to all Scouts, Assistant
Scoutmasters and Scoutmaster alike while involved in any Troop Scouting activity.

If a Scout attends a Troop meeting without the appropriate uniform, he may be required to
leave the meeting. It is the Scout’s option to return wearing the proper uniform.

The Class A Troop uniform is the full official Scout Uniform: Scout shirt with proper
insignia, Scout pants/shorts, Scout Belt, Scout socks, sash, and Troop neckerchief. The
Troop neckerchief can be purchased from the Troop. This uniform will be worn at Boards
of Review, at Courts of Honor, Flag Ceremonies, Church Services (when attendance is a
Troop function); or any other special activities as designated by the Troop Committee.
After a Scout has been a member of the Troop for two months, he is expected to have a
Class A Uniform.        The Class B Troop uniform is the official BSA t-shirt (i.e.
commemorative, etc.) or Troop t-shirt. Either this Class B or the Class A Uniform is to be
worn at Troop meetings and when traveling as a group, such as to and from campouts.
During outdoor activities, an official Boy Scout hat may be worn, but other “baseball” type
hats must not be worn with the uniform. Patches that are not official Boy Scouts of America
patches are not acceptable. Note: Each Scout is expected to adhere to acceptable
standards for personal hygiene and dress. (Outlandish hairstyles, tattoos, earrings and
body piercing are not in keeping with the Scout dress code. Also the use of tobacco, drugs
or alcohol; and foul language or cursing will not be acceptable).

                                  DUES AND FEES
Dues are payable either annually, semi-annually, quarterly, monthly or weekly to the
Treasurer and will be credited to the Troop account. Scouts joining the Troop during the
year will pay a prorated amount for dues. Registration/Transfer fees are to be paid when
making Application for Membership. The Troop committee determines the dues and fees
amounts.

DUES:        The dues are $52.00 per year; dues will be prorated at $1.00 per week and
             may be prepaid at the option of the parent/guardian.

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FEES:        Registration and/or Transfer fees are based on costs and determined by
             BSA.

Camp fees and meal costs are figured for the number of meals being anticipated.
Transportation costs will be prorated and shared among participants. Fees associated with
special activities will be included with the camp costs when appropriate.

All funds associated with campouts must be paid by the Troop Meeting date prior to the
campout. Scouts are expected to participate in Troop fundraisers. The Troop treasurer will
keep the funds and can apply them towards fees and costs for campouts, and/or any
special activities that are a part of the Scouting expenses.

Only monies not expended and/or refundable from other sources may be refunded upon
cancellation from a pre-planned outing or other activities. The purpose of this policy is to
be sure that a Troop Account does not have to bear the financial burden if a Scout fails to
attend the function. It is recommended that when a Scout finds he cannot attend a pre-
planned event that he make every effort to secure a replacement Scout to take his place
and who will be responsible for the financial reimbursement to the Scout who is cancelling.

                                      EQUIPMENT
Scouts are required to supply their own personal equipment such as sleeping bag, pillow,
flashlight, rain gear, mess kit/dunk bag or other personal items for camping. The Troop
may furnish dining canopies, tents, cooking equipment, first-aid equipment or other items,
which may be needed for group activities. Patrols are responsible for replenishing
supplies such as paper towels, soap and garbage bags. All Troop equipment will be the
responsibility of the Patrol/Scout that uses it. Loss or damage of equipment beyond normal
wear and tear shall be paid for by those responsible for the loss/damage. Report any
loss/damage to the appropriate committee member for resolution.

                                  ADVANCEMENTS
The responsibility for each Scout’s advancement lies with the Scout. Each Scout is
required to have his own Boy Scout Handbook. The Troop program is structured to
provide opportunities for learning the skills and completing all of the requirements for the
Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Ranks and opportunities to work on
the merit badges required for the higher ranks of Star, Life and Eagle.

As the Scout progresses through the Scout ranks, he should aim for mastery of the Scout
skills, including leadership and service requirements. This he can accomplish by active
participation in the Troop meetings and activities. The emphasis for new Scouts is
learning and completing the requirements for Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and
First Class. The emphasis then shifts to merit badges, leadership and service required for
the higher ranks.

It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to support his attendance and to encourage him in
his advancement.

The requirements for the ranks of Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class
may be signed by the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters.
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Parents/Guardians may not under any circumstances “sign off” any requirement for
advancement or be present for a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review for their
son.

Scouts may only work on merit badges with a registered Merit Badge Counselor. Work
must be under a Registered Counselor’s direction, from the beginning to the end. Scouts
are reminded to use the buddy system when working with a Counselor outside of Troop
Meetings.

Scouts must be active in attendance at meetings, camp outs, and other activities in order
to fulfill the Scout spirit requirement for rank advancement. Please refer to the attendance
policy.

                         SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCES
Scoutmaster Conferences are to be held by the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster
appointed by the Scoutmaster. This cannot be a parent/guardian/son conference. The
Scoutmaster Conference will be used to review the skills of the Boy Scout, Tenderfoot,
Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life ranks. The Scoutmaster Conference may also
involve prior ranks earned. The purpose of the conference is to ensure that the Scout is
ready for his Board of Review. The conference is also an opportunity for the Scoutmaster
to review the Scout’s personal growth and set goals for further advancements.

                                BOARDS OF REVIEW
After the Scoutmaster’s approval at the Scoutmaster conference, the Scout shall request a
Board of Review from the Advancement Chairman or the Troop Committee Vice
Chairman. The Troop Committee shall hold Boards of Review as needed. Awards will be
presented at the next Court of Honor or at an upcoming Troop Meeting. A Scout is
expected to be in complete Class A uniform for his Board of Review. Boards of Review
are conducted by the Troop Committee Chairman or Troop Committee Vice Chairman, and
two other committee members must be present.

                               PATROL DESCRIPTION
A Patrol will consist of approximately four to seven Scouts. Each Patrol will have a Patrol
Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Assistant Patrol Leaders are elected by the Patrol
members to serve a six month term.

Standard patrol names (the patrol patch is available from BSA) will be used. Each Patrol
can select an appropriate adjective to add color to their patrol name. (Such as the Flaming
Arrows) subject to approval by the Committee and the Scoutmaster and Assistant
Scoutmaster(s). Patrols are required to make a Patrol Flag and have a Patrol yell.

The Troop Quartermaster ensures that each Patrol Box has the necessary items before
each camp out and notifies the Senior Patrol Leader when supplies are needed.




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     DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES OF JUNIOR SCOUT LEADERS
The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, Troop Guides, Librarian,
Historian, Instructor, Chaplain Aide, and Bugler are elected by the Troop to a 6-month
term.

Troop Junior Leaders are required to regularly attend activities of the Troop. Should a
Junior Leader need to miss an activity he must call the Senior Patrol Leader in advance.
Should he fail to do so, he may be relieved of his duties.

No Scout may hold more than one office at a time unless the duties of one of the offices
demand only occasional time, for example, the office of Librarian, Historian, Instructor,
Chaplain Aid, and Bugler.

Junior Leaders are to set a good example, wear the uniform neatly, correctly and complete
including patches, live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law and help build Troop and Patrol
Spirit.

                             ELECTION PROCEDURES
The date of elections will be announced two weeks prior to the date of the actual election.
The elections will be held during the last regular troop meeting before Christmas and the
last regular troop meeting prior to summer camp. One week prior to the election,
nominations for each position will be received. Scouts can be self nominated. Each scout
nominated will receive written information about duties and responsibilities for whatever
position he is nominated for. Prior to elections, the scout must return this written
information signed by himself and a parent or guardian signifying that he has read and
understands the information. After elections are held, the results will be announced
immediately. After nomination, each scout’s eligibility to hold the position must be
determined prior to the election.
The elections will be held during the last regular troop meeting before Christmas and the
last regular troop meeting prior to summer camp.

                           PATROL LEADERS COUNCIL

The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) is a group consisting of the Senior Patrol Leader,
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, the Scoutmaster and at least one Assistant
Scoutmaster. The meeting is led by the Senior Patrol Leader with assistance from the
Scoutmaster. The PLC is to meet at least every 6 months. The duties of the PLC are to:

1.    Plan Troop outings, using ideas brought by Patrol Leaders from their patrol
      members.
2.    Plan Troop meetings, using ideas brought by Patrol Leaders from their patrol
      members.
3.    Keep each other informed what is happening in their patrol and discuss past events,
      i.e. what was good and what was not, for changes to apply to future events.
4.    Give Patrol Leaders a current list of all their patrol members to insure no one is
      missed for phone calls.



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                            SENIOR PATROL LEADER
Senior Patrol Leaders are elected by the Troop to serve a 12-month term (during the
summer election), and may be re-elected for successive term(s). Unless otherwise
exempted by the Scoutmaster the Senior Patrol Leader must be 13 years of age or older
and be a Star, Life or Eagle rank, and have served as a Patrol Leader, and regularly
attends Troop meetings and activities. His duties include the following:

1.    Set an example, especially to dress and behavior.
2.    Strive to attend Junior Leader Training.
3.    Plans and leads all Troop meetings, Patrol Leaders Councils, camp outs, hikes,
      events, and activities.
4.    Assign duties and responsibilities to elected Junior Leaders.
5.    Assists with the Troop Junior Leaders Training, and
6.    Conducts elections with the assistance of the Scoutmaster or an Assistant
      Scoutmaster.
7.    Reports to the Scoutmaster.

                    ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER
Is elected by the Troop to serve a 6 month term and may be re-elected for successive
terms(s), and unless otherwise exempted by the Scoutmaster must be 12 years of age or
older and be a First Class or above, and regularly attends Troop meetings and activities.
His duties include the following:

1.    Set an example, especially to dress and behavior.
2.    Strive to attend Junior Leader Training.
3.    Helps the Senior Patrol Leader plan and lead meetings and activities.
4.    Runs the Troop in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
5.    Helps train and supervise the Troop Scribe, Quartermaster, Instructors, Librarian,
      Historian and Chaplain Aide, Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders.
6.    Is a member of the Patrol Leaders Council, and
7.    Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader.

                                 PATROL LEADER
Is elected by the Patrol for a 6-month term and may be re-elected for a second term, and
unless otherwise exempted by the Scoutmaster must be First Class or above and must
have served as Assistant Patrol Leader or other Junior Troop Leader role. His duties are
as follows:

1.    Set an example, especially to dress and behavior.
2.    Must strive to participate in Troop Junior Leaders Training.
3.    Must regularly attend Scout meetings and activities.
4.    Works closely with the Assistant Patrol Leader.
5.    Works with the Troop Guide assigned to his Patrol, if his Patrol is a new Scout
      Patrol.
6.    Represents the Patrol at the Patrol Leaders Council.
7.    Plans and steers Patrol meetings.
8.    Keeps his Patrol members informed.
9.    Helps Scouts advance.
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10.      Knows what his Patrol members and other leaders can do, and
11.      Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader.

                            ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER
The Assistant Patrol Leader is elected by his Patrol members with the intention that he
become the Patrol Leader in 6 months and may be re-elected to a second term. His duties
include the following:

1.       Set an example, especially for dress and behavior.
2.       Must strive to participate in the Troop Junior Leaders Training.
3.       Must regularly attend Scout meetings and activities.
4.       Works closely with the Patrol Leader.
5.       Helps the Patrol get ready for all Troop activities.
6.       Represents his Patrol at the Patrol Leaders Council if the Patrol Leader cannot
         attend.
7.       Lends a hand controlling the Patrol and building Patrol sprit, and
8.       Reports to the Patrol Leader.

                                   QUARTERMASTER

Elected by the Troop to serve a 12 month term (during the summer election) and may be
re-elected. His duties are:

      1. Set an example, especially in dress and behavior.
      2. Maintains orderly and proper issue of Troop equipment, issuing equipment only to
         the Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader.
      3. Makes sure equipment is in good working condition, inspecting upon return after
         each campout.
      4. Keeps an accurate inventory of Troop supplies and makes suggestions in writing to
         the Troop Committee for new or replacement items. This includes a Troop First Aid
         box, making sure items are in date and fully stocked.
      5. Make a written list of Patrol box supplies as requested by the patrol leader.
      6. Sees that the Troop trailer, storage space and shed are kept clean and organized.
      7. Works closely with the Scoutmaster.
      8. Reports needs and problems to the Senior Patrol Leader.

                                          SCRIBE

Elected by the Troop to serve a 6 month term and may be re-elected. His duties are:

1.       Set an example, especially for dress and behavior.
2.       Maintains attendance records of all Scouts for Troop meetings and activities as
         given to him by the Patrol Scribes.
3.       Attends the Patrol Leaders Council, keeping attendance and notes of the meeting,
         and
4.       Encourages Scouts to write articles for the Troop newsletter.




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                                   TROOP GUIDE
Will be appointed by the Scoutmaster after consultation with and approval by the Troop
Committee. His duties will be as follows:

1.    Set an example, especially for dress and behavior.
2.    Will be of First Class rank or higher.
3.    Will introduce new Scouts to Troop operations.
4.    To guide new Scouts through early Scout/Troop activities and experiences.
5.    Counsels new Scouts on Scouting challenges.
6.    Will assist the Patrol members in learning the skills required for the rank of Boy
      Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class
7.    Coaches the Patrol Leader of the new Scout patrol on his duties.
8.    Attends and works with the Patrol Leader of the new Scout patrol at the Patrol
      Leaders Council.
9.    Assists the Assistant Scoutmaster with training, and
10.   Reports to the Assistant Scoutmaster for the new Scout Patrol.

                                TROOP HISTORIAN
Must be a Tenderfoot or higher. His duties are:

1.    Gathers pictures and articles about Troop activities and keeps them in a scrapbook.
2.    Takes care of Troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of Troop activities, and
3.    Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader.

                                  CHAPLAIN AIDE

The Chaplain Aide shall:

1.    Assist the Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster with religious services at Troop
      activities.
2.    Tell Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.
3.    Makes sure religious holidays are considered during Troop program planning.
4.    Helps plan for religious observance in Troop activities, and
5.    Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader.

                     JUNIOR ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER

The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster
except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 18 years of age.
He is appointed by the Scoutmaster after Troop Committee approval, because of his
leadership ability. His duties are as follows:

1.    Function as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
2.    Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster, and
3.    Reports to the Scoutmaster.




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                                    DEN CHIEF
1.    Is appointed by the Scoutmaster after having been approved by the Troop
      Committee, and must be Second Class rank or higher.
2.    Works directly with and is responsible to the Cub Den Leader, assisting in weekly
      Den meetings and monthly Pack meetings.
3.    Is a friend to the Scouts in the Den.
4.    Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks.
5.    Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout Troop upon graduation, and
6.    Reports to the Assistant Scoutmaster for the new Scout Patrol in the Troop.

                                 TROOP BUGLER
The Troop Bugler is appointed by the Scoutmaster for an indefinite term. Must be a
Tenderfoot Scout or above. His duties are:

1.    To play the bugle at Scout Ceremonies as directed by the Scoutmaster.




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