Troop 616 Standards of Conduct
Our collective experiences as a Boy Scout Troop have led the leadership to
develop a set of rules governing acceptable behavior by Scouts. These rules were
made in response to specific incidents and have proven necessary to make
scouting an enjoyable experience for everyone. For the sake of new members, as
well as a reminder to older members, here are the rules that guide our conduct
on Scouting adventures.
The Scout Oath and the Scout Law are the ultimate
guiding principles of Troop 616. They are inviolate.
- Individual safety is very important. Actions by individual scouts may be
restricted if they are judged a safety hazard.
- Individual advancement is the focus of the Troop 616 program.
- Each Scout is expected to earn a minimum of four requirements toward
Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class ranks, or one Merit badge toward
Star, Life, or Eagle scout ranks during each calendar quarter, except during
the summer "break." (i.e., January - March, April - June, and October -
- Life Scouts who have 21 merit badges may devote 20 hours to their Eagle
project in lieu of merit badge work.
- Falling behind one quarter (3 months) makes the Scout ineligible for
troop leadership positions. Falling behind two quarters (6 months) places
the Scout in an inactive status. Before reinstatement into the troop
program, an inactive Scout must have a conference with the Scoutmaster.
- Scouts are expected to attend Tuesday night meetings, and to remain in the
meeting room until dismissal time. Any scout who misses four Tuesday night
meetings in a row without notifying his patrol leader will be placed in an
inactive status. To become active again he must discuss the matter with the
Scoutmaster. Each Scout must be in active status before he can participate in
any troop activities.
- A requirement for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks is to be active in your
troop and patrol for a given period of time. "Active" for advancement
purposes, is defined as attending and participating in at least 1/2 of the
Tuesday night meetings and at least 1/2 of all other scheduled troop and
patrol activities during the period of time immediately prior to the Board of
Review. Scouts participating in sports or other activities which require that
they miss Tuesday night meetings will be considered active and present for 1/2
of the meetings missed because of the activity.
- A requirement for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks is to hold one of several
troop leadership positions. "Holding a leadership position" for advancement
purposes, is defined as attending and participating in that position.
- Troop activity fees are due prior to the activity. Signups for activities
will be on the meeting prior to the weekend of the activity. Full payment of
$25 will be paid at this meeting to reserve the Scout's attendance at campout
activities. This fee will
be non refundable. An additional fee of $5 will be due to cover the costs of
transportation (Scout Bus fuel, etc.) for local events (except campouts).
Fees for activities outside of the local area will be evaluated on an
individual basis. Scouts failing to attend the meeting prior to an activity
without the expressed permission of the Scoutmaster are ineligible for
attendance on the activity.
- Fire, flame, and smoking are prohibited in tents for safety reasons.
- The use of tobacco in any form by Scouts is not permitted.
- Fighting, excessive rowdiness, and hazing are prohibited.
- Liquor, illicit drugs, "adult" reading material, fireworks of any type,
firearms, and non-essential weapons are prohibited on Troop activities.
- Language should be consistent with Scouting principles and reflect a good
example to younger scouts. Obscene language is not acceptable in any
- Before a Scout may carry a knife on troop activities, he must have earned
a Totin' Chip card.
- Carrying or using matches or other fire-starting devices is prohibited
until a Scout has demonstrated to an adult leader proper knowledge of their
- Class A uniform must be worn while in transit to and from an outing and
when in a public restaurant.
- The meeting room is to be cleared by 8:45 PM on meeting nights unless an
adult plans to stay later, in which case, the meeting room is to be cleared
when the adult leaves.
- The Scoutmaster is the sole authority for determining an appropriate
punishment for any offense. In general, punishment for improper behavior will
consist of a specific work detail or short-term suspension from Troop
activities. Serious violation of safety or the Spirit of Scouting may result
in dismissal from the troop.