Behavior Expectations

Scouts are expected to obey the Scout Law, Scout Oath, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan and Outdoor Code at all times during Troop activities.  Adult scouters will take all appropriate measures to ensure scouts have a safe and fun experience.  Much like sporting leagues, parents are encouraged to support the troop.  


Guide to Safe Scouting

The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources.  No members of the troop have the authority to override the guide.  The online Guide to Safe Scouting is posted at https://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.

"... The books lay down definite principles and examples which serve to guide the leaders when applying their common sense to the situation before them. No two situations are ever precisely the same, and it is therefore impossible to lay down exact rules that should guide in every case, but a man who carries precedents and principles in his head has no difficulty in applying their teaching in supreme moments of sudden emergency ..." - Sir Robert Baden-Powell


Youth Protection and Two Deep Adult Leadership

Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  A minimum of two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent, or another adult is required for all trips and outings.  One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.  There are a few instances, such as patrol activities when, with the proper training, guidance, and approval by the troop leaders, the patrol can conduct day hikes and service projects on their own.  Appropriate Two Deep Adult Leadership must be present for all overnight Scouting activities. 

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.  It is encouraged for all adults of scouts.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.


Troop Meetings

Meetings include learning AND fun activities.  Scouts are expected to listen and participate, as directed, during learning activities. All Scouts will stay in the meeting area, unless otherwise directed.

Scouts who are disruptive may be removed from the meeting and counseled. If problems continue after the Scout is permitted back into the meeting – the parents will be contacted and asked to pick up their Scout.

If fighting or other unacceptable disruptive behavior occurs, the Scout(s) will  be immediately removed from the activity and their parent(s) contacted.  There will be absolutely no tackling or physical contact horseplay at any time.

Use of foul or profane language will not be tolerated. Warnings will be given and the Scout’s parents will be notified. Continual or flagrant display of this behavior will result in removal from the activity.


Camping and other Outings

Scouts are not to leave the campsite without notifying the SPL or an adult leader. The “Buddy System” is in effect at all times.

Radios, cell phones, and other electronic devices are discouraged at campsites.  The equipment may to be used exclusively for safety or emergency purposes, or other rationale.  Recall that the purpose of campouts is to enjoy nature and build outdoor skills.

Skits will be presented according to standards of good taste, as approved by the Scoutmaster or Patrol ASM.


Disciplinary Board of Review

A special Disciplinary Board of Review may be convened by the Scoutmaster for a Scout that has displayed continual or flagrant disregard for the safety policies and guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America or of the Troop. The Scoutmaster (SM) and Committee Chair (CC) will select disciplinary board members as deemed appropriate by the situation.  In such circumstances, the SM and CC will involve the Chartering Organization Representative and the Unit Commissioner.  If there is a conflict of interest for an adult leader, that adult leader may not participate on the Disciplinary Board of Review.


Removal from Troop

The intent of Scouting is to build character and help youth grow into responsible adults.  The scouts, parents and members of Troop 1525 are expected to behave in a manner that supports this intent.  In the event of a pattern of unacceptable or unsafe behavior, a scout may be removed from the troop by the Chartering Organization Representative after consultation with the Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, and Chartering Organization Executive.  Removing a scout from the troop is a serious matter only considered when all other appropriate options have been exhausted.


Mandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.  [Text copied from BSA's Youth Protection at https://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.]