TROOP 0821

Boy Scouts of America

Gravois Trail District/Greater St. Louis Area Council

Affton, Missouri

 

 

BY-LAWS

 

 

TROOP 0821 MISSION STATEMENTS

 

 

Scouts

“To embody the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan in every day of our lives”

Adults

“Supporting our sons in the growth of their moral strength and character, participating citizenship and their development of physical, mental and emotional fitness”

 

Scouts and Leaders

CODE OF BEHAVIOR 

TROOP 0821

TRUSTWORTHY   A Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

LOYAL.  A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, nation, and the community of the world.

HELPFUL   A Scout is concerned about other people. He willingly helps others without pay or other reward.

FRIENDLY   A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts and all the people of the world. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs different from his own.

COURTEOUS    A Scout is polite to everyone. He knows that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

KIND   A Scout understands that there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He is never cruel to living things.

OBEDIENT   A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks some rules and laws are unfair, he tries to change them in an orderly manner, rather than disobeying them.

CHEERFUL   A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

THRIFTY    A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He care­fully uses time and property.

BRAVE   A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

CLEAN   A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He admires those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

REVERENT   A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

 

Boy Scouts of America

 TROOP 0821

Affton, Missouri

 

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I.  DESCRIPTION

 

  1. Boy Scout Troop 0821 is a volunteer organization that accepts the principles and policies of the BOY SCOUTS of AMERICA and is dedicated to the purpose of Boy Scouting.
  2. The Scoutmaster of Troop 0821 is assisted by the Assistant Scoutmasters under the direction of the Troop Committee.

ARTICLE II.  CHARTER ORGANIZATION

 

  1. The Affton Parents Club is the Charter Organization for Troop 0821.

ARTICLE III.  OBJECTIVES

  1. To strengthen the development of the boys’ character, citizenship, spiritual growth and leadership.
  2. To improve understanding and promote helpfulness within the family.
  3. To encourage the ability to get along with other boys and respect other people.
  4. To foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new interests and skills.
  5. To help the Boy Scout to do his best.
  6. To encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body.
  7. To provide fun and exciting things to do.
  8. To bring Boy Scouting to as many boys as possible.
  9. To prepare the boys for adulthood.

 

ARTICLE IV.  BASIC POLICIES

  1. The basic rule of behavior for all Scouts and Leaders in the Troop is the Scout Law. All points are to be part of each person’s behavior.  For safety reasons and to assure a quality-scouting program, we must insist on adherence to the Scout Law and particularly a respect for adult leaders.
  2. Advancement will take place through Monthly Board of Reviews. All rank advancement expects that a Scout show Scout spirit. All awards or honors should go through the advancement Chair, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, or Order of the Arrow Troop Adviser.
  3. Attendance and participation at weekly Troop meetings and at Troop functions is expected of all Scouts. Scouts are expected to inform their Patrol Leader (or Patrol Adviser) in advance, if they must miss any meeting or function.  Scouting is a commitment to the whole Troop.  All Scouts need to participate fully in the Troop.
  4. In order to be considered “active in scouting” a scout must attend 50% of meetings and functions for that month.
  5. No smoking at Boy Scout functions.
  6. No drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal drugs at Boy Scout functions or while in a BSA uniform.
  7. Official uniform is as follows (unless otherwise specified):
    • Official Tan Boy Scout shirt with proper insignias
    • Uniform pants or shorts * (No gym shorts or sweat pants)
    • Troop neckerchief with slide
    • Shoes shall be hiking shoes or boots.

    A class A (field) uniform is to be worn at all troop meetings and functions unless specifically excused by the Scoutmaster.  New boys are expected to have an official tan Boy Scout shirt with proper insignias within 30 days of attaining Boy Scout rank but will not be excluded from activities. Venturing Scouts and leaders are expected to maintain a Boy Scout Uniform and wear it at Troop functions and Courts of Honor

    • First Class and above
  8. Uniforms are required for all adult leaders (i.e. Scoutmaster & Asst. Scoutmasters).
  9. The active participation of parents is essential and parents must assist with Troop activities and leadership as needed. One parent must assume a position of responsibility or commitment within the Troop (i.e. transportation, Committee positions, etc.) to be approved by the Troop Committee.
  10. To join the Troop, a parent must register the youth, complete the Medical Emergency Information Form, Getting to know my son and sign the Commitment Form, which is attached to these By-Laws.
  11. Patrols are assigned by the Scoutmaster and that each Patrol have a Troop Guide. Scouts camp in patrols, and tent with others in there patrol, if there are an odd number of tents, the Senior Patrol Leader gets the tent to himself. Scout Youth do not bring their own tents. Cots are not allowed.
  12. Fire arms are not allowed at Troop meetings or functions. (exception would be when the troop is doing shooting sports, the Instructor and Range safety officer must approve)
  13. All adult leaders, and as many parents as possible, are required to attend the Youth Protection Program of the Greater St. Louis Area Council by the Boy Scouts of America, or complete the course on-line. All adult leaders will adhere to the BSA “two-deep leadership” policy as outlined in the BSA Safe Scouting, “Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.”

ARTICLE V.  FINANCES

  1. Troop dues are $150.00 per year per boy paid each Dec. ($75.00) and May ($75.00), ($65.00for second boy in family $55.00 for third boy in family)
  2. Delinquent dues in excess of four weeks may prevent a Scout from receiving awards or participating in Troop activities.
  3. New members to the Troop will be required to pay a one-time fee of $35.00 at the time of registration. This assessment will be used to assist the Troop with the purchase of necessary equipment to support the new member.
  4. The major source of Troop funds comes from dues. The troop does several fund raiser per year to help scouts offset the cost.(see fund raising)
  5. It is anticipated that additional funds will come from Committee approved fundraising activities, as well as donations from private individuals or businesses.
  6. Troop fund raising: Fund raising goes 100% of profit goes into a scout account for each scout. Scouts can use these funds to pay for scouting fees (Camping, food, summer camp, gas money, Eagle projects, etc.) An email to the Treasurer and copied to the Scoutmaster, requesting to use scout funds needs to be sent 2 weeks before the event. If a scout leaves the troop, the remaining funds become property of Troop 0821. Unless they transfer to another scouting unit, then a check will be issued to the new troop.
  7. Troop leaders pay $25.00 per year for council fees.
  8. Boy’s Life subscription fees, the troop will pay for one subscription per family (goes to the oldest scout), and Scout re-registration are included in the annual Troop dues.

ARTICLE VI.  TRANSPORTATION AND OUTINGS

  1. There should be one (1) adult per every ten (10) scouts – with a minimum of one BSA trained Adult Leader and one (1) BSA Youth Protection trained adult on any event, outing or activity.
  2. A medical form part A&B and a working phone number must be on file for each Boy Scout prior to any outing.
  3. A minimum of two (2) adult leaders (at least 21 years of age) must be in charge and accompany the group.
  4. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license that has not been suspended or revoked for any reason. If the vehicle to be used is designed to carry more than 15 persons, including the driver, the driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
  5. The driver must be currently licensed and at least 21 years of age. Scouts with valid driver’s license may drive to meetings, but may not take other scouts (except family members) they may not drive to campouts, including OA campouts or summer camp. Scouters 18-21 May drive to camp but must not have riders, they do not get gas money.
  6. Transportation must not be in open vehicles such as convertibles, open trucks or dune buggies. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers except in the cab.
  7. Passenger cars, station wagons, or sport utility vehicles may be used for transporting passengers. Passengers may not ride on the rear deck of any moving vehicles. There must be a safe seat for each person and the use of seat belts is mandatory.
  8. All vehicles must be covered by automobile liability insurance with limits that meet or exceed requirements of the state in which the vehicle is licensed. It is recommended that coverage limits are at least $50,000/$100,000/$50,000. Any vehicle designed to carry 10 or more passengers is required to have limits of$ 100,000/$500,000/$100,000.
  9. Gas money is charged when we travel further than 25 miles from the admin building.
  10. All driving, except short trips, should be done in daylight. Driving time is limited to a maximum of 10 hours per day and must be interrupted by frequent rest, food, and recreation stops. If there is only one driver, the driving time should be reduced and stops should be made more frequently.
  11. Do not exceed the speed limit.

ARTICLE VII.  MEETINGS

  1. Committee Meetings are recommended for all registered Committee Members, Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman and Assistant, Advancement Chairperson and Secretary.
  2. A Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) shall meet at least once a month and be attended by the Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders and all Adult and Troop Scout Leadership Positions.
  3. Monthly Committee Meetings will be held on a consistent date as specified by the Committee. Dates will be advised and parents are invited to attend any meeting.
  4. Weekly Troop Meetings will be held each Thursday of each month at the Mesnier Gym, except as otherwise arranged. Meetings start 7:00pm promptly.

ARTICLE VIII. DISCIPLINE

  1. The Scout Oath and Law will serve as the Troop Code of Conduct at all times.
  2. Any deviations from the Oath and/or Law at meetings or on outings may result in disciplinary action from the Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader with assistance from a Scout leader.
  3. Extreme violations may result in a parent being asked to pick their Scout up from an event.
  4. Repeated violations may result in the Scout and his parent being referred to the Troop Committee for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the Troop.
  5. No fighting or bullying will be tolerated.

ARTICLE VIIII.  REVIEW AND AGREEMENT

  1. This information is intended to be a supplement to the Boy Scout Handbook and other official BSA publications, and is intended to provide guidelines for Troop operations.
  2. These By-Laws have been created by the Troop Committee of Troop 0821 and are subject to change by majority vote of the Committee. These By-Laws will be reviewed and updated annually.
  3. Please sign the attached Commitment Form to indicate you have read these By-Laws and agree to help with Troop activities whenever possible. Return the form with the registration and medical form.

AGREED AND ACKNOWLEDGED:

Brian Krakos

Troop Committee Chair

1/12/2017

Date

Kevin Wagoner

Scoutmaster

1/12/2017

Date

Boy Scouts of America

Gravois Trail District/ Greater St. Louis Area Council

Affton, Missouri

 

 

BY-LAWSTROOP 0821

COMMITMENT FORM

 

By executing this form below it is hereby acknowledged that the Scout, his Parents or Guardians and the Troop Committee Chairman have read, understand and agree to abide by these By-Laws.

 

Further, it is agreed that, as a Parent or Guardian to the Scout, the Parents will actively participate in the Troop pursuant to the By-Laws.

 

 

Executed this ___ day of ________, 20__

AGREED AND ACKNOWLEDGED:

 

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Scout Name (please print)

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Scout – signature

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Parent – signature

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