Bylaws

In the September, 2008 Troop Committee Meeting it was decided to suspend the current bylaws until they can be completely re-written. This came out of a discussion of various drawbacks to the current bylaws and things that people would like to add or subtract.

Bylaws for Troop 760

As Approved by the Troop Committee
On November 28, 2006

1. TROOP 760 will be governed by the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, the rules and regulations set forth by the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) and by these bylaws. The Troop will operate under the patrol method outlined in the various handbooks and manuals produced by the Boy Scouts of America.


2. MEETINGS — The Troop will meet at the American Legion Post 313 in St. Peters, Missouri at 7:15 P.M. each Monday night except when 1) there is no school within the Fort Zumwalt School District during the school year, 2) holidays, and 3) as the Scoutmaster may determine. Scouts should attend all meetings and activities in properly worn Scout uniform, and have their Scout Handbook, paper, pencil and calendar with them at each activity.
Parents are expected to have the Scouts at the meetings and activities prior to the beginning of the meeting or activity and pick them up not later than 10 minutes after the meeting or in a timely fashion at the end of the activity. Repeated violations of this guidance will result in the Scout being suspended from further activities with the Troop until the situation can be rectified.


3. PARTICIPATION — All Scouts registered with the unit are expected to actively participate in the Troop meetings and activities. Failure to participate for three months without an excused absence from the Scoutmaster will result in the Scout being dropped from an active status to that of an inactive status on the Troop rolls. Lack of participation with or without an excused absence for six months will be referred to the Patrol Leaders Conference for a recommendation to the Scoutmaster to retain the Scout in the Troop or not. The Troop Committee will make the final decision in the matter. For the purpose of any Troop sponsored High Adventure activities, any boys participating in such activities must have physically attended at least 50% of all Troop meetings and activities during the prior 12 months.


4. UNIFORM — The uniform for Troop 760 shall be considered the Scout shirt with all appropriate patches Scout pants or shorts, Scout web belt or leather belt, Scout socks, and black or brown shoes. However, clean and tidy blue jeans or other appropriate slacks are acceptable if the Scout does not own Scout pants or shorts. Additionally, all Scouts shall be required to purchase a Scout tee shirt of a type and design designated by the Patrol Leader's Conference.
The Official Scout shirt shall be worn to all Troop functions between September 1st and May 31st. It shall be worn to all Courts of Honor, whenever they occur, and while traveling to and from all Troop activities. The tee shirt shall be appropriate attire in June, July and August for troop meetings and during all Troop activities in those months. The Scoutmaster may designate variances to this policy as necessary.
Nothing in the previous paragraph should discourage any Scout from obtaining the full Scout uniform if he so desires. It is simply a statement of the minimum uniform requirements for the Troop. The following guidance shall be enforced in the event other parts of the uniform are purchased however. If the Scout shorts are worn, Scout socks shall be worn with them. If headgear is worn, an approved Boy Scout cap shall be considered as the appropriate uniform. When in uniform, the shirt should be clean and fully tucked into the pants or shorts.


5. INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT — Each Scout is expected to obtain and maintain his own equipment necessary to particpate in the Troop activities. No knives with a blade longer than 4 inches and/or which cannot be folded into the knife clasp will be allowed. Scouts are not to bring hand axes or sheath knives to Troop activities. Each Scout shall obtain and maintain a copy of the current Boy Scout Handbook. No personal tents or liquid fuel fired equipment will be allowed without the Scoutmaster's express permission.
Any personal audio equipment or handheld electronic games, including but not limited to cassette and CD players and Gameboy(R) games, may be used a) only during travel to and from Trop activies, b) only with the Scoutmaster's permission, and c) only if equipped (and used) with headphones. Lewd or offensive material will be confiscated. Fireworks and laser pointers are not permitted at any Scout activity.


6. TROOP EQUIPMENT — The Troop will purchase and maintain the necessary equipment to support the Troop's camping activities. Scouts using this equipment are expected to maintain this equipment. Any Scout causing deliberate neglect or damage to the Troop equipment will be required to pay for this repair or replacement.


7. PATROL PARTICIPATION — All Scouts are expected to participate within their patrols at all times. All activities will be conducted around the patrol as a unit and the patrol is expected to operate as a unit at all times.


8. COURTS OF HONOR — A Court of Honor will be scheduled regularly by the Troop to recognize the Scouts in the unit and their achievements.


9. BOARDS OF REVIEW — A Board of Review for those Scouts desiring advancement for the ranks of Tenderfoot through Life, will be held monthly. Scouts up to First Class should request a Board of Review through his Patrol Leader or Troop Guide. Scouts requesting a Board of Review for Star and above should schedule it through the Advancement Chairman. Board of Reviews will normally be held on the 3rd Monday of the Month during the Patrol Leaders Council. It is at the Advancement Chairman's discretion to schedule additional Boards of Review as necessary. A Board of Review for Tenderfoot through 1st Class may include an older Scout (Star rank and above) on the Board.


10. OUTINGS — On all outings, the buddy system will be strictly enforced. No Scouts are to leave the Troop without a buddy and without informing their patrol leader, or in his absence, the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster, where they are going and when they will be back. Trail and camp discipline will be adhered to at all times by Scouts when on outings. No horseplay will be allowed by Scouts on the outings. No food, eating, or open flames shall be allowed in tents.
All Scouts are expected to maintain appropriate standards of personal hygiene on all outings. All Scouts will indicate whether they will participate in any Troop activity at the last meeting prior to the activity or by a time designated by the Scoutmaster. At that time, all moneys for the activity will be due. Once fees for an outing have been paid or food has been purchased, no refund will be given to a Scout who cancels or no shows.
Failure to indicate a positive desire to participate in the activity and to have the necessary moneys required for the activity will result in the Scout being excused from participation in that particular activity.
At least two adults (21 or older) shall participate in each Scout activity of the Troop, including Patrol functions. No function or activity may occur without at least 2 adults and 2 Scouts participating in it. No one under 21 years old and who is not properly insured will be allowed to drive a vehicle to, from, or during any Scout activity. At the Scoutmaster's discretion, Scouts may be required to contribute to the cost of transportation for any event scheduled by the Troop.


11. INITIAL REGISTRATION COSTS — Any new boy joining the Troop shall be required to pay the startup fee of $20.00 plus the optional cost of Boy's Life magazine, upon joining the Troop.


12. RE-REGISTRATION — Re-registration will be paid for by the Troop for active Scouts who attend 60% of meetings and outgins and are current with their dues for the year. A Scout who is ot 60% active may be asked to pay his own re-registration costs at the Committee's request.


13. SCOUT ACCOUNTS — The Troop shall maintain separate accounts for each Scout into which funds may be deposited for each boy to pay for the cost of any Troop activities or Scout oriented purchases. The funds shall be from direct deposits by the Scout or his parents, moneys paid into the account for the parent(s) working at Troop fund raising activities, or from results of of the Scouts' efforts during a fund raising activity for the boys. It shall be the Troop Treasurer's job to provide the parents a quarterly posting of the amounts in these accounts. No funds ashall be given to any boy or parent for the purchases of Scout equipment except with a copy of the receipt for the purchase in the event of a reimbursement or in the form of a gift certificate for the stated item if the funds are to be needed for the initial purchase of the item.
If a boy is dropped from the rolls of the Troop, his scout account shall revert to the Troop. If he transfers to another unit, the funds shall be transferred to that unit for him.


14. PARENTAL PARTICIPATION — Parents are encouraged to participate in the unit activities by assisting the committee, in providing transportation for activities, going on the activities, etc.


15. DUES — Dues are paid annually in a one-time fee of $24.00 at the time of re-registration in December. For Scouts joining the Troop after that time, dues are prorated for the remainder of the year at a rate of $2.00 per month. Scouts joining the Troop before the 15th of the month shall pay a full month's dues. Those joining after the 15th of the month shall pay only $1.0 for dues for the remainder of the month.


16. LEADERSHIP POSITIONS — The leadership positions of the Troop are outlined in the appropriate Scout manuals. All Scout offices are for a six-month term. Elections are held in February and August for terms beginning in March and September respectively. Any Scout elected to a position that does not fulfill that position through neglect of his duties, lack of participation, etc. may be relieved of his position and another Scout elected or appointed to it. Specific Troop guidance on these positions is:
A. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) — Any boy elected as a JASM shall be at least 16 years old, an Eagle Scout and be recommended by the Scoutmaster and approved by the Committee.
B. Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) — The SPL shall be at least 13 years old; 1st Class Scout or above, and have been active in the Troop for at least one year. He shall have held an active leadership position prior to being elected the SPL and have had at least one long term camping experience. A Scout may serve as SPL any number of terms, but not consecutively. It is encouraged that the SPL have attended National Youth Leadership Training. The Scoutmaster may grant exceptions to this as needed.
C. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) — The ASPL shall be a 1st Class Scout or above and have been active in the Troop for at least one year. The ASPL will be appointed to that position by the SPL with the approval of the Scoutmaster. Terms should not be held consecutively.
D. Patrol Leader (PL) — The PL shall be at least 2nd Class or above and have been ative in the Troop for a period of 6 months. He shall have participated in at least one long term camp during that period. The New Boy Patrol will elect their own Patrol Leader who leads under the direction of a Troop Guide. This Scout is not a member of the New Boy Patrol during the period of his term as Troop Guide.
E. Other Leadership Positions — Other Troop offices shall generally be held by Scouts holding at least a 2nd Class rank. Exceptions for unusual circumstances may be approved by the Scoutmaster. Due to the exceptional circumstances of being selected as a Den Chief, any Scout desiring to be a Den Chief shall be at least 2nd Class, have 12 months active participation in the Troop and be recommended for the position by the PLC with the Scoutmaster's approval.

Due to the nature of the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, and Patrol Leader positions, the Scouts filling these positions will constitute the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). These are the only voting members of the PLC. The New Boy Patrol Troop Guide is a non-voting member of the PLC. The individuals holding these positions are expected to participate with the Troop at all Troop activities. Requests for these individuals to participate on camporee staffs, etc. is not encouraged, but will be considered by the Scoutmaster on an individual basis during the term of their offices.


17. DISCIPLINE — If a Scout's behavior is not in accordance with the Scout Oath or Law during any Scout meeting or outing then discipline will be handled by the following 3 step process.

  1. An adult leader shall explain how the Scout's behavior was inappropriate. He shall also explain the consequences of the next two steps if he does not correct his behavior and make amends for his actions. The leader shall inform the Scoutmaster or his designee of the warning.
  2. An adult leader shall explain how the Scout's behavior was inappropriate. He shall also explain the consequences of step 3 if he does not correct his behavior and make amends for his actions. The leader shall inform the Scoutmaster or his designee of the warning. The leader and/or Scoutmaster shall also talk to the Scout's parents after the activity.
  3. The Scoutmaster or his designee shall call the Scout's parents to have them pick up their son.

If at anytime during an activity the Scoutmaster or his designee believes that a Scout's behavior is endangering the safety of the Scout or those around him then the Scoutmaster or his designee may go directly to step 3. Parents will be required to pick up their son as soon as possible at their expense. The parents of the Scout(s) causing the problem will have to meet with the Scoutmaster and/or Troop Committee before the Scout(s) involved may return to participation with the Troop. Any disciplinary action taken by the Scoutmaster may be appealed to the Troop Committee by the parents of the Scout(s) involved.

Last Revision D November 28, 2006

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