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Troop 139 Code Of Conduct

Like every organization, our troop has to have a set of rules by which every one agrees to abide by. We try to keep our rules simple and intuitive and they exist to meet our main goals as a troop. Each year we require each scout to sign the code of conduct to help keep these rules in front of everyone. The code of conduct form can be found here.

In a nutshell, the code of conduct is based on the following simple goals:

  • Have Fun

  • Be Safe

  • Include everyone

Personal Behavior
  • All troop members are respectful of the property of others. They do not go into other people's tents, bags, etc without permission

  • All troop members are respectful of alll adults, whether they are part of the troop or not. We address them as "Mr", "Mrs", etc.

  • All troop members are respectful of other's feelings. While it can be fun to trade insults, it should never be done in order to hurt someone. It is also important to know when "the line" is being crossed and the intended funny insult is not taken in fun. Know that what you say will be taken in fun before you say it. Insulting someone and then saying "just kidding" does not make everything alright.

  • All troop members are respectful of the bodies of others. Again, it can be fun to physically horse around, wrestle, etc, but know that there are limits to this. When all people are equal participants it is great. The horseplay must stop when the first person wants to stop.

Behavior in the Troop
  • All troop members are expected to cooperate with the leaders of the activity.  Failure to cooperate and do as instructed may result in the scout being removed from the activity.

  • All troop members are expected to help with the work associated with an activity. This may mean helping to setup, cleanup, fetch water, etc. The leader of the activity is responsible for assigning jobs. Individual scouts are expected to carry them out. If you feel the work is not being fairly distributed, talk to an adult leader, but don't refuse to help.

  • All troop members are responsible for knowing what is going on. We try hard to keep everyone informed but it is up to the scouts to make sure that they know what is happening and what they need to do. Contact your patrol leader, the senior patrol leader, or the scoutmaster (in the that order) to get the information you need.

  • All troop members are expected to follow through on what they sign up for. If you signup for an activity and decide you can't go, you are expected to contact the activity leader or the scoutmaster to let them know. Otherwise we have to track you down to find out if you are coming.

Dress Code
  • We have 2 uniforms, the official BSA uniform ("class A") and  camp uniform ("class B").

  • Class A uniforms consists of

    • khaki shirt with the proper patches (troop number, rank badge, leadership badge (if appropriate), and Patriots' Path badge)

    • green scout pants. There are many official scout pants, any of them are acceptable (long or short).

    • official scout belt. This may be any scout belt, some pants have them built in.

    • official scout socks. Again, many kinds, any of them are acceptable.

    Note: Look-alike green pants and scouts are acceptable for all troop related functions. For some Council activities, only the real thing is acceptable.
  • Class B uniform consists of

    • Troop T-shirt (red shirt with Scout Law on the back) (preferred)

    • Other Boy Scout Activity shirts. Essentially any T-shirt that is supplied by the Boy Scouts and identifies you as a scout.

  • The uniform for Meetings is Class A. All scouts are expected to attend regular troop meetings in class A uniform

  • The uniform for Activities is Class B. All scouts are expected to wear the class B uniform at activities outside of the Church. These may be either work or fun activities. 

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