Troop Philosophy

TROOP 9625

TROOP PHILOSOPHY

JANUARY 19, 1987

The Troop Committee for Troop 9625 has adopted the following as a statement of philosophical principles to guide the goals, plans and activities of the Troop. This document is intended to be subject to constant review and scrutiny and is not "permanent" by any means.

  1.  Religious. Scouts will be encouraged to learn about the available religious awards in Scouting and to work toward advancement on those awards. Troop leaders will have the necessary information for these awards. There will be no recruitment or indoctrination in any religious beliefs, but each Scout will be encouraged to learn more about his own or his family's religious precepts.
  2. Service. Both the Troop and the family will encourage the Scout to learn more about the needs of his family, school and community and to respond to those needs by voluntary and enthusiastic service. Service has always been one of the hallmarks of Boy Scouting, and we believe it is especially important for our Troop and Scout advancement.
  3. Outdoor. In line with the Scouting Outdoor Code, we believe that Scouts should learn the lasting value of our natural heritage. Their appreciation of the outdoors will be emphasized through well-planned outdoor and camping activities. Scouts will be taught to treat the outdoors reverently, to practice good conservation and to be considerate of public and private property.
  4. Discipline. Troop 9625 has established formal Discipline Guidelines to ensure we provide a safe haven for boys that is of a consistent standard while presenting a positive image and service to the public. In addition to the troop’s formal Discipline Guidelines, we also have a Code of Conduct, which is a formal statement of accepted behavior that both the scout and the parents need to read, understand and agree to. The Code of Conduct document will be presented to parents/guardians for review and signatures annually at time of recharter.
  5. Our Troop will encourage family involvement in Troop activities and family awareness of Troop goals, purposes, activities and plans. The family will be encouraged to give what it can, but we will not take advantage of a commitment in one area to tie the volunteer to further commitments. Parents can expect to be kept informed of all Troop activities, to have each Scout's individual needs appreciated, and to have advancement and accomplishment recognized promptly. Conversely, the family will be expected to deliver and pick up the Scout at the proper time for Troop events, to attend Courts of Honor, to volunteer when possible, to encourage advancement, and to express pride in and appreciation of the accomplishments and activities of Scouts.

Enforcing Discipline - Discipline for minor infractions will be enforced by the Patrol Leader, the Senior Patrol Leader and the Patrol Leaders' Council. The PLC may take such action as it sees fit with the guidance of the Scoutmaster, including warnings, sending the Scout home or other disciplinary actions. In no case, is corporal punishment or hazing allowed. All such discipline must be in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

If the inappropriate behavior continues and/or the Patrol Leaders' Council is unable to deal with the discipline problem, the Scoutmaster will become involved and take the appropriate action.

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