Behavior Standards

Code of Conduct

A Scout must always strive to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. A Scout should always be courteous during troop meetings, patrol meetings, and other Scouting activities.

  • Physical horseplay is tolerated so long as it is reasonable and mutually agreed upon. Scouts must remember that what one may think of as play, another may find irritating and/or harassing, especially when it involves hitting, pushing, or grabbing. Fighting will not be permitted.

  • When someone is speaking, whether it is a guest or another member of the troop, one should pay full attention to what is being said. Being disruptive during a presentation is disrespectful. Valuable information or instructions could be missed.

  • There is no horseplay or running around during a troop meeting, unless it is part of a game or instruction. Food, beverages, and games (i.e. Pokémon, Magic cards, cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices) are not allowed during troop meetings unless it is part of an organized activity

  • Using foul, abusive, or rude language is improper for Scouts and will not be allowed.

  • Hazing and bullying are not permitted. Hazing is unnecessary; it is prohibited by BSA policy, and will not be tolerated.

The points of the Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent) should govern a Scout’s behavior. If you follow the Scout Law, your behavior will be acceptable.

Consequences of Improper Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. A Scout who violates the code of conduct or whose behavior is unacceptable will be given corrective guidance immediately. If the violation is more severe, the Scout’s parent(s) will be contacted and the Scout may be asked to leave the event. Should a severe violation occur, the Scout, and his parents, will have to meet with the troop’s adult leadership before attending another troop function. Discipline will be progressive in nature, usually beginning with a warning. However, more extreme behavior violations may result in greater disciplinary action. The ultimate disciplinary action will be dismissal from Troop 49. Violations of law may be reported to local law enforcement (such as, but not limited to, alcohol/drug violations).

The adults of Troop 49 are the role models for the Scouts of Troop 49. Therefore, the adult volunteers have the same behavior expectations as the Boy Scouts. Should an issue arise regarding the behavior of a boy, please address your concern to the Scoutmaster. Should a behavior issue involve an adult, please speak with the troop committee chair.