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Procedures

Every organization has to have its rules in order to run effectively; ours is no different. We really try hard to minimize the number of formal rules since we believe that the Scout Oath, Law, and common sense are much more valuable. This page outlines those things that we think are important and could cause confusion if not explained. If you have any questions, email us or talk with the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman and we'll try to help you out.

Click on a topic to see the Troop's guidelines:

bulletRule Number 1: The Scout Oath
bulletRule Number 2: The Scout Law
bulletDress Code
bulletAttendance
bulletMeeting Schedules
bulletMerit Badges

 

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Rule Number 1: The Scout Oath

If you want to know how to get along with others, have fun, and succeed in your ambitions, just look to the Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

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Rule Number 2: The Scout Law

Is it the right thing to do? Look to the Scout Law for guidance:
A Good Scout is:
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Loyal
  3. Helpful
  4. Friendly
  5. Courteous
  6. Kind
  7. Obedient
  8. Cheerful
  9. Thrifty
  10. Brave
  11. Clean, and
  12. Reverent

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Dress Code

The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

In establishing our Troop's dress code, we've tried to balance the need for troop visibility and uniformity with issues of cost and comfort. There are three classes of uniforms which are described here.

Class A

Class A is the formal uniform and is worn to most regular meetings, all Courts of Honor, and other selected Scouting events. The Class A uniform consists of:

bulletShirt: The official BSA short- or long-sleeved shirt worn clean and neat with all appropriate patches. If a t-shirt is worn underneath the shirt, its sleeves must not hang below the uniform shirt's and any image on the t-shirt must not show through the uniform shirt.
bulletPants: Jeans or slacks (clean, with no holes or tears), official BSA slacks, or official BSA shorts may be worn. Other shorts may also be worn if they match the official shorts in color and style. Dress slacks (not jeans) are required for Courts of Honor.
bulletScarf: The appropriate scarf is required: "Standard" Troop 46 scarf for Scout through First Class ranks, "Dragon" Troop 46 scarf for Star and Life Scouts, and the BSA Eagle scarf for Eagle Scouts.
bulletSocks and Belt: Official BSA socks and web belt.
bulletShoes: Any leather or tennis shoes in neat and clean condition. Sandals are not allowed.
bulletSash and Belt Coup Holder: These are optional except at Courts of Honor where they are required.
bulletMic-O-Say Claws: The Mic-O-Say attire appropriate for your responsibility (Warrior claws, Brave claw, or Foxman stick).

Class B

Class B is the "activity" uniform and is worn where the activities may damage an expensive uniform, but where some level of uniformity and identity is still appropriate. It is typically worn on the monthly "fun nights" and when going to summer camp. The Class B uniform is identical to the Class A except as follows:

bulletShirt: The Troop 46 t-shirt replaces the official BSA uniform shirt.
bulletScarf, Sash and Belt Coup Holder: Never worn with the Class B uniform.

Street Clothes

In some circumstances, it's appropriate to wear street clothes as opposed to a uniform. This is usually where a troop identity isn't important or where there is a strong likelihood of damage to the uniform. We wear street clothes on all campouts. Street clothes may consist of anything you want as long as they meet the following guidelines:

bulletThe clothes must be clean, neat, and in good repair.
bulletIf there are any images or logos on the clothes, they must reflect the ideals of Scouting. i.e. no trash talk or vulgarities.

Mic-O-Say Tribal Attire

The appropriate claws or Foxman stick should be worn to all Scouting events. Our Troop has a tradition of dressing in tribal fashion for all tribal functions (although the Class A uniform is an acceptable alternative).

Adult Uniform

We encourage all adult leaders to follow the same uniform guidelines as are used for the Scouts (except that the scarf is only required to be worn at Courts of Honor and other formal events). Wearing your uniform properly demonstrates to the Scouts that you share the same commitment and involvement that we expect from our Scouts.

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Attendance

You only get out of Scouting what you put into Scouting. This is most important in the area of attendance. We understand that no Scout will be able to attend every event. Conflicts with family, school, church, or other sports/social events will sometimes occur. In these cases, the Scout (not the parents) should call the Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader in advance to let them know that he'll be unable to attend.

If you're unable to attend for an extended period of time, let us know so that we can work with you to help avoid falling behind on rank advancements. Also, let us know if you're just losing interest. We'd like to find out why and maybe improve our program for you and all of the Scouts.

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Meeting Schedules

See the Troop Calendar page for an up-to-date schedule of upcoming events. We also publish the calendar periodically in paper form and send it in a mailing or home with the Scouts. In general, our meetings are scheduled as follows:

bulletTroop Meetings: Every Monday night from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at St. Peter's (get a map)
bulletCommittee Meetings: The first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM at St. Peter's. Open to Scouters and parents only (no Scouts please).
bulletDistrict Roundtables: The first Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak. Primarily for leaders.
bulletCampouts: One weekend each month (Friday evening to Sunday mid-day) except for July, August, and December.
bulletFun Nights: Replaces the regular Troop Meeting about once a month; usually on the Monday following the campout. The fun nights have a special theme, event, activity, or game to replace the normal meeting format.

Parents are always invited to all Scouting events.

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Merit Badges

Scouting's merit badge program provides a great opportunity for any Scout to tailor Scouting to his own unique interests and goals. There are over 100 merit badges available today which cover a broad range of crafts, careers, sports and hobbies. Of these, 12 are required for the rank of Eagle Scout. These 12 merit badges were selected for Eagle because they provide important life-long skills to every Scout. The Eagle required merit badges are:

bulletCamping
bulletCitizenship in the Community
bulletCitizenship in the Nation
bulletCitizenship in the World
bulletCommunications
bulletEnvironmental Science
bulletFamily Life
bulletFirst Aid
bulletPersonal Fitness
bulletPersonal Management
bulletSwimming OR Cycling OR Hiking
bulletLifesaving OR Emergency Preparedness

Some of the ways in which a Scout can earn merit badges in our Troop are:

bulletThe Troop includes skill sessions in almost every meeting during which specific merit badges can be earned.
bulletSummer camp provides the opportunity for a Scout to earn up to 8 merit badges in a single summer.
bulletA Scout may take a merit badge on his own through a registered merit badge counselor either within the Troop or through Pioneer Trails District (details on how to do this are shown later in this section).
bulletA Scout's parent may function as the merit badge counselor (see how to do this in a later part of this section).

How to Use Merit Badge Counselors to Earn a Merit Badge

If a Scout is taking a merit badge other than those taught at Troop meetings, the preferred way is to use a registered merit badge counselor. The registration process includes training for the counselor and helps assure that the counselor knows the subject matter and is able to teach it consistently. In that way, we know that every Scout taking a particular merit badge gets the full benefit of learning new skills and knowledge. To earn a merit badge this way, follow these steps:

bulletFind a merit badge counselor. You can check our web site for a list of our Troop's merit badge counselors or you can contact the Troop's Advancement Chairman or the Council Offices (816-942-9333) to locate a registered merit badge counselor for your chosen subject.
bulletCall the counselor and arrange a meeting. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend. The counselor will discuss what they expect you to accomplish and help you learn about the subject.
bulletShow your stuff. Complete all of the merit badge requirements to the satisfaction of your counselor. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated--no more and no less. Remember that earning merit badges is about "achieving" the requirements, not just "trying real hard." It may take you a while and a lot of effort before you master a required skill.
bulletEarn the badge. When your counselor is satisfied that you've completed the requirements for the merit badge, they will sign and give you a blue card. Turn that card into the Scoutmaster or Advancement Chairman and you'll be awarded your merit badge at the next Court of Honor.

Parents as Merit Badge Counselors

Since they know a boy's interests and desires best, parents or guardians often make an excellent merit badge counselors. We prefer that registered merit badge counselors be used whenever possible to provide a consistent level of understanding and skill. However, we also recognize that this isn't always practical.

If parents or guardians are acting as merit badge counselors, they MUST use the following guidelines:

bulletThe Scout must complete all requirements exactly as stated in the current Boy Scout Requirements handbook--no more and no less. For example, if the requirement is to demonstrate or show something, telling about it is not enough.
bulletAll written assignments must be accepted by both the parent merit badge counselor AND the Advancement Chairman.
bulletWhen the parent merit badge counselor believes that the Scout has completed all of the requirements, they must sign and date a note stating that. Have the Scout give the note to the Advancement Chairman. The Advancement Chairman will talk with the Scout and may quiz him on certain parts of the requirements to make sure the Scout has really learned the important skills.

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