This "CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LEADERS POLICY" is intended to assure parents and scouts of Quality Leaders supervising all Logansport Troop 33 activities.
QUALITY LEADERS is our goal with this Policy.
Statement of Understanding
The Troop committee has estabished this Code of Conduct to provide parents and adult leaders of Troop 33 with a framework of expectations for Adult Scout Leaders. This Code of Conduct will help ensure a common language and understanding of behavioral expectations, and consequences, allowing the Troop to create an atmosphere conducive to fun, safety, and the values of Scouting. All Leaders of Troop 33 represent the Troop, Logansport Fire District No. 1 (our chartered organization), and the Boy Scouts of America when they elect to participate in activities of Scouting and must abide by this Code of Conduct as a condition of his or her participation in Troop activities.
Ultimately, the Committee wants each Leader to be responsible for his or her own behavior, and only when necessaary will the committee take action under this Code of Conduct.
CODE OF CONDUCT EXPECTED FOR LEADERS
1. Conduct yourself in accordance with the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.
2. Become thoroughly familiar with the objectives and guidelines of the Boy Scout program, strive to achieve these objectives, and communicate them appropriately.
3. Understand the meaning and importance of the BSA Youth Protection guidelines and agree to conduct yourself in accordance with the guidelines. All leaders must complete Youth Protection Training when registering with this troop (must be completed prior to going on any Troop outings or activities).
4. Must not use alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on any cammpout or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of Scouts. Leaders must not attend any Scouting activity in an intoxicated or impaired state.
5. Must support the BSA and Troop policy that Scouts are better off without tobacco and will not allow the use of tobacco products at any troop meetings. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all Scouts. Leaders should refrain from using smokeless tobacco products at Scout meetings and at other scout activities.
6. While participating in Scouting activities and/or meetings, Leaders should follow the instructions of the Scoutmaster or leader in charge and obey the safety rules and instructions and use positive reinforcement and communication. All Leader communication conducted in front of scouts should be supportive of the Scoutmaster or Leader in charge and should be respectful to other leaders in charge.
7. Must not engage in behavior that constitutes discrimination or harassment in any way, including race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, economic status, or citizenship of an individual. Adult Leaders must not give priority treatment to certain scouts without regard to the needs or desires of other scouts in the Troop.
8. Must maintain good moral character so as to be a good role model for boys in the Troop.
9. Understand and acknowledge that, if a leader's behavior or choices are not in keeping with the BSA Youth Protection and safety policies or this Code of Conduct, they will be asked by the Scoutmaster (or other Leader in charge of the activity) to leave the Scouting activity and will do so without incident and without refund of any fees paid. A leader's improper behavior may result in other disciplinary action (removal from leadership position, suspension from participation, or expulsion from the Troop). If a Scout Leader's membership in the Troop is revoked, the Troop committee will promptly notify Norwela Council of the action. The Troop Committee (or its designee) will review the Leader's behavior and take what it determines, in its sole discretion and authority, to be appropriate disciplinary action, which determination will be final and binding. The Troop Committee will consider the circumstances of each incident on a case-by-case basis, and will take all circumstances into account.
10. This Code of Conduct is the policy of the Logansport Troop Committee, and may be subject to additional disciplinary action by the Troop's Chartered Organization, the Norwela Council, or the National Council.
11. By a leader signing this Troop 33 Code of Conduct, they promise on their honor as a Boy Scout Leader that they will do their best to live up to the Scout Oath and law, and follow this Code of Conduct. If a leader desires to report a violation of this Code of Conduct, they should report it to the Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, or other Leader in charge of the activity.
In order for any adult to become a registered adult Leader with Troop 33 they must have carefully read and understood this Code of Conduct document. Leaders must indicate their agreement with this Code of Conduct by signing and dating this document.