The following policies have been adopted by the Boy Scouts of America to provide security for the youth in our program. In addition, they serve to protect adult leadership from situations in which they are vulnerable to allegations of abuse.
Two responsible registered leaders, one of which must be at least 21 years of age and the other at least 18 years of age, are required on all trips and outings.
No One on One Contact
One-on-one contact between youth and adult members is not permitted. In situations that require a personal conference, the meeting should be conducted in the view of others.
When in camp, no youth is to share or sleep in the same tent as an adult or staff member other than his own parent or guardian.
Respect of Privacy
Leaders must respect the privacy of the youth members in situations such as changing clothes or taking showers at camp.
Cameras, imaging, and digital devices
While most campers and leaders use cameras and other imaging devices responsibly, it has become very easy to invade the privacy of individuals. It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.
No Secret Organizations
There are no secret organizations recognized by the Boy Scouts of America. All Scouting programs are open to parents and leaders.
Physical and mental hazing is highly prohibited and is not included in Scouting activities.
Verbal, physical, and cyber bullying are prohibited in Scouting.
Discipline in Scouting should be constructive (supportive) and reflect Scouting Values. Corporal punishment is unacceptable.
Proper clothing for activities is required. Skinny dipping is not appropriate in Scouting.
Junior Leader Training and Supervision
Leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and see that Boy Scouts of America policies are followed.
All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law. Physical violence, theft, verbal insults, drugs, and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scoutâ€™s membership.
The head of the chartered organization or chartered organization representative and the local council must approve the registration of the unitâ€™s adult leader. Adult leaders of Scouting units are responsible for monitoring the behavior of youth members and interceding when necessary. Parents of members who misbehave should be informed and asked for assistance. Any violations of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies must immediately be reported to the Scout Executive.
Youth Protection Training for Adults
Adult leaders and volunteers are required to complete Youth Protection Training. This training is available online and takes less than an hour to complete. All parents are encouraged to complete the training as well.
Youth Protection Training for Scouts
Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is an increasing social problem. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing a comprehensive Youth Protection Program and has prepared a range of materials for the education of scouts, adults and leaders. Parents and guardians are encouraged to review the insert at the beginning of the Boy Scout Handbook. One requirement of the first badge in Scouting, the Scout Badge, is for the Scout to review this section with a parent or guardian.
We appreciate your support of our effort to provide your sons with a safe learning environment. If you have any questions, please contact the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chair.