Code of Conduct

Scouts agree to abide by the "My Personal Commitment" contract (found on the next page.) Parents/legal guardians are encouraged to read this contract along with their son. This document is to be signed by the Scout, a parent, and turned into the Troop.

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. Scouts are expected to behave in a manner that brings credit and honor to Troop 312 and ALL Boy Scouts. Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, verbal insults, and drugs and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program. Participation in the Boy Scouts of America is a privilege, which carries responsibilities of all involved in order to carry out our objectives. This policy is for ensuring the safety and enjoyment for all Scouts and scout leaders.

Failure to abide by the Troop's Standards, Rules and Code of Conduct will result in the following disciplinary actions:

    • The Scout will be given a verbal warning and counseled during the specific Troop function and/or Troop event during which the infraction occurred.

    • Second occurrence of any nature or at any time subsequent to the initial counseling will result in the Scout being asked to leave the Troop function and it will be the responsibility of the parents/legal guardians of the Scout to arrange transportation home as soon as possible. This is important so as not to interrupt the oversight of other Adult Leaders and the overall experience for the remainder of the Troop.

    • A Scout whose behavior has required him to leave a second function for a similar offence would be asked to leave the Troop.

    • Should the offender request another chance, it will be at the discretion of a "Troop Tribunal" and will require unanimous vote of all those participating to give the offender a final chance to improve his behavior and adherence to the principals of Scouting.

Additionally, Scouts are reminded that their behavior is at all times a reflection on their character as Scouts. Therefore, any Scout that has disciplinary action taken against them that results in any of the following will result in a "Troop Tribunal" hearing:

  • Any civil or criminal action for which charges are made and subsequently upheld.

    • Decisions of the "Troop Tribunal" upon concurrence of the Troop Committee are final and may not be appealed.

Troop 312 Standards and Rules

It is the mission of the Troop Committee, in the setting down of these standards to provide uniformity and safety for all of our Scouts in the most likely settings. While it is impossible to anticipate every circumstance that may present itself, we have attempted to address those that are most common. This is not intended to be all-inclusive but instead it is to provide a "guideline" that will assist the Scout and his parents. It should be understood, that these "Troop Standards" could be modified at any time when it is deemed necessary by the Troop Committee. This Troop Committee and all Adult Leaders agree to an open door policy and ask that you please come to us with any questions or concerns that you feel have not been addressed, either here or in the Scout handbook.


    • The Scouts and his parents will be asked to sign a contract/acknowledgement of the Troop Standards and it will be kept on file while the scout is a member of Troop 312.

    • All BSA guidelines will be adhered to during Troop meetings, Troop functions and Troop transportations.

    • All Registered Adults must be "Youth Protection" trained. This is an online course available at no cost and requires a time commitment of approximately 20 minutes. It is encouraged that at least one parent for each Scout complete the training. To take Youth Protection training, go to and create an account. When completed, print out the certificate and present it to one of the troops' leaders. This certificate is valid for 2 years.

    • Only Registered Adults will be permitted to camp with the Scouts, the ONLY exception being designated "Family Campouts". Any Registered Adult who wishes to camp on a regular basis will be required to complete additional training.

    • The consumption of coffee by any Scout is strictly prohibited without a signed permission slip from the Scout's parent(s). Any parent who does not wish his/her Scout to have any caffeinated drinks should make the Scoutmaster and/or Asst. Scoutmasters aware of this.

    • There may be instances where some "Troop Activities/Functions" may be by invitation only. This could be based on Scout rank, age, ability, maturity level and/or other requirements stated for the activity.