TROOP AND BSA POLICIES
A Scout should attend and participate in at least 80% of all Troop functions and activities to demonstrate his interest in continuing membership in Troop 93. Activities include Troop meetings, Patrol meetings, camping trips, hikes, and field days. In addition, the Scout should not fall below 60% participation in any one of these categories.
The use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs is not consistent with the aims of Scouting. Any Scout involved with such substances will be brought before the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee for appropriate action. Parents of the Scouts involved will be notified.
We are a Boy Scout Troop and we wear the Scout uniform with pride. The uniform inspires a sense of belonging to the Troop. As such it helps break down barriers created by race, creed, and financial status. Scouts should wear their uniforms to all Troop functions unless specifically told otherwise (e.g. trail maintenance or service projects where work clothes are more appropriate). On camping trips we take clothes appropriate to the weather, but always wear the uniform while traveling. The Senior Patrol Leader will announce the class of uniform to be worn for each event. We wear the class A uniform for religious services, Boards of Review, Scoutmaster Conferences, and Courts of Honor.
Old vs. New Uniform
Our Troop conducts several fundraisers throughout the year. The funds from these go into the Troop account and are used to buy camping and cooking equipment, merit badge pamphlets and other Scouting books, rope, safety equipment, etc.
Each scout has a ledger line in the Troop's account. A portion of the profits from certain troop money-earning projects (e.g. popcorn sales) will be set aside to each participating Scout's ledger line. This money remains the property of the Troop since it was earned as part of a project for a non-profit organization. However, money in the Scout's ledger may be used by the scout for camping equipment or for any Scouting trip, especially summer camps and Philmont. It may not be used as spending money on these trips, except for educational supplies such as merit badge pamphlets and craft kits. Unused ledger funds become general Troop funds when the scout leaves the Troop. Contact the Troop treasurer, Mr. Thomas George, for more information. Typical fund-raisers include popcorn sales and a concession stand at UNC home football games. Other fund raiser are organized as necessary to support purchases or troop activities.
Annual dues are $50 per scout and $25 per adult leader, and are payable to "BSA Troop 93" in early September of each year. Portions of these funds are sent to the Council and National Scouting Offices for their operations and support services. The remaining funds are used to purchase Boy's Life Magazine for each scout, Troop accident insurance, Troop tee shirts, patches, advancement badges, etc. The Troop treasurer, Mr. Thomas George, collects these dues.
In the event that a scout is injured on a Troop function, two things are necessary to get medical attention, insurance and a wavier form. The Troop carries accident insurance that covers all Troop functions from the time the scout leaves home until he returns. This insurance is secondary to the scout's family policy. Therefore, it is useful to have the company name and policy number for each scout's family policy (a photocopy of the insurance card). Costs not covered by the family policy should be covered by the Troop policy.
The wavier form is found on the Medical Examination Form. This form allows the adult leaders of the Troop to immediately seek necessary medical help for the scout until his parents can be reached.
The Medical Examination Form is required for summer camps and all Troop functions. Parts A & B are filled out and signed by the scout’s parents. Part C is filled out and signed by the scout’s physician. Blank forms are available at the ocscouts.org and the bstroop93.org websites. These forms may not be specific enough. If the scout has a potentially life-threatening condition such as diabetes, asthma, allergy to bee stings, etc., this should be included on the form along with any special instructions so that the adult leaders can help the scout deal with any problems. It is also useful to have other medical history information (regular medications, previous broken bones or joint injuries, ADHD, seizures, epilepsy, etc.). This information is, of course, kept confidential.
Many high adventure activities (Philmont, Northern Tier, etc.) require a special medical form. These must be used when attending the these high adventure camps.
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