A goal of Troop 31 is to ensure that every Scout has fun while he advances through the ranks of Scouting. In order to do this it is essential that certain guidelines are followed.
Attendance: Scouts are expected to attend most meetings and outings. Regular attendance will enable the Scout to advance at a steady rate and will help him become an integral part of the troop. To encourage regular attendance, eligibility for a quarterly adventure night is tied to attendance record, uniform standards and behavior.
Uniforms: Troop 31 has a Uniform Dress Code for meetings. Full dress uniform(including Scout shirt, bolo tie, hat, shorts or long pants, belt and socks) is expected at weekly meetings and special events such as Court of Awards and Blue and Gold Dinner. Uniforms should be worn with pride; shirttails in, hats straight, etc. The Troop has a class B (T-shirt) uniform for the Scouts. This shirt can be worn during summer camps and other extracurricular activities.
Conduct: Good conduct is essential for a successful meeting or outing. Scouts should strive to follow the rules of Scouting which are found in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan. Respect for each other, for the Scout leaders and for the adult leaders of the troop is essential for a well-run troop.
Safe Scouting: Troop 31 carefully follows the policies and procedures detailed in the BSA "Guide to Safe Scouting" (a copy is available for every family). Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any Troop 31 activity.
Friends on Outings: Friends are permitted on specified outings providing formal permission has been obtained from the Scoutmaster in advance. Parent or legal guardian of friends under 18 must have completed an "Authorization and Consent to Minor" form. Female friends are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or there is an adult female leader present at the event.
Radios, etc.: Radios, tape players, MP3 players, video games, etc. are not permitted at meetings and, with rare exception, are not permitted on outings, but can be used while traveling to outings at the driver's discretion.
Animals on Outings: Animals (dogs generally) must be cleared by the outing coordinator for that specific outing before being permitted.
Cigarette lighters are not permitted on outings or at meetings.
Discipline: Unsafe or grossly disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to discipline. At each meeting/outing an Assistant Scoutmaster is designated disciplinarian. The escalation sequence is: 1) Scout is asked to stop by leader, 2) Scout is pulled aside and counseled by disciplinarian, 3) Scout's parents are called and asked to take Scout home. Advancement can also be impeded because disruptive behavior is not consistent with good Scout spirit, a requirement for advancement.