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Troop 205 Disciplinary Plan
Troop meetings are every
Monday night, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in the
dining room of the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
On occasion, meetings are held off-site and notice of these
are given in advance.
scouts are organized into patrols, which, unlike other troops, actually
function as independent units within the troop. Each patrol is comprised of
8-10 scouts and they vote every six months for their leader. Additionally, each
patrol meets outside of the troop and may even pursue their own camping program
or other activities, if they choose. Of course, these are done in addition to
the troop program and don't conflict with those activities-but they help form a
stronger bond between patrol members, and this leads to strong patrols.
New scouts are organized into a separate patrol and, depending
upon the number of new scouts each year, are encouraged to express a preference
for one of the existing patrols or from their own. Currently, we have six
patrols in our troop.
Each patrol is issued a compliment of equipment for camping
each fall, for which they are responsible. They may add to this equipment as
they wish with patrol funds, and they can use this at their discretion for
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It is the scoutmaster's policy of having a Senior Patrol Leader elected by the scouts for once each year. The candidates for this position are determined upon review of credentials by the Scoutmaster, for those interested in the position. Generally, there will be two candidates. The Scoutmaster will consider the scout's leadership, attendance, attitude and knowledge in determining eligible candidates.
Each six months, patrol leaders are elected by scouts in each
patrol. Assigned leadership positions determined are determined every six
months as well. Assigned leadership positions are recommended by the SPL and
have final approval by the Scoutmaster.
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Leadership training is provided to the PLC regularly.
It is the Scoutmaster's policy that Life Scouts are generally not assigned
leadership positions, unless they have gone through two patrol leader
elections. Also, that every assigned leadership position need to be fulfilled.
The boys operate through the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC),
which meets once per month or so, to plan and execute the scouting program. The
PLC meetings are attended by the Scoutmaster and one Assistant Scoutmaster, who
advise the council on decisions. The Scoutmaster must approve the PLC plans as
having met troop goals and BSA guidelines.
The PLC evaluates the performance of assigned leadership
positions and determines whether such leaders have performed their duties.
Assigned leaders may be removed at the discretion of the PLC or Scoutmaster if
they fail to meet the responsibilities necessary to earn leadership credit for
The Scoutmaster corps consists of a wide variety of
individuals from many different backgrounds who contribute their time and
energy to making the troop work. Each Assistant Scoutmaster can choose an area
of interest to pursue and determine the amount of time and commitment they feel
comfortable to giving the troop.
Assistant Scoutmasters and boy leaders report to the
Scoutmaster, who has ultimate decision making regarding troop operations and
programs on a day-to-day basis.
There is a parent committee that meets once each month and
which ultimately oversees the Scoutmaster. The parent committee is also
responsible for serious disciplinary actions, budgeting, charter organization
relations, policy formulation and special events planning.
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In the 2009-2010 school
year, dues to join our troop are $40 per year, which includes a
subscription to Boy's
Life magazine and insurance. There is a $40 camping fee each year as
well, which covers costs associated with attending many weekend camping trips
through out the year, or other activities. These are due in September of each
Some camping trips will require additional costs to be paid.
High Adventure trips are priced separate from other camping activities and
usually have payments spread throughout the year, to soften the economic effect
Additionally, scouts can earn funds through their sales of
holiday wreaths each year, which can be applied to any trip or other cost
associated with the troop.
Financial aid is available for families in need. If you
believe you are in need of such assistance, please see the Scoutmaster or
Parent Committee Chair for additional information.
Equipment for camping and a official Boy Scout uniform are
required for scouts to participate in our troop. Help in getting these
materials is also available on a need basis.
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The Boy Scout advancement program is exciting and fun, while placing a series
of challenges in front of the scout which need to be met. Self confidence is
built through the successful mastery of these skills.
Basically, there are four steps in the advancement process:
Each rank advancement requirement must be met, before a scout
can request the paperwork necessary to be tested and reviewed. Generally, the
requirements are signed off by a qualified member of the troop for each scout,
in their handbook for ranks through First Class. Merit badges may be completed
using a troop form or BSA Blue Card.
Paperwork for advancement is available from the Assistant
Scoutmaster responsible for the Advancement Table. Parents are encouraged,
especially at the Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks, to help their
sons with the paperwork required to complete these advancements, as sometimes
this can be confusing to young boys.
The ultimate advancement rank is Eagle Scout, of which
approximately two percent of all scouts achieve nationally.
Additional details on the process of advancement can be found
in a separate area of this web page.
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Diversity and participation.
Troop 205 is open to boys of every economic background, religion, race, culture
and color. Handicapped boys will be accommodated to the greatest extent
possible within our troop programs as well.
America was built strong through the interaction of such
ethnic and cultural diversity and so has our troop. No discrimination will be
tolerated on these matters.
Parents, alumni and other
adults from the community,
men and women, are welcome
to participate in any
position of Troop
Leadership applicants must
undergo a criminal
background check and annual
physical, once their
application is approved by
the Troop Committee, Charter
Orginization and our local
Boy Scout Council.
Our troop has a "don't ask, don't tell" interpretation of the
BSA policy regarding the matter of partner preference for its leaders.
Adventure trips and other
activities may at times be
limited to those people
physically fit enough to
determination will be made
by through the Scoutmaster
corps using BSA High
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Reverence and respect for nature.
It is difficult to experience the awesome beauty of nature in its wilderness state and not be humbled
by her and her maker. Our scouts are encouraged to practice their beliefs actively in regard to the divine. Belief in God is a requirement of participation in the troop, however. All religions are welcome in our troop.
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