|Troop 295, Cypress, CA|
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The following set of Bylaws shall govern the operation of Boy Scout Troop
295, Cypress, Orange County, California in all matters of selection of adult
leaders, collection of dues, disbursing of funds, insuring members of the Troop,
scheduling of activities, accepting new members, dropping members who become
inactive, termination for misconduct of leaders and boy scouts, setting
requirements for activities, and effective limits of Bylaws. These Bylaws
control operations of Troop 295 and are not intended to contradict or supersede
any rules or regulations as set forth by the Boy Scouts of America or the local
The Troop's chartering organization is the American Legion Post 295 located
in Cypress CA. The chartering organization has selected a representative from
its membership to be the active link between the Troop and Post 295. The
chartered organization appoints the committee members. The chartered
organization also selects the Scoutmaster. The Troop committee shall consist of
at least three (3) adults who will govern operations of the Troop. This
committee will then select one (1) of its own members to serve as Committee
Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. All others will serve as Committee
Members at Large.
The Patrol Leaders Council is to be made up of the Junior Assistant
Scoutmaster (if position is filled), Instructors (if position(s) are filled),
one Senior Patrol Leader, at least one Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and all
Patrol Leaders (or their designate). The Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior
Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Chaplain's Aide, Scribe, Quartermaster, and
Librarian are elected positions by the Troop. Patrol Leaders will then appoint
Assistant Patrol Leaders from the top two (2) ranking boys assigned in their
Patrol. These officers serve a two (2) month probationary period, receiving
ongoing evaluation, and it then approved by the Scoutmaster, will serve up to an
additional four (4) months. In the event of any vacancies, the Scoutmaster will
appoint a boy to fill that vacancy for the remainder of the term. The Troop
elections will occur at a Troop meeting not to exceed a six month period
following the previous election. The Scoutmaster shall set the month of the
elections not to be less than four (4) months unless special circumstances
dictate a need for an earlier election. Any change in rank between elections
shall not affect the right to hold office. The offices of Junior Assistant
Scoutmaster and Instructors are to be filled by appointment by the Scoutmaster.
Dues are to be paid at the first Troop meeting of the month. The rate is to
be determined by the Troop Committee and is subject to change with a one month
notification. No dues paid in advance shall be refunded unless a written request
is made by the Scout. A one (1) month dues fee fill be retained as a processing
charge. Any Scout who has been identified as being inactive must pay all dues in
full upon return to the Troop by the first meeting of the month. An inactive
scout is defined in section eight (8) of this document.
Scouts and Scouters of Troop 295 will at all times be covered by a Group Accident Policy purchased by the Troop and no activity will be scheduled at any time that such a policy is not in effect.
The Scoutmaster will be responsible for the scheduling of all activities of
the Troop. It is essential that a minimum of at least two (2) Youth Protection
Trained adults above the age of 21 be present at all Troop outings and
activities. Activities may be scheduled by the Scoutmaster at any time
convenient to them with the approval of the Troop Committee. Troop participation
is any District, Council, Regional, or National Boy Scout activity shall be at
the discretion of the Scoutmaster with arrival and departure times set by the
New Boys must visit the Troop meeting for three (3) meetings. A Parent must accompany the boy to all of the three (3) meetings. Transfer applications are to be submitted to the Troop Committee for approval on an individual basis. Every Scout must read and sign the Troop Code of Conduct, Discipline Policy, and Scout Account Statement. The Scout's Parent(s) must complete the Consent to Treat a Minor form. A Permission to use Firearms form must also be signed to allow the Scout to participate in any activity which will be identified that firearms will be used during the activity. No Scout will be allowed to participate in any activities if the required forms are not properly completed and on file with the Troop.
A boy may remain a fully credited member of Troop 295 as long as he takes
part in regularly scheduled activities of the Troop. Any time a Scout misses
three (3) consecutive regularly-scheduled meetings, or three (3) regularly
scheduled Troop activities or events, without just cause or parental explanation
as deemed acceptable to the Troop Committee or Scoutmaster, the boy will be
placed on the inactive list. Anytime a boy is delinquent for two months of dues
he will be placed on the inactive list. A boy on the inactive list may not be
allowed to participate with the Troop in any activity connected with the
scouting program or advance in Rank.
Any Boy who violates the Code of Conduct or does not follow the Discipline Policy will be reprimanded by the Scoutmaster and reported to the Scout's Parent(s). Termination for misconduct shall be in accordance with the Troop's Discipline Policy.
The Troop Committee is to meet regularly on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM, subject to change upon vote of the Troop Committee. The Troop Committee Chairperson may call an emergency meeting of all committee members if he/she feels such a meeting is necessary. A Quorum consisting of five (5) members of the committee may do the same.
Parental support is necessary to provide for activities such as campouts, fund-raisers, and service projects. Parents will be required to furnish transportation and adult supervision on Troop activities as needed. Parents are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled Troop meetings and expected to attend Court of Honor ceremonies.
These Bylaws shall become effective on the acceptance date noted below and
shall remain in effect as long as Troop 295 remains chartered by the BSA, or
until amended by a two thirds vote of the Troop Committee members in attendance
at the Troop Committee meeting as of the date on these Bylaws. The Bylaws shall
be subject for review by the Troop Committee every two (2) years from the last
date amended or approved as identified below.
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