The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership

skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in patrol and Troop

leadership. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the

leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.

While adult leaders will always step in to ensure safety of the Scouts, the Senior

Patrol Leader and the Patrol Leaders elected by the Scouts are empowered to be

responsible for organizing events, supervising activities, and maintaining good

will. In the rare event that a Scout fails to accept the leadership roles of the other

Scouts, violates the Camp Standards, the Conduct Policy, the Scoutmaster will

take the following steps:

1. Attempt to resolve the situation informally with the Scout and, if

appropriate and necessary, the Scout’s parent or other adult.

2. If unable to resolve the situation informally with the Scout and, if

appropriate and necessary, the Scout’s parent or other adult, hold a

conference with the Scout.

3. If the conference doesn’t resolve the situation, the Scoutmaster will contact

the Scout’s parent or adult to explain and discuss the situation by

telephone or in person, with or without the Scout. At this time, the

Scoutmaster may require a parent or adult to accompany the Scout to

meetings and events as a condition of the Scout’s continued participation

in order to ensure appropriate conduct and will inform the parent or adult

that continued misconduct may result in the Scout being asked to enter

into a conduct contract, the Scout’s participation in the Troop being

limited, or in the suspension of his membership in the Troop.

4. If the situation isn’t resolved after the Scoutmaster confers with the Scout’s

parent or adult, the Scoutmaster may limit the Scout’s participation in

Troop activities or suspend his membership in the Troop.


    If a Scout’s participation or membership in the Troop has been limited or

suspended, he may ask for a Special Scoutmaster Conference for reinstatement

of his participation or membership. The Special Scoutmaster Conference will

consist of the Scoutmaster, another adult leader, and the Senior Patrol Leader.

The Special Scoutmaster Conference’s decision as to whether to reinstate the

Scout’s participation or membership will depend upon:

1. The Scout’s ability to understand the reason that his participation or

membership was limited or suspended.

2. What steps he and his parent or adult has taken to remedy the situation.

3. The Scout’s and his parent’s or adult’s agreement to comply with the

Troop’s policies.

    The Special Scoutmaster Conference may reinstate the Scout or reinstate the

Scout conditionally or with limitation or restrictions. The Special Scoutmaster

Conference’s decision may be appealed by the Scout or his parent or adult to the

Troop Committee, the decision of which is final.


    Certain situations that result in enforcement action against a Scout will be

reported to the Troop at large and to parents and adults of all Scouts. These

situations include:

1. Any incident that requires a report to child protection authorities under

Minnesota law or Northern Star Council policies and procedures, to the

Northern Star Council under the Council’s policies and procedures, and to

law enforcement authorities under Minnesota law or the Council’s policies

and procedures.

2. Any incident in which there are allegations of physical, sexual, or verbal


3. Possession of alcohol, illegal controlled substances, sexually explicit

materials, and tobacco.

4. Fighting or other violent behavior, stealing, or deliberate vandalism or

destruction of property.

    The Troop will follow these guidelines in reporting this information to families:

1. The incident will be described objectively and succinctly, including dates

and times, providing families with information that they need to know.

2. The confidentiality of the Scout involved will generally not be included

unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

3. The action taken by the Troop will be described, either corrective or

disciplinary action involving the Scout and steps taken by the Troop to

remedy the situation, including changes in Troop policies and procedures.

Certain situations will be reported to parents and adults of affected Scouts.

    These situations include any situation where a Scout has been the victim of or is alleged

to be the victim of bullying; fighting or other violent behavior; physical, sexual, or

verbal abuse; theft, vandalism, or destruction of personal property; and threats of

this behavior.