Use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs

The Guide to Safe Scouting says: Adult leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youth, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members. The misuse of drugs happens in all levels of our society. We may be confronted with the problem at any time; therefore, we need to understand the misuse of drugs and what can be done about the situation. See the Drug Enforcement Administration website for detailed information on controlled substances and their effects. It is unacceptable for anyone to use or be under the influence of medical marijuana at or during any Scouting activity.

What does this mean to you?

• The Pack does not allow smoking near any scout at any time during any event or function where scouts are present. There are no exceptions to this rule. All smoking of any kind, including vapor e-cigarettes, must be done in a parking lot or a designated area.

• The use of drugs – other than prescription drugs – is prohibited at any scouting event. This includes medical marijuana. The use of prescription drugs or over the counter drugs (like Advil) is acceptable as long as a member of the Pack Committee is aware.

• The Pack does not allow the use of alcoholic beverages during scouting events – including any time anyone is in Class A, or hiking, camping, den meetings, pack meetings or specific pack outings. This includes consuming alcoholic beverages before a scouting event and arriving under the influence of alcohol. This does not apply to Pack Committee Meetings (where scouts are not under the supervision of scout leaders) or sporting events when in Class B/Activity uniforms. Even in these two situations, any consumption must be done in moderation.

• The Pack Committee Chair and/or Cubmaster can and will alert any adults in the vicinity of the Pack to refrain from consuming, or leave an event for the safety of all involved. If you suspect any adult to be in violation of these rules, please inform the Pack Committee Chair or Cubmaster directly

What you should expect from the Pack

You should expect that:

• Our Pack and the Den your scout is in represents a safe and nurturing place for them to learn and grow

• All of the volunteer and professional leaders your scout works with are fully trained and dedicated to your scout’s advancement in the program. They serve as role models for our Scouts, and this should be obvious in their words and deeds

• Our activities are in alignment with the ideals of Scouting, and that your scout benefits greatly from his membership and active participation in these activities

• All Pack activities are communicated to you in the way which meets your needs the best – whether that’s email, Facebook, printed calendars, phone calls, or postal mail

• Any issues you raise to your Den Leader or the Cubmaster will be reviewed and investigated to our best extent, and to the degree that we can disclose the actions taken, we will keep you informed

What the Pack expects from your Scout

Most organizations you join will tell you that “you’ll get out of it what you put into it”. This is probably one of the first organizations where that is true for your scout, and it’s important that they learn that hard work, commitment and dedication will pay off with achievements and accomplishments. To that end, the Pack expects that each scout Do Their Best to:

• Actively participate in events, activities, and fundraisers we host

• Arrive on time to Den and Pack meetings and taking an active part

• Quiet down quickly when they see the Sign of the Pack

• Practice the “Leave No Trace” philosophy and make sure every place we go is better than it was when we got there

• Review their handbooks to ensure they are doing their best to progress to the next advancement

• Raise money by participating in the popcorn sales every year, especially with regards to selling in front of stores

• Represent the Pack. This means respecting adult leaders, parents, scouts, and everyone around you. Particular attention should be given to the meeting’s Akela – the Den Leader, Cubmaster or guest speaker

• Behavior on outings is especially important, and they are expected to listen to instructions

• Come properly dressed in their Class A Uniform for all pack and den meetings, hikes, and fundraising activities. The Uniform represents something special and should be treated with respect

• Everyone is important – scout or otherwise, and no one should tolerate bullying, fighting, or name calling. If this happens, a responsible scout would find an adult to put an end to it. This is particularly true, and expected, when a scout is in Class A uniform.

What the Pack expects from your family

For our Pack to be successful, it takes each family’s participation. This means

• Ensuring your scout is present and active at Den and Pack meetings.

• As a Lion or Tiger Cub parent, ensuring at least one responsible adult is at every Den and Pack meeting, and on all field trips and hikes.

• As a Cub Scout parent, ensuring at least one responsible adult is present during pack meetings

• Review your scout’s handbook with them to ensure they are doing their best to progress to the next advancement. Help them set goals to achieve.

• Ensuring the scout’s class A uniform is worn with respect and dignity at all times.

• Report on any advancements and achievements to your scout’s Den Leader.

• Ensure your scout is aware of and follows this code of conduct.

• It is important that your scout is healthy. If he – or someone in your family – has allergies, medical conditions, or medications they need or anything else which is important for the Pack and Den to know, please be sure to note that on the Special Medical / Allergy form included in this document when you turn those in.

• Participating as a family in the Pack. Your family participates in our Pack’s activities, including hikes, campouts, and fund raising programs.

• Review your availability and volunteer for leadership roles in the Pack – every job is important.

• Be responsible for family members, particularly those who are not scouts during pack meetings and events.

• Paying your pack dues on time at registration every September.

• Attend parent meetings as called by the pack committee.

• Act as a role model for all scouts, demonstrating proper behavior, dress, and language

• Follow the Guide to Safe Scouting and its guidelines at all times.

• We also ask that any complaints you have been directed to the Cubmaster, who is best equipped to resolve any issues you might have related to the Pack or its leaders.

What the Pack expects from its Leaders

All adult leaders hold a position of respect with the scouts. This applies to anyone who is a den leader or assistant, a member or assistant member of the committee, and any event coordinator or volunteer for major events (like Summer Day Camp).

• All scout leaders must take all required training classes.

  • Youth Protection Training
  • Leader Specific Training for their role(s)
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Weather Hazards

• Committee Chair and Cubmaster are required to attend the monthly District Roundtable. Den Leaders are encouraged to attend at least four to be considered “Trained”

• Represent the Pack. The Pack Committee expects that all leaders work together with pack parents, leaders, other scouting units, and the public in a manner which portrays the best Boy Scouts of America have to offer. This includes activities on social media websites such as Facebook.

• The use of any illegal drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited for all leaders, as is smoking around scouts and drinking of any kind in class A uniform, regardless of scouts present.

• All leaders are volunteers who are giving of their time and effort for the betterment of the scouts. All of our activities should be focused on the boys

• All concerns about the Pack, Pack activities, or Pack Leadership which are raised to a leader, or generated by a leader, must be addressed immediately with the Cubmaster.

• Any issue related to the safety of any Scout must be immediately raised to the Cubmaster.

What should you do?

If you see something that doesn’t seem right

1. Assess the situation – it is important to make sure you know the facts, and aren’t clouded by emotions or heresy

2. Report the facts you know to:

• The den leader for concerns with a Scout in a Den Meeting

• The Cubmaster for concerns for any parent or leader concern or with a Scout in a Den or a Pack meeting

• The Pack Committee Chair and Cubmaster will investigate any concerns brought to their attention.

• Issues involving child abuse must be reported immediately by the Committee Chair or Cubmaster to Cherokee Area Council. They handle all of these issues directly.

• Significant issues of youth safety can start with a call to the local police, followed by a call to the Council and/or the Committee Chair.

Pack Communication

We are all about communication in the Pack! You should feel free to contact your Den Leader or the Cubmaster whenever you have a question, comment or concern.

• Den Leaders – Your Den leader, as a member of the Adult leadership of our pack, is responsible to communicate to you regarding meetings and events. If you have questions, your Den Leader is a reliable first place to turn.

• Facebook – We use a closed Facebook group from which all of our announcements and calendar events are also published. This is a great way for leaders to look for volunteers for upcoming events. If you are on Facebook and not in our group, ask your Cubmaster to add you to the group

• ScoutBook – In 2015, Scoutbook was purchased by BSA and is a great on-line tool for tracking achievements and events.

• Email – A main source of communication is email and usually through your Cubmaster. It’s important that you have given the Pack an email address where you can be reached for notifications about upcoming events. Your primary source for information should be your Den Leaders and the Pack’s Facebook site. We put everything we know about in our communication feeds – so don’t feel like you have to participate in everything but do respond if you’re planning to attend and event or not so your Den Leader and Cubmaster can plan accordingly. Den and Pack meetings are great to focus on. If you don’t feel you are getting enough communication on events, please reach out to your Den Leader or the Cubmaster and we can work through those details. We want you to feel like you’re taken care of here!