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Communications & Youth Protection

Troop Communications

To be properly informed, Troop 370 adopted two primary methods for contacting each Scout and family. The two methods are maintaining a troop website and email.

Our troop website is http://www.troop370.us. Scouts & parents can find copies of most troop printed resources to download, announcements or changes to troop activities, information and resources for advancement and merit badges, and notes and photos from various trips.

Troop 370 is a boy run Troop and as such, the Senior Patrol leader gives out communication during weekly announcements at Troop meetings. Patrol Leaders are then expected to keep their patrol members informed about troop events throughout the year.

The Senior Patrol Leader will notify Patrol Leaders who will notify patrol members by phone tree when important information needs to be disseminated immediately.

Updates, announcements, newsletters, and other troop information are distributed by email and our website, www.troop370.us. Information on the website is updated frequently and generally within hours of being received by the webmaster.

If a scout and his family do not have access to the internet or e-mail, they are to notify the scoutmaster or committee chairman so another means of communication such as the U.S. Mail or phone calls can be utilized.

For problems, suggestions, concerns or willingness to participate in the Troop website, please contact the Scoutmaster at scoutmaster@troop370.us.

       Youth Protection

Program Summary
Child abuse is a major problem affecting our society. Each year more than 2 million cases of suspected child abuse are reported. This means that 1 percent of American children are experiencing physical abuse, 1 percent are experiencing sexual abuse, and 2 to 5 percent are experiencing emotional maltreatment or some form of neglect. Because of the significance of this social problem, The Boy Scouts of America and Troop 370 has declared child abuse as one of the "unacceptables" to receive special attention by those involved in the Scouting program.

The BSA has developed a five-point plan to combat child abuse and to improve the environment in which young people live. The key elements of this strategy include the following points:

1. Educating Scouting volunteers, parents and Scouts themselves to aid in the detection and prevention of child abuse.

2. Establishing leader-selection procedures to prevent individuals with a history of child abuse from entering the BSA leadership ranks.

3. Establishing policies that minimize the opportunities for child abuse to occur in the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

4. Encouraging Scouts to report improper behavior in order to identify offenders quickly.

5. Swiftly removing and reporting alleged offenders.

Parents Guide
The Boy Scouts of America has developed materials for use in the Scouting program that provide essential information to members and their families. A detachable booklet in the front of The Boy Scout Handbook, "How to Protect Your Child from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parent’s Guide," provides information to help families to increase self-protection skills. All Troop 370 Scouts and their parents/guardians are required watch the BSA developed Youth Protection video yearly. Afterwards there is an opportunity for frank discussion.

Troop 370 and the Youth Protection Program
Troop 370 is committed to following all guidelines of the Youth Protection program. Any suspected offenses of the Youth protection program must be reported to the Committee Chairman, the Scoutmaster or the Council Executive. All incidents reported to the Committee Chairman or the Scoutmaster will be reported to the Council Executive. All reports are taken seriously and appropriate action is taken to ensure the safety of the youth. All registered leaders of Troop 370 must complete Youth Protection Training annually.