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Parental Support

As with any volunteer youth organization, the Troop needs the active support of Parents to be successful. It is often said, that if we have 20 Scouts in the Troop, we have 20 listings on the “job chart.” These functions include Assistant Scoutmasters, Merit Badge counselors, fundraising committees, advancement committees, Boards of Review, and people to plan Courts of Honor, picnics, trips, etc.

When your son joins the Troop, we will ask each family to volunteer for at least one job with the Troop. Also, each year in August, coincident with the annual troop planning, we will again ask for volunteers. Unless we get 100% support from parents, we will be unable to provide the quality scouting program that your sons deserve.

The role of parents within Troop 370 is to be supportive of the troop's efforts and to provide the atmosphere Scouts need to learn and excel.  Furthermore, parents who choose to take an active part in their son's Scouting endeavors will find that he stays in longer and gets more out of the program.  Parents should at a minimum try to:

1. Attend ALL Parents meetings as announced in the Troop Calendar or by another means of communication.

2. Read their Scout's handbook and understand the purpose and methods of Scouting.

3. Actively follow their Scout's progress (or lack thereof) and offer encouragement and a gentle "push" when needed.

4. Show support to both the individual Scout and the troop by attending all Courts of Honor.

5. Assist, as requested, in all Troop fund-raisers and other such activities. All parental assistance lowers the cost of the program we offer to the Scouts and, therefore, lowers each family's cash outlay for their Scout(s).

6. Be aware of the Troop program and annual calendar. Most troop activities are updated on the website (http://www.troop370.us) with regularity.

 Parents at Campouts

The Troop encourages parents to join us on campouts. Outdoor activities are at the heart of the scouting program and are enjoyable for everyone. There are, however, several duties and responsibilities that must be carried out by Parents that attend our campouts.

1. Sign up in Advance and Participate with the Troop. We ask that Parents intending to visit with the Troop during any part of, or for the entire the weekend camping trip sign up in advance. Adult sign-up sheets are posted at Troop meetings. This way, we can plan for sufficient food, tents, and other equipment. Also, if you sign up and have a change in plans, please let the Troop know as soon as possible. Visiting Parents are strongly discouraged from bringing their own food (except for bag lunches and snacks), but should participate in the adult side of the campout program including the meal-related activities and responsibilities. Additionally, the Troop will provide tents for all visiting Parents. Your son has very specific and assigned responsibilities to his Patrol and the Troop, and he is expected to follow the activity schedule. Accordingly, Parents will participate in scheduled Troop activities, along with your Scout(s), and not “go off on your own” with your son, or take him out of camp. This is very disruptive to the Troop and makes the jobs of the Patrol Leaders and adult Scouters much more difficult.

2. The Troop operates by the “Patrol method”, with Scouts doing most activities with their Patrols. In most instances, the adults also form themselves into a “Patrol” for an activity like a campout. Normally, visiting Parents will be part of the Adult Patrol, and will not be part of a Scout Patrol. Adults will prepare and eat meals together, and the boys will eat their meals together in their Patrols.

 Insurance

Council Accident and Sickness Policy

This BSA Gulf Ridge Council provided coverage provides protection for the Council, all Scouting professionals and employees, Scouting units, chartered organizations, and volunteer Scouters (whether or not registered) with respect to claims arising in the performance of their duties in Scouting. The Council Accident and Sickness Policy insurance provided Scouting volunteers through the program is excess over any other insurance the volunteer might have to his or her benefit, usually homeowners, personal liability, or auto liability policy. There is no coverage for intentional or criminal acts. By providing insurance coverage to volunteers on an excess basis. Further information may be obtained at the Council website: http://www.boyscouting.com/index.php

Automobile Liability Insurance

All vehicles used to transport Scouts and/or scout equipment MUST be covered by a public liability and property damage liability insurance policy. The amount of this coverage must meet or exceed the insurance requirement of the state in which the vehicle is licensed.

Drivers

Parents are expected to support the Troop by providing transportation to and from each event. The Troop is often short of drivers to transport Scouts and equipment to and from camping trips. When we do not have sufficient drivers for a trip, the Troop may be forced to cut back the number of Scouts that can attend a particular weekend event, a scenario no one wants. The option of renting vans or buses for weekend transportation is an expensive and logistically difficult alternative, and will be avoided in most circumstances.

The Troop will give as much notice as possible whenever we anticipate a shortage of transportation for a trip. In turn, we expect that the burden of providing cars and drivers will be evenly borne by all Parents over the course of the year. Please step forward when we ask for your assistance. It may mean the difference between a Scout going on a weekend camping trip or staying home.

Parents are not covered under the BSA excess insurance policy unless approved by the Committee and their personal driver information is registered with the troop. Each personal vehicle used must have seatbelts for each passenger. Parents driving other Scouts, even to and from meetings, accept liability on their personal insurance.

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