Pack 89 Rules Of Conduct

06-Jul-2009 05:27 PM


Inappropiate Behavior

Entertainment Electronics

Camping Guidelines

Safety Guidelines

Knives and Cub Scouts

Drug, Alchohol and Tobacco

Guns and Firearms


Rules of Conduct and Safety 

Rules of Conduct

Inappropriate Behavior

The goal of the adult leaders is to have a safe, fun Pack program for the Scouts. The adult leaders have the right to intervene in any situation that they deem unsafe. If a Scout is unwilling to abide by the requirements of the adult leaders in charge, they may require a parent to come get the Scout.

Entertainment Electronics

Pack 89 does not allow the use of "entertainment" electronics (Walkman, TVís, tape players, CDís, electronic games, headphones, etc.) at scout meetings, scout sponsored functions, or scout outings, including camping trips. This goes for the leaders as well.

Electronic devices such as two-way radios, radios used to check weather reports or other devices that are used to insure the safety of the scouts, parents, or leaders are allowed.

Camping Guidelines

Pack 89 strives to ensure several outings each year to include family camping. The scout and his entire family are encouraged to attend. The Boy Scouts of America has established the guidelines for its member's participation in camping activities.

A Cub Scout may participate in overnight camping when supervised by his mother or father. If a parent cannot attend, the boy's family must make arrangements for another adult relative to be a substitute for a parent at the campout. It is essential that each Scout be under the supervision of an adult. Cub Scouts are limited to boy-parent excursions or program managed family camping designed for the entire family.

When staying in tents, no youth will stay in the tent of an adult other than his or her parent or guardian. There are exceptions for Webelos Scouts at approved outings.

Safety Guidelines

Use of Knives by Cub Scouts

To earn the right to carry a pocketknife at Cub Scout functions, the scouts must be in third grade and have earned the Whittling Chip by completing the Shavings and Chips Achievement 19 in the Bear Cub Scout Book. Please donít give the boys knives until they meet these requirements. We encourage this award as we feel it teaches and conveys respect for safety and personal property.

In return for the privilege of carrying a pocketknife at Cub Scout functions only, the Cub must understand the rules for safe use of a pocketknife and handle his pocketknife with care. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in suspension of the carrying privilege. If a Cub has a knife in his possession, he must be able to produce his Whittling Chip upon request of an adult leader. If the boy is unable to produce his card, but has earned the card, the knife will be forfeited until the end of the activity/meeting.

BSA guidelines provide that the knife must be a folding knife with a blade shorter than the palm of the boyís hand.

The following key items, marked with the symbol are extracted from A Unit Leaderís Guide for Current Policies and Procedures to Safe Activities (ISBN 0-8395-4416-2, © 1998 Boy Scouts of America Revised 1998).

Leaders should have access to a copy of this document for additional safety topics (swimming, boating, climbing, etc.).

These are national policies enforced by the adult leaders of Pack 89 and violation of these policies by the boy or his parent will result in the removal of the scout from the pack. Repeated violation by members of a Pack can cause the revocation of the Pack charter by the Boy Scouts of America.

For additional information, refer to the online BSA document Guide to Safe Scouting at

Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use and Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America strictly prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances 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. Pack 89 is an alcohol free organization at ALL events.

Adult leaders should support the attitude that young adults are better off without tobacco and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all youth participants.

Guns and Firearms

The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its long-standing policy of teaching its youth and adult members the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, air guns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.

Gun-shooting sports are not an approved part of the Cub Scout program except at council-approved Cub Scout camps. At camp, Cub Scouts may have an opportunity to take part in a BB gun (rifle) safety and marksmanship program under the direction of a trained and certified BB gun range officer.

Cub Scouts are not permitted to use any other type of handgun or firearm.

Except for law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdiction, firearms shall not be brought on camping, hiking, backpacking, or other Scouting activities.


Seat belts are required for all occupants in a vehicle. All drivers must have a valid driverís license that has not been suspended or revoked for any reason.

Passenger cars or station wagons may be used for transporting passengers, but passengers should not ride on the rear deck of station wagons. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers except in the cab. All vehicles must be covered by automobile liability insurance with limits that meet or exceed requirements of the state in which the vehicle is licensed. Do not exceed the speed limit.

If the vehicle to be used is designed to carry more than 15 persons, including the driver, the driver must have a commercial driverís license (CDL). An adult leader must be in charge and accompany the group. The driver must be currently licensed and at least 18 years of age.


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