Participation Policy

Troop 101 Policies for Star, Life and Eagle Scouts

Troop 101 requires Scouts to participate in 75% of Meetings, Service Projects, and Camping Trips. It is the Scout’s responsibility to ask for and sign attendance sheets. Scouts are also expected to be in full uniform at all functions.

Troop 101 also requires all Scouts to fully participate when camping on weekends or at Summer Camp. We begin and end all camping trips together for numerous reasons.

  1. All of the Scouts need to share in the work of setting up and breaking down camp. By arriving late or leaving early you are asking your Patrol and the rest of the Troop to do your portion of the work. Remember, Scouting is about Teamwork and each Scout is responsible for his portion of the work.
  2. Scouts share tents. Often two Scouts per tent. Tent mates have responsibilities to each other including being Buddies if one needs to go to the latrine during the night. If one Scout leaves early he is asking his tent-mate to sleep alone, for another Scout to assume his responsibilities as his tent-mate’s Buddy, and he is also asking another Scout to pack his tent.
  3. All Scouts return to a common meeting point unless the Scoutmaster states otherwise. This is for several reasons:
    1. The Scoutmaster Staff is responsible for Scouts safety and in this way we can assure Scouts have been released to their parents.
    2. Patrols are responsible for ensuring their equipment is cleaned and dried. All Scouts wait together until the Troop Trailer returns so that Patrol equipment can be handed out and recorded properly.

Star Scout Requirements

  • Be active in your unit (and patrol if you are in one) for at least four months as a First Class Scout.
  • While a First Class Scout, take part in service project(s) totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  • While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your unit for four months in one or more positions of responsibility

Life Scout Requirements

  • Be active in your unit (and patrol if you are in one) for at least six months as a Star Scout.
  • While a Star Scout, take part in service project(s) totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  • While a Star Scout, serve actively in your unit for six months in one or more positions of responsibility

Eagle Scout Requirements

  • Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  • While a Life Scout, serve actively in your unit for a period of six months in one or more positions of responsibility.

Do you want to know how the Troop Committee establishes these policies? They are based on the current BSA Guide to Advancement. The official guidelines to Scout Troops concerning Active Participation is copied below for your convenience.

2015 Boy Scout Guide to Advancement

4.2.3.1 Active Participation
The purpose of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout requirements calling for Scouts to be active for a period of months involves impact. Since we prepare young people to go forth, and essentially, make a positive difference in our American society, we judge that a member is “active” when his level of activity in Scouting, whether high or minimal, has had a sufficiently positive influence toward this end.

Use the following three sequential tests to determine whether the requirement has been met. The first and second are required, along with either the third or its alternative.

  1. The Scout is registered. The youth is registered in his unit for at least the time period indicated in the requirement, and he has indicated in some way, through word or action, that he considers himself a member. If a boy was supposed to have been registered, but for whatever reason was not, discuss with the local council registrar the possibility of back-registering him.
  2. The Scout is in good standing. A Scout is considered in “good standing” with his unit as long as he has not been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. He must also be in good standing with the local council and the Boy Scouts of America. (In the rare case he is not, communications will have been delivered.)
  3. The Scout meets the unit’s reasonable expectations; or, if not, a lesser level of activity is explained. If, for the time period required, a Scout or qualifying Venturer or Sea Scout meets those aspects of his unit’s pre-established expectations that refer to a level of activity, then he is considered active and the requirement is met. Time counted as “active” need not be consecutive. A boy may piece together any times he has been active and still qualify. If he does not meet his unit’s reasonable expectations, then he must be offered the alternative that follows.

Alternative to the third test if expectations are not met:

If a young man has fallen below his unit’s activity oriented expectations, then it must be due to other positive endeavors—in or out of Scouting—or due to noteworthy circumstances that have prevented a higher level of participation.

A Scout in this case is still considered “active” if a board of review can agree that Scouting values have already taken hold and have been exhibited. This might be evidenced, for example, in how he lives his life and relates to others in his community, at school, in his religious life, or in Scouting. It is also acceptable to consider and “count” positive activities outside Scouting when they, too, contribute to his growth in character, citizenship, or personal fitness. Remember: It is not so much about what a Scout has done. It is about what he is able to do and how he has grown.

Additional Guidelines on the Three Tests. There may be, of course, registered youth who appear to have little or no activity. Maybe they are out of the country on an exchange program, or away at school. Or maybe we just haven’t seen them and wonder if they’ve quit. To pass the first test above, a Scout must be registered. But he should also have made it clear through participation or by communicating in some way that he still considers himself a member, even though—for now—he may not fulfill the unit’s participation expectations. A conscientious leader might make a call and discover the boy’s intentions.

If, however, a Scout has been asked to leave his unit due to behavioral issues or the like, or if the council or the Boy Scouts of America has directed—for whatever reason—that he must not participate, then according to the second test he is not considered “active.”

In considering the third test, it is appropriate for units to set reasonable expectations for attendance and participation. Then it is simple: Those who meet them are “active.” But those who do not must be given the opportunity to qualify under the third-test alternative above. To do so, they must first offer an acceptable explanation. Certainly, there are medical, educational, family, and other issues that for practical purposes prevent higher levels of participation. These must be considered. Would the Scout have been more active if he could have been? If so, for purposes of advancement, he is deemed “active.”

We must also recognize the many worthwhile opportunities beyond Scouting. Taking advantage of these opportunities and participating in them may be used to explain why unit participation falls short. Examples might include involvement in religious activities, school, sports, or clubs that also develop character, citizenship, or personal fitness. The additional learning and growth experiences these provide can reinforce the lessons of Scouting and also give young men the opportunity to put them into practice in a different setting.

It is reasonable to accept that competition for a Scout’s time will become intense, especially as he grows older and wants to take advantage of positive “outside” opportunities. This can make full-time dedication to his unit difficult to balance. A fair leader therefore, will seek ways to empower a young man to plan his growth opportunities both inside and outside Scouting, and consider them part of the overall positive life experience for which the Boy Scouts of America is a driving force.

A board of review can accept an explanation if it can be reasonably sure there have been sufficient influences in the Scout’s life that he is meeting our aims and can be awarded the rank regardless of his current or most recent level of activity in Scouting. The board members must satisfy themselves that he presents himself, and behaves, according to the expectations of the rank for which he is a candidate. Simply put: Is he the sort of person who, based on present behavior, will contribute to the Boy Scouts of America’s mission? Note that it may be more difficult, though not impossible, for a younger member to pass through the third-test alternative than for one more experienced in our lessons.