Troop 451 and the Boy Scouts of America have adopted the
following policies to provide safety and security for our members. In
some cases, Troop 451 has adopted additional and more stringent
policies than those of the Boy Scouts of America. These policies are
primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, many of
them also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of
abuse. The following information is provided so that parents can detect
any deviations from the approved program. Any deviations from the
following policies should be reported to the Committee Chairman
- Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or
one registered leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must
be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings.
However, the troop functions best when we have a large number of adults
participating in our activities. Although the minimum is two adults, we
prefer to have as many as possible.
- No one-on-one contact. One-on-one contact between
adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require
personal conferences, such as Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is
to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
- Respect of privacy. Adult leaders must respect the
privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and
taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and
safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar
- Appropriate attire. Proper clothing for activities
is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of
- Separate accommodations. No youth is permitted to
sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian.
Male and female youth participants may not share the same sleeping
facility. Male and female adults require separate sleeping facilities,
but married couples may share the same quarters if appropriate
facilities are available. Adults and youth of the same gender may
occupy dormitory or single-room accommodations, provided there is a
minimum of two adults and four youth. At a minimum, one of the adults
is required to be youth-protection trained. Adults must establish
separation barriers or privacy zones such as a temporary blanket or
sheet walls in order to keep their sleeping area and dressing area
separated from the youth. When separate shower facilities are not
available, separate times for adult and youth should be scheduled and
posted for showers. The same policy is used when separate shower
facilities are not available for adult males and females.
- No secret organizations. The Boy Scouts of America
and Troop 451 do not recognize any secret organizations as part of
their program. All aspects of the Scouting program and troop activities
are open to observation by parents and leaders.
- Constructive discipline. Discipline used in Scouting
should be constructive and reflect Scouting's values. Unit leaders are
not permitted to use corporal punishment when disciplining youth
members. Adult leaders are responsible for monitoring the behavior of
youth members and interceding when necessary. When circumstances
warrant, parents of youth members who misbehave may be informed and
asked for assistance.
- Transportation. Seat belts are required to be worn
by all occupants at all times. Driving time is limited to a maximum of
10 hours which must be interrupted by frequent rest, food, and
recreation stops. The beds of trucks or trailers must never be used for
carrying passengers. Vehicles must not travel in convoy. All drivers
must have a valid driver's license and be at least 18 years old.
Automobiles must have a current North Carolina Inspection Sticker and
be covered by automobile liability insurance with limits that meet or
exceed requirements of the State. Recommended coverage limits are at
least $50,000/$100,000/$50,000. Any vehicle designed to carry 10 or
more passengers is required to have limits of
- Firearms. Except for law enforcement officers
required to carry firearms within their jurisdiction, firearms are
absolutely prohibited on camping, hiking, backpacking, and all other
Scouting activities except those specifically planned for target
shooting under the supervision of a certified BSA or National Rifle
Association firearms instructor. Among the purposes of this policy is
to prohibit adult leaders and parents from bringing firearms on outings
and to unit meetings. Since Scoutmaster Jim Salamon holds the proper
firearms certification, Troop 451 usually has two activities each year
for target shooing. Boy Scouts in Troop 451 are permitted to fire
shotguns, muzzle-loading long guns, and .22 caliber, bolt-action,
single-shot rifles. The use of handguns is prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The
consumption of alcoholic beverages and use of controlled substances is
prohibited at any activity involving participation of youth members.
- Fireworks. The Boy Scouts of America prohibit the
securing, use, and display of fireworks in conjunction with programs
and activities except where the fireworks display is conducted under
the auspices of a certified or licensed fireworks control expert.
- No flames in tents. No flames are permitted in
tents. Only flashlights and electric lanterns are permitted in tents.
- Knives. A sharp pocketknife with a can opener on it
is an invaluable back country tool. However, large sheath knives should
be avoided. They are unnecessary for most camp chores except for
cleaning fish. Before a Scout can carry and use a pocketknife, he must
receive safety training and be awarded a "Totin' Chip" card which
indicates that he has received the required training. Parents should
also reiterate to Scouts that even though they are allowed to carry and
use knives at Scouting activities, they should never carry knives to
- Bike safety. All cyclists must wear a properly sized
and fitted helmet which meets the standards approved by either the
Snell Memorial Foundation or the American National Standards Institute.
- Other prohibited activities. The use of All-terrain
vehicles, go-carts, motorbikes, hang gliders, ultra lights,
experimental class aircraft, hot-air balloons, and motorized water
craft, such as jet- skis, is prohibited. Flying in aircraft as part of
a search and rescue mission is also prohibited. Other prohibited
activities include: hunting, boxing, karate and other martial arts
(except judo, aikido, and Tai Chi); exploration of abandoned mines;
participation in amateur or professional rodeo events, varsity football
and interscholastic or club football competition; and attendance at
motorized speed events, including motorcycles, boats, drag racing,
demolition derbies and related events.
- Chainsaws and mechanical log splitters. Only trained
individuals over the age of 18, using proper protective gear may use
chainsaws and mechanical log splitters.
- Movie ratings. On drives to camping trips, some
vehicles used to transport Scouts may be equipped with VHS/DVD players.
In addition, on certain troop activities where accommodations with
electricity are provided, VHS/DVD players may be made available for use
by the troop. Because of the availability of these media devices where
Scouts may be allowed to view movies on an outing or a troop meeting,
the Troop Committee has adopted certain rules with respect to what
movies can be viewed by Scouts in a Troop 451 activity. Basically,
these rules provide that no movies with an NC-17, R, or X rating can be
shown at any time. Movies with a G or PG rating can be shown at any
time. Movies with a PG-13 rating can only be shown when all
participants are age 13 or above, or when advance notice has been given
to parents. If any parent of a participant under the age of 13
objects to the showing of a particular movie rated PG-13, the movie
will not be shown.
addition to setting the above policies, Scouting takes these following
steps to insure the safety of youth members:
- Background checks. Personal references are provided
by applicants and checked by unit leaders. A criminal background check
is performed on all applicants for adult volunteer positions. Also, BSA
maintains a list of former leaders who have been deemed ineligible for
Scouting leadership positions.
- Adult training. Youth Protection Training is an
essential part of the basic leader training provided to Scouting
volunteers. It is conducted annually or more often at the local level
(i.e., in Durham County), and is also available as an online course.
- Youth education. Scouting has age-appropriate
educational materials for youth members. "How to Protect Your Children
from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide" is a tear-out booklet bound in with
BSA youth books. It is designed for parents or guardians and young
people to use together. The BSA has bilingual, age-appropriate videos
for all youth age groups to address the problems of sexual abuse. "It
Happened to Me" should be used annually by Cub Scout packs or dens, but
only for Cub Scouts accompanied by a parent or other adult family
member. The video for Boy Scouts, "A Time to Tell", introduces the three
R's of Youth Protection (Recognize, Resist, and Report),
and should be viewed by troops annually. "Personal Safety Awareness" is
the video for Venturing-age young people.