8th Worcester Scout Troop

Code of Conduct

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What is it?

A code of conduct is an established set of rules for behaviour and attendance. Scouting has these rules already established (see the Promise and Law below), however as with any set of generalised laws, specifics are required, and so to address some of the issues that our Troop has faced in the past we have created our own Code of Conduct, building on the standard laws.

Who created it?

Our Code of Conduct was compiled based on discussion between the Scouts and Leaders on the subject of the kind of behaviour that we should be able to expect of each other; the Code of Conduct does apply to Leaders as well as the Scouts.


Our Troop

Code of Conduct

  • Listen when things are being explained by Leaders, Patrol Leaders, or other Scouts.
  • Contribute to activities to the best of your ability.
  • Help others to contribute fully.
  • Wear the correct uniform.
  • Remember to bring things that are needed.
  • Be punctual.
  • Treat others with respect.

Uniform

  • Uniform shirt
  • All appropriate badges (including correct patrol badge and challenge activity badges)
  • Neckerchief (with Claines badge) and Scout woggle
  • Smart or activity trousers
  • Smart black shoes
  • A regular shirt and trainers can be brought along to change into for games

Scouting

Promise

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to The Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.

Law

  • A Scout is to be trusted.
  • A Scout is loyal.
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  • A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  • A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

How is it enforced?

We have, as of Easter 2014, revised our system of individual points, formalising the process of it somewhat more than it has previously been. The scoring for this is still based on a +1, 0, or -1 for each meeting or event, however we are now being more restrictive about how these are handed out, making both positive and negatives harder to attain.

These are judged on an individual basis; a Scout who gets a low score in an activity would not be penalised if that was judged the limit of their capability, whilst a Scout who gets the same mark through simply not trying would be penalised.

With the intention of providing a reward for those who do well, we are planning on running an activity at the end of each term which will be open only to the highest scoring Scouts. Given the numbers presently in the Troop there are certain activities that are almost prohibited simply by the number of Scouts who might attend (due to time constraints or equipment), and it will be activities of this sort which we will focus on for events of this kind.

How visible are these?

Individual points are kept by the leaders. These points will be displayed on the Troop's notice board during meetings for parents and Scouts to see, and leaders will be available, within reason, to discuss these points should any queries be raised about them. Where necessary (such as a Scout having a negative score for a significant part of the term) we will bring this to parents' attention.