Here are some questions we receive quite often. If you scroll down to the next several sections, you will see links to various BSA, Troop 446 and other documents with a lot of information.
Is it a requirement that a Scout attend all troop meetings?
-While it is not a requirement to attend troop meetings, Troop 446 By Laws state the following: “Attendance of at least 51% of Troop meetings and other activities is required in order to qualify for advancement. School, sports and church activities will be accepted as excused with the prior approval of the Scoutmaster and/or the Committee. Special situations may be excused at the Scoutmaster’s discretion. It is the responsibility of the Scout to notify the Scoutmaster and adult responsible for attendance if the reason for his absence is an acceptable excuse.”
Can a Scout advance two ranks at the same Board of Review?
-This practice is discouraged by the BSA, but if a Scout has fulfilled all the requirements of two ranks including his Scoutmaster Conferences, he may sign up for a Board of Review for two ranks during the same month. The Committee will make every attempt to conduct both Boards of Review on the same night, but each Board of Review will be performed by a separate group of committee members. Also, the second Board of Review will only be conducted if time permits after all other Scouts have had the opportunity to have their Boards of Review for advancement.
Do fulfilled requirements for merit badges ever expire?
-According to BSA Policy (188.8.131.52 Partial Completions) Partials have no expiration except the Scout's 18th birthday. Units, districts, or councils shall not establish other expiration dates for partial merit badges.
When do Scouts receive rank advancement patches?
- All rank advancement patches are to be awarded at regular scout meetings. The mother’s pins for the rank advancement will be awarded at the next Court of Honor. (Court of Honors are held quarterly.) This way, the boy’s advancement is recognized in a timely manner and he can begin wearing his new patch immediately.
When are Medical Forms due?
- Medical Forms Part A and B are forms that are simply filled out by the scout's parent and are required for monthly campouts and troop outings. These forms are updated beginning in January of EACH YEAR and MUST be turned in to the Troop Medical Form Coordinator NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31 OF EACH YEAR. (Please turn in two copies of your completed Medical Forms Part A and B. Once copy will be kept with the Medical Form Coordinator and one copy will be kept by the Scoutmaster and will accompany your scout on all Troop outings.) These forms are available on ScoutLander under the "Documents and Links" tab. Tip: If you fill out the form electronically and save it on your computer, it will be much easier for you to update each year. We are sorry that we cannot just assume that your scout's medical history is the same year after year. It is for your scout's safety that we actively update medical forms each year.
-Medical Form Part C is only required for longer troop outings. (Longer than 72 hours.). In the case of Troop 446, this only applies to Summer Camp. If your scout is not attending Summer Camp, you do not need to fill out this form. If your scout is attending Summer Camp, this form needs to be filled out by your scout's physician. We update these forms as Summer Camp approaches, usually in June of each year. You will be informed of the exact deadline depending on the dates of Summer Camp. If your scout has received a physical recently, your doctor might just be able to fill out the form. If your scout is due for a physical, you might need to schedule an appointment with your physician. Call your doctor early to find out which applies to your situation so that you have time to schedule an appoint for a physical should it be necessary. We don't want your scout to miss out on Summer Camp because you weren't able to get an appointment for a physical in a timely manner.
-Medical Form Part D is required for High Adventure outings. High Adventure outings are not common and are usually associated with a Philmont camp experience or certain Summer Camp activities. If your scout has signed up for a High Adventure activity, you will be informed that this form is required.
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