Steel City Charter1. Member Requirements:
1.1. You have to be at least 18 years old.
1.2 You must submit for and produce an up to date criminal background check with proof of "No Record".
1.3. You must be willing to travel and carpool to locations when possible.
1.4. You must take every investigation seriously.
1.5. You must be willing to pay for some investigations when required. You must make a partial payment up front if a deposit is required.
1.6. You need to be generally available on Friday and Saturday nights.
1.7. You must participate in at least 3 SCGH scheduled investigations, meetings, or events per year.
1.8. You must be willing to review and turn in evidence collected in a timely manner.
1.9. You will also be required to own and bring the basic tools for doing paranormal investigations (flashlight, camera, etc.)
1.10. You must promote and support the team, website, fund raisers, etc.
2. Memberships and Dues:
2.1. SCGH Guest Investigator:
2.1.1. $10 per investigation for the E.S.P. (equipment savings fund).
2.1.2. Limited (supervised) use of select team equipment.
2.2. SCGH Apprentice (Investigator in Training):
2.2.1. No initiation fee
2.2.2. $5 per investigation for the E.S.P. (equipment savings fund).
2.2.3. Use of select team equipment.
2.3. SCGH Team Member:
2.3.1. $25 one-time initiation fee (includes an SCGH member T-shirt)
2.3.2. $5 per investigation for the E.S.P. (equipment savings fund).
2.3.3. Full use of all team equipment.
2.3.4. Listing and bio on the SCGH Team page.
2.3.5. Access to all SCGH Meetings, Parties & Picnics.
2.3.6. SCGH Merchandise available at cost or discount.
3. The E.S.P. – Equipment Savings Fund
3.1. All members will be expected to provide and own their own basic equipment (flashlights, cameras, etc.).
3.2. Higher end equipment (DVRs, meters, experimental equipment, etc.) for the team will be purchased from moneys in the ESP.
3.3. The tech manager will hold onto and be responsible for this shared equipment.
3.4. Team members may utilize any or all of this equipment for any investigation.
3.5. A “wish list” of items queued for purchase will be maintained by the tech manager.
3.6. The tech / fund manager will manage and provide a financial report of the fund as requested.
4. Investigation Protocols:
4.1. Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
4.2. No trespassing on private property. Private Property cannot be approached or entered without written permission. If you are caught trespassing, you will be suspended and/or removed from the team indefinitely.
4.3. Property owners will govern how the investigation will be conducted. They may be allowed to set any rules they wish, and can end the investigation at any time they wish. What they say is final.
4.4. Always think Safety First! Be aware of your surroundings and the area of investigation. If possible, do a walkthrough during daylight hours and take notice of potential safety hazards.
4.5. Be respectful at all times, in all places!
4.6. No alcohol or use of illegal drugs at any time during an investigation.
4.7. No smoking during an investigation in the field. Smoking is allowed only in permitted areas.
4.8. No horseplay during an investigation.
4.9. Keep noise down to a minimum. Do not whisper during EVP or film sessions and use the tagging technique as described in our tips section. If you think you hear something unusual, make a verbal note on your recorder. This can help validate something was heard.
4.10. Cell phones will interfere with certain metering equipment (EMF, K2, etc.) so should be turned off completely (not just silenced) and/or left offsite when possible.
4.11. Do not provoke or try to anger the spirits to obtain evidence.
4.12. Absolutely no Ouija boards, séances or other methods of raising or summoning spirits are to be performed during an investigation.
4.13. Be considerate of other group members and other groups.
4.13.1. If we are at a location as guests to another group, their team leader is in full command of our team. We will conduct ourselves the way their team leader wishes.
4.14. If you find yourself having trouble keeping calm or composed, calmly remove yourself from the area, and try not to show how shaken you are to the client.
4.15. All evidence will be collected at the end of each investigation or must be turned in to the team leader or technical manager within 1 week.
4.16. Obey all SCGH protocols, techniques and procedures at all times.
5.1. Any member who helps to find and/or arrange a site for investigation will be able to attend the investigation, no questions asked. This also applies to Non-Team members or guest investigators as well.
5.2. The Number of Investigators allowed or needed on any given case may be different, so we will do our best to cycle through available investigators to accomodate everyone on the team.
6. Terms and Conditions:
6.1. Items in this charter may only be changed by one of the designated leaders and only after a consensus (majority) vote by the entire team.
6.2. Failure to meet any of the above requirements or to follow the above procedures may lead to dismissal from the team. Upon dismissal, member will be removed from the website and asked to turn in any team owned evidence or property.