Unit Charter Renewal

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In the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a charter authorizes an organization to operate BSA Scouting units. It certifies the agreement between a chartered organization – an organization that agrees to utilize Scouting as a part of its service to youth – and the Boy Scouts of America, setting expectations for the quality of program to be delivered. Issuing a charter is one of the oldest traditions in Scouting.


Charter Renewal

Charters are usually issued for a period of one year; hence, since 1916 chartered organizations must submit an application to the local council annually to renew its charter. The requirement to renew a charter:

  • Fosters a formal, timely plan for regular dialogue between charter organization and the Boy Scouts of America, and
  • Assures membership is current so Scouts can participate in Scouting activities and advance in rank.

Charter Renewal Process

In the charter renewal process, the unit Key 3 (committee chair, chartered organization representative, and unit leader) confirm and record their members and leaders for the coming year and pay national membership fees. At the same time, the institutional head of the chartered organization recommits to offering the Scouting program to youth for the new charter year.

During charter renewal, the committee chair leads the processes that ensure the unit begins the new charter year with no or minimum losses in members, with fully trained leaders and with a strengthened relationship with the chartered organization. These processes include forming the charter renewal team, setting timelines, inventorying members, updating leader training, confirming leader positions, collecting fees, entering data into Internet Rechartering, reviewing and approving the charter renewal application, submitting materials on time, receiving new membership cards and participating in the new charter presentation. When listed, these processes seem daunting. In fact, the committee acommittee chairomplishes these processes routinely throughout the year and merely validates them during charter renewal. The unit commissioner assists the committee chair and the unit committee throughout the renewal process.

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