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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in District News

2015 Charter Renewal

2015 Charter Renewal


Online Charter Renewal (recharter) instructions will be handed out at the October Round Table.

Recharter is the annual opportunity for charter organizations to recommit to operating a scouting unit as part of their youth programs. It is the time that leaders and scouts renew their membership for the upcoming year. All returning members pay a $24 annual membership fee and can also select Boys’ Life Magazine, for a $12 fee. Recharter packets are handed out at the October Round Table and are due at the November Round Table. If you have a question regarding recharter, contact your unit commissioner.

Complete a Unit Inventory (call all inactive youth):

Call ALL inactive youth on your roster and ask them if they would like to continue their registration in the Scouts. Just because a Scout hasn’t been active lately does not mean that they want to end their association with Scouting; every kid deserves a second chance. Take a minute to invite them back. After recharter, district volunteers call all youth who do not re-register; what they usually find is that the Scout wasn’t around during recharter time. They had no idea that they were not included. Some kids were in sports and planned to come back to Scouting in the spring. A thorough Unit inventory will prevent this.

Recharter Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ’s)

Below is a list of commonly asked online recharter questions. Please take a moment to read these over to determine whether or not they may apply to your charter renewal.

Q: When do I need to have my charter renewal finished by?

A: Recharters are due at the November Round Table. Please take advantage of this time by contacting your key unit leaders immediately. A quick and efficient completion depends on your unit’s ability to gather information and fees quickly, gather signatures, and return it to your district representative.

Q: What if I don’t get the charter renewal in on time?

A: Units with late charters suffer a number of problems. First, their unit is no longer covered by the BSA insurance coverage. This means that your leaders could be liable in the event of an accident. Second, youth advancements cannot be recorded through the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. Third, magazine subscriptions of Boy’s Life and Scouting will lapse (and it takes a full two months for these periodicals to resume their circulation to your home). Finally, your unit will not be eligible for the JTE Platinum Unit Award – an important distinction that provides units with a number of benefits.

Q: What is a charter organization?

A: A Charter Organization is a religious, civic, or community organization that chooses to sponsor a Scout pack, troop, team, and/or crew. This organization enters into a partnership, which is outlined in the Annual Charter Agreement Form with the end goal of helping to develop strong and successful men and women. Examples of charter organizations could include churches, service organizations, and even businesses.

Q: Who is the executive officer of my Boy Scout unit?

A: The name of your Executive Officer should be listed on the upper-left hand corner of the first page of your charter renewal. This individual acts as a type of liaison between the charter organization and the Boy Scout unit. The Boy Scouts of America suggests that each unit regularly meet with their Executive Officer to discuss the program, upcoming events, and opportunities to strengthen their partnership. The Executive Officer assigns a Chartered Representative to serve as a permanent liaison to your unit.

Q: Who is my District Representative?

A: For rechartering purposes, your district representative should be a unit commissioner or whoever gave you the recharter packet. This individual is your advisor through the charter renewal process and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

2015 Charter Renewals