Brace Yourself: Recharter Is Coming

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The leaves are starting to turn brown. The sun is beginning to set a little earlier each day. Unit leaders are going through their roster. That can only mean one thing: Recharter season is upon us.

For individuals new to Scouting, they may be thinking: “What does Recharter mean?” The answer to that question is simple:

BSA issues a charter through the local Council to a Chartered Organization, like the Church or other organization that owns your unit, which allows it to use a BSA program to serve youth in its community. For example, a Cub Scout Pack uses Cub Scouting to serve boys in the first through fifth grades. BSA requires that the charter be renewed annually to continue using the program. We call that annual renewal “recharter”.

During October’s roundtable on October 8, the Recharter packets for each unit were distributed. Each unit leader was handed his packet and an access code that will allow that unit to go through and make the necessary corrections to their unit roster. If your unit was not there at Roundtable, then make sure that you are coordinating with your commissioner to make sure that you receive yours so that you can begin working on it now.

A few key points to make note of:

  • The online system opens up on November 1st.
  • Your Recharter packet must be completed and reviewed by a commissioner. If you attempt to hand it in to the Scout Shop or mail it in somewhere incomplete before being reviewed, it will be sent back.
  • The JTE sheet in the packet MUST be completed as well.
  • Starting early will help make everything a lot easier. Waiting till the last second will hinder you significantly.

If you have any other questions, please contact District Commissioner Mark Guttenplan.