Every December, all units (packs, troops, crews, posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting. The BSA issues charters to community organizations to enable them to use the Scouting program under their own leadership as a service to their children, youth, and families. Re-chartering is the process of renewing the charter agreement between the BSA and the organization, and renewing the registration of youth and adult members.
Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for Journey to Excellence. It is required for units to continue registration without interruption. It is required to ensure Scouts are registered, critical for receiving rank advancement and other awards, and for insurance coverage.
A representative of each unit completes the paperwork for renewing a charter online. Through the process, chartered (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Boys' Life subscriptions are collected/paid.
If this is your first time to be involved with recharter, or if you need to brush up on how recharter is done, please read the Recharter Instructions before continuing. Doing so will help make the pointers to resources below more useful!
In September and October, BSA's National Council announced two important changes that affect this year's recharter.
- To ensure that BSA has the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase annual membership fees. The new fees are effective for all units rechartering in December 2020.
- $66 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
- $42 for youth members in Exploring, and
- $42 for adult members
- $75 for unit charter fees
- A new background check authorization must be completed by all adult members and submitted with the recharter.
Important update affecting all registered members during the upcoming recharter cycle:
All registered adult leaders must review the Background Check Disclosure and complete the BSA’s new Background Check Authorization. These authorization forms must be submitted with each unit’s recharter this December. No recharters will be able to be processed without this signed form from all registered adult leaders that are being renewed for the 2021 calendar year.
We apologize for the inconvenience that these two announcements will place on your unit and its leadership while you continue to provide a life-changing Scouting program to the youth of North West and North Central Oklahoma.
Recharters may be turned in at the Council Scout Center Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We ask recharters to be turned in by December 30, 2020.
For assistance with your recharter paperwork, please call your District Executive or the Council office.
BSA's Internet Rechartering website
BSA's Internet Rechartering Help system