All units (packs, troops, crews, ships and posts) are required to renew their affiliation with Scouting each year. Through the process, chartering (sponsoring) organizations, youth member and adult leader information is updated as well as registration fees and Scout’s Life subscriptions are collected/paid.
A representative of each unit can now complete the paperwork for renewing a charter online. With Online Rechartering, you can indicate returning members, add new members, and update information for an individual or the chartered organization.
Youth Protection Training is required for ALL registered adult leaders listed on your recharter. Leaders that need to complete YPT should visit www.My.Scouting.org to complete Youth Protection Training prior to rechartering.
Each unit must select an adult to be its renewal processor and a single login/password is provided.
What is Charter Renewal?
Each year, Scouting units (Packs, Troops, and Crews) are required to renew their charters with the Dan Beard Council. A charter is the official agreement between the council and your local chartered organization to provide a program under the auspices of the BSA. The process of renewing a unit’s charter reinforces this agreement year-to-year and provides an opportunity to update registration records and qualify for Quality Unit status. This year, the volunteer commissioner staff has committed to a goal of 100% of correct and complete charter renewal packets being turned in by the on-time deadline of December 12, 2019—an ambitious goal that can only be met by the assistance of unit volunteers collaborating with their Unit Commissioners to complete the process promptly.
On October 23, 2019 the BSA National Council board of directors made a difficult decision related increasing membership fees, and a new fee structure has been announced. Effective January 2020, the fee structure will be:
- $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
- $36 for youth members in Exploring
- $36 for all adult members
- $60 for unit charter fee
The local Accident and Sickness insurance fee remains the same as 2019 at $5.50 per registration (adult or youth).
To assist Scouts with membership fees, between $15,000 and $20,000 will be set aside to support Scouts and families who may be negatively impacted by the recent fee increase. Dan Beard Council is committed to ensuring that the fee increase will not be a barrier for any young person’s participation in Scouting. Those interested in applying for assistance will need to complete the Registration Fee Assistance Application form and submit it to their unit leader for approval and submission to the Scout Achievement Center via mail, fax, or email. Applications that are approved for assistance will be up to a total of $27 dependent upon the total number of applications received. Additional information with guidelines and details can be found at www.danbeard.org/Financial-Assistance.
Applications will need to be submitted to the Scout Achievement Center on or before Wednesday, December 4, 2019. We recognize that is a short window, however, in working with our volunteer committees, we also recognize the need to provide timely information to your unit prior to the December 13th recharter date. With that, we are committed to reviewing and notifying applicants on or around Friday, December 6, 2019 of their application status.
All volunteers will need to complete a NEW Background Check Authorization form as part of the rechartering process. Forms can be found on this website, in the Council office, and a copy of the form was also provided in your Charter packet. Forms must be signed in ink, and original documents submitted. Photo copies and electronic submissions will not be accepted.
Recharter Deadline is December 12, 2019.
For questions, please call your District Executive or District Director. Click here for the Staff Directory. See below for all of the Charter Renewal forms.
Before final submittal of the unit renewal, the renewal processor will give the charter representative (or institutional head) the opportunity to review and approve the renewal on behalf of the charter organization. If this is done, the approval will appear on the Unit Renewal Application and for the council in Internet Rechartering Administration.
Each unit will have the option to pay online by credit card or other authorized means. If used this requires the total amount due to be paid. Payment confirmation will be provided to the unit processor and the council. The renewing unit is NOT required to use online payment This is made available for the unit’s convenience but is not required. Payment may be made to the council as usual.
You will need to print the following and include it with your recharter paperwork.
- Charter Renewal Roster (from the Internet Recharter System)
- Annual Agreement