What is the charter?

The chartering process is one of the oldest traditions in Scouting. It is the formal document that certifies the agreement between a Chartered Partner – an organization that agrees to utilize Scouting as a part of its service to youth and community outreach – and the Boy Scouts of America, setting expectations for the quality of program to be delivered to the Charter Partner’s youth population.

The BSA grants charters to sponsoring (chartered) organizations who must report to Scouting annually to renew their local charters. Rechartering is the process where a Scout unit renews its charter as an official part of the Boy Scouts of America.

Online access will be available October 1, 2019.  All unit charters are to be turned in no later than the November Roundtable.  Units using the Cash/check option must also submit a completed Final Recharter Checklist. 

On-line process for 2019

  • An access code must be used by units to log in.
  • You must register as a First Time User on your initial logon to the system for 2019. After initial registration you can enter the system as a Returning User.
  • Stages and steps remain the same as 2018.
  • Youth Protection training taken after February 1, 2018 is required for all adults. You will get an error message if training is not current and will not be allowed to process the charter with those adults. Registered adults will receive notifications that their YPT has expired or is about to expire before charter renewal.
  • Electronic authorization is available for the chartered organization representative (COR). There will be no more signatures to obtain or rosters to turn in if your unit chooses this option.
  • Three payment options will be available.
    1. Units can elect to pay online by credit card. You will receive a payment confirmation. Accident and sickness insurance fee will be included in the unit fee calculation ($12.00/member).
    2. Units can elect to pay online by E-check. You will receive a payment confirmation. Accident and sickness insurance fee will be included in the unit fee calculation ($12.00/member).
    3. Cash/check option: Units that elect this option will print the renewal application. The fee shown on the summary page does NOT include the Accident and sickness insurance fee.  This will need to be added to the amount due to the council. Use the Recharter Final checklist to help with the calculations.
Internet Recharter Tutorial
Begin your Internet Recharter
Internet Recharter FAQ

RECHARTER RESOURCES

DISTRICT RECHARTER CHAMPIONS

DISTRICT RECHARTER CHAMPIONS   
Great Lakes Field Service Council
DistrictChampionEmailPhone
ChippewaRita Suwinskirsuw1@netscape.net248-765-3723
MahicanDenise Warddward4venturing@hotmail.com313-460-4617
MahicanFred Farnellffarnell@hotmail.com210-323-9163
RenaissanceBonnie Ponderlibopo@comcast.netÿ313-478-0629
RenaissanceTed Jonested@jones4detroit.comÿ(248) 892-5684
OttawaLinda Wallnerrlwallner@charter.net313-618-3736
Pontiac ManitoLonny Johnsonlonny.eric.johnson@gmail.com309-573-4503
North StarDan Peckj.dan.peck@gmail.com313-477-6829
SunrisePat McCloskeypjmcc7026@hotmail.com586-530-4696
SunriseDave Bussedbusse4@att.net586-306-9618
SunsetSteve Sarlittosrsarlitto@gmail.com(734) 718-8487
SunsetGreg Gonthiergreg.gonthierbsa@gmail.com734-837-2766
Assistant Council CommissionerChristine Pariseau, DCchris.pariseau@gmail.com248-249-9616
Southern Shores Field Service Council
DistrictChampionEmailPhone
CascadeBridget HolderHolderb13@aol.com517-782-6806
Huron TrailsDave Kluckjdkluck@umich.edu734-426-6179
LenapeAndrew Hullandy@coffeebreath.org517-662-9065
Nottawa TrailsJulia Blochjulia.bloch@yahoo.com269-979-5601
PathfinderDave Blythedblythe1525@gmail.com269-567-8951
Running WatersRocky BuehlerRockster53@aol.com734-740-1878
Three FiresMike SheehanÿSheehan-Michael@sbcglobal.net734-878-3319
WabanoBruce Walkerwalkers49022@aol.com269-414-8293
Assistant Council CommissionerFritz Reasonsfreasons@comcast.net(269)370-6779ÿÿ
President Ford Field Service Council
DistrictChampionEmailPhone
Eagle SpiritRandy Ringquistrringquist@att.net616-648-3010
Eagle SpiritBonnie Czuhajewskibonnie.czu@Gmail.com616 466 6816
LakeshoreDennis Heidelÿdjheidel@ameritech.net616-212-1577
LakeshoreGil Fishergilf@mtd-inc.com616 634 2985
Northern LightsBRUCE EMAUSdivehi@mybrokentoes.com231-539-8707
Scenic TrailsDARRYL NELSONUCANBREW@AOL.COM231-633-2331
Timber TrailsElrico Hurleypffscacc@gmail.comÿ269 217 7350
Assistant Council CommissionerRon Gordonminerlakehome@gmail.com920 889 6279
Water and Woods Field Service Council
DistrictChampionEmailPhone
Blue Star
Blue WaterWayne Hastingslwhastings@yahoo.com713-718-1113
Chief OkemosPaul Wimberlypaulwimberly53@gmail.comÿ517-749-4549
Chief OkemosChris McLarenmclarenc@gmail.com(517) 325-3226
HeartlandBob Wheelerbwheeler1008@gmail.com989-772-3081
OjibwayCarol Van ArsdaleCarol.vanarsdale@gmail.com989-860-1756
Rivers NorthElizabeth Kiihrbsafox.emk@comcast.net810-240-6682
ShorelineJohn Clynejlclyne@charter.net(989) 646-2149
ThumbVerna Murawskiv_murawski@yahoo.com(989) 874-4765
Assistant Council CommissionerJohn Clynejlclyne@charter.net(989) 646-2149

TO START…

Every unit must have a 2019 Access Code to enter the BSA online rechartering portal.  Unit leaders, Committee Chairs and Chartered Organization Representatives will receive emails with the code in mid-September. If you have not received this information by October 12th, please contact your Unit Commissioner or your Unit Serving Executive (USE)

If you are an experienced user, go ahead and click on the INTERNET RECHARTER button in RED now.  If you want to review the process or need a lot of guidance, use the Internet Recharter Help Guide listed below under “Resources”.   Click on the button when you are ready.   Remember, you must initially log-in as a “First Time User” – last year’s recharter season doesn’t count for this fall!

Begin your Internet Recharter

Your work will be saved when you log-out; then come back any time this fall as a “Returning User”

TO FINISH…

If you used the either of on-line payment method and the electronic authorization, please print a copy of your charter application for your Commissioner or USE.  Be sure to include all new adult applications with a Youth Protection certificates.  Attach a check payable to Michigan Crossroads Council or your Field Service Council for the prorated 2019 fees any new applications.  Be sure to include the $1.00 per person Accident & sickness insurance fee. Use the Recharter Final checklist to help with the calculations.

If you used the either of on-line payment method and did not use the electronic authorization, please print a copy of your charter application for your Commissioner or USE.  You will need to get the appropriate signatures.  Be sure to include all new adult applications with a Youth Protection certificate.  Attach a check payable to Michigan Crossroads Council or your Field Service Council for the prorated 2019 fees any new applications.  Be sure to include the $1.00 per person Accident & sickness insurance fee. Use the Recharter Final checklist to help with the calculations.

If you used the Cash/Check payment method and the electronic authorization, please follow these steps.

  1. PRINT a final copy from the Internet AFTER you hit “SUBMIT” in Stage 5. (Save a copy of all pages for yourself)
  2. Attach any required completed applications
  3. Attach any required Youth Protection Training certificates*
  4. Attach a check payable to Michigan Crossroads Council or your Field Service Council. In addition to the system calculated registration fees, $12.00 per person MUST be included for insurance for anyone charged a registration fee. Use the Recharter Final checklist to help with the calculations. The insurance fee will NOT compute in the on-line charter renewal process but MUST be included in the total payment.
  5. Have the entire package checked by a Commissioner or your Unit Serving Executive.  See the “Final Recharter Checklist” in Recharter Resources below. The completed checklist must be turned in with the charter package.

If you used the Cash/Check payment method and did not use the electronic authorization, please follow these steps.

  1. PRINT a final copy from the Internet AFTER you hit “SUBMIT” in Stage 5. (Save a copy of all pages for yourself)
  2. Get the appropriate signatures
  3. Attach any required completed applications
  4. Attach any required Youth Protection Training certificates*
  5. Attach a check payable to Michigan Crossroads Council or your Field Service Council. In addition to the system calculated registration fees, $12.00 per person MUST be included for calculations. The insurance fee will NOT compute in the on-line charter renewal process but MUST be included in the total payment.
  6. Have the entire package checked by a Commissioner or your Unit Serving Executive.  See the “Final Recharter Checklist” in Recharter Resources below. The completed checklist must be turned in with the charter package.

NOTE:  You have a choice of which charter application version to print.  Both versions print the same cover page information.  The Renewal Report E-Z version lists only changes and exceptions.   The Renewal Application version also includes a full roster.  Either version is acceptable.  If you made a lot of changes, we recommend the Renewal Application version.  You can actually save and print both versions.  Just don’t mix up the pages.

To Process…

Recharter paperwork will NOT be accepted directly at the Scout Shops or at the Council offices unless you have a scheduled appointment with your Unit Serving Executive.  No “drop-offs” or “mail-in” will be allowed.

We STRONGLY encourage submission of 2019 Journey to Excellence forms with the Recharter paperwork.  If anything changes after you submit and before the end of the year, you can update the information to improve your score.

Journey to Excellence

*Caution!

Youth Protection Training


If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current (not linked to their BSA ID#, expired, or expiring prior to February 1, 2020) at the time of charter submission, the volunteer will not be registered!

A copy of the current YPT certificate must be included when a New Application is submitted with the Recharter paperwork to ensure that a registration is not “bounced”

Find out more about Youth Protection training.

Incomplete applications/submissions

If a unit has even one missing or incomplete application during recharter, it may delay registration for all the adult and youth members of the entire unit. Incomplete applications – for adults or youth – account for the highest percentage of defective charter renewal applications.

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