The Boy Scouts of America makes Scouting available to our nation’s youth by chartering community organizations to organize and operate Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships for children and young men and women. These chartered partners manage the units and control the program of activities to support their organization’s goals and objectives. Many of these organizations focus on helping youth prepare for adulthood. These include religious, civic, educational and other community organizations. These all have specific objectives they are trying to accomplish as part of their mission to help youth.
Joining with The Boy Scouts of America offers your organization immediate advantages. Take a look at the top three benefits your organization could receive from becoming a chartered partner with the BSA!
The BSA is a well-known and highly respected organization with a strong national brand. A relationship with Scouting is viewed positively by a large majority of people. If you are looking for ways to give back to your community or help your organization achieve a strong public image, chartering a Scouting pack, troop or crew could be the perfect choice for your brand. Choosing to become a chartered partner only further’s your organization’s family-friendly branding, especially because of the BSA’s recent introduction of Family Scouting.
The values instilled by The Scout Law represent the highest ideals of God, country and self. When these values align with those of your organization, the resulting synergy elevates the image and reputation of both. If you have a strong desire to help instill those values in the youth of today, becoming a chartered partner with the BSA is a great way to start. As a chartered organization, you have a real hands-on opportunity to control the program and activities of the Scouts you charter, as long as those ideals align with The Scout Law.
Scouts have historically been champions of community service. As a chartered partner, your Scouts can perform meaningful service for your organization and other groups that are important to you. This is a huge benefit to you and your community.
Need help increasing people’s awareness of your organization? Scouting’s externally focused activities are incredibly well known and seen as beneficial to the community. Joining with Scouting enhances your position in and beyond your immediate community. Not only will the families involved in your charter become much more aware of what your organization offers, but your community as a whole will also know you as the place to go for Scouting and more.
What else can you expect as a chartered partner?
The BSA supports the more than 120,000 Scouting units owned and operated by chartered organizations. Most BSA councils agree to support and guide these chartered organizations in many ways, some listed here:
- Respect the aims and objectives of the organization and offer the resources of Scouting to help meet those objectives.
- Provide year-round training, service, and program materials and literature, planning tools, and other program aids and resources to the organization and its unit(s).
- Provide training and support for the chartered organization representative as the primary communication link between the organization and the BSA.
- Provide camping facilities, a service center, and a full-time professional staff to assist the organization in every way possible. Provide techniques and methods for selecting quality unit leaders and share in the approval process of those leaders. (The Scout executive or designee must approve all leader applications.)
- Provide primary general liability insurance to cover the chartered organization, its board, officers, chartered organization representative, employees and volunteers currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition, council representatives conduct annual charter review conferences with chartered organization personnel to evaluate how effectively the Scouting program is being delivered and how it might be improved.