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chartering a boy scout troop

9 years 9 months ago #155457 by DD
Replied by DD on topic Re:chartering a boy scout troop
Here is information on why BSA has charter organizations.

"The unit is owned and run by a sponsoring group called a chartered organization. The chartered organization receives a national charter yearly to use the Scouting program as a part of its youth work. The local council helps the chartered organization understand the program, however it is the chartered organization's program and is part of the chartered organizations youth work. These groups, which have goals compatible with those of the Boy Scouts of America, include religious, educational, community groups, fraternal, business, labor, and professional associations.

Each chartered organization using the Scouting program provides a meeting place, selects a Scoutmaster, approves the unit adult leadership, appoints a unit committee of at least three adults, and chooses a chartered organization representative."

And I have to disagree with "NOt Convinced" who said his local troop does not do background checks. The LOCAL COUNCIL does the background checks, NOT the troop, when the applications are turned in. The leaders have to be approved by the COUNCIL or the troop is not able to recharter. It sounds like some of the posters are very bitter toward an excellent organization. My PTO does absolutely ZERO checks on the volunteers who work with children.
9 years 9 months ago #155458 by
I agree 100% w/ dd!!! THis is being overplayed. It might help when posting to name the STATE you are in that way MORE ACCURATE ADVICE CAN BE SUGGESTED.
9 years 9 months ago #155469 by Deb
Replied by Deb on topic Re:chartering a boy scout troop
Does anyone have information on the boy scouts using the PTA's EIN number to establish a checking account?
9 years 8 months ago #155668 by joe
Replied by joe on topic Re:chartering a boy scout troop
A Boy Scout unit using the Chartered Organization (ie PTO) EIN to open a bank account is not uncommon because the Boy Scout unit is a program offered by the PTO and under the PTO auspices. Maybe we should think of the Boy Scouts as a franchise operation.

However the Boy Scouts of America literature indicates each unit should obtain their own EIN.
9 years 5 months ago #156861 by Quami
Replied by Quami on topic Re:chartering a boy scout troop
How often do you have to recharter and does anybody know how much it should cost per hear? In our local unit it seems we are doing it every 6 months. Is this typical.
9 years 5 months ago - 9 years 5 months ago #156938 by mark
"Not Convinced" is way off base. Every registered adult leader in the BSA is required to take Youth Protection Training (YPT) prior to submitting an application and working with youth and again every other year. On that application, you are authorizing a national Criminal Background Check which is done on every single new leader and has been done on every single currently registered leader in the BSA. Without this CBC on file you cannot be registered in the BSA. Additionally, the adult has to be approved by three people: A professional from the BSA, the committee chairman from the unit, and a representative from the chartering organization (PTA/PTO). See the application here:

Here is information about insurance:
It is "primary" general liability coverage in most cases except when auto insurance is involved.

"Quami" -- Every unit (pack, troop, crew, or post) recharters on a yearly basis. It costs $15 per Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venturer/leader or $10 per Explorer and a $20 per unit recharter fee.

"Deb" -- A unit chartered to a PTA is owned by that PTA. Its funds, equipment, etc. are owned by that PTA. It's correct to use the PTAs EIN.
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