By Stan Lockhart
Jul 02, 2015

What are the Rights of BSA Chartered Partners?

With all the hubbub over Robert Gate’s comments at the May 2015 National Annual Boy Scout meeting, there is a little known fact about the existing relationship between each chartered organization/partner and their council. Each year an agreement is signed by both parties delineating duties of each. In that face-to-face meeting, an assessment of the past year is held, highlights and concerns are reviewed and action plans are developed. Here is an example of a standard agreement:

Chartered Partner duties:Charter Presentation 2

• Use Scouting to further the Chartered Organization’s aims and values for youth.

• Conduct the Scouting program consistent with BSA rules, regulations, and policies. They may be found on the My Scouting website and at the following location: resources.aspx.

• Be represented in the Local Council and the local Scouting district by a Chartered Organization Representative (COR), who will be appointed by the Chartered Organization. The COR will be the point of contact between the Chartered Organization and the Local Council; will serve as a voting member of district and council committees on which the COR serves; and will, with the Chartered Organization, select and approve volunteer leaders for submission to the Local Council for its consideration. The COR will work with the unit committees sponsored by the Chartered Organization.

• Support unit committee(s) made up of at least three persons for each unit.

• Assure that adults selected as unit leaders are suitable by, at a minimum, having the appropriate leaders of the Chartered Organization review and sign each application.

• Ensure appropriate facilities for the unit for its regular meetings to facilitate the aims of the Chartered Organization and Scouting.

• Encourage adult leaders to receive additional applicable training made available by the council.

Council duties:charter

• Respect the aims and objectives of the Chartered Organization and assist the Chartered Organization by making available Scouting resources.

• Make available to the Chartered Organization and its units and members program training, program resources, and other Scouting support services.

• Make available training and support for the Chartered Organization and for the COR, the primary link between the Chartered Organization, the Local Council, and the BSA. Track and require all unit leaders to attend BSA Youth Protection Training.

• Conduct criminal background checks on adult leaders approved by the Chartered Organization.

• Provide camping opportunities, administrative support, and professional staff to assist the Chartered Organization in developing a successful Scouting program.

• Provide primary general liability insurance to cover the Chartered Organization, its board, officers, COR, employees, and Scouting members and volunteers for authorized Scouting activities. Indemnify the Chartered Organization in accordance with the resolutions and policies of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Utah National Parks Council supports our Chartered Partners. Each Chartered Partner is allowed maximum flexibility to implement Scouting consistent with their own values and priorities. We are a resource for our Partners, so they can carry out their mission while implementing Scouting and what it stands for.

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Author: Stan Lockhart | President, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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