The other day while I was training new Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, we were discussion the Troop Organization.
I asked if people in the room knew who the Chartered Organization was for their units, some did, most did not.
The Chartered Organization is an important part of the Troop, Pack, or Crew.
A Chartered Organization plays a key role in the Council. The Boy Scouts of America, through the local Council grants a Charter to an organization. This could be a Church, a School, a Civic group, or many other groups that want to support Scouting and deliver a Scouting Program to the youth of a community.
Once this Charter is granted the Chartered Organization is responsible to:
Conduct Scouting in accordance with its own policies and guidelines as well as those of the BSA.
Include Scouting as part of its overall program for youth and families.
Appoint a chartered organization representative who is a member of the organization and will represent it to the Scouting district and council, serving as a voting member of each.
Select a unit committee of parents and members of the organization who will screen and select unit leaders who meet the organization’s leadership standards as well as the BSA’s standards.
Provide adequate and secure facilities for Scouting units to meet on a regular schedule with time and place reserved.
Encourage the units to participate in outdoor experiences.
I was surprised to know that many Scouters are unaware of the Chartered Organization, their Chartered Organization Representative, and how this part of Scouting affects their unit.
The key with the COR and Chartered Organization is Communication. The CO and the COR need to communicate with the Units Committee to ensure that the units needs are being met.
The Unit Committee needs to communicate with the COR to ensure that the unit is meeting the CO’s expectations and needs. Working closely together they will provide an environment that builds the very best Scouting experience for the Scouts.
Have a Great Scouting Day!