Unit Recharter Instructions

Youth Protection Training is required even when Scouting remotely. All leaders in your unit must be up-to-date before recharter. Please check your status at https://my.scouting.org. Learn more about YPT here.

2020-21 Unit Recharter Process

Welcome to the Pacific Skyline Council unit recharter instructions. The Boy Scouts of America has provided a very simple tool to accomplish rechartering online, which we ask all units to use.

The Recharter Guidebook below will walk you through the annual process to ensure common errors are avoided. Take your time and read instructions completely. This will help save you time and energy.

Rechartering on time is critical. It is required for units to qualify for the National Quality Unit Award. It is required for units to continue registration without interruption. It is required to ensure Scouts are registered, critical for receiving rank advancement and other awards, and for insurance coverage.

Why Charters?

The BSA issues charters to community organizations to enable them to use the Scouting program under their own leadership as a service to their children, youth, and families. Re-chartering is the process of renewing the charter agreement between the BSA and the organization, and renewing the registration of youth and adult members. Every unit must recharter annually.

Helpful Documents:

2021 Charter Renewal GuidebookClick to download (updated 12/3/20)
This Guidebook provides tips and how to prepare for online recharter.

2021 Charter Renewal Step-by-Step Guide Click to download (updated 10/27/20)
Keep this guide handy when you are doing the actual online recharter. Guide includes screenshots so you can know what to expect in advance. The cover of this guide indicates it’s for units expiring in fall of 2020. You can ignore that, this guide is for all our PacSky units.

2021 Charter Renewal Checklist Click to download (updated 9/4/20)
This checklist tells what is needed to include with the internet recharter printout for submission.

Journey to Excellence Score Card Click to choose the score card for your type of unit.

Annual Unit Charter Agreement Download the agreement

Background Checks (CBC) Last year background check forms were turned in for the vast majority of adults registered in our Council. We will check to be sure we have a form from every adult on your roster. If we are missing a form, we will let the recharter processor know. We will not be able to finalize your recharter until we have a form from each adult. If you are aware of an adult that has not turned in the form, please collect and turn it in with your recharter – it saves a lot of time on the back end! Download the form here. See more info here.

New This Year
  • This year all charters will be completed online in their entirety.
  • Chartered organizations will approve the charter electronically this year.
  • Fees will also be collected online with recharter.
  • There is no need to bring a recharter packet to the office. The only paperwork that will be due is new youth and adult applications added during recharter.

• Monday, September 14 – Unit Key 3 will receive login information by email.

• Friday, November 1 – Online rechartering starts.

• Friday, December 11 – All recharters must be completed online.

2021 Recharter Fees

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board has approved a new annual registration fee. The Pacific Skyline Council Executive Board has also approved a new fee structure. See the links below for our new fee structure.

These fees are collected through the recharter process and 100% of the national registration amount collected is transmitted immediately to the National Council.

Fee Structure documents:
Memo pdf
Chart pdf
FAQ pdf

Recharter is first and foremost about the youth and adults in your unit.

It is our shared responsibility to ensure that everyone who believes that they are registered in the Boy Scouts of America are registered in the correct unit. All of the information collected during this process is vital to ensuring that the Council and our volunteers can serve your unit during the coming year.

Ready to Start the Recharter?

Click here to go to BSA’s National Recharter website (starting Sun, Nov 1, 2020)


All new member applications for both youth and adults must be completed in the month that the individuals join. The best method for new members to join your unit is utilizing the online application system. When using the online system, all national and Council fees are automatically collected. If you must use paper applications, please take them to either the Foster City or Palo Alto Scout Service Center with appropriate registration fees at least one week prior to logging in and starting charter renewal. This will allow us to process your registrations and have them appear on your internet recharter roster when you load it. You can complete steps 1-3 of the internet recharter while you wait for applications to be processed.


Contact your District Executive:
• Discovery District – Andy Wilmes, (650) 243.8803, andrew.wilmes@scouting.org
• Redwood District – Tom Kenney, (650) 341.5633, thomas.kenney@scouting.org
• Stanford District – Steve Smith, (650) 327.5900, stephen.smith2@scouting.org

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