Unit Recharter Instructions

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:

Charter Renewal GuidebookClick to download (updated 10/28/19)
This Guidebook provides tips and how to prepare for online recharter.

Charter Renewal Step-by-Step Guide Click to download (updated 10/21/19)
Keep this guide handy when you are doing the actual online recharter. Guide includes screenshots so you can know what to expect in advance.

Charter Renewal Checklist Click to download (updated 11/12/19)
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

New Insurance Fee, $2 per person per month Download the memo (updated 9/16/19)

New this year, background check (CBC) forms must be turned in for every adult leader with recharter. More details.


Late October
• Unit Key 3 will receive login information by email

• Friday, November 1 – Online Rechartering Starts

• Friday, December 13 – All recharters due and received at council office

2020 Recharter Fees

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board has approved a new annual registration fee. This new fee will take effect immediately upon recharter for the 2020 Scouting year (January 31, 2020).

  • Scouting youth (Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing) – $60
  • Exploring Youth – $36
  • Adult Leaders – $36
  • Unit Charter Fee – $60

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

Click here for more details (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 Fri, Nov 1, 2019)


All new member applications for both youth and adults must be turned in to either the Foster City or Palo Alto Scout Service Center the month that the individuals join. Please take all applications 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