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Rechartering is an annual process through which the Boy Scouts of America and its Chartered Organizations (churches, civic groups. etc) renew and update their partnerships to operate Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships and Explorer Posts.  In the Great Rivers Council, all units recharter in December.

On or about October 28th each unit received an email which included instructions for the rechartering process which included their unit access code. This e-mail was sent to each unit's currently registered Key-3 (unit committee chair, chartered organization representative, and unit leader). If you've misplaced your code, unit access codes are available by calling the Council Service Center at 573-449-2561.

All units that do not complete the process will expire on December 31, 2019.

NOTE: Unit charters must be received by the council office by December 16, 2019 to be considered "on time" and to be processed by the 12/31/19 expiration dateIf they are not turned in on time and your unit drops because of it, you will:

  • Need to cease all Scout meetings and activities because of potential insurance lapses
  • No longer be covered on our Accident, Sickness, and Liability Insurance Policies in the case of an accident or incident
  • Not be able to process rank advancements or awards online or at the Scout Shop/Office 

For the 2020 charter cycle, units will be able to complete the entire renewal process online, with the exception of making payments.  Payments must be made to the council office.  If you have Scouts that receive financial assistance, their fees will be reflected on the Recharter Report.  You will adjust those fees on the Recharter Coversheet and Checklist form. Please contact the Council Service Center at 573-449-2561 to check your registration account balance before writing your renewal check.


  • Youth National registration fees for 2020 are $60 per year. Please include an additional $9 for each youth registered ($69.00 total). The additional $9 fee covers property insurance as well as accident and sickness insurance.  This amount will be reflected in the Charter Report printout.

  • Adult National registration fees for 2020 are $36 per year. Please include an additional $9 for each youth registered ($45.00 total). TThe additional $9 fee covers property insurance as well as accident and sickness insurance.  This amount will be reflected in the Charter Report printout.

  • Final recharter paperwork must include appropriate signatures on the Charter Renewal Application and on all individual adult and youth applications. The lack of appropriate signatures will delay processing of your charter renewal.

  • All youth and adult applications should be checked for completeness.  Incomplete forms will delay processing of your charter renewal.

  • ALL Adults rechartering MUST submit a signed copy of the new Background Check Disclosure/Authorization form.  That form can be found HERE.

  • Please confirm that every adult leader has current YPT before turning in the final renewal paperwork. 

  • Each unit's Standardized Fundraising Commission amount was sent to the unit key-3 as part of their recharter email and will NOT be reflected on the Charter Report.  It must be added on the Recharter Coversheet and paid for your unit to be rechartered.  If you have questions or concerns about this fee, contact David Harris at the Council office

  • Units that have Scouts who are receiving financial assistance from the Council for registration fees will adjust their total amount due on the Recharter Coversheet. Health Insurance vouchers must be turned in with your charter for all applicable Scouts.


Instructions to Complete the Annual Re-Charter

Click here to begin (have your user code ready, and select First-Time user, even if you did this in the past).  You can view the tutorial or FAQ first if you wish. Follow the instructions through the process. If you encounter a problem, stop and call the council office, you can come back and start from where you left off. Your work to that point is automatically saved. When finished click "submit to the council" and print your report.  Units WILL NOT be able to complete the recharter process if they have adults who are not current on Youth Protection Training.

Below are documents for both reference and completion.

After you complete your online rechartering, print the full Charter Renewal Report Package.  That report along with the required forms below should be turned in to your commissioner or to the council office along with your charter fees. If you have youth that are receiving financial assistance from the council, please submit a copy of their approval letter with your completed charter paperwork.


In an effort to ensure Scouts are in a safe environment the following steps are being taken:

  • YPT is REQUIRED for all adult leaders and must be completed every two years per BSA policy.

  • ALL LEADERS must have completed the NEW Youth Protection training regardless of when they last took the previous version.

  • Make sure that every adult leader has CURRENT YPT BY December 15, 2018 (this includes having their Member ID number linked to their personal profile in their account) in order to receive credit for that training course.

  • Scout Leaders that do not have a CURRENT Youth Protection Training WILL BE DROPPED on December 15, 2019 AND NOT re-registered for 2020.

  • A completed, new BSA Adult Application (with approval signatures) and proof of YPT will be required in order to add that leader back into their unit/position after December 15, 2019, even if they are on the re-chartering roster that is turned in (since they were deleted on 12/15/2019) 

    • Units will likely access the Internet Re-Chartering portal prior to this deadline and thus the unit roster will be loaded with leaders that do not have current Youth Protection Training. If a leader is turned in on a re-charter roster that has been deleted because of failure to complete Youth Protection Training by the deadline, the individual and/or unit will be in a defective status in which case the charter may be held up from processing until the Youth Protection is taken if that leader is in a key leadership role (Charter Org. Rep, Committee Chair, one of 2 Members of the Committee, Unit Leader, and the sole Den Leader in a pack).    

Re-Charter Reference Materials
Journey to Excellence-What's In It For Me? (FYI)
Documents Required with Annual Charter
2020 Recharter Coversheet and Checklist (Required)
The Annual Charter Agreement (Required)
NEW Background Check Authorization Form
United Way Demographic Form
Youth Protection Training (Required for each leader every two years)
Journey to Excellence Scorecards
Adult Application (when necessary)
Youth Application (when necessary)
Veteran Application (when appropriate)
Program Grant Application (when financial assistance is needed for individuals)


  • Unit Training Report and Unit Roster are available by going to and logging in with your username and password. NOTE: The Charter Org. Representative, Committee Chair, and Unit Leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Crew Advisor) are the only ones with access to these files.
  • The printed charter will tell you which adults and youth require an application.
  • Many of the forms above will need to be signed by the institutional head or charter representative of your chartering organization and the unit leader.
  • All forms must be turned in with your printout, along with proper signatures and charter fees to insure that your charter is processed in a timely manner. Please use single sided documents as they must be scanned to the BSA National Office.
  • All this takes time so start your rechartering NOW! If you have any questions contact the Council Service Center at (573) 449-2561.
  • NOTE: Please check all addresses and phone numbers (email addresses for leaders) to make sure they are correct.
  • Healthcare USA will pay the registration fee of those children that belong to that organization. Contact Healthcare USA at 800-566-6444 to get the form to submit with your charter. Missouri Care will also pay the registration fee. Contact them at 800-322-6027 for full details.
  • Charter certificates, membership cards, and rosters will be sent to the Unit Leader of each unit. Unit leaders should coordinate with their Unit Commissioner to arrange a time with their chartering organization for presentation.


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