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Written by Nathan Hopper Monday, 13 September 2010 20:26
Each year, Scouting units (Packs, Troops, and Crews) are required to renew their charters with the Dan Beard Council. A charter is the official agreement between the council and your local chartered organization to provide a program under the auspices of the BSA. The process of renewing a unit's charter reinforces this agreement year-to-year and provides an opportunity to update registration records and qualify for Quality Unit status.
This year, the volunteer commissioner staff has committed to a goal of 100% of correct and complete charter renewal packets being turned in by the on-time deadline of December 16, 2011 -- an ambitious goal that can only be met by the assistance of unit volunteers collaborating with their Unit Commissioners to complete the process promptly.
The charter renewal information is to completed by the unit, typically the Committee Chairman or the Chartered Organization Representative. The council prepares a charter renewal packet for each unit, which is distributed at the October district roundtable meetings (packets can also be picked up at the Scout Achievement Center or requested from your District Executive). The packet includes a handbook for completing and "error-free" charter, the unit roster as of October 1, 2013, the charter renewal worksheet, and a Direct Contact Leader Training Validation Worksheet. Before beginning the process, you should carefully read the handbook to understand the process -- be sure to contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive if you have questions.
After reviewing the instructions, collect the most current information from your members for updating your unit roster and any adult or youth applications for anyone that is not already registered. Next, login to the Internet Recharter system (available October 13, 2013) and follow the screens to complete the online portion of the charter. Collect all membership and insurance fees from your members and prepare the payment to the Dan Beard Council. Obtain signatures from the Unit Leader and Institution Head (the executive officer of your organization), complete the other forms in the packet, and return the packet to your Unit Commissioner by December 13, 2013.
In the past, many charter packets have been submitted with incomplete information, missing signatures, or incorrect payment -- this causes the charter to enter a "defective" status and it cannot be processed. Defective charters result in additional work for the unit volunteers and Unit Commissioners and can cause the charter to miss the on-time renewal deadline. For the 2013 charter renewal process, the commissioner staff has implemented an "error-free" packet requirement. By striving to educate unit volunteers on the renewal process, providing clearer instructions, and rejecting charter packets with errors, the commissioner staff will be able to most effectively manage the recharter process council-wide.
Charter packets will only be accepted for turn-in after a review by the Unit Commissioner and/or a professional for errors. A packet will not be accepted unless it includes:
|October, 2013||Unit assigns charter renewal person|
|Charter renewal packets distributed and training held at district roundtable meeting
|Member and leader inventory completed to match unit and council records
|Leaders are determined for 2013|
|All members informed of fees due by November 30
|October 1, 2013
||All errors corrected on recharter packet
||Start online charter renewal
|November 30, 2013
||All member dues collected
|Online charter renewal process completed
|Journey to Excellence 2012 results gathered
|December 4, 2013
||Required signatures obtained
|Unit treasurer writes dues check to Dan Beard Council
|December 2-9, 2013
||Packet turned in to Unit Commissioner or professional
|Missing or incorrect items noted on packet
|Unit corrects errors on packet
|December 13, 2013||Error-free packet submitted to Unit Commissioner or professional|
Click here to download a list of common questions and answers about the charter renewal process.
The current structure of the Annual Banquet will be discontinued as a stand-alone event in lieu of the Silver Beaver recognition activities described below:
Silver Beaver Award Recognition Updates
The Dan Beard Council Program and Activities Committees are thrilled to announce some new opportunities and enhancements around the distinguished Silver Beaver Award. We recognize the significance of this notable award. With the feedback and help of several Silver Beavers, we have developed an exciting new process to recognize deserving volunteers and expand the influence and impact of these distinguished individuals by uniting them together.
In 2014, we will begin celebrating our Silver Beaver recipients much like we currently recognize our new Eagle Scouts. This will be accomplished in a two-step process:
This is a process that has worked well and there is a level of symbolism and significance in emulating this ceremony. We strongly believe that this new process will:
*Update on the Council Annual Banquet : The current structure of the Annual Banquet will be discontinued as a stand-alone event in lieu of the Silver Beaver recognition activities described below.
Steve Ditty Dave Bruno
Council Activities Chair Vice President of Program