Chartered Organizations and the Boy Scouts of America

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Overview of Chartered Organizations

  • Civic, faith-based, and educational organizations operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large.
  • Over 100,000 Scouting units are owned and operated by chartered organizations. Of these:
    • 71.5 percent of all units are chartered to faith-based organizations.
    • 21.3 percent of all units are chartered to civic organizations.
    • 7.2 percent of all units are chartered to educational organizations.
  • Responsibilities of chartered organizations include:
    • Providing adequate meeting facilities.
    • Providing quality leadership for the Scouting unit.
    • Appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the organization.

Faith-Based Chartered Organizations

The 25 faith-based organizations with the largest Scouting youth membership
(Source: 2013 Boy Scouts of America Local Council Index, using December 31, 2013, membership data):

Name of Organization

Total Units

Total Youth

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints*

37,933

437,160

United Methodist Church*

10,703

349,614

Catholic Church *

8,131

259,297

Presbyterian Church *

3,520

119,879

Lutheran Church *

3,728

111,483

Baptist Churches *

3,532

91,526

Episcopal Church *

1,180

41,340

United Church of Christ, Congregational Church

1,154

36,194

Community Churches

1,009

30,114

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

1,083

30,113

Church of Christ*

495

13,559

Evangelical/independent churches

299

7,740

Church of God

207

4,354

Reformed Church in America

124

3,921

Church of the Nazarene

154

3,841

Jewish synagogues and centers*

146

3,268

Church of the Brethren

101

2,614

Islam, Muslim, Masjid*

75

2,226

African Methodist Episcopal*

128

2,053

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

91

2,004

The Salvation Army

101

1,721

Community of Christ

66

1,718

Buddhist Churches of America

69

1,698

Assemblies of God*

91

1,620

Other churches

802

21,804

*Individual fact sheet available

Civic Chartered Organizations

The 20 civic organizations or groups with the largest Scouting youth membership
(Source: 2013 Boy Scouts of America Local Council Index, using December 31, 2013, membership data):

Name of Organization

Total Units

Total Youth

Groups of citizens

2,633

84,497

American Legion and Auxiliary

2,477

64,864

Lions Club International*

2,200 60,671

Business/industry

2,555

57,266

Rotary International

1,289

40,996

VFW*, Auxiliary, Cootie

1,078

30,686

Fire departments

1,156

29,752

Kiwanis International

857

26,587

Elks lodges (BPOE)

794

21,892

Community centers

818

19,661

Boys' and Girls' Clubs*

547

16,628

Nonprofit agencies

570

15,286

Athletic booster clubs

353 11,201

Playgrounds, recreation centers

379

9,561

Chambers of commerce, business associations

303

8,892

Homeowners' associations

242

8,786

Optimist International*

244

8,300

Masons — Eastern Star

260 8,018

YWCA, YMCA

257

7,362

Other community organizations

1,503

41,180

*Individual fact sheet available

   

Educational Chartered Organizations

Source: 2013 Boy Scouts of America Local Council Index, using December 31, 2013, membership data:

Name of Organization

Total Units

Total Youth

Parent-teacher groups other than PTAs

3,076

126,207

Private schools

2,579

91,828

Parent Teacher Associations/ Parent Teacher Organizations

1,473

60,171