A chartered organizations can be a place of worship, school, or other community group that has the same interests as the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The chartered organization relationship is the cornerstone of the Scouting program.
Chartered organizations are structured differently so the term Institution Head is used to describe the person who leads the chartered organization. In a place of worship it may be a pastor or it may be the president of a community group. The institution head enters into an annual agreement to provide Scouting in the community and to the youth they seek to serve. In most cases the institution head appoints someone to oversee the Scouting program(s) they charter this position is a Chartered Organization Representative.
CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE
The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization’s contact with the District Committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. If the chartered organization has more than one unit, one representative serves them all. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the Pack Committee Chair.
ANNUAL CHARTER AGREEMENT
Annually the local council enters into an agreement with the chartered organization granting them a charter. This charter enables the organization or group to use the Scouting program under adult leadership they approve of in order to accomplish its objectives and to serve the organization’s youth and families.