Questions and Answers
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Questions related to the “New Ways to Do Scouting Business” article found in this issue
Q: Since the “lapsed” status will no longer exist, what
are the implications for unit insurance coverage, access
to district/council activities, and anything that requires
current BSA membership, like OA membership?
The general liability policy provides coverage for official
Scouting activities. If a unit’s charter expires and adults in that
unit are no longer registered, then they are not provided general
liability coverage. The Council Accident and Sickness Plan
renews January 1. Enrollment in the plan depends on whether
or not a unit has renewed. Each council will work to determine
access to district and council activities, but obviously anyone
serving in an active leadership role needs to be currently
registered. An individual’s access to national resources such
as my.Scouting Tools will expire 30 days after the expired
registration and it is immediately restored when the person
renews his or her membership.
Q: Will the youth advancement and leader training/
awards records be maintained for units that don’t meet the
charter renewal deadline? For how long?
Records will continue to be maintained and can be made
active when the unit renews its charter. The unit will have
Internet Advancement access for 30 days.
Q: How do we proceed with a Scout who has completed
all the requirements for Eagle but whose unit is not
renewed? Can he have a board of review? How do we
verify advancement records? Should he be penalized for
Each board of review and local council will take
circumstances into consideration.
Q: What happens to a unit’s tenure? Will it continue once
the unit reregisters, or will it restart?
Unit tenure can be maintained if the unit renews within
12 months, and if there is a time lag, the unit can backdate
Q: Is a “separated” unit allowed to meet and conduct
Scouting activities during its separation status?
It is up to the local council to decide if a unit can meet or
conduct Scouting activities.
Q: Is a “separated” unit allowed to purchase
advancements during its separated status?
The unit can only access Internet Advancement for 30 days.
It used to be 90 days (this is the main change).
Q: What is the process for a “separated” unit to
reregister? Can the unit just complete the charter renewal
process or must it charter as a new unit?
The unit can simply complete the charter renewal process. It
can still access Internet Rechartering for 60 days. The registrar
can print a charter renewal out of PAS for 12 months. After 12
months, however, the unit would be new.
College of Commissioner Science Training Codes
Q: Is there is a code for each commissioner college
course to enter into ScoutNET? When I looked with my
registrar, all we found were the major things like the
bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. We could
not find the individual courses. Are they not recorded in
We do not record courses taken at a commissioner college.
The college registrar should be keeping track of that information.
At the national level, we only record diplomas received.
Q: How often is The Commissioner newsletter issued?
The Commissioner newsletter is issued in February, May,
and October. Updates to the Upcoming Commissioner Colleges
page are done for those issues. Deadlines are the first of the
month prior to the issue month.
Do you have a question for the National Commissioner
Support Team? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Those that are of general interest
will be used in this column.