The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) issues a charter through the local council to a chartered organization (like the civic group, religious institution, or other organization that owns your unit) which allows it to use a BSA program to serve youth in its community. BSA requires that the charter be renewed annually to continue using the program. We call that annual renewal “recharter.”


In addition to renewing the unit charter, recharter time is when all youth and adult members (leaders) renew their membership in the BSA. Member renewals are most of the work. If your unit collects all or part of its member dues or fees on an annual basis, that collection often takes place at recharter, too. Your unit should also complete the application for the Journey To Excellence Award. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Cradle of Liberty Council is subsidizing the amount of the national registration fee increases for renewing members and units (those registered in 2019) for the 2020 charter term.

Please use the national Internet Rechartering system (UCRS) to process your unit’s renewal but DO NOT pay fees online through the system.

Fees calculated by UCRS are incorrect due to the council subsidy. Use the worksheet below to calculate the amount owed by your unit.

Be Prepared for 2020 Rechartering Sheet
Detailed 2020 Unit Charter Renewal Instructions
2020 Unit Charter Renewal Fee Worksheet

Updated on 12/3/19: The previous fillable-PDF version was not working properly for some users and the overall council subsidy amount was not calculating properly. The new version is in Excel (.xlsx) format and all but the cells that need to be completed are protected. If your unit has already submitted its recharter, there is no need to complete a new worksheet.

Important Information for 2020 Rechartering:

  • The Internet Rechartering System will open to Cradle of Liberty Council units on November 1, 2019.
  • COLBSA to subsidize National Council fee increase for renewing members.
  • FOR EXISTING ADULT LEADERS: A new, signed Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form must be collected before any adult’s annual registration is processed for 2020.
    • All currently registered unit leaders with an email address in the membership system were sent an email from the National Service Center. Read the email sent to registered adults.
    • Forms will also be available at district roundtables and other meetings, as well as the Firestone Scouting Resource Center in Wayne.
    • Units should submit these forms with their rechartering paperwork or may submit them directly to the Resource Center.
    • Copies or scans are acceptable. “Wet” signatures are preferred, however, digital signatures from third-party providers are acceptable. E-mail confirmations, permissions, or typed names on the form are not acceptable substitutes for wet signatures.
    • Only one form needs to be submitted per adult. However, leaders with multiple registrations may want to submit copies to each unit in which they plan on re-registering.
    • Read all the Frequently Asked Questions.

NEW 12/3/19: The National Council has revised the language on the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization to specify that the BSA will not be conducting credit checks.


National Criminal Background Re-Check Documents:

BSA Internet Rechartering System

Please note: Unit access codes change annually, so please select Register on the next screen when you are accessing the system for the first time this year.

– Unit internet rechartering access codes are distributed at October roundtables.

– If you need your unit’s code, please contact your unit commissioner, district commissioner or professional, or call the council resource center.