Community Groups a Great Place to Find Chartered Organizations

One of the great strengths of the Boy Scouts of America is its unique relationship with churches and civic and educational organizations throughout the United States. Scouting is provided for young people through a collaborative endeavor with various community and religious organizations that adopt the Scouting program as a means of meeting their needs and objectives as they relate to youth.

Many chartered organizations may sponsor only a single unit. There might be a possibility for a full family of Scouting (pack, troop, and crew). Below are some helpful tools to help you organize unit(s) in your district:

  • Look on the website to determine whether the potential chartered organization (religious, community, educational) has a memorandum of understanding as a national affiliate with the National Council.
  • Use the Market Analysis Report. See the Market Analysis Report on MyBSA (Resources > BSA Resources > Council Market Analysis Reports) to understand your market area.
  • Identify prospects for chartered organizations.
  • Maintain and prioritize a master prospect list

Researching Potential Chartered Organizations

 Existing chartered organizations: Strive to have a full family of scouting at each existing chartered organization. To view a monthly National Chartered Organizations report, please log on to MyBSA > Resources > Membership Resources > Statistical Reports.

  • USA Church is an online Christian church directory that will help you locate churches, schools, and businesses in your local community. You will find a wide range of specific listings, making it easy to find a church or school of any name or denomination, such as Calvary Chapel, Church of Christ, Assembly of God, or a Christian school.
  • Here you can find analyzed data from numerous sources and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities. You’ll find statistics about residents’ race, income, ancestries, education, and employment.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations.
  • Service club directories: Service clubs are organizations that have been formed in many parts of the country so their members may volunteer to perform valuable community services, as well as enjoy fellowship.

Additionally, acquaint yourself with two booklets that will help you organize and sustain new units:

  • Unit Performance Guide (2012 revision): This book provides extensive new-unit resources covering the following topics: knowing your market, building your team, making the call, and high-performing units.
  • Strengthening Organizations Through Scouting: This new-unit sales presentation kit/booklet focuses on BSA information that potential sponsoring organizations need to know. Topics include the building blocks of Scouting, chartered organization relationships, program benefits, and selecting quality volunteers.

Both of these documents can be found on the Membership Impact Department website (click on New Unit Development).

For more information on how to establish relationships with local community organizations, please email Marcos Nava.


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