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Council Commissioner
Ed Yarbrough

2015 Recharter Process 

 

 

   As we wind down the annual recharter process for 2014 with fewer dropped units than last year (thank you Commissioners!), BSA National has announced a new recharter process that eliminates the lapse period after a
unit’s charter expires.

   The new process will begin with units that have an effective date of January 1, 2015 and this means that units with a December 31, 2014 expiration date will be included. With no lapse period, there will be a dramatic impact on a units’ ability to function and for Scouts to advance if they do not recharter on time.

   A unit that has not reregistered by its expiration date will be considered "separated” and immediately dropped from BSA’s membership reporting. Volunteers will retain access
to MyScouting, MyScoutingTools, internet rechartering, and internet advancement for 30 days after their unit has expired and become separated.

   The NCAC Commissioner staff has formed a special team of very experienced recharter subject matter experts together to accelerate the process for 2015.  Look for new rechartering support in the forthcoming 2014-2015 recharter handbook and on the council website.


Mid Year Review Of Units And Districts

  
   Believe it or not, we are half way through 2014. All our units hopefully have a robust outdoor program planned for summer and have conducted or plan to conduct an annual planning conference to set their long-term program for 2014-2015 and beyond.

   That is especially true if they are troops or crews with hopes of going to one of the BSA high adventure bases, which have long lead time for registration and preparation to get ready for one of those adventures.

   So August and September is a great time to sit down with your units, see how they did during the summer (remember to enter your contact into UVTS), and review how they are doing on their goals for attaining Journey to Excellence Gold, Silver or Bronze.

   It is especially important that your units have an annual planning conference to assure a good program into the new year.

   There are many tools at a commissioner’s disposal to help unit planning and we just completed program launch with a lot of materials and Council calendar information.

   We want to make sure packs are committed to Join Scouting Night and Webelos-to-Scout
Transition, and that troops have events that are Cub-friendly for transition over to Boy Scouts. For District Commissioners this is great time to take stock of what’s happening at the mid-year point in regard to JTE for your district.

   

 



Continue to Make Visit Entries in UVTS

   Work on the new National Commissioner Tool Kit continues and NCAC has a vital role in conducting beta testing as a part of the national team, making it as user-friendly as possible for our everyday commissioner needs. Until the new Tool Kit replaces UVTS, it is very important to make valuable customer
contacts with your units throughout the summer and continue to get them entered into UVTS. Unit health hinges on making contacts and recording them into UVTS. I’m counting on you!

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