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2019 – 2020 Information

Notice:  The 2020 Membership Fees have been changed.  The new fees are:

Read the 2020 Membership Fee Changes FAQ for further information.  Other NCAC Rechartering information is being updated.  Check back often for updates.

***Note:  Exploring Renewal has shifted from the Online Exploring Renewal application to BSA’s Internet Rechartering Application for all units renewing after October 1, 2019. ***

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The 2019-2020 Charter Renewal Handbook is your guide to the annual recharter process. With the assistance of your unit commissioner, this book will lead your unit step by step through rechartering your unit.

2019-2020 Charter Renewal Handbook (PDF-1-page per sheet-1160 KB) New

Online Explorer Renewal Instructions New

Before beginning Exploring Online Renewal, read the handbook above, collect all member information, including new member applications with appropriate signatures.

NCAC Recharter Training Presentations

Charter Renewal for Unit Leaders 2019 – 2020 New

Charter Renewal for Unit Leaders 2019 – 2020 Long Version New

Renewal Dates and Time Period

Units turn in renewal packets the month prior to the unit registration expiration month. The month to turn in packets previously varied by district; now all district units will renew in December. District’s charter renewal timelines are established to ensure packets are reviewed, corrected, and finalized prior to delivery to the district executive (DE) for scanning to the registrar. Access to the Unit Charter Renewal System (UCRS) or Internet Rechartering starts 90 days before and ends 30 days after the unit’s charter expiration date. In practical terms, units must accomplish the precursor activities before updating the charter using Internet Rechartering. Contact your UC to coordinate the date for the unit’s charter review meeting.

District units’ new charters will expire on 12/31/2020. The districts that renewed in January 2018, will renew for 11 months, from 1/31/2019 to 12/31/2020. (Previous January districts were Aquia, Francis Scott Key, Patuxent, Potomac, Seneca, and White Oak.)

UCRS or Internet Rechartering access will open on 10/1/2019. Unit rosters will be loaded into Internet Rechartering at that time.

Units turn in renewal packages in November 2019 (most districts). Units in Aquia, Francis Scott Key, Patuxent, Potomac, Seneca, and White Oak districts turn in their renewal packages in December 2019.

Youth Protection Training – an absolute must!

All registered adults take Youth Protection Training (YPT) at least every two years. If a volunteer’s YPT is not current at registration renewal, or if it expires any time during the charter renewal process, the volunteer cannot be registered. Successful districts and units separate YPT updates from charter renewal so that waiting for YPT completion does not delay renewal. Such units choose a month such as May and ask all adults to retake YPT if theirs expires within the next 12 months.  Units should not wait until it is time to renew the unit’s charter to make sure all YPT is current. Unit Key 3s must review their unit’s YPT status. Have all adults with expired YPT or YPT that will expire during charter renewal (expires before or 30 days after charter expiration) go to and take the training before starting the charter renewal process!  If needed, print and forward your updated YPT certificate to your Renewal Processor.

Incomplete Applications/Submissions

If a unit has even one missing or incomplete application during registraion renewal, it may delay registration for all the adult and youth members in the unit. Incomplete adult/youth applications account for eight out of ten defective registration renewal applications.

New Adult Applications must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training Certificate and a signed Disclosure/ Authorization Form.

Registration Renewal Package Review and Submittal Procedure

Please turn in all registration renewal packets (Youth and Adult Applications, YPT certificates, the check and the Memorandum of Understanding) to your UC.

. PLEASE DO NOT  take packages to the Marriott Scout Service Center!

Commissioners conduct a detailed review of all packages to ensure they can be processed expeditiously by the Registrar. The UC needs the complete Renewal Application.  The UC will contact the unit key 3 to resolve issues as required.

After the UC’s review, packages are submitted to the DE via the District Commissioner to scan to the Registrar in Texas

Special Note on Registration Fee Increase

The membership fee increased from $33 to $36 for Explorers and adult volunteers effective January 1, 2020.

Exploring Renewal Forms

The following forms are available to assist units in the registration renewal process.

The latest youth and adult applications are downloadable at