About the BSA

Chartered Organizations

The Scouting program is delivered through civic, faith-based, and educational organizations called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large.

Responsibilities of chartered organizations include providing adequate meeting facilities, quality leadership for the Scouting unit, appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the organization.

More than 100,000 Scouting units are owned and operated by chartered organizations. Of these approximately 70 percent are chartered to faith-based organizations, 22 percent of all units are chartered to civic organizations and nearly 8 percent of all units are chartered to educational organizations.