An Update on the Local Church and Boy Scouts

It has been confirmed by Bishop John Schol (Greater New Jersey Area) that the current Boy Scout charter agreement extensions will be December 31, 2022.  

The options for remaining in relationship with the Boy Scouts include two different affiliation agreements, or a facilities usage agreement:

  Link to the original affiliation agreement, where the Boy Scout Council is the charter organization, owns the EIN and the property, and handles banking.

  Link to an amended affiliation agreement, where the Boy Scout Council is the charter organization, owns the EIN and handles the banking, and the church retains possession of the scouting property.

  Link to the Facilities Usage Agreement

Our counsel remains not to use any other agreement, including charter agreements proposed by the local Councils.  If your troop or Council is insistent on having you renew your charter, please contact Jeffrey Hunt jeff.hunt [at] scouting.org of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), who oversees the BSA Councils across the United States, for assistance.

Every church involved with scouting should review their insurance coverage with their insurer, based upon the agreement that you adopt.  Additionally, if you choose to enter into an affiliation agreement with your scout troop(s), please make sure that they abide by your church's safe sanctuary policy requirements.

There still may be final questions answered after the bankruptcy court appeals process is exhausted in 2023. We will keep you apprised of any other developments.

While navigating the administration of scouting troops has been admittedly challenging this year, we thank you for your continued efforts to ensure a positive experience for the scouts in our churches.