It used to be that “R&R” used to mean rest and relaxation … but if you are a Committee Chairperson or Advancement Coordinator, then R & R stands for Recruitment and Recharter. For many units, your main recruiting efforts are complete and rechartering is “months away” — so you can take a break, right?
In reality, like the old academic adage, there are really three R’s:
November is Wring-out and if done right, wring-out is the single most important thing that you can do to ensure an easy recharter in a few months.
Wring-out is to ensure that everyone in your Pack/Troop (Crew/Team) is registered with the BSA (and vice versa) — it’s a simple comparison between your list and BSAs.
And it really is simple; just take whatever list you use — a DOC, an XLS, a Packmaster/Troopmaster export, etc. — and send it to Council via your Commissioner. They will compare it with what is on the BSA system and then follow-up with any discrepencies. Important hint — while this may be obvious, the only list/roster that you should not use is any kind of export from a BSA system (e.g. my.scouting.org) … because that is the same database that the Council will use.
RECHARTER PREP that could not be any easier
That being said, this is a great time to try out the new my.scouting.org tools. You are certainly welcome to compare the lists and do your own wring-out comparison, but more importantly — look at the YPT report. One of the best new features in the BSA My Scouting site is a YPT aging report that tells you when every adult member’s YPT will expire. This is huge because the single hardest part of recharter is chasing adults to re-certify.
To gain access to the awesomely helpful YPT feature:
- Log in to my.Scouting.org as a Unit Key-3 member
- From the upper-left corner, pull down the list and select the “Training Manager.” Note: if you are also registered as a District or Council team member, you may have extra options, but under the banner of your unit, there is a “Training Manager” link.
- The pie-chart on the right is the YPT aging report, showing:
- Green – % of adults whose YPT is valid for at least 90 more days
- Dark Red – % of adults whose YPT will expire in less than 30 days
- Bright Red – % of adults who have never taken YPT
There are two blue buttons on the top of this window:
The right button changes the view from a pie-chart to a more detailed aging report
You can now generate a report of whose YPT will expire.
KEY POINT – Recharter will happen sooner than you think, and only thing less pleasant than chasing down volunteers’ YPT renewals during the holidays to be the volunteer being badgered to recertify. So, do them and you a big favor — pull your report and give then November to recertify before the holidays get busy.
If you do the hardest part now (while it isn’t that hard), then recharter is a few signatures and cutting a check (give or take).