What is a Charter Organization Rep (COR)and what do they do? Are they older guys that you never see? Do they just sign an application and the Annual Charter Agreement during Re-Charter season? How much coffee do they drink?
Well, since you asked and I know you did, the BSA says this: “The chartered organization representative is the direct contact between the Scouting unit(s) and the chartered organization. This individual is also the organization’s contact with the district committee and the local council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the local council. When a chartered organization has more than one unit, a single chartered organization representative serves them all.”
Since 2014 at the Cascade Pacific Council’s University of Scouting I have taught the Charter Organization Representative class. Each year the basic information is provided and the attendee’s get credit for Course D72 within Scoutnet. So, they are now fully Trained for their position as COR. This year was no real different except that I got questions about what the COR actually does. Good question as I thought that I had explained that very basics of the COR duties. In my presentation I pepper it with a lot of situations based in real life that I use. I do this because not all units operate or have those issues happen.
I do go over, follow and hand out info from the Training that the National offers. http://www.scouting.org/home/media/relationships/trainingthecor.aspx In the past, I used to have several Scout friends sit in and heckle me and provide great info as well. No such luck this year. However, it got me thinking afterwards about what I could do to up the info and provide better training to those who attend.
Enter my Google-Fu skills. I found this link. http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/new-unit-development/chartered-organizations/ Also:The Charter Organization Resource Guide is a great resource as well. One, that I just found on the Scoutwire website.
The COR is a person who should be very active within the Committee of a Unit. Using the Org chart for a Pack, you can see where person fits into the Unit. The COR works together with the Unit Leader and Committee Chair to help support the Unit and Youth.
The COR is an active liaison between the Unit and the Chartering Organization. The COR is NOT just a person who signs paperwork. While many units will have the Executive Officer as the COR, and/or also the COR a Committee Member, that really is not the real workflow of the entire process. If you have a Charter organization that is set-up with the Executive Officer is also the COR and Committee Member, then you may also have the Committee Chair and Cubmaster/Scoutmaster as Married Couple! Recipe for Destruction! Each position fulfills a specific set of tasks. It also sets up the unit to not overload the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster for being all things to all people. If a Church or synagogue establishes a unit, their ideals and values are used in accordance with the Scouting program to help the youth they serve flourish.
The Charter Organization Representative is not just a person who signs paperwork. They are a vital position within the Unit, District and Council level that helps guide and vote issues. They are a partner within Scouting and the Community that they serve. Not, just a signature at Re-Charter season.
While, this post does not dive deeper into what a Charter Org Rep does, it does help re-start my look into how to better encourage their involvement at the District Level. I am the District Commissioner and I am their liaison to their unit through the Commissioner Corp.