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Montana BSA Resources

Unit Resources

Program Guide

The Montana Council’s Program Planning Guide was created for Unit Leaders to help plan their annual program. Contents include district and council calendars, training information, camp information, budgeting, insurance information, Web resources, staff contacts, a who to call list and much, much more.

Camping Guide

The Camping Guide was created to help your unit determine its council camping opportunities for the upcoming year.

Update your Unit Beascout Pin

The Boy Scouts of America and the Montana Council drive folks to to find out more information on Scouting. Unit information needs to be up-to-date so that folks can connect with local scouting. The link here gives step by step instructions on how to update your Unit Pin.

Uniforms and Scout Shop

Have questions about purchasing uniforms or just want to browse the shop? Visit the link below. 

Unit Rechartering

Montana Council uses the online rechartering process, which you can access. This website works with Internet Explorer (IE) browser 6.0 or newer.

You will need the Unit Access code that was sent with your recharter to begin the process. This number changes every year so make sure you’re using the current year’s number. If you have not yet received your packet, or your access code is missing, please contact your district executive or the council offices for help. (We expect access numbers will be available the first Monday in October.)

The BSA requires criminal background checks for all Scouting leaders. The background checks are administered by a nationally recognized third party that also provides this service to many local, state and federal governments; educational institutions; and other nonprofits. 



We are looking for 100% of units to charter. Issues that usually interfere with this goal are:

1. Youth Protection Training – if a unit knows that someone won’t be continuing, please have them removed from the charter to clear any training issues.

2. Signatures – Plan on getting the Institutional Head’s signature processed early on (BTW, the charter organization fee also saw an increase this year, so get them ready as well)

3. Money – Ensure that the unit has sufficient funds to process the charter this year.

Along with the charter, Commissioners will be working through the new Journey To Excellence (COVID edition) with units.  Contact your unit commissioner to set up an appointment to walk through the form.
Have further questions? Contact Gary Ely, Council Commissioner 

Commissioner Resources

The Montana Council and our commissioners believe that training is critical for council success as well as the success of units/districts. This space provides information to Scouters as to what the Council Commissioner Service Team is all about. In the coming months, look for updated information concerning Roundtable information, the Commissioner Summit, and College of Commissioner Science. For specific questions concerning commissioners in your unit or district, consult the Commissioner Roster or contact Gary Ely, Montana Council Commissioner, directly.

The last College of Commissioner Science is on November 6th, 2021 in Great Falls.  This is an excellent opportunity for Scouters of all walks to meet and learn about the functions of a commissioner. 

For current commissioners, it provides them with up-to-date information on how to support their units better.  For anyone else, it provides information on the commissioner function and how to make effective use of your commissioner to improve communications and improve your programs.

The college is available in-person or online.  Time is short, so the sooner the better.

Scout Book

From the first knot tied to final hours of service performed, the Scouting experience is a journey like none other. And Scoutbook is your go-to tool to ensures not a moment is missed – tracking advancement, milestone achievements and all the fun along the way.

Download the free app. With Scoutbook I can: Track advancements, upload photos, send messages to leaders, Scouts and parents, plan events and track activities.

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