Chartered organizations of the Boy Scouts of America

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All Boy Scouts of America units are owned and operated by chartered organizations. Of the 103,158 units (Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs and Venturing crews) and 3,615,306 youth members in 2010:

  • 65% of all youth members are chartered to faith-based organizations
  • 23.5% of all youth members are chartered to civic organizations
  • 11.5% of all youth members are chartered to educational organizations

Each unit is chartered by a local branch of an organization, not at the national level. The following tables combine all chartering organizations that fall into a religious denomination or national organization.

The following table lists chartered organizations (originally divided into faith-based groups, civic groups, then educational groups) by number of registered youth:

2013 Chartered Organizations associated with the Boy Scouts of America[1]
Name of Organization Total Units % Total Units Total Youth % Total Youth
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 37933 36.99% 437160 17.98%
United Methodist Church 10703 10.44% 349614 14.38%
Catholic Church 8131 7.93% 259297 10.67%
Parent-teacher groups other than PTAs 3076 3% 126207 5.19%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 3520 3.43% 119879 4.93%
Lutheran churches 3728 3.64% 111483 4.59%
Private schools 2579 2.51% 91828 3.78%
Baptist churches 3532 3.44% 91526 3.76%
Groups of citizens 2633 2.57% 84497 3.48%
American Legion and Auxiliary 2477 2.42% 64864 2.67%
Lions Clubs International 2200 2.15% 60671 2.5%
Parent-Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization 1473 1.44% 60171 2.47%
Business and industry 2555 2.49% 57266 2.36%
Episcopal Church (United States) 1180 1.15% 41340 1.7%
Unnamed community organizations 1503 1.47% 41180 1.69%
Rotary International 1289 1.26% 40996 1.69%
United Church of Christ 1154 1.13% 36194 1.49%
VFW, Auxiliary, Cootie 1078 1.05% 30686 1.26%
Community churches 1009 0.98% 30114 1.24%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1083 1.06% 30113 1.24%
Fire departments 1156 1.13% 29752 1.22%
Kiwanis International 857 0.84% 26587 1.09%
Elks lodges (BPOE) 794 0.77% 21892 0.9%
Unnamed churches 802 0.78% 21804 0.9%
Community centres 818 0.8% 19661 0.81%
Boys & Girls Clubs of America 547 0.53% 16628 0.68%
Nonprofit agencies 570 0.56% 15286 0.63%
Church of Christ 495 0.48% 13559 0.56%
Athletic booster clubs 353 0.34% 11201 0.46%
Playgrounds, recreation centers 379 0.37% 9561 0.39%
Chamber of commerce, business associations 303 0.3% 8892 0.37%
Homeowner associations 242 0.24% 8786 0.36%
Optimist International 244 0.24% 8300 0.34%
Masons - Eastern Star 260 0.25% 8018 0.33%
Evangelical/independent churches 299 0.29% 7740 0.32%
YWCA, YMCA 257 0.25% 7362 0.3%
Church of God 207 0.2% 4354 0.18%
Reformed Church in America 124 0.12% 3921 0.16%
Church of the Nazarene 154 0.15% 3841 0.16%
Jewish synagogues and centers 146 0.14% 3268 0.13%
Church of the Brethren 101 0.1% 2614 0.11%
Islam, Muslim, Masjid 75 0.07% 2226 0.09%
African Methodist Episcopal Church 128 0.12% 2053 0.08%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 91 0.09% 2004 0.08%
The Salvation Army 101 0.1% 1721 0.07%
Community of Christ 66 0.06% 1718 0.07%
Buddhist Churches of America 69 0.07% 1698 0.07%
Assemblies of God USA 74 0.07% 1620 0.07%

This table gives more information about which type of units are sponsored by which Chartered Organizations, but is more out of date than total units/total youth table:

BSA traditional Scouting membership as of December 2007 — top 25 chartered organizations
Organization Packs Cub youth Troops Scout youth Crews Vtr youth Total units Total youth
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 9959 135115 18726 199141 8028 66473 36713 400729
United Methodist Church 5307 232758 5201 125989 1187 9673 11695 368420
Roman Catholic Church 4617 189985 3878 97185 905 10141 9400 297311
Parent-teacher groups other than PTA 3911 162534 874 21527 340 8671 5125 192732
Groups of citizens 2454 85060 1249 24297 1035 20159 4738 129516
Baptist churches 2114 69296 1969 33813 350 3467 4433 106576
Lutheran churches 1875 71680 1888 46834 436 3710 4199 122224
Presbyterian churches 1531 68556 1893 53031 408 3514 3832 125101
Business and industry 1432 42328 931 17298 1096 13712 3459 73338
Private schools 1568 46883 698 15171 804 30458 3070 92512
American Legion 1248 45762 1220 23023 311 4130 2779 72915
Lions Clubs International 1288 48539 1224 24174 190 1996 2702 74709
Other community organizations 922 30192 680 14671 814 16421 2416 61284
Parent-Teacher Associations 1779 73075 330 6336 41 971 2150 80382
Community centers 725 17521 509 9268 211 4444 1445 31233
Rotary International 625 27061 618 15570 179 3225 1422 45856
Fire departments 607 21636 583 11499 217 1889 1407 35024
United Church of Christ 565 24039 653 16224 119 966 1337 41229
Episcopal Church 551 24167 608 17261 161 1666 1320 43094
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 571 21648 584 12038 131 1027 1286 34713
Source: Boy Scouts of America Membership Report[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chartered Organizations and the Boy Scouts of America" (PDF). Boy Scouts of America. March 2014.
  2. ^ "Boy Scouts of America Membership Report – 2007" (PDF). P.R.A.Y. January 7, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008.