Just got out of a meeting between my council's VOA and our council's commissioner and membership chair. The focus of the meeting was on council-sponsored specialty crews focused on providing service back to Scouting, e.g. a council shooting sports crew running council ranges. The idea of it was a quid pro quo for the council. Youth get to participate in top-notch programming and the council gets a renewable source of volunteers.
All in all, the youth had their I's dotted and the T's crossed and knocked the ball out of the park in their presentation. Unfortunately, our council commissioner called their idea "hugely impossible" saying that our council "cannot and will not charter units". I don't know what he's seen, but our council registrar confirmed six months ago that is possible and units should registered under code "137". This isn't the first time this council commissioner has butted heads with youth, Venturing and Order of the Arrow.
I have scheduled a follow-up meeting with him, our council VOA advisor, an associate area VOA advisor, and our director of field service. I fully intend to go back and go bat for the kids during this meeting, but it's frustrating to see this type of abruptness with youth.
Has anyone had any experiences, stories, or documents about council chartered units?