The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always at the forefront of youth safety.
As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.
Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.
1. Review the separate disclosure document linked below that is being provided to you separately for your review. It is titled “Background Check Disclosure” and be downloaded here Background-Check-Disclosure
2. Once you have reviewed that, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature. Download form here Additional-Disclosures-Background-Check
Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted unless through a third-party vendor.
3. Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader or local council service center. You can email to Hawk.Mountain@scouting.org, fax to 610-926-4965 or mail to 5027 Pottsville Pike, Reading PA 19605.
If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader or local council service center, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.
We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.