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PA Background Checks

The Boy Scouts of America realizes that background checks are an important component of a comprehensive Youth Protection program. That’s why, before a volunteer can be confirmed, references are checked, a National criminal background check is conducted and the person is screened against a list of names of people who do not meet the high standards of Scouting.

Among other things, two new laws, PA Act 153 of 2014, which was amended on July 1, 2015 by PA Act 15 of 2015, requires very specific background checks for both employees and volunteers of youth serving organizations like Chester County Council.  Like most new laws, this will take a little getting used to. In the end, this adds an extra layer of screening and protection, which is good for our Scouts!

All full-time, part-time, and summer employees of the council must obtain the needed background checks in accordance with the law.  Their timeline and a number of the requirements are different than for volunteers.  So as not to cause confusion, this site does not address employee background checks. If you are an employee or prospective employee and have questions about the background checks, contact your supervisor or prospective supervisor.

Click Here for the step by step instructions for obtaining each of the three clearances.

Volunteer Background checks – Click on the items below to go directly to the information you need:

Chester County Council Policy to comply with PA mandated background checks

Frequently Asked Questions 

Sample Certifications - What to Send Us

            Obtaining the Background Check Certifications

            Submitting the Background Check Certifications


A - FBI Fingerprint Waiver B - Waiver for Maryland Volunteers C - Waiver of Youth Supervision  F - Council volunteers without youth supervision
Volunteers can use this form to waive the need to get fingerprinted if they have lived in the state of PA for the last 10 consecutive years. For volunteers that serve with Maryland chartered units. For volunteers that have no direct control or supervision of minors. For District, Council, Area, Regional and National Volunteers 
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