YPT Required for All Leaders
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Exploring programs.
TO SERVE AS A REGISTERED ADULT LEADER IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Complete a BSA Adult Volunteer Application and give approval for a background check.
- Go to www.my.scouting.org and take Youth Protection Training. Once you have completed the training, please print out the certificate and attach it to your application. You are required to complete this training every two years.
- Successfully complete the mandatory PA Clearance checks.
PA Act 15 (Criminal Background Check) Resources:
With the implementation of PA Act 15 of 2015, all volunteers registered with the Boy Scouts of America in the Moraine Trails Council, and adults helping the unit with youth on a regular basis, must have the required criminal background checks.
Links for the PA State Police criminal history check and child abuse clearances. Be prepared to enter all of the places you’ve lived since 1975 and all of the people you’ve lived with since 1975.
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check
- PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
The third criminal background check is the fingerprint-based FBI clearance. Any volunteer aged 18 or older who hasn’t lived in Pennsylvania for the last 10 years must be fingerprinted. To begin, register here.
If you HAVE been a resident of PA for the last 10 years in a row, you can skip the FBI fingerprinting and submit the PA Disclosure Statement instead.
To obtain a copy of the CBC Compliance Tracking Sheet unique to your Unit, contact the Council Registrar at the Snyder Service Center.
Every adult, regardless if you are a parent, a registered leader, or a volunteer, is a Mandated Reporter. If you suspect abuse, report it. If you hear something that could be abuse, report it. If someone tells you they were abused, report it.
If you suspect or know of abuse but don’t report it, you are liable and be charged a large fine or go to jail. Any person making a good faith report is protected.
If you see abuse happening, call the police immediately.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- PA Mandatory Reporters
- How to Obtain Clearances
- Pennsylvania Disclosure Statement for Volunteers
- Scouter Code of Conduct
- Youth Protection Pledge Cards
- PA Keep Kids Safe website
Questions / Requests
Raymond Tennent, Scout Executive (724) 287-6791