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Pennsylvania Child Protection Legislation

Pennsylvania Child Protection Legislation

Unit Leaders, Chartered Organization Representatives and Merit Badge Counselors,

On July 1, 2015, a new state law will take effect in an effort to better protect our state’s youth from abuse in any organization that directly works with and provides services to children. This includes such organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA, Red Cross, churches, school districts and most certainly the Boy Scouts of America.

In the coming months units will be receiving training regarding the new definitions of abuse, mandated reporting requirements and enforcement procedures. The priority for our units at this moment is to understand the clearance requirements for volunteers that are mandated by the new law.

A volunteer under this law is anyone who is responsible for a child acting in place of the parent (supervision, guidance, control, etc.). Clearance requirements for volunteers fall under two categories: registered and unregistered. In all cases the clearances are valid for three years and copies of all clearances must be kept on file at the Council Service Center.

REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS

Includes Unit Leaders, CORs, Commissioners, District and Council Staff, Training and Advancement Staff, Program Staff and Merit Badge Counselors. All registered leaders will be required to complete clearance procedures under this law as follows:

Registered before July 1, 2015

- complete clearance requirements by December 31, 2015; this will be done as part of the rechartering process that will begin in October. Previously registered volunteers will submit a copy of the following to the council office:

- PA State Police Criminal History

- PA Department of Human Services – Child Abuse Clearance

- FBI Fingerprinting (only if you have not been a PA resident for 10 consecutive years)

Registered on or after July 1, 2015

– complete clearance requirements immediately as part of the application process. The following must be submitted with any new adult volunteer application:

- This is Scouting certificate

- Youth Protection certificate

- FAST Start training completion certificate

- PA State Police Criminal History

- PA Department of Human Services – Child Abuse Clearance

- FBI Fingerprinting (only if you have not been a PA resident for 10 consecutive years)

2015 Volunteer Camp Staff

– if already registered as an adult volunteer with a unit no action is necessary at this time; those specifically registering as Camp Staff must register before June 13, 2015 in order to bypass the clearance requirements; those registering as Camp Staff after June 13, 2015 must complete the clearance procedures in their entirety as follows:

- PA State Police Criminal History

- PA Department of Human Services – Child Abuse Clearance

- FBI Fingerprinting (only if you have not been a PA resident for 10 consecutive years)

NONREGISTERED VOLUNTEERS

Includes Parents, Drivers, volunteer Summer or Day Camp Staff, Tag-Along Staff, and those unregistered volunteers who provide program assistance to any scouts other than their own children. Unregistered volunteers who qualify under these areas, will be required to complete clearance procedures under this law as follows:

On or after July 1, 2015

– complete clearance requirements prior to providing any assistance to scouts other than their own children. The following must be submitted to the council:

- This is Scouting certificate

- Youth Protection certificate

- PA State Police Criminal History

- PA Department of Human Services – Child Abuse Clearance

- FBI Fingerprinting (only if you have not been a PA resident for 10 consecutive years)

There will be some confusion as to whether or not a nonregistered volunteer is required to obtain clearances as stated above so the following scenarios should help to clear some of that up:

Drivers – if a parent (unregistered volunteer) is participating in any activity that requires transportation and are transporting scouts other than their children, they are required to obtain clearances prior to the trip.

Tiger Cub Parent – normally a Tiger Cub parent is at a meeting to support their scout; in this case no clearances are necessary. If the parent is involved in running a program within the den which involves all of the scouts then clearances are required.

Cub Skill Weekend/Haunted Harvest Fest – this is a family camping experience, so parents are considered to be there for the support of their children and are not normally involved in the program at the district/council levels, therefore, clearances are not required. If a parent takes on a program role outside of their den/pack which involves contact with other scouts at the event, then clearances will be required. Note however, that most weekend staff are designated prior to the event so you will be aware of whether or not you will require clearances.

WHAT IF I ALREADY COMPLETED CLEARANCES WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?

New clearances to do not have to be completed if you have valid clearances that were done for another organization. Simply make a copy and provide it to council for filing.

WHERE DO I GET THE CLEARANCES?

Clearances can be completed online using the instructions below with the exception of fingerprinting which requires on-line registration and a visit to a designated fingerprinting site.

PA State Police Criminal History ($10.00)

https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Note: This clearance takes less than 5 minutes to compete and submit. Response time is a few minutes if no record exists and a printable record check is made available immediately. If a record exists, a review could take up to 2-3 weeks and a response will be mailed to the address provided.

PA Department of Human Services Clearance ($10.00)

http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm

Note: This clearance takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and once submitted can take up to 14 days for a response by e-mail (you are also given the option to have the clearance mailed to you). Before you start, you should have the following information readily available to help you complete your application:



Addresses where you have previously lived since 1975



Names of all individuals with whom you have lived to include parents, guardians, siblings, spouses, etc. since 1975



Any previous names you have used or have been known by

FBI Fingerprint Criminal History ($25.75)

Pre-registration required and go to 3M Cogent site https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm

Note: You need to register on-line at the above web address. Once completed contact the nearest law enforcement agency to obtain two cards and complete the fingerprinting. Mail your completed cards and a copy of your receipt to the address provided upon registration or may drop off your cards at an approved 3M cogent site (available on the website). The registration is valid for 90 days and the response for the clearance can be 4-6 weeks

. REMEMBER THIS CLEARANCE IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR 10 CONTINOUS YEARS.

If you would like more information on the legislation or have additional questions please visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov or contact the Council office at 570-784-2700.

Camp Registration Confirmation E-mail

We are aware that some users have had issues with registering on-line. We are actively working on finding a solution to this issue in the meantime we ask that you, please be sure you receive an confirmation e-mail after completing a registration. If you do not receive one please reach out to the office so we can confirm your registration.  
Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Unit Websites

Unit Websites

The Technology Committee along with the Columbia Montour Council is now able to offer Units the ability to host websites for units on the Council Website. The websites do not require technical skills and are easy to update all from your web browser. These websites will be FREE OF CHARGE to units and offer the following pages and functionality to units.

  • Homepage
  • Achievements
  • News
  • Contact Us.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Calendar

If your unit is interested, please fill out the form below. The Technology Committee will then work on planning training based on number of Units interested. Please direct any questions to the Council Webmaster @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here to Fill Out Form!

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Recruiting Tips

Hold a Scout Night

Hold a troop (or pack or crew) activity for new Scouts soon after they join. Think about holding a campout for Scouts, a family overnighter for Cub Scouts, a hike for Venturers.

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