Pennsylvania Act 153 Pertaining to Volunteers
In October 2014, Governor Corbett signed PA Act 153 into law. This legislation is designed to increase the safety of children by requiring background checks and child abuse clearances for all volunteers and staff who are responsible for children. This law impacts all organizations who serve youth and also includes strengthened mandatory reporting requirements for adult volunteers and staff.
Effective August 25, 2015 as part of Pennsylvania Act 153, all individuals seeking to become new volunteers for Scouting in PA will need to possess several specific clearances before beginning volunteer work with Scout youth.
Full details of who needs the PA background clearances is full documented on the Hawk Mountain Council website here.
With some exceptions, all registered adult leaders must complete the PA background clearances before submitting their applicaiton to the council office.
Steps to Completing Clearances
Follow the steps below to secure the following clearances:
- PA State Police criminal history - online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
- PA Department of Human Services clearance - online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis
- If you have lived in PA for the last 10 years, complete the "Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers" - online here.
- If you have not lived in PA for the last 10 years, you must complete the FBI finger print criminal history - online at https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
Youth Protection Training
Visit my.scouting.org, create an account (if needed), and complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT). Print the certificate and submit with your BSA Adult Volunteer Application.
Please contact a unit leader if you have any questions regarding the applicaiton and/or the PA background clearances process.