Council News

Update from Scout Executive

October 11, 2019

Dear Scout Leaders:

Families today have many options, but we are confident you’ll agree there is no program providing the leadership training and character development Scouting provides. Keeping the safety of our youth at the forefront of all we do, we felt it important to share with you the following information. 

Since 2003 the Boy Scouts of America has conducted criminal background checks on every new adult leader, and in 2008 a background check was conducted on every registered. On or about October 11th, all registered leaders in the Boy Scouts of America will be receiving an email communication regarding an elevation in our Youth Protection Policies.  The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.

All volunteer leaders will need to sign a background check authorization form and these forms be returned to the Volunteer Service Center before your 2020 registration can be processed.

I understand some may have concerns regarding the wording on the Background Check Authorization & Disclosure Forms.  National BSA has informed us that the wording on the forms is required by both state and federal law.  I have attached a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will hopefully alleviate any lingering concerns.  Please allow me to assure you of the following however

The BSA is NOT performing credit checks on its volunteers as part of this process.

The BSA is committed to its policy of not releasing any data to third party vendors.

Regarding the “subsidiaries, affiliates, etc.” language on the Disclosure Form.  Depending upon the result of a criminal background check, it may be necessary to share certain information with a subsidiary organization (e.g. your chartered organization head.)  This is not a new process, and I assure you we are not releasing any information to a 3rd party vendor.

The information gathered through these criminal background checks serves one purpose, and one purpose only … to provide the safest possible environment for our youth members. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email us

Thank you for patience, your support, and your commitment to Scouting.


James Gillick

Scout Executive & CEO


File Name Description
Criminal Background Check FAQ's Download