PA Child Protective Services Law

Child Protective Services Law and its Impact on Volunteers in the Cradle of Liberty Council

How do I know if I need a clearance


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted the Child Protective Services Law in 2015. The intent of this law is to protect the youth of Pennsylvania. All youth serving organizations within the Commonwealth are covered under this law. Volunteers, registered and unregistered, in the Cradle of Liberty Council are affected in two ways; we are mandated child abuse reporters and required to provide background check clearances.


Who is required to comply with the Pennsylvania law? Frequently Asked Questions


  • All individuals seeking to become volunteers for Scouting in the state of Pennsylvania must have proper clearances before beginning volunteer work with Scout youth, as well as complete a new Boy Scouts of America Adult Application and online Youth Protection Training.
  • All registered unit, district, and council Scouters, regardless of their position responsibilities must have proper clearances.  This includes Boy Scouts turning 18 Boy Scout Turning 18 flow chart.
  • All non-registered adults who may have care, supervision, guidance or control of children, or routine interaction with children must have proper clearances and should be encouraged to become registered Scouters. The following serve as examples of adults in this category (additional examples and exclusions are listed in the “How do I know if I need a clearance“. These examples are not inclusive of all possibilities, but are examples to help you begin to think about the way your unit uses non-registered adults).
  • Clearances are required if a carpool is organized or drivers are recruited by the unit’s leaders. If organized parent to parent the clearances are not needed.
  • At events/camps where Scouts are participating without their parent(s), clearances are required. If parents are required for the Scout to attend, clearances are not required (unless the event/activity is greater then 72 hours); example Summer Resident Camp.  If greater, registration in the BSA, Youth Protection Training and PA Act 15 clearances are all required.
  • Parents helping with fundraisers – if the parent will be or could be responsible for a child other than their own son (or daughter) then clearances are required.
  • Clearances are not required for adults who stay occasionally at a meeting to help out, unless their participation becomes a weekly occurrence.

Please review this information below and take the required action as it pertains to your role.

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existing act 15
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adult vol no youth contact act 15
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  1. Pennsylvania Website on Child Protection:
  2. Pennsylvania Volunteer FAQ:
  3. Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter FAQ:
  4. BSA Volunteer FAQ


Any questions or issues please email or call (484) 654-9214

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