PA Background Checks

The Boy Scouts of America realizes that background checks of registered adult volunteers are an important component of a comprehensive Youth Protection program. That’s why, before a volunteer can be confirmed as a leader in Scouting, references are checked, a criminal background check is conducted by the National office of the BSA, and the person is screened against a list of names of people who do not meet the high standards of Scouting.

In addition to the background checks that the BSA conducts,  Pennsylvania state law through PA Act 15 requires three specific clearances be obtained for both employees and volunteers of  youth serving organizations like the Chester County Council, BSA.

Click Here for the information from the State of Pennsylvania regarding these clearances. .

Volunteer Background checks

Click on the items below to go directly to the information you need:


  1. FBI Fingerprint Waiver
    Volunteers can use this form to waive the need to get fingerprinted if they have lived in the state of PA for the last 10 consecutive years.
  2. Waiver for Maryland Volunteers
    For volunteers that serve with Maryland chartered units.
  3. Waiver of Youth Supervision
    For volunteers that have no direct control or supervision of minors.
  6. Council volunteers without youth supervision
    For District, Council, Area, Regional and National Volunteers