How Do I Submit My Background Clearances? (Update May 6, 2016)

To submit completed background clearances follow these steps:

  1. Click the Pennsylvania Dutch Council Clearance Portal and fill out the required information.
  2. Upload digit copies of:
    1. Report of criminal history from Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
    2. Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse).
    3. Fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) or (if qualified) Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers (eligible if you have been a 10 year resident of Pennsylvania)
  3. Press Submit at the end of the form (if you do not complete the upload and all required elements you can ‘Save’ your form and come back to it)

Once submitted you will receive the following email:

Dear <Unit Leader>,

Thank you for submitting your Pennsylvania Background Checks.  We have received your upload and will confirm that your clearances have been accepted in a follow up email.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please, contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council at 717-394-4063.

Thank you for volunteering!

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council

Your clearances will then be reviewed by a member of the Pennsylvania Dutch Council staff and you will received the following Confirmation Email that needs to be printed and submitted with your Adult Application:

Dear <Unit Leader>,

Thank you for submitting your Pennsylvania Background Checks.  Your clearances have been reviewed and approved.  If you have not submitted an Adult Application, print off a copy of this confirmation email and attach it with your application and Youth Protection Training verification.  Once we have processed your complete Adult Application, you will receive a membership card in the mall within the next 7 business days.  Until you receive your membership card you may only participate as a parent.

Once you receive your card you may fully participate as defined by your approved position.  This includes:
Membership
in the Boy Scouts of America
Training
Specific to Your Position
Accident
and Sickness Insurance
Liability
Insurance

Any questions about your membership should be directed to the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA at 717-394-4063. 

Thank you for volunteering!

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council

Additional Questions?

For additional questions please contact Field Director Rich Garipoli at 717-553-4201 or richard.garipoli@scouting.org OR Scout Executive Matthew Adams at 717-553-4211 or matthew.adams@scouting.org