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PA Volunteer Clearances

KEEP KIDS SAFE - CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAW (PA ACT 15) & ITS IMPACT ON VOLUNTEERS IN THE MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL

Suspect Child Abuse or neglect? Call Childline: 1-800-932-0313

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 Minsi Trails Council are affected in two ways; we are mandated child abuse reporters and required to provide background check clearances to the volunteering organization. 

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

  • Adult definitions
    • Volunteer: Act 15 required
      • 18 years of age and older, not a program participant.  
      • 18 - 20 year old registered in a Scouts BSA Unit.  
         
    • Program Participant: Act 15 not required
      • 18 years of age and older who are registered as participants in a BSA program.  Examples are Scouts BSA, Exploring, Venturing, Sea Scouts. 
         
  • General Guidelines
    • Act 15 Clearances are required if a carpool is organized or drivers are recruited by the unit’s leaders. If organized guardian / parent to guardian / parent the clearances are not needed. 
    • Guardians / Parents helping with fundraisers – if the parent will be or could be responsible for a child other than their own then Act 15 clearances are required.
    • Clearances are not required for guardians / parents who stay occasionally at a meeting, unless their participation becomes supervisory of youth.
    • Renewals of PA Act 15 Clearances 
      • All clearances are valid for 60 months from the initial request date (inception date).
      • Child Abuse History Clearance, the renewal window starts on the day after the 57 month. 
      • Criminal History from PA State Police, the renewal window starts on the day after the 57 month. 
      • Finger based FBI Criminal History Clearance, fees apply regardless of renewal window.  
        • Disclosure Statement and Waiver Application, renewal window any time. 
           

Please review the information below and take the required action: 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join us for important planning for the Northampton district.   Join Zoom...
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Dunkin' Donuts 855 S Broadway, Wind Gap, PA 18091 Thursday 3/14/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If you need specific items please reach out via...
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Save the Date. March 23, 2024. MTC Marksmanship Madness, target shooting competition at Camp Minsi for Cub Scouts and Scouts, BSA. Cub Scouts...
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Panera Bread 3714 Nazareth Rd Easton PA 18045 Thursday 3/28/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If you need specific items please reach out via email 2...
The Minsi Trails Council Business Office & Scout Shop will be closed on this day.  Please plan accordingly.   If you need assistance,...
The Minsi Trails Council Business Office & Scout Shop will be closed on this day.  Please plan accordingly.   If you need assistance,...
Please Join us for important planning for the Northampton district.   Join Zoom...
Warren District Mobile Office Hours - Phillipsburg Panera 1196 US-22, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 Thursday 4/4/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If you need...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be held at Tweedle Park in Weatherly every...
This course is open to all registered Adult Leaders. There is a required prerequisite online training session available at: my.scouting.org> My...
23rd Annual ALLENTOWN TRADE-O-REE Scout Patch Collecting and Memorabilia Show www.AllentownTOR.com Hosted by:  OA...
Dunkin' Donuts 855 S Broadway, Wind Gap, PA 18091 Thursday 4/11/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If you need specific items please reach out via...
This event is being held at the Klecknersville Fire co. More info to...
Monroe District Meetings and Roundtable Join us every second Thursday of each month at 630pm for our in person/zoom Roundtable and District...
Lehigh District Annual Recognition Dinner Date; Thursday, April 11, 2024 Time; Doors Open at 6:30 PM, Dinner and Program at 7:00 PM $30.00 per...
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  Minsi Trails Council Spring 2024 Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)   This course is open to all registered Adult...
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Monthly meeting of the Council Commissioner team - meetings are hybrid - we meet at the Council office, and would love to see you there if you can...
Warren District Mobile Office Hours - Hackettstown Panera Bread 2045 NJ-57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 Thursday 4/18/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If...
The Monroe District Monroe Eagle Board meets every third Thursday of the month to meet with Scouts seeking approval for Eagle projects and for the...
Panera Bread 3714 Nazareth Rd Easton PA 18045 Thursday 4/25/24 10:00AM to 12:00PM  *If you need specific items please reach out via email 2...
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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
(610) 264-8551
10 AM – 5 PM (Monday  – Friday)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

 

SCOUT SHOP HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
(610) 264-8551
10 AM - 5 PM  (Monday-Friday)
10 AM - 2 PM (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

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ADDRESS
991 Postal Road, Allentown, PA 18109