BSA Background Checks

Since 2003, background checks have been conducted on every new adult when they apply to register, and in 2008 a background check was conducted on all currently registered adults. In 2020, the BSA will implement periodic criminal background checks on a five-year basis. The first periodic recheck will take place next January.

In preparation for this, the required disclosures and authorization documents are being updated to ensure compliance with current local, state, and federal laws.

The National Service Center will send an email with three separate background check disclosures and authorization form documents around October 7th to all currently registered adults who have a valid email address.

Those documents are:

(1) the Background Check Disclosure;

(2) the California State Law Disclosures (Non-Credit);

(3) the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.  All currently registered adults need to receive each of these documents.  Copies will be available at the Williamsport Service Center.

A new, signed Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form must be collected before any adult’s annual registration is processed.