All Programs

Keeping Kids Safe:

  • Youth Protection Training Policies* - Learn about Youth Protection Training, which is required for all BSA volunteers, regardless of position. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before beginning service as a volunteer. In order to remain registered as an adult, Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years.
  • Required PA Clearances for Volunteers - Everyone should be aware of the Criminal Record, Child Abuse, and FBI Fingerprinting requirements for all new BSA volunteers in Pennsylvania as of June 30, 2015.
  • Affidavit of Residency - The affidavit of residency, a document to show proof of residence, should be completed by all adult volunteers who qualify for exemption from FBI Fingerprinting requirements – Please read “Required PA Clearances for Volunteers” above to determine if you are exempt.
  • A Guide to Safe Scouting - This guide provides an overview of policies and procedures related to conducting Scouting activities in a safe manner. Answers to many specific questions can be found here. Additional Scouting safety information is available at www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety.aspx.
  • Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scout Activities - Use these guidelines, developed based on the mental, physical, emotional, and social maturity of Boy Scouts of America youth members, to plan age-and-rank-appropriate activities for Cub Scout dens and packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.
*Youth Protection Training Update

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training (YPT) will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.

Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application.

With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Westmoreland Fayette Council Executive Board has passed a resolution which states that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult whose youth protection training is not valid for the entire charter year to ensure that all of our youth are led by leaders who are current in their YPT.

Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.

Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop or Cub Scout Pack to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and youth protection training, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip.

Please Note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp


Medical & Insurance:

  • BSA Medical Form  - The form is divided into three parts: Part A (Informed Consent, Release Agreement and Authorization), Part B (General Information/Health History), and Part C (Pre-Participation Physical – which must be completed by certified and licensed physicians (MD, DO), nurse practitioners, or physician assistants.)
  • Medical Insurance Claim Form  - This form is to be used after an injury occurs, when a claim needs to be made for medical insurance.
  • Request for Liability Certificate - Our local Council’s Scout Service Center can assist volunteers with requesting a liability certificate for unit, district, or Council activities. Two weeks should be allowed for processing of certificate requests.
  • BSA Near Miss Form - Please complete this form when an incident occurs that does NOT result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but had the potential to do so. Completed Near Miss Forms should be returned to Martin Barbie at martin.barbie@scouting.org

Consent Forms:

  • Activity Consent Form - Units can use this ready-made form to obtain approval and consent for  Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and guests (if applicable) under 21 years of age to participate in a den, pack, troop, or crew trip, expedition, or activity.
  • Photo Release Form - Photo releases are not required for events open to the general public; however, they should be used at events that would be considered invitation-only and where the media may not be invited. Please note that the photo release form is NOT needed for events requiring a BSA Medical Form, as photo release is authorized through signing Part A of the medical form.