In Girl Scouting, safety is our #1 priority. Due to new legislation (PA Act 153) there are some new rules we all need to follow as a volunteer organization.
Nonprofits, like the Girl Scouts, must ensure that our volunteers complete the required background clearances starting July 1. Governor Wolf recently waived the fees for the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Clearance for volunteers. (If you are required to get the FBI fingerprints, there is still a charge.) Unfortunately, this change does not take effect until July 25, 2015. As a result, you must have your required clearances as described below before you begin volunteering. So depending on your start date, you may or may not be able to take advantage of the waived fees.
Since these processes can be confusing, we've outlined everything below so you know exactly which clearances you need to volunteer with Girl Scouts.
A few things to note:
- If you received the required clearances for another organization within the last 36 months, they are valid and we can accept a copy of your results along with your signed affidavit. Just send them to the address or email indicated below. The fastest way to do all of this is to follow the guidelines for electronic submission and send copies to us by email. Paper forms are available as a last resort (and it’s going to take a lot longer for the State of Pennsylvania to process them). We have a lot of clear...