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Summer Camp Adult Registration Requirement Changes - March 2018 Update

UPDATED MARCH 28, 2018

In preparation for the upcoming summer camp season, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has introduced new adult leadership requirements for resident camp.  “Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying any Scouting unit who are present at an activity for 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training.  The 72 hours need not be consecutive.”

Requiring registration, background checks and YPT for adults at Scouting activities adds another dimension of protection for all participants.  We fully recognize the effect that these requirements will have on parents and programs and offer the following additional clarification:

  • This applies to any adult accompanying a Scouting unit (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, or Exploring) who is present at an activity for 72 hours or more.  The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
  • These adults must be registered as leaders, including the completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training before the activity begins (CBCs cannot be expedited). 

  • Cub Scout and Webelos/AOL Resident Camps are less than 72 hours.  Please reference the chart below for documentation needs

Additional policy changes to promote the safety and security of participants are under consideration by the National Council for future implementation.  

Additional Local Requirements

In support of this commitment to participant safety the Twin Rivers Council has adopted the following additional requirements for adult leaders at resident camp:

  • New York State Department of Health regulations continue to require ALL adults accompanying Scouts to resident camp in the Twin Rivers Council to submit to an annual background check through the Department of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry. 
  • All adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to resident camp for less than 72 hours are required to show proof of current Youth Protection Training.
  • All adults accompanying a Cub Scout to resident camp at Camp Wakpominee are required to show proof of current Youth Protection Training.

Please bring paper copies of your current YPT Certificates to camp.

By June 1steach unit is asked to submit the name, YPT certification date, and birthdate (for DCJS background check) for each adult accompanying Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts to resident camp at Camp Wakpominee or Rotary Scout Reservation this summer.  Your camp director will distribute a Google Form link to each unit contact to collect this data.  It is highly recommended that one designated leader from each troop or pack collect and submit this data.  Each entry will take approximately 1 minute to complete.  

Please submit all possible adults for prior review, even if their attendance at camp is unconfirmed.  Verification of a last-minute addition may not be possible at camp.   

Upon arrival at camp, each adult will be checked against the unit-provided and council-verified list.  Any adults, including parents, who have not met the standards listed above will not be permitted to stay overnight nor be counted to meet a unit’s required supervision ratios.  

Thank you for your cooperation and support of our efforts to keep our Scouts safe and secure.  Please consult the chart below and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your camp director.

Yours in Scouting,

Brian Murray                               Floyd Terry                                  Bob Fagan

Vice President/Program               Camping Committee Chair          Training Committee Chair

Twin Rivers Council                      Twin Rivers Council                      Twin Rivers Council

campdirector@rsrbsa.org

 

Summer Resident Camp Adult Leadership Requirements

                                                

ADULT LEADER

REQUIREMENTS

Boy Scout Resident Camp – present for 72 hours or more (not necessarily consecutive)

  • Must be registered as a leader with BSA, including completion of criminal background check and Youth Protection Training, and
  • NYS DCJS Sex Offender Registry clearance

Boy Scout Resident Camp – present for fewer than 72 hours total

  • Must complete Youth Protection Training and
  • NYS DCJS Sex Offender Registry clearance

Cub Scout & AOL Resident Camp

(Camp Wakpominee)

  • Must complete Youth Protection Training and
  • NYS DCJS Sex Offender Registry clearance

Short Term Visitor

(including Family Night guests)

  • No requirements
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