What are the requirements?
For adults in the troop this means:
- For All Adults and Parents: If you work with the troop more that 3 hours a month (a single overnight outing or day hike), you must complete both archdiocesan Orientation on Child Protection and be fingerprinted for a criminal background check. There are no exceptions. You may not exceed the 3 hour per month threshold until both are completed, and a favorable background investigation report is returned. Note that if you have completed this with a different parish, you must still do a new fingerprint/background check, designating St. Luke’s as your current parish. The Archdiocese requires an updated background check when volunteering at a new parish. Troop 85 will be notified by St. Luke when the background check and fingerprinting is complete.
- For registered Scouters: You must also complete the BSA Youth Protection Training, and renew it every two years. Parents not registered with the troop are welcome to take this as well, but this does not replace the Archdiocesan requirements.
How do I get trained?
To comply with the Archdiocesan youth protection requirements, you will need to visit both an orientation session and a fingerprinting session. The Archdiocese maintains a calendar of Decree Orientation sessions online. You may take the training at any location in the Archdiocese. It is strongly suggested that you call in advance to the scheduled location to confirm the schedule — sometimes the online calendar lags a bit. Fingerprinting is also sometimes offered alongside the training, but again, calling ahead is recommended.
The Archdiocese also maintains a calendar of fingerprinting sessions. Completion of a fingerprinting session begins the required background check. Note that St. Albert the Great in Kettering is the closest permanent fingerprinting site, and has weekly day and evening sessions. Be sure to designate St. Luke Parish as the volunteer location. Also note that if you have recently moved to Ohio, you’ll need a location that does both Ohio and FBI background checks. St. Albert’s does do both.
For registered Scouters, the BSA Youth Protection Training is online, and can be taken or renewed at home. This is an important step for the protection of all of the children in the Troop.
Am I up-to-date?
If you have questions as to your training status, Ms. Joan Witham is maintaining the troop records on this. You may contact her at joniw [at] woh [dot] rr [dot] com.