The Boy Scouts of America has announced the selection of a state-of-the-art
Internet-based criminal background checking system for its adult volunteers and
leaders. The implementation of this new system provides local councils of the
BSA with the capability of checking new volunteer applicants against state and
After an exhaustive search process, the BSA chose the ChoicePoint company's
background checking system called VolunteerSelect. The Boy Scouts of America
has been involved in updating and improving its youth protection guidelines and
regulations on a consistent basis for decades.
"The safety of our youth has always been, and always will be, the paramount
concern for the Boy Scouts of America," said Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive.
"We continually seek new ways to improve our youth protection methods and procedures
because we believe in the critical importance of protecting our youth from any
form of abuse. The selection of this program, VolunteerSelect, is further evidence
of how seriously we take youth protection and safety."
The BSA is nationally recognized as having one of the most effective youth
protection processes, involving youth instruction, parental commitment, and
background/reference checks. Beginning in 1972, the BSA's standards for leadership
were developed as a guideline for screening adult volunteers. VolunteerSelect is
the latest step, enabling the more than 300 local councils to include national
criminal, state sex offender, and county criminal screening.
If a match is found on a volunteer applicant, he or she will be sent a copy
of the information and can dispute the findings. The council and the organization
that sponsors the applicant's unit will then determine how to proceed, based upon
The Boy Scouts of America is composed of 1.3 million volunteers working together
for the sole purpose of helping more than 5 million youth succeed in life. The Boy
Scouts of America's 93-year history is a testament to the enduring values of the