Youth Protection . . . and YOU
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scout, and Exploring programs.
The Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) places the greatest importance on maintaining a safe, secure environment for our youth members. The GGAC Executive Board has adopted two resolutions regarding local Youth Protection Training certification periods and for compliance with California AB 506 (see below links). AB 506 requires an additional background check via Live Scan, including fingerprinting, and requires mandated reporter training for ALL youth service organization volunteers. This law adds additional layers of protection to our already robust BSA Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse policies.
The GGAC Executive Board has made the commitment to our youth and families that all adults 18 and over will meet these requirements to be a registered BSA member. It is up to each registered adult to complete these necessary trainings and checks in order to keep our Scouts safe. Requiring ALL adults to comply with continuous YPT certification and AB 506 requirements allows a council of our size to more effectively administer the policies.
True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of EVERYONE in Scouting. Help us to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the council, district, and unit levels. Although compliance with YPT and AB 506 may be onerous to some, this is in the best interest of our youth.
Click here for information about YPT training
Click here to check your YPT status via My.Scouting
GGAC Scouting Family:
Youth protection is a core value of the Golden Gate Area Council. We are continuing to update you with the latest news on California law AB 506, which adds layers of protection to our already robust BSA Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse policies.
As noted in previous communications, all youth service organizations (e.g. Scout units, church groups, and sports teams) are required to meet AB 506 standards as of January, 2022. Two of the AB 506 standards affect all adult volunteers, all employees, and many of our families.
A Live Scan background check (the digital version of inked fingerprinting) will also be required for all volunteers and staff.
All California BSA councils are working together to implement these requirements consistently and in a timely fashion. Our youth members require the commitment of all adults involved in the Scouting program to keep them safe. Thank you for your dedication to this core value and for protecting our youth.
Please refer to the California Scouting site, developed by all California councils, to follow the steps necessary for your training and background check.
We will continue to update you on these requirements through special and regular GGAC eNews updates. Local information will continue to be available at GGAC Youth Protection. We appreciate your patience and assistance as we join all California Youth Service Organizations in improving youth protection.
Yours in Scouting
Missing Live Scan
Missing AB506 Training
Missing name from the report
If you find yourself on an ‘Untrained’ report, it is because of one of two reasons: You are not currently registered with the Golden Gate Area Council, or you uploaded your training information and certificate to another council by mistake. The Untrained report only contains names that are not in our database. All other errors are receiving a separate e-mail that addresses their specific problem.
Ours is a new ORI number. Live Scan Facilities may need to update ther machines.
Source: DOJ, ORI Support Desk
No! You may leave this blank.
We recommend you use your Browser’s built in PDF reader to open the form.
Click the link below to view the council routing information to add to the Live Scan form if it does not contain pre-populated information when opened in your browser or pdf viewer.
Click the link below:
and scroll to the bottom of the page
You can find the form at:
A youth participant (18-20) in any program is considered to be a youth in terms of AB506, not an adult.
However, they do need to take YPT and their certificate must be valid for their entire registration period.
No! If you exit the test before completing it, you will start at the beginning when you return. You should plan to schedule 2 hours to complete the test.
California Assembly Bill 506 became law on September 16, 2021. AB 506 requires administrators, employees, and regular volunteers of youth service organizations to: Complete training
First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.