Banner showing Youth Protection logo and GGAC patch on a cloud background.

Youth Protection . . . and YOU

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) emphasize youth safety for all of our programs. To support a safe environment, is it critical that all registered volunteers be compliant with required Youth Protection Training (YPT) from the BSA and California Law AB-506, which adds requirements for volunteers in all youth serving organizations. Parents are highly encouraged to complete YPT.

Youth safety is the responsibility of EVERYONE in Scouting.
Help the GGAC Executive Board maintain a safe culture at the
Unit, District, and Council level!

For ALL registered volunteers, you have 60 days to become YPT and AB-506 compliant from the date of your registration (whether new or renewed), or your membership will be suspended.

You are YPT Compliant if YOU:

  1. Are a registered adult volunteer in the BSA
  2. Have completed BSA YPT
  3. Have current YPT for your entire registration period

Note: You may need to update your YPT once a year, unless you take it on the date of your annual registration anniversary.

You are AB-506 Compliant if YOU:

  1. Complete Mandated Reporter Training (required every 2 years by the State of California)
  2. Have current Mandated Reporter Training for your entire registration period
  3. Complete the background check consent form (once)
  4. Upload your certificate on California Scouting
  5. Obtain LiveScan fingerprinting (once)
  6. Provide your unit leader with copies of your Mandated Reporter Certificate & LiveScan form.

FAQs - AB-506 and YPT Compliance

Common issues that cause missing information on AB506 compliance reports.
Missing LiveScan
  1. Live Scan companies use your name exactly as it appears on an official government document (typically a driver's license) to request your Live Scan processing.  The resulting reports given to the council’s AB 506 administrator use your legal name.  If your BSA Registration uses the same legal name, there will be a match.  However, if you used an abbreviation or nickname for your BSA registration, we may not be able to verify a match.  If you know this to be the case, provide both names to your unit and/or district leadership, so a proper match can be made.
Missing AB506 Training
  1. You might have forgotten to upload your training certificate.
  2. You might have uploaded your training certificate to the wrong Council, possibly to Golden Empire and not Golden Gate
  3. During the upload you might have omitted or entered the wrong BSA ID.
  4. The name on your training certificate &/or the one you supplied in the upload process might not match the name you have used for registration with BSA.
Missing name from the report
  1. You might have created a My.Scouting login ID during the process of registering your child for the BSA, but you never registered yourself as an adult volunteer. If you are not a registered/in good standing, there is no membership record to match your AB506 file.
Where do I upload my Mandated Reporter training certificate?
You can upload the form HERE.
Can I pause the training and then resume from where I left off?
Unfortunately, no. If you exit the module before completion, you will be required to start at the beginning when you return. You should plan for 2 hours of time to complete the module and test.
How can I look up whether my Mandated Reporter Training is current?
The easiest way to review your compliance with mandated reporter training is by visiting the Mandated Reporter Training website. Login to view your training history.
What are the LiveScan requirements & fees?
Both the state (DOJ) and federal background checks are required. Volunteers need to pay for fees associated with fingerprinting and the federal background check. The state (DOJ) is free.

The federal fees are a rolling fingerprint fee, which varies between LiveScan processing locations and generally range from $20-40, as well as a $17 fee for the federal background check.
The LiveScan processing location says the ORI number doesn't work.
The ORI number for Golden Gate Area Council is AR701
Do I need to enter the Type of License in the Applicant Submission section?
No, you may leave this blank.
I can't locate the LiveScan form.
You can find the prepopulated form link at:
California Scouting GGAC Portal - Scroll to the bottom of the page.
When I open the prepopulated LiveScan form link, the fields aren't displaying properly. What do I do?
We recommend you use your Browser’s built in PDF reader to open the form. You can also use the link below to view the prepopulated field information, then add them to your form in your pdf viewer. Using a different web browser may also help in this situation.

 LiveScan form image

Does an 18-20 year old in Exploring, Sea Scouts, or Venturing need to complete YPT and AB506 training? What about an 18-20 year old OA member with a primary registration in Scouts BSA?
An older youth program participant age 18-20 in a BSA program is considered to be a youth in terms of AB506, not an adult volunteer. However, an older youth program participant 18-20 does need to be YPT compliant. For Order of the Arrow older youth ages 18-20 with a primary adult volunteer registration in a Scouts BSA unit, the participant would need to be both YPT and AB506 compliant.
I completed YPT, but was told that my certification is not showing as current/valid. What happened?
You may have multiple BSA IDs and completed YPT under an ID not associated with your unit registration. This can occur for several reasons. Your ID's need to be merged or synced. This may be done by the individual, or in some cases by unit or district leadership.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

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.


Sea Scouts




Shooting Sport


Scouting for Food

Order of the Arrow