Frequently Asked Questions
Revised October 2018
All Scout units that are chartered to a Catholic parish or school in the Diocese of Camden will comply with diocesan regulations. The adult scout leaders will be background checked by the diocesan procedure and the parish or school will cover this expense. Scout units that are not chartered to a Catholic parish or school but meet on parish, school or other Diocese of Camden property will have their adult leaders background checked at their own expense and will provide proof of clearance to the parish or school Safe Environment Coordinator.
Adults in regular contact with minors will pass a fingerprint criminal history background check through the Diocese of Camden and will attend a safe environment training program called VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children
Protecting God’s Children is a national program that is faith-based and involves adult interactive learning. Beginning July 1, 2018, all adults in regular contact with minors in the Diocese of Camden will attend PGC sessions. For more information: https://www.virtusonline.org
While the Diocese of Camden recognizes and respects the BSA Youth Protection training, PGC is the safe environment program that scout leaders will attend. BSA Youth Protection is a program run by BSA for BSA to instruct leaders on protecting youth. It is a membership requirement for Boy Scout adult leaders. This is a link that discusses BSA Youth Protection: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx