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National BSA Revises Youth and Adult Applications (April 2015)

Revised Youth and Adult Applications


Last year, the National Executive Board approved a resolution to ensure that moving forward, participants who are 18 but not yet 21 register as adults. This does not affect their eligibility to participate in programs such as Venturing and Sea Scouting.

The primary purpose of the change is to ensure that all persons legally considered adults meet adult membership requirements, including undergoing a criminal background check and meeting the BSA’s Youth Protection requirements and membership standards. The changes are required to allow the performance of criminal background checks in connection with the registration process.

New Venturing and Sea Scouting participants 18 but not yet 21, must complete an Adult Application and Criminal Background Check Disclosure/Authorization form.  To support this change, the youth and adult applications have been revised. The new Youth Application, No. 524-406, and the new Adult Application, No. 524-501, should be used starting March 1, 2015. Spanish versions of the Youth Application, No. 524-423 (SKU 619507), and the Adult Application, No. 524-502 (SKU 619505), are also available. All new youth and adult applications can be identified with the number 115 located at the bottom right corner on the cover of the application. An announcement regarding system changes and frequently asked questions will be made soon.

Beginning March 1, 2015, the BSA will begin the process of ensuring that participants who are 18 but not yet 21 register as adults and meet the same requirements as adult leaders, but may still be participants in applicable programs until age 21. When this policy is enforced, currently registered Venturers or Sea Scouts will not need to register as adults as long as they are continuously registered in the same unit, until reaching the age of 21.

Effective April 1, 2015 the Redwood Empire Council Office will only accept the newest version of the Boy Scouts of America Adult and Youth Applications. New applications may be picked up from the Redwood Empire Council Service Center or printed from our webpage. Older versions of the adult and youth application will no longer be accepted.

It is the Redwood Empire Council’s policy that all adults are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

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