Welcome to the Chief Cornplanter Council Website
Welcome to the official web site of the Chief Cornplanter Council. This site was created as an additional means of communications about programs and services provided by the council to our Scouting families, adult volunteer leaders and the community. We hope you find your visit informative and enjoyable.
Pennsylvania Mandated Clearances
The Chief Cornplanter Councils deadline to comply with PA Act 153 (Criminal Background Check) has been moved to May 1st, 2016. Thank you for your understanding as the Council works with volunteers to comply with this evolving Commonwealth law.
Some more information can be found at keepkidssafe.pa.gov.
PA Act 153 (Criminal Background Check) Resources
With the implementation of PA Act 153 of 2014, all volunteers registered with the Boy Scouts of America in the Moraine Trails Council, and adults helping the unit with youth on a regular basis, must have the required criminal background checks.
Here you will find the Council's Compliance Plan, an explanation of the legislation, the state disclosure statement for FBI fingerprinting exemption and any other relevant resources.
This document explains PA Act 153 of 2014.
This is the disclosure statement provided by Pennsylvania to obtain an exemption from the FBI clearance requirement of PA Act 153. To qualify, you must have been a resident of PA during the entirety of the previous ten-year period.
Links for the PA State Police criminal history check and child abuse clearances. Be prepared to enter all of the places you've lived since 1975 and all of the people you've lived with since 1975.
- Pennsylvania State Police Criming History Check
- PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
The third criminal background check is the fingerprint-based FBI clearance. Any volunteer aged 18 or older who hasn't lived in Pennsylvania for the last 10 years must be fingerprinted. This is a multi-step process involving first registering and paying online then going to an authorized fingerprint location. To begin, register here. If you HAVE been a resident of PA for the last 10 years in a row, you can skip the FBI fingerprinting and submit the PA Disclosure Statement instead.
Adult Leadership Standards Update
Dear Scouting Volunteer:
Along with the rest of the Scouting family, we have been reflecting on the challenges facing the Boy Scouts of America and potential ways to address them—primarily regarding adult leadership standards. Our primary focus has always been on serving America’s youth and providing the best program possible to our members. Our mission has not changed.
The BSA National Executive Board recently voted to ratify a resolution amending the adult leadership standards. Effective immediately, chartered organizations are able to select adult volunteer leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders. This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own. It is important to note that the 2013 youth membership policy is not affected by this decision and remains unchanged.
Moving forward, Scouting will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth, helping them grow into good, strong citizens. By focusing on the goals that unite us, we are able to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve. All of the Chief Cornplanter Council looks forward to continuing to support you in providing a quality program for the youth of Warren County.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this policy change, please don’t hesitate to contact the Betts Scout Service Center (814-723-6700). You can also visit http://scoutingnewsroom.org/ for more information on our policies.
Thank you again for your support.
|The new Healthform can be downloaded Here.This link will take you to the online healthforms that went into effect on March 1, 2014. The site is easy to understand.|
|The new Tour Permits are now online and can be found on your MyScouting.org page.|
"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?", "Se habla español?", "Parlez-vous français?"
If you speak a foreign language, you may be able to wear an Intrepreter Strip on your uniform.
Visit our Interpreter Strip page for more information.
A new program on Cyber Bullying is being offered to our Council units. A flyer is in your mailboxes or you may download it here.
A new page has been added to our website. It is in honor of all the Scouts and Scouters who have "Gone Home". You can access the page from our left column or Click Here.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
As a mandadte reporter. all persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abrogate this reporting responsibility to any other person.
Notify your Scout Executive after this report, or of any violation of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, so that he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies.
To report to the Scout Executive, please call (814) 688-8140. Line available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Immediate reports must also be made (per Pennsylvania law) to CHILDLINE at 1-800-932-0313 or online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Following your call to CHILDLINE, an additional notification to the local Children and Youth Department should be made. This second contact should be made to Forest Warren Human Services. Weekdays 8:30 AM-5PM at 814-726-2100 or 814-726-8413 or after 5:00 PM and on weekends the number to call is 814-726-1380 or 1-800-406-1255.
Any person, pursuant to the law, who reports abuse or neglect or testifies in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any criminal or civil liability as a result of such action.
Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect pursuant to the law, or to comply with the provisions of the law, is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment or both.
Statement of Purpose
It is the mission of the Chief Cornplanter Council and the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
OUR SPECIAL THANKS!
The Warren County United Fund continues to make a significant impact on the quality of program delivery to the Scouts and families of the Chief Cornplanter Council. The continued interest and generosity of our United Fund partner helps to guarantee the uninterrupted service to the youth in all neighborhoods and communities throughout the Warren County area.
This web site and the information it contains is provided solely for the use of people interested in the Scouting program of the Chief Cornplanter Council, Boy Scouts of America. It was developed originally by a volunteer Scouter, and has now been updated and will be maintained by the Chief Cornplanter Council as an additional means of communications for the benefit of our Scouting families, adult volunteer leaders, and the community at large.
All information contained herein, although believed to be accurate, is offered as a public service with no representation or guaranty as to its accuracy.
The site will always be under construction, and will continually update the information when it becomes available. The information can be updated daily, or even more frequently. So, please check back often for the most current information.
BETTS SCOUT SERVICE CENTER HOURS:
Monday - Friday
9:00AM to 4:00PM