This New Policy will apply to ALL Lodge Events as well.
New Policy - Elimination of the 72-Hour Rule:
Current BSA policy allows non-registered adults to accompany Scouts on overnight events as long as there are at least two registered Scouters present and the non-registered adults are there for less than 72 hours total. This policy is being revoked by National effective September 1 of this year. Allegheny Highlands has set the earlier date of July 1 to eliminate the 72-Hour Rule in our Council. As of that date, all adults attending overnight Scouting events in our Council must be registered members of BSA with Youth Protection Training and National background check completed. [Note: Merit Badge Counselors, Lion and Tiger Partners, and Executive Heads do not meet this requirement since they are not subject to the background check, unless they also hold another position that does include the check.] Please realize that registration is not complete until National has performed the background check – you should allow up to six weeks from submitting the application (with YPT certificate included) for this to be finished.
There is a small exemption in the Cub Scout program: parents or guardians who are not registered may accompany their own child on these events, but must be accompanied by a registered adult any time they are with a group of youth members, and are required to have read the section of the Cub Scout Handbook that deals with abuse prevention.
Thank you for your compliance with this new policy.
Allegheny Highlands Council Commissioner
Q: What position should I register in to stay/participate in overnight programs?