Re: Background Check
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sun, 23 Oct 1994 01:03:22 -0400
We've also heard that BSA may be requiring fingerprints and background
checks next year. I'm not sure the cost you heard is accurate though.
Most law enforcement agencies will do finger-printing for free or at best
for a fee of only a few dollars. Most law enforcement folks will accept
fingerprints, if done properly, on standard FBI fingerprint cards, which
you can do yourself or have done by a Scout working on fingerprinting
merit badge. At a recent camporee we had a fingerprinting station set up
and manned with local law enforcement - they did fingerprints for child
identification and a number of leaders then, as well, while working with
Scouts who wanted to earn the merit badge. The background check shouldn't
cost much either. Almost every law enforcement agency is linked with the
FBI's computer records and can easily generate a report of wants and
warrants, priors, etc. I would suspect that agreements will be worked out
with local law enforcement agencies to have this done for free in most
Councils and at worst for very nominal fee.
BSA may have a sell job with veteran Scouters, but many probably have
already had fingerprinting done for a job, military service, etc., anyway.
Yeah it could be a royal pain, but I think most are pretty committed to
the Scouts and probably would do it grudingly.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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