Dear Scouting Leaders:

You were to have received an email recently from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America regarding the Background Check Disclosure and Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization documents.

The Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization form must be completed and turned in to your unit leadership to be turned in with the unit’s annual recharter.

As a registered adult leaders in the Michigan Crossroads Council, we are requesting that you submit the Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization Form to your unit leadership to be turned in with your Charter Renewal paperwork.


The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is committed first and foremost to keeping youth safe. Part of that commitment includes continually updating our youth protection policies to help ensure we are always on the forefront of youth safety.

As you know, one of the BSA’s many barriers to abuse is a mandatory criminal background check during the adult volunteer application process. The BSA will now also perform periodic rechecks of criminal backgrounds to support the continued safety of youth in our programs.

Please complete the process listed below at your earliest availability to help us continue to provide the safest environment possible for our Scouts and leaders. Please note that these steps must be completed before your 2020 annual registration can be processed.

  1. Review the separate disclosure document linked below that is being provided to you separately for your review. It is titled “Background Check Disclosure.”
  2. Once you have reviewed that, print the separate document titled “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization.” Review the additional disclosures on that form, then complete and sign the Authorization using an ink/wet signature.   Turn in the Additional Disclosures and Background Check Authorization with your unit charter renewal paperwork.
    Note: A print signature is required for this document. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
  3. Turn in the signed “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form promptly to your unit leader for submission with your unit’s annual charter renewal paperwork.

If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization form and return it to your unit leader during the Charter Renewal process, your 2020 annual registration will not be processed.

Background Check Disclosure

Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization

If you have any questions, please contact your local Field Service Council office for assistance.

We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.

Brad Arbuckle
Council President

Kevin Will
Council Commissioner

Donald Shepard
Scout Executive / CEO

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