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I hate that they ask for the stupid certificates. You can print a report, from the official system, on one page or two if you have 50 volunteers, that lists everyone registered in your unit and their date take and date expires. Now people not on that list may have to provide their own proof. But come on camps?!?!? Accept the report!
What would be really helpful for instances where I’ve got to do multiple adults is a bulk downloader.
So, for example, I know I can generate the REPORT with everyone’s YPT dates YPT Aging Report, but if there is a place or camp that is insisting in the actual certificates (and some do) then being able to bulk download my unit’s certs would be helpful vs. one by one.
To be clear, we do not know what the camp’s rule is on this. In the “Adult Camper Paperwork” section, a list of individual items includes “Proof of YPT”. Our knee-jerk reaction is YPT-completion certificates. While it is possible the camp has no problem with that roster, it would be nice if BSA could provide a “thou shalt” about accepting YPT rosters, too.
I just looked at the requirement in the Leader Guide for two Texas camps I will be attending this summer:
Camp A: “Copy of valid Youth Protection certification (Training valid for two years)”
Camp B: “Current Youth Protection Training certification (YPT Aging Report from my.scouting.org is preferred, or YPT certificate)”
I suspect that part of the requirement (individual certificate or Aging report) is how the individual camp interprets the local state rule or law on youth camps to “prove” to state inspectors that the camp is in compliance for the adults attending camp.
ArenCambre: National probably could NOT make it “thou shall” but a “thou should” would be good due to potential conflict in local state laws or rules and/or state inspector interpretations of the local state laws or rules.
Matt.Johnson: Using Black pug works for local council adults, but what about all the non-local council adults?
Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Act #15
All agencies and institutions who deal with youth in Pennsylvania are required to comply with the
requirements of Act 15. This is a legal requirement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is
separate from, and in addition to, all BSA policies.
• Units from Pennsylvania: The unit is responsible to ensure that all adults who plan to say at
camp for 24 hours or more must have completed the three required clearances for volunteers.
Units from outside of Pennsylvania: Adults are not required to get the PA State Background
Checks but must ensure they are compliant with their state and Council requirements.
@Matt.Johnson If both councils use Blag Pug, then out of council units can also use the membership and YPT validation. However, it depends on the last time that each council uploaded its membership list to Black Pug.
Gut feeling is we shouldn’t be in the business of providing a comprehensive, 50-state solution. We can provide YPT, and we can have some state-by-state twists on it to meet requirements (Texas was an example for a while), but it seems expensive to properly go beyond that.