Parents, guardians and girls trust that Girl Scouts is a safe place for them, and Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) takes that trust seriously. We are committed to maintaining policies and procedures that create a safe environment for girls to discover, connect, and take action.
Criminal background checks are one of the strategies used to ensure that girls are safe with us. GSCCC policy is to conduct criminal background checks on all new volunteers, and to repeat them on all volunteers every three years.
All adults who wish to serve as Girl Scout volunteers must be registered members and are required to complete and pass a background check. This include any adult supporting the troop in any volunteer capacity, including, but not limited to adults who wish to volunteer as chaperones on field trips or work cookie booths. Background checks are valid for three years and must be repeated before they expire to remain eligible. Adults who do not complete a background check are not permitted to participate in any Girl Scout (GS) sponsored activity, except when the activity is intended for family participation (e.g. award ceremony, family/troop outing etc.).
Any adult who has been convicted of, has received adjudication for, or has plead guilty to the crimes listed in the "What could exclude me from volunteering with Girl Scouts?" section below cannot participate in any Girl Scout activity, including GS family activities. The decision to disqualify or limit an individual’s participation as a volunteer is solely at the discretion of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will strictly maintain the confidentiality of all background information obtained, including reasons why a volunteer applicant may have been disqualified.
Frequently Asked Questions about Background Checks