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