With the passage of Pennsylvania Act 153, there are some things that all volunteers working with youth (under the age of 18) need to be aware of. All members who will be working with youth
With the passage of Pennsylvania Act 153, there are some things that all volunteers working with youth (under the age of 18) need to be aware of. All members who will be working with youth need to have both a current Child Abuse Clearance and PA State Police Clearance. This includes events like fly tying classes as well as youth field days.
There are additional restrictions on people who have moved into PA within the last 10 years, as well as for chapters that may be hosting camps or other youth/member events. These are covered in our recently adopted PATU Youth Interaction Policy which can be found in the Documents section (click here) under Policies on the PATU website.
The important item now is for any members that help with youth in any capacity apply and receive their clearances. Here are the links to receive your clearances, both of which are at no cost, but please be sure to register as a volunteer.
Child Abuse Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
PA State Police Clearance: https://epatch.state.pa.us
Please also note that there are many other issues that Act 153 covers, Due to some of these that require further clarification, Wayne's Coldwater Kids has been postponed for 2016. We hope to work out the details so that next year we can bring back this popular event.