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Q&A: SSNs, background checks, merit badge counselors
Blog     21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
Time for a few more answers to your questions, this time about Social Security numbers on adult applications, the criminal background check and how to become a merit badge counselor. I don’t like giving out my Social Security number. Why is it required on an adult application? An adult applicant’s Social Security number is required on the adult application form in order for the National Council to conduct a criminal background check. This is done on every volunteer who applies for membership in the BSA. The applicant’s date of birth and driver’s license numbers are also used to help identify potential issues...


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Blog     20 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
Twice last week, I was greeted by one of our former Scouts in public, once at a restaurant and the other at a store. We were having lunch and both my son and I noticed a busboy who looked familiar, but neither of us could place exactly who it was until he came over and said “hi” to us, or more specifically, to my older son, five years removed from the troop but who must have made an impression on the younger fellow. He was working hard, clearing dishes and doing side work, and it looked like he was giving an...



   
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