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BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

Every registered adult must take the new Youth Protection Training course by October 1, 2018.

How do I take the updated Youth Protection course?

Here’s a PDF that outlines the steps.

Here is the website: Link

The BSA has announcedExternal Link bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. This starts with an enhanced online Youth Protection training course all volunteers and professionals must complete.

The updated online course will take from 90 to 120 minutes to complete. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. 

Across the council, there will be many facilitator-led Youth Protection classroom training sessions  scheduled.  Please gather the leaders in your pack, troop, or crew and attend one of these classes.  The dates and details are listed to the right. You should allow two hours for the facilitator-led courses.

Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.orgExternal Link and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to do so.


Who must complete the updated Youth Protection course?

All registered Scouters (volunteers and professionals), including any adult who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 total hours or more.

The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.

How do I take the updated Youth Protection course?

Here’s a PDF that outlines the steps.

Here is the website: Link

Isn't there a 'grace period' to take Youth Protection Training when I register as a new leader?

No.  There is no grace period.  All adult applications must be accompanied by a current Youth Protection Training certificate.  No adult application will be accepted by the council without proof of Youth Protection Training.

How about when my unit recharters?

The internet rechartering system will not accept any adults without a Youth Protection Training date.  In addition, when you submit a new adult application as part of your recharter, his or her Youth Protection Training certificate must be attached.

What about camps?

Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Scout troop to a resident camp or any Scouting activity lasting a total of 72 hours or more (need not be consecutive) must be a registered as a leader, including completion of a background check and Youth Protection Training.  This applies even if they are "only a parent". 

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