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YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ADULTS

The Boy Scouts of America requires Youth Protection training for all volunteers. The purpose of this policy is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist in Scouting.

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every year. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
  • Instructions on how to take youth protection training: CLICK HERE.
  • Instructions on how to setup a My.Scouting account: CLICK HERE.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or click here to go the National BSA Guide to Youth Protection and Adult Leadership.

Questions

The following are answers to some of the questions we have received about this policy:

Q1: When did this policy go into effect?

A1: As of June 1, 2010, all registered adult volunteers--no matter what their position entails--must complete Youth Protection training prior to beginning their volunteer service. As of 2015 the Chief Seattle Council Executive Board passed a resolution requiring leaders to renew their youth protection training annually.

 

Q2: What is the deadline to meet the Youth Protection training standard?

A2: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current. At fall recharter 2020 volunteers renewing their membership will need to ensure that their youth protection training is no older than 2/28/2020. Any youth protection date taken before 2/28/2020 are considered expired. Volunteers will need to re-take the training in order to be carried forward into 2021 on their unit's roster. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on their Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.

Q3: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?

         A3: A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training.

  • To take the training, log in to my.scouting.org and click on create an account. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A my.scouting.org ACCOUNT YOU MAY USE THAT SAME USERNAME AND PASSWORD ON my.scouting.org. After you have confirmed your new my.scouting account user name and password, log in to my.scouting.org and click on e-training to begin the Youth Protection training. 
  • Upon completion, print a certificate to submit with a completed adult leader application to the unit leader or your local council representative for processing. Remember to keep a copy for your records.

 

Q4: The policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted "at the time of application." What does that mean?

A4: A BSA application should be collected from a prospective leader only with the fully completed form and with a copy of the individual's Youth Protection certificate of completion. Both documents should be submitted together to the council service center.

 

Q5: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?

A5: Yes. 

Q6: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?

A6: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection-trained adults. Adults who do not have current (within the past year) Youth Protection training will not be re-registered.

Q7: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?

A7: No. As of February 2018 Youth Protection Training must be completed online.