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.


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: Why was this training policy established?

A2: Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. It is important to implement this training at all levels of the organization. The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training are offered. The BSA's Youth Protection training has been in existence long enough for it to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered BSA adult volunteers. The latest change requiring an annual update is to ensure that volunteers stay up-to-date on changes that occur regularly to the BSA’s youth protection guidelines.

Q3: What is the deadline to meet the Youth Protection training standard?

A3: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current. At fall recharter 2015 volunteers renewing their membership will need to ensure that their youth protection training is no older than 2/28/2014. Any youth protection date taken before 2/28/2014 are considered expired. Volunteers will need to re-take the training in order to be carried forward into 2016 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.

Q4: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?

         A4: A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training.

  • To take the training, log in to and click on create an account. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A ACCOUNT YOU MAY USE THAT SAME USERNAME AND PASSWORD ON After you have confirmed your new my.scouting account user name and password, log in to 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.

Q5: Does "all volunteers" mean all volunteers -- even unit committee members, board members and council presidents?

A5: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for the Boy Scouts of America as a youth organization and reinforces the BSA's commitment to the well-being of all youth members and volunteers.

Q6: Does the executive officer (institutional head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?

A6: If the executive officer is not a registered leader, then he or she is not required to complete Youth Protection training, although taking it is strongly recommended. If the executive officer is a registered member of the BSA, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.

Q7: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?

A7: The Tiger Cub adult partner designations are not registered adult positions; therefore, mandatory Youth Protection training is not required. It is strongly recommended, however, that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.

Q8: I am an Explorer post Advisor.  Does this new policy apply to me?

A8: Yes. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training every year.

Q9: The policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted "at the time of application." What does that mean?

A9: 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.

Q10: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth?

A10: No. As long as their application is fully completed, submitted to the council service center, and approved, their fee is paid, and their Youth Protection training has been received by and acknowledged by the council, they will be able to interact with youth members while the criminal background check (CBC) is still pending.

Q11: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?

A11: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.

Q12: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?

A12: 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 reregistered.

Q13: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?

A13: No, as of February 2018 there is a single online Youth Protection Training and there is not a classroom version at this time.

Q14: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth Protection training meet the requirement?

A14: As of February 2018 there is a single online Youth Protection Training for all programs.