Protecting Youth is our Top Priority
Over many years, the BSA has developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization including mandatory criminal background checks for all leaders, required training in Youth Protection, mandatory reporting, and two-deep leadership. Every instance of suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement.
Click here for the BSA’s National Youth Protection explanations.
A new YPT policy has been put in place by the Mid-America Council. Please read more information here.
How to Take Youth Protection Training:
- Visit My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.
- Download the How-to Guide for taking Youth Protection Training.
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.
- Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before their application will be submitted. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is submitted for processing to be a registered volunteer leader.
- Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
The Youth Protection Training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of the material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. To maintain a safe environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for each program. Download PDF here.