Youth Protection Training

 

 

Youth Protection Training is Required

 
The Boy Scouts of America requires Youth Protection training for all volunteers. The purpose of this policy is to increase awareness of the societal problem of child abuse 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 two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
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. 

Types of Youth Protection Courses

 
Although the principles of Youth Protection are universal throughout the BSA, there are different variations for some programs. Additionally, training is different for adults versus youth.
 

Youth Protection Training

 
Youth Protection Training is required for all registered adults in Scouting. This version is required for adult leaders in Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops.
 

Venturing Youth Protection Training

 
Venturing Youth Protection Training is required for youth participants (ages 18 through 20) and adult leaders of Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships. This version is unique due to the coed nature of Venturing and Sea Scouting, as well as the wider age range of participants.
 

Exploring Youth Protection Training

 
Exploring Youth Protection Training is required for youth participants (ages 18 through 20) and adult leaders of Exploring posts. This version is unique due to the Exploring program's coed nature and the wider age range of participants.
 

Youth Protection Awareness for Scouts

 
The "three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message for the personal awareness of our youth members: Recognize that anyone could be a molester; Respond when someone is doing something that goes against your gut or against the safety guidelines; and Report attempted or actual molestation or any activity that you think is wrong to a parent or other trusted adult.
 
The BSA has personal awareness programs geared toward young people in three age-specific courses.
 

Cub Scouts - It Happened to Me

This video should be used annually by Cub Scout packs or dens when Cub Scouts are accompanied by a parent or other adult family member
 

Boy Scouts - A Time to Tell

This video introduces the "three R's" of Youth Protection and should be viewed by troops annually.
 

Venturers - Personal Safety Awareness

This video is a presentation for any young person 14 through 20 years of age. It deals with the issues of acquaintance rape, Internet safety, peer sexual harrassment, suicide and depression.

How to Take Online Training

 
Online Youth Protection training is available at www.My.Scouting.org. A login is required to access all online training, but you are not required to be a registered member in order to create an account. for more information about e-learning and how to create an account, click here.
 
Once you are logged in to your My.Scouting account, click the Youth Protection logo on the right-hand side of the page to access Youth Protection training courses.
 
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