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Youth Protection

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 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.

Youth Protection Training Update:
In an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse, the BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program effective February 2018.

For those that may have missed this recently, if you have not completed YPT2 training since February 2018, you must retake this course.

As a result, every scouter must logon to their account at (or take a class offered at many council events) for YPT2 training by 10/1/2018 in order to stay registered with the BSA. 

If you need more details or answers to questions, please see the below link to Bryan on Scouting’s blog. Please ensure this information is passed down to your unit’s leadership so that they have time to prepare for this deadline.

A new requirement that many may not be aware of as well, effective 6/1/2018, all registered scouters (volunteers and professionals) including any adult who will be present at a scouting activity for 72 total hours or more must complete the YPT2 training as well.  These hours do not have to be consecutive.  The best advice to all units is to get all leaders and adults (parents, families, guardians, etc.) YPT2 trained to ensure you have covered this requirement. 

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

Q1: Why was this training policy established?

A1: 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. Volunteers will need to be current on their training in order to be carried forward 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 need to 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 Youth Protection training will not be re-registered.

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

A13: Yes. It is encouraged that adults take the training via the online module, but the instructor-led model is still acceptable as long as the most current version of the Youth Protection DVD (item No. 610327 or 36121) is used and the end-of-course quiz is proctored by the trainer at the end of the training session. Reminder: It is critical that training completion certificates be issued after successful completion and that a formal training record roster be submitted to the council registrar so proper credit can be recorded in the profiles of each participant.

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

A14: Yes, as long as the most current versions of the DVDs are used for group training. The online version is the preferred method, as it s for those taking the training to get one-on-one training and take all the time they need for review. The individual is issued an immediate certificate of completion, which allows for the updating of the volunteer’s ScoutNet record.
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