Youth Protection Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Youth safety is the Number 1 priority of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA's Youth Protection Training has been an established safeguarding resource for the BSA for many years now and it is an accepted mandatory training for all registered adult volunteers. It is essential to implement this training at all levels of the Scouting organization (Pack, Troop, Crew, District, Council, etc.). The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training for engaged adult volunteers and parents is being offered.
It is strongly recommended that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. 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 create an account. From the my.scouting.org portal, click on E-training and take Youth Protection. Upon completion, print a certificate. That certificate needs to accompany an Adult Application that gets submitted to the local Council. Additionally, your unit (Pack, Troop, Crew, etc.) may want to keep it on file for easy reference.
It is strongly recommended that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adult leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training. While the Lion and Tiger adult partner designations are not registered adult leader positions, there is nothing but added benefit from these adults completing the training. It is in every Scouting family's best interest to be aware of the safeguards and barriers that Youth Protection Training offers to safeguard our youth right from the start.
Are parents who attend weekly meetings, weekend campouts, or summer resident camp required to take Youth Protection training?
No. As long as the adult has completed an Adult Application including consent for a background check, the application has been approved and submitted to the Council Service Center, their fee is paid and Youth Protection Training is certified as complete, they will be able to interact with youth while the required Criminal Background Check (CBC) is still pending.
Yes. A Merit Badge Counselor is a registered volunteer position.
If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?
For a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required leadership positions filled with Youth Protection trained adults. Adults who have not completed Youth Protection training will not be registered.
Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for us an organization and shows our commitment to the well-being of our youth members.