YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.
Who must complete the updated Youth Protection course?
All registered Scouters (volunteers and professionals), including any adult who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 total hours or more.
How do I take the updated Youth Protection course?
What’s in the Youth Protection course?
Videos from survivors of abuse. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” Johnson said. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”
Video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it and how to respond.
Three training modules and a test.
What are the latest Youth Protection training requirements?
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years.
Effective Sept. 1, 2017:
No unit may recharter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection training.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018:
No new adult volunteer can be registered without first completing Youth Protection training.
No council, region or national leader will be allowed to renew his or her registration if their Youth Protection training is not current.
Effective June 1, 2018:
Adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. This includes completing a criminal background check and Youth Protection training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.