A Word About Youth Protection

Child abuse is a serious problem in our society and, unfortunately, it can occur anywhere, even in Scouting. Because youth safety is of paramount importance to Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America continues to strengthen barriers to abuse through its policies and leadership practices, through education and awareness for youth, parents, and leaders, and through top-level management attention to any reported incidents.


Registered leaders are required to complete Youth Protection training within 30 days of registering. Parents, guardians, and any adults working with youth (whether in Scouting or not) are also encouraged to take the training.

To take the training online, go to www.myscouting.org and establish an account. If you do not yet have your membership number, be sure to return to MyScouting later and enter your number for training record credit.

The training must be taken every two years to remain current. If a volunteer does not meet the BSA’s Youth Protection training requirement at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.


The BSA created youth protection training to address the needs of different age groups as follows.

Youth Protection Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents—Adults come away with a much clearer awareness of the kinds of abuse, the signs of abuse, and how to respond and report should a situation arise.
Youth Protection Guidelines: Training for Adult Venturing Leaders—Designed to give guidance to the leaders in our teenage coed Venturing program. Supervision and relationship issues have a different focus regarding personal safety with this age group.
It Happened to Me—Developed for Cub Scout–age boys from 6 to 10 years old and their parents. It addresses the four rules of personal safety: Check first, go with a friend, it’s your body, and tell.
A Time to Tell—A video for Boy Scout–age boys from 11 to 14 years old—the target group for most molesters. It stresses the three R’s of youth protection: Recognize, Resist, and Report.
Personal Safety Awareness for Venturing—Developed for youth ages 13 through 20 in the coeducational Venturing program. It deals with issues pertinent to this age group.

YouthProtectionThe BSA has Youth Protection policies to protect youth, and these same policies help protect adult volunteers. These and other key policies are addressed in the training:

  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited.
  • Privacy of youth is respected.
  • Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts are required.
  • Units are responsible to enforce Youth Protection policies.

To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the BSA and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Parent’s Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or visit the Youth Protection Training page at Scouting.org.

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