Youth protection is of paramount importance to the BSA. Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance efforts to protect youth. There are three key elements of our programs:
- The BSA’s multi-layered volunteer application and screening process includes local selection and screening, national criminal background checks, and verification that the applicant is not listed in the Ineligible Volunteer Files maintained by the National Council.
- Our education and training programs are specifically designed to teach Scouts, parents, and adult volunteers to recognize, resist, and report abuse—in and out of Scouting.
- We have established clear policies to protect youth participating in our programs, including our policy that prohibits youth from being alone with an adult in Scouting.
This page includes additional information about our youth protection efforts, including various communications from the BSA’s National Council.
If you have any questions about the BSA’s youth protection efforts, the Ineligible Volunteer Files, or any related issues, please contact:
BSA Comments on the Release of the
Ineligible Volunteer Files
Boy Scouts of America Statement on Ineligible Volunteer Files
An Open Letter to the Scouting Community