Policies and Training

Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America. To cultivate a safe environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.

The BSA also educates and empowers youth members to be an active part of their safety by teaching the “three R’s” of Youth Protection:

  • Recognize situations that place a youth at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  • Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
  • Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps protect other children.

 Additionally, BSA has established clear policies to help ensure Scouting is a safe place for all of our members:

  • Mandatory Reporting.
    All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material.  No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

    Notify your Scout Executive of this report, or of any violation of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, so he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies.
  • Other Youth Protection policies may be found by clicking the links below.