Youth Protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting, including
- Volunteers and leaders who create a culture of awareness and safety within their units and councils and ensure that their units follow the BSA’s youth protection policies
- Parents who monitor and participate in their children’s activities and teach them personal safety skills
- Scouting professionals who increase the awareness of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, make training available to everyone, encourage all Scouting units to include personal safety awareness education in their programs, and enforce Youth Protection policies in all council-sponsored activities
- Anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse within Scouting; they must report any suspicion to the proper authorities for review and investigation.
Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth. We have invoked mandatory Youth Protection training, hired noted professionals to help focus activities, and elevated clear focus and awareness across the organization.
You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.
To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.
From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Menu then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application. Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.
When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.
In support of this focus and awareness the National Youth Protection Committee has identified and initiated the Youth Protection Champions program. As indicated in the various level-specific position descriptions, these volunteers are the focal points and key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned level of the organization. They will assist in recruiting Youth Protection leadership within their sphere of influence, support Youth Protection training and strategy development actions as appropriate, and in so doing, act as one of the principal champions and advisors at their level on all matters relating to Youth Protection and any pertinent Youth Protection initiatives, plans, programs, policies, communications, or actions that affect the BSA.
Resources for Champions
- YPT Training How-To’s
- State Statutes on Child Welfare—Reporting requirements for child abuse differ from state to state. The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources on a variety of topics, including state statutes on child abuse. This site is not operated by the Boy Scouts of America.
- Guide to Safe Scouting—The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.
- Personal Safety Awareness Meeting Guide (Venturing Program) Video Facilitator Guides—A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators’ use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.
- Camp Leadership: A Guide for Camp Staff and Unit Leaders—Brochure for unit leaders and camp staff who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy camp setting where Scouts are free from the worries of child abuse.
- ScoutHelp—Support is available for victims of past abuse.
- Cyber Chip—To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the BSA introduces the Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip portal showcases Cyber Chip resources including grade-specific videos for each level.
- Scouting Healthy and Safely—The council guidebook for the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and those focused on health and safety and risk management.
- Youth Protection Main Page – contains information on youth protection policies, reporting steps and incident report links.
- Scouter Code of Conduct
Youth Protection Champion Position Descriptions
Roles the Champions Play
The Champion will be, no matter what level of the organization:
- A focal point and key driver of Youth Protection
- A recruiter, recruiting Youth Protection leadership and supporting Youth Protection strategy development
- An administrator, assisting in increasing the implementation of new Youth Protection programs, policies, and reports
- A teacher/trainer, ensuring that Youth Protection training is available and presented various times throughout the year, and facilitating or leading various training sessions
How Champions Are Selected
Champions will be selected according to the qualifications identified for their level of involvement, and they will be appointed by key leadership at that level. Regional, area, and council Champions should be selected and appointed by the respective Key 3 leadership team, with the approval of the level-specific executive board.
Selected by their unit committee chair, unit Champions should have excellent people skills, have a solid Scouting background or be a fast-track learner, know and practice Scouting’s ideals and all aspects of Youth Protections policies and procedures, and be a Youth Protection–oriented volunteer.
Contact a Youth Protection Champion
To contact a Champion, please contact your Council.
Send a Question or Comment
Send a question of comment to Youth.Protection@scouting.org.