Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America’s
Youth Protection Training Policies
and Changes in Registration Procedures
(OTC Reporting Procedures)
Youth safety is the number one concern of the Boy Scouts of America and BSA has made many changes to our practice of protecting children since its inception. New policies reflect Scouting's commitment to keeping children safe.
Effective June 1, 2010:
- Youth Protection (YP) Training is required for all registered volunteers. This means, volunteers who are not currently YP trained have until they renew their membership (charter renewal) to complete the training.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
- Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of charter renewal, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
There are many ways volunteers can ensure these policies are fully implemented.
Here are some options:
- If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two years, please log onto MYSCOUTING.ORG and take the training. If you have not logged onto this web site before, you will need to create an account using your BSA ID number which is printed on your membership card and available by calling the council headquarters at 541-485-4433 or by asking your unit leader. When completed, print out and keep your certificate.
- If you have previously taken the Youth Protection training on line but did not input your member ID, please log on to the training section of MYSCOUTING.ORG and input your member ID number so the training will be linked with your record. This interactive training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. When completed, print out and keep your certificate.
- Drop by the Council Service Center and use an existing computer terminal. The council staff can help you establish your MYSCOUTING.ORG account if you do not have one.
- Host Youth Protection training for your unit. DVD and facilitator training material are available at the Council Service Center or through your District Executive or District Training Chair.
- Log onto http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx for more information about Scouting's Youth Protection program and take training.
SAMPLE MEMBERSHIP ID CARD
Youth Protection Training Policy Changes
Questions and Answers
Q: Does the executive officer (Institutional Head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?
A: If the executive officer is not a registered leader, he or she is not required to complete Youth Protection training, although it is strongly recommended. If the executive officer is registered as an adult leader, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.
Q: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?
A: The Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent designations are not registered adult positions; therefore, mandatory Youth Protection training is not required. It is strongly recommended, however, that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.
Q: I am sure I know all there is to know about youth protection. Can I “test out” by only taking the Youth Protection online quiz?
A: No. You must complete the entire online training in order for your Youth Protection certificate to be valid. This ensures you receive the latest information on BSA Youth Protection.
Q: Are parents who attend weekly meetings, weekend campouts, or summer resident camp required to take Youth Protection training?
A: Only if they are registered leaders. However, it is highly recommended that any adult participating with your unit activities take Youth Protection training. (Some units have already made this mandatory.) Having them register as adult leaders is also highly recommended.
Q: What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard?
A: Many registered leaders are already Youth Protection trained. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on their Youth Protection training. Units may begin re-chartering in October 2010. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.
Q: Will group trainings still be available for Youth Protection training?
A: Yes. It is encouraged that adults take the training via the online module, but the instructor-led model is still acceptable as long as the most current version of the Youth Protection DVD (Item no. 610327 or 36121) is used and the end-of-course quiz is proctored by the trainer at the end of the training session. Leaders should receive their completion certificate and the end of the course and their records updated when the training roster is received at the council service center.
Q: Why a new training policy?
A: Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA. It is important to implement this training at all levels of the organization. The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training is being offered. The BSA’s Youth Protection training has been in existence long enough for it to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered BSA adult leaders.
Q: The new policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted “at the time of application.” What does that mean?
A: A BSA application should only be collected from a prospective leader after they have fully completed the form, attached a copy of their Youth Protection certificate of completion, and submitted that to the Council Service Center.
Q: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth Protection training meet the requirement?
A: Yes, as long as they are using the most current versions of the DVD’s for group training. The online version is the preferred method, as it allows for those taking the training to get one-on-one training and take all the time they need for review. The online quiz does not require printing of any test pages. They are issued an immediate certificate of completion and it allows for the updating of their ScoutNet record.
Q: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth?
A: No. As long as their application is fully completed, approved, and submitted to the Council Service Center, their fee is paid, and Youth Protection training is certified, they will be able to interact with youth while the Criminal Background Check (CBC) is still pending.
Q: If a unit’s leaders’ Youth Protection training is not current, should we not register any new youth to their units until they do so, or will those who are not current be dealt with through the recharter process?
A: This policy does not affect youth registrations. However, if a unit’s leadership has not complied with the new Youth Protection standard by the next rechartering period, the unit will NOT be able to complete its registration.
Q: Will the new adult applications have this information?
A: Yes. All new applications will reflect these changes.
Q: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?
A: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.
Q: Can units that have some adults that have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?
A: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection trained adults. Adults who have not completed Youth Protection training will not be reregistered.
Q: Is there a grace period to get all adults trained?
A: No. If a leader’s Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew their training immediately.
Every effort should be taken so that all adults involved in Scouting have a current certificate of completion of the Youth Protection training.
Q: Does all volunteers mean all volunteers—even board members and council presidents?
A: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for us an organization and shows our commitment to the well-being of our youth members.