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Important Changes to the Boy Scouts of America’s  Youth Protection Training Policies


Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.  


To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than

already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes

to further enhance its Youth Protection policies:


Effective June 1, 2010:


*  Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.     


*  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 recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.


To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:


* If you have not taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card. 





* If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist you.


* If you have taken Youth Protection Training online but did not input your member ID number, please log back on to the Training section of MyScouting and input your member ID so the training will be linked with your records.


* If you have taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years but did not take the course online,

log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up to date, or contact your council and have them verify

that your Youth Protection Training records are accurate.


* Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.


Youth Protection Training is available online here.


To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help

Scouting keep your family safe, see the information available in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or click here.


Thank you for your commitment to our nation’s young people and to Scouting.



James Terry

Assistant Chief Scout Executive

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