The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an 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.

For more information on BSA Youth Protection program visit www.scouting.org/youthprotection

Training in the safety policies and procedures of the BSA's Youth Protection program is required for all volunteers in the Boy Scouts of America. Through the training the BSA seeks to create the most secure environment possible for our youth members. Training must be renewed every two years. For more information on the BSA's Youth Protection program, or to take the training visit www.scouting.org/youthprotection

Social media is used frequently by Scouts, volunteers, councils, districts, and units to share information, keep in touch, and socialize. As with all things in Scouting safety is the first concern. The BSA has developed guidelines for use of social media channels. These guidelines are designed to complement the existing Youth Protection Guidelines of the BSA, and should be applied to all online communications. View the guidelines here.

Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America has teamed up NetSmartz and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to develop Cyber Chip, a training program aimed at helping Scouts stay safe online. Age-appropriate Cyber Chip materials are available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. For more information visit www.scouting.org/cyberchip.