Changes to Youth Protection Training Requirements

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.

Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application.

With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.

Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip.

Please Note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp.

Cyber Chip Training

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.

Mandatory Youth Protection Training

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 has implemented mandatory Youth Protection training for registered adults. As recharter season approaches unit leaders and committee chairs are STRONGLY encouraged to review your leadership training records and ensure that your leaders have all taken youth protection training. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. Missing training records will delay renewal of your unit's charter.

Read more: Mandatory Youth Protection Training

BSA Social Media Guidelines

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.