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{{See| the BSA [http://www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx Youth Protection] and the [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting]}}
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The Boy Scouts of America has adopted '''[[Youth protection]]''' policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our [[adult leader]]s from false accusations of abuse.
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{{See| the BSA's '''official''' [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] and the [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting]}}<br>{{The Building Blocks of New Leader Training}}
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==Youth Protection Training==
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==Youth Protection==
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[[Image:Ypt.jpg‎|frame|right|Youth Protection Training]]
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'''Youth Protection Training''' (YPT) is the formal instruction of the BSA's youth protection guidelines. It is required for non-Venturing adult leaders before the time of recharter, new non-Venturing leaders before they submit their application for registration, and other specific BSA volunteers. Training is valid for two years from the date of completion. An online version of Youth Protection Training Course is available at [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org]; a member ID in not required to take this course.
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[[Image:Vypt.jpg‎|frame|right|Venturing Youth Protection Training]]
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'''Venturing Youth Protection Training''' (VYPT) is the formal instruction of the BSA's youth protection guidelines specific to Venturing. It serves the same purpose as regular Youth Protection Training, but includes specific training on coed groups and activities, and the differences in younger and older adolescents. VYPT is required for adult Venturing leaders before the time of recharter, new Venturing leaders before they submit their application for registration, and for specific youth such as resident camp staff. Training is valid for two years from the date of completion. An online version of Venturing Youth Protection Training Course is available at [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org]; a member ID in not required to take this course.
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==Youth Protection Guidelines==
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 the following online, video, and print resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
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 the following online, video, and print resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
===Leadership Selection===
===Leadership Selection===
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The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. Our chartered organizations endeavor to recruit the best possible leaders for their units.
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The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. Our chartered organizations endeavor to [[recruit]] the best possible leaders for their units.
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The [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-501F.pdf adult application] requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant f or unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and other matters.
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The [[adult application]] requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and other matters.
===Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting===
===Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting===
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The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.
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The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our [[adult leader]]s from false accusations of abuse.
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;Two-deep leadership.: Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and a parent of a participant, or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
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====Two-deep leadership====
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;No one-on-one contact.: One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
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Two registered [[adult leaders]] or one registered leader and a parent of a participant, or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.
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;Respect of privacy.: Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
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====No one-on-one contact====
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;Separate accommodations.: When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted for showers.
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One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.
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;Proper preparation for high-adventure activities.: Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing, supervision, and safety measures.
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====Respect of privacy====
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;No secret organizations.: The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
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[[Adult leaders]] must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
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;Appropriate attire.: Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of Scouting.
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====Cameras, imaging, and digital devices====
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;Constructive discipline.: Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting's values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.
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While most campers and leaders use cameras and other imaging devices responsibly, it has become very easy to invade the privacy of individuals. It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.
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;Hazing prohibited.: Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.
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====Separate accommodations====
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;Junior leader training and supervision.: Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and ensure that BSA policies are followed.
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When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted for showers.
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;Member responsibilities.: All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law. Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, verbal insults, drugs, and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scout's membership in the unit.
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====Proper preparation for high-adventure activities====
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;Unit responsibilities.: The head of the chartered organization or chartered organization representative and the local council must approve the registration of the unit's adult leader. Adult leaders of Scouting units are responsible for monitoring the behavior of youth members and interceding when necessary. Parents of youth members who misbehave should be informed and asked for assistance in dealing with it.
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Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing, supervision, and safety measures.
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====No secret organizations====
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The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
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====Appropriate attire====
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Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of Scouting.
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====Constructive discipline====
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Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting's values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.
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====Hazing prohibited====
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Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.
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====Junior leader training and supervision====
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[[Adult leaders]] must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and ensure that BSA policies are followed.
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====Member responsibilities====
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All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law. Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, verbal insults, drugs, and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scout's membership in the unit.
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====Unit responsibilities====
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The head of the chartered organization or chartered organization representative and the local council must approve the registration of the unit's [[adult leader]]. Adult leaders of Scouting units are responsible for monitoring the behavior of youth members and interceding when necessary. Parents of youth members who misbehave should be informed and asked for assistance in dealing with it.
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===Digital Privacy===
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A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices (see “Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting”). Sending sexually explicit photographs or videos electronically or “sexting” by cell phones is a form of texting being practiced primarily by young adults and children as young as middle-school age. Sexting is neither safe, nor private, nor an approved form of communication and can lead to severe legal consequences for the sender and the receiver. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras would be a good safety and privacy measure.
===The "three R's" of Youth Protection===
===The "three R's" of Youth Protection===
The "three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message to youth members:
The "three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message to youth members:
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*'''Recognize''' situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
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* '''''Recognize''''' situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
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*'''Resist''' unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
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* '''''Resist''''' unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
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*'''Report''' attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred
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* '''''Report''''' attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred.
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==BSA Policy Updates==
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==='''BSA Youth Protection Training MANDATORY''' (May 27, 2010)===
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|text = '''Effective June 1, 2010, Youth Protection Training ([[YPT]]) is required for ''ALL'' registered volunteers.'''
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* '''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.'''
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* 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 re-registered.
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* Volunteers who wish to take the '''''online''''' Youth Protection Training Course in the E-Learning module at [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] may do so at any time &mdash; you do not need a member ID to take ''this'' course.
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:&ndash; Once you have registered at [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org], click on ''E-Learning'' and select ''Youth Protection Training'' under the ''General'' tab.
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:&ndash; Once you successfully complete the online course, you will receive an ''electronic, printable'' certificate of completion.
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:&ndash; When you add your member ID to your Profile, the course completion will be updated for your council.
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==='''BSA Youth Protection Training MANDATORY''' (June 1, 2010)===
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|text = Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
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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.
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'''Effective June 1, 2010:
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* '''Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.'''
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* '''New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an 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.'''
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* '''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.'''
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'''To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:'''
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[[Image:BSA_card.jpg|right|BSA Member ID Card.]]
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* 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.
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* If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist.
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* A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
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* If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your records.
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* If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.
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* Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
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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 ''Parent's Guide'' in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
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Thank you for your commitment to our nation's young people and to Scouting.
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===Important Changes to BSA's Youth Protection Training Policies (June 7, 2010)===
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Effective June 1, 2010:
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* '''Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.'''
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* '''New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.'''
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* '''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 re-registered.'''
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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 Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
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====<span style="background:lightcyan">'''Questions and Answers'''</span>====
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The following are answers to some of the questions we have received about these important changes. To read more, visit http://www.scouting.org/youthprotection.
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:'''Q1: When does the change go into effect?'''
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:A1: As of June 1, 2010, all registered adult volunteers--no matter what their position entails--must complete Youth Protection training prior to beginning their volunteer service.
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:'''Q2: Why a new training policy on such short notice?'''
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:A2: Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. 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 are 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 volunteers.
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:'''Q3: What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard?'''
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:A3: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current as of today. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on their Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.
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:'''Q4: Is there a grace period to get all adults trained?'''
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:A4: No. If a leader's Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew this 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.
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:'''Q5: Will the system be able to handle the overload of people taking training at the last minute?'''
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:A5: The system platform that houses e-learning is expected to be able to handle the high volume.
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:'''Q6: Does "all volunteers" mean all volunteers -- even board members and council presidents?'''
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:A6: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for the Boy Scouts of America as a youth organization and reinforces the BSA's commitment to the well-being of all youth members and volunteers.
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:'''Q7: 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?'''
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:A7: 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.
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:''Important:'' Please note that the quiz has been removed from the e-Learning Center because the content did not reflect the new changes in Youth Protection policy.
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:'''Q8: Does the executive officer (institutional head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?'''
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:A8: 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 a registered member of the BSA, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.
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:'''Q9: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?'''
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:A9: 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.
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:'''Q10: I am an Explorer post Advisor. Does this new policy apply to me?'''
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:A10: Yes. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.
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:'''Q11: The new policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted "at the time of application." What does that mean?'''
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:A11: A BSA application should be collected from a prospective leader only with the fully completed form, with a copy of the individual's Youth Protection certificate of completion. Both documents should be submitted together to the council service center.
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:'''Q12: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth?'''
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:A12: No. As long as their application is fully completed, submitted to the council service center, and approved, their fee is paid, and their Youth Protection training has been received by and acknowledged by the council, they will be able to interact with youth members while the criminal background check (CBC) is still pending.
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:'''Q13: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?'''
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:A13: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.
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:'''Q14: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?'''
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:A14: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection-trained adults. Adults who do not have current (within the past two years) Youth Protection training will not be reregistered.
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:'''Q15: Will the new adult applications have this information?'''
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:A15: Yes. All new applications will reflect these changes.
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:'''Q16: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?'''
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:A16: 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. [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/ItemDetail.aspx?cat=01RTL&ctgy=PRODUCTS&c2=AUDIO_VIDEO&c3=AYOUTHP&c4=&lv=3&item=610327 610327] or 36121) is used and the end-of-course quiz is proctored by the trainer at the end of the training session. '''Reminder:''' It is critical that training completion certificates be issued after successful completion and that a formal training record roster be submitted to the council registrar so proper credit can be recorded in the profiles of each participant.
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:'''Q17: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth Protection training meet the requirement?'''
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:A17: Yes, as long as the most current versions of the DVDs are used 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 individual is issued an immediate certificate of completion, which allows for the updating of the volunteer's ScoutNet record.
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:'''Q18: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?'''
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:A18: A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] and click on create an account. After you have confirmed your new myscouting account user name and password, log in to [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] and click on e-training to begin the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate to submit with a completed adult leader application to the unit leader or your local council representative for processing. Remember to keep a copy for your records.
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Once the application is approved, the new leader will receive his or her membership card with their member ID. It is important that new members log back in to [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ MyScouting.Org] and update their profile with this member ID to receive credit for completing this and any other training.
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Providing you with clear and helpful information is a priority If you have additional questions, please contact your council or please let us know by sending your questions to [email protected] We will review all inquires and post updates to http://www.scouting.org/youthprotection.
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==References==
==References==
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*The source for this entire article can be found at [http://www.scouting.org/YouthProtection.aspx ''Official'' BSA Youth Protection] -- Last accessed: 2008-03-28
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The sources for this entire article can be found at:
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx ''Official'' BSA "Training" (Youth Protection) web page] &mdash; last accessed: May 30, 2010
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* [https://myscouting.scouting.org/ ''Official'' MyScouting.Org] &mdash; last accessed: May 30, 2010
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== See also ==
== See also ==
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*[https://scoutnet.scouting.org/elearning/ BSA Online Learning Center]
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The Boy Scouts of America has adopted Youth protection policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.

See: the BSA's official MyScouting.Org and the Guide to Safe Scouting


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Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training
Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is the formal instruction of the BSA's youth protection guidelines. It is required for non-Venturing adult leaders before the time of recharter, new non-Venturing leaders before they submit their application for registration, and other specific BSA volunteers. Training is valid for two years from the date of completion. An online version of Youth Protection Training Course is available at MyScouting.Org; a member ID in not required to take this course.

Venturing Youth Protection Training
Venturing Youth Protection Training

Venturing Youth Protection Training (VYPT) is the formal instruction of the BSA's youth protection guidelines specific to Venturing. It serves the same purpose as regular Youth Protection Training, but includes specific training on coed groups and activities, and the differences in younger and older adolescents. VYPT is required for adult Venturing leaders before the time of recharter, new Venturing leaders before they submit their application for registration, and for specific youth such as resident camp staff. Training is valid for two years from the date of completion. An online version of Venturing Youth Protection Training Course is available at MyScouting.Org; a member ID in not required to take this course.

Youth Protection Guidelines

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 the following online, video, and print resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.

Leadership Selection

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. Our chartered organizations endeavor to recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and other matters.

Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting

The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.

Two-deep leadership

Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and a parent of a participant, or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.

No one-on-one contact

One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths.

Respect of privacy

Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.

Cameras, imaging, and digital devices

While most campers and leaders use cameras and other imaging devices responsibly, it has become very easy to invade the privacy of individuals. It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.

Separate accommodations

When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted for showers.

Proper preparation for high-adventure activities

Activities with elements of risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing, supervision, and safety measures.

No secret organizations

The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.

Appropriate attire

Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of Scouting.

Constructive discipline

Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting's values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.

Hazing prohibited

Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.

Junior leader training and supervision

Adult leaders must monitor and guide the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and ensure that BSA policies are followed.

Member responsibilities

All members of the Boy Scouts of America are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law. Physical violence, hazing, bullying, theft, verbal insults, drugs, and alcohol have no place in the Scouting program and may result in the revocation of a Scout's membership in the unit.

Unit responsibilities

The head of the chartered organization or chartered organization representative and the local council must approve the registration of the unit's adult leader. Adult leaders of Scouting units are responsible for monitoring the behavior of youth members and interceding when necessary. Parents of youth members who misbehave should be informed and asked for assistance in dealing with it.

Digital Privacy

A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices (see “Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting”). Sending sexually explicit photographs or videos electronically or “sexting” by cell phones is a form of texting being practiced primarily by young adults and children as young as middle-school age. Sexting is neither safe, nor private, nor an approved form of communication and can lead to severe legal consequences for the sender and the receiver. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras would be a good safety and privacy measure.

The "three R's" of Youth Protection

The "three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message to youth members:

  • Recognize situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  • Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
  • Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred.


BSA Policy Updates


BSA Youth Protection Training MANDATORY (May 27, 2010)

Effective June 1, 2010, Youth Protection Training (YPT) 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 re-registered.
  • Volunteers who wish to take the online Youth Protection Training Course in the E-Learning module at MyScouting.Org may do so at any time — you do not need a member ID to take this course.
– Once you have registered at MyScouting.Org, click on E-Learning and select Youth Protection Training under the General tab.
– Once you successfully complete the online course, you will receive an electronic, printable certificate of completion.
– When you add your member ID to your Profile, the course completion will be updated for your council.


BSA Youth Protection Training MANDATORY (June 1, 2010)

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 an 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:

BSA Member ID Card.
  • 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.
  • A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting.Org and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
  • If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to 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.Org to ensure your records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your Youth Protection training records are accurate.
  • Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.

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 Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.

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

Sincerely,

James Terry
Assistant Chief Scout Executive


Important Changes to BSA's Youth Protection Training Policies (June 7, 2010)

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.

Effective June 1, 2010:

  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the 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 re-registered.

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 Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.

Questions and Answers

The following are answers to some of the questions we have received about these important changes. To read more, visit http://www.scouting.org/youthprotection.

Q1: When does the change go into effect?
A1: As of June 1, 2010, all registered adult volunteers--no matter what their position entails--must complete Youth Protection training prior to beginning their volunteer service.
Q2: Why a new training policy on such short notice?
A2: Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. 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 are 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 volunteers.
Q3: What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard?
A3: All registered leaders should take or renew their Youth Protection training so that it is current as of today. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on their Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.
Q4: Is there a grace period to get all adults trained?
A4: No. If a leader's Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew this 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.
Q5: Will the system be able to handle the overload of people taking training at the last minute?
A5: The system platform that houses e-learning is expected to be able to handle the high volume.
Q6: Does "all volunteers" mean all volunteers -- even board members and council presidents?
A6: Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for the Boy Scouts of America as a youth organization and reinforces the BSA's commitment to the well-being of all youth members and volunteers.
Q7: 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?
A7: 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.
Important: Please note that the quiz has been removed from the e-Learning Center because the content did not reflect the new changes in Youth Protection policy.
Q8: Does the executive officer (institutional head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?
A8: 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 a registered member of the BSA, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training.
Q9: I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?
A9: 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.
Q10: I am an Explorer post Advisor. Does this new policy apply to me?
A10: Yes. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.
Q11: The new policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted "at the time of application." What does that mean?
A11: A BSA application should be collected from a prospective leader only with the fully completed form, with a copy of the individual's Youth Protection certificate of completion. Both documents should be submitted together to the council service center.
Q12: Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth?
A12: No. As long as their application is fully completed, submitted to the council service center, and approved, their fee is paid, and their Youth Protection training has been received by and acknowledged by the council, they will be able to interact with youth members while the criminal background check (CBC) is still pending.
Q13: Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?
A13: Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.
Q14: Can units that have some adult leaders who have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?
A14: In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection-trained adults. Adults who do not have current (within the past two years) Youth Protection training will not be reregistered.
Q15: Will the new adult applications have this information?
A15: Yes. All new applications will reflect these changes.
Q16: Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?
A16: 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. Reminder: It is critical that training completion certificates be issued after successful completion and that a formal training record roster be submitted to the council registrar so proper credit can be recorded in the profiles of each participant.
Q17: Will both the regular and Venturing leader versions of Youth Protection training meet the requirement?
A17: Yes, as long as the most current versions of the DVDs are used 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 individual is issued an immediate certificate of completion, which allows for the updating of the volunteer's ScoutNet record.
Q18: If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?
A18: A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to MyScouting.Org and click on create an account. After you have confirmed your new myscouting account user name and password, log in to MyScouting.Org and click on e-training to begin the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print a certificate to submit with a completed adult leader application to the unit leader or your local council representative for processing. Remember to keep a copy for your records.

Once the application is approved, the new leader will receive his or her membership card with their member ID. It is important that new members log back in to MyScouting.Org and update their profile with this member ID to receive credit for completing this and any other training.

Providing you with clear and helpful information is a priority If you have additional questions, please contact your council or please let us know by sending your questions to [email protected] We will review all inquires and post updates to http://www.scouting.org/youthprotection.


References

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See also

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.

New Leader Training for new Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders includes:

BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links

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