Youth Protection

Youth Protection On-Line Training


Updated Youth Protection Training is Here!


National's YPT update and a reminder of BAC’s policy on annual Youth Protection Training

Dear Scouting Friends:

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. These comprehensive policies were considered groundbreaking when they were developed and soon became the standard used by other organizations for safeguarding youth. But when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve.

Sustained vigilance on youth protection is a central part of our culture.

Over the past two years, the BSA has worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include:

  • Fully updated and revised Youth Protection Training (YPT2) developed with leaders in the field of child abuse prevention and includes insights from experts, survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection training for all adults.
  • Expanded youth protection content across all our communications channels will inform and engage our volunteers and parents.
  • An expanded National ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • The BSA also provides unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019.

In addition to updated training and resources, the BSA announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements. These policies have been in place in the BAC for a number of years. These policies include:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their youth protection training.  (But note: BAC has a more stringent requirement: Leaders must be current throughout the entire 12 months of the charter period in order to reregister. This policy, in effect, requires all leaders to renew their Youth Protection Training annually.)
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their youth protection training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.  (Again: BAC requires all leaders be current not just at the time of recharter, but valid throughout the entire 12 months of the charter period in order to reregister.)

**Of Special Note** –

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated YPT2 training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.

For camps this summer across the BSA –

Adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. Please watch for a possible update that may require BSA membership as well.

Updated Youth Protection Training Resource Kit

In Scouting, our first obligation is to provide a safe environment where we can foster character and leadership in the youth of our nation. It’s a duty we take seriously.

As an organization, we are committed to continuous improvement. This commitment includes our approach to youth protection. Over the decades, the BSA has taken bold, innovative steps in establishing barriers to prevent child abuse. These barriers include two-deep leadership for all youth activities, mandating youth protection training for leaders, involving our chartered partners in the selection of leaders, and requiring mandatory reporting of any suspicious conduct with a youth to governmental agencies, just to name a few. As our understanding of these threats has evolved, so has our approach to keeping youth safe. We continue to rely on leading experts and the latest research to help us better understand threats facing young people and to design barriers to abuse.

Youth Protection in the BSA: What we believe

  • Nothing hurts more than having one of our youth participants abused.
  • We are heartbroken and outraged that there have been times when Scouts were abused, and we sincerely apologize to victims and their families.
  • We are committed to sustained vigilance and continuous efforts to improve and enhance our youth protection program.
  • Along with our volunteers, partners and professionals, we will make Scouting a safe place for youth and families.

Youth Protection: The Next Evolution

The next generation of the BSA’s youth protection program begins today. Our updated youth protection training draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.

Using a blend of interviews from psychologists, law enforcement professionals and survivors, leaders and parents alike will learn about the root causes of abuse, how to recognize types of abuse and how to respond. It’s a bold approach and it’s just one part of our ongoing effort to enroll the entire Scouting community in the fight against child abuse.

The training is available now on my.Scouting at                                                *Please note that the course is listed as Y01*

ScoutsFirst Helpline

ScoutsFirst for Help with Questions, Concerns and Reporting. The ScoutsFirst Helpline also makes it easier for volunteers and families to address dangerous situations. If a leader or parent has a question about a situation, or something they’ve seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the Helpline for assistance. In cases of abuse, they should also notify the local authorities. ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.

Baltimore Area Council Contacts:   Brian Steger, Scout Executive – 443-573-2507     Manny Fonseca, Deputy Scout Executive – 443-573-2502     Your District Executive

ScoutsFirst for Counseling and Support. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing ongoing support to victims and their families, including counseling. We want to help victims heal, on their own terms, with a professional counselor of their choice. Through the ScoutsFirst Helpline, the Boy Scouts of America offers assistance with counseling to any youth member, former youth member, or the family of any youth member who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. To reach the ScoutsFirst Helpline, call (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871, or email Support is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


  • Adult Online Training Quick Facts Answers to questions about the new Youth Protection Training.
  • Power Point 1.31.18. For use at region, area, council and district meetings to educate volunteers and professionals about the BSA’s youth protection policies and guidelines.
  • FAQ from BSA 1.31.2018. Answers to questions often asked about the BSA’s safety policies.
  • BSA Youth Protection Infographic 1-31-18. Provides an overview of the BSA’s youth protection policies, and the role everyone plays in our ongoing commitment to keep our youth members safe, including volunteers, parents, chartered organizations and youth. We encourage you to make the poster available at your Scouting office and at all Scouting events. It can be shared with anyone seeking to understand our policies in more details.
  • Anti-Bully-Posters. Located on the Marketing Toolbox, these youth protection posters are designed to be used at camps, offices and shared with units. More located here:
  • Safety Moments Content. Safety Moments are exactly what the name implies: opportunities to share tips and guidelines on making all Scouting activities fun and safe. Make Safety Moments part of all meetings at all levels. You can find a full selection of safety moments at the Safety Moments web page. (

Coming Soon:

  • In-person youth protection training available June 2018.
  • Spanish-language resources will be available later in August 2018.
  • Youth protection training for youth members will be available in 2019. More details to be shared as they become available.

 Additional resources can be found online at:



Effective August 2014

To All Registered Adult Volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America,


To ensure that the protection of our youth remains paramount in everything we do, the Baltimore Area Council is asking for 100% of our registered adults to be Youth Protection Trained. 

Phase I Implementation:  Approved by BAC Executive Board August 2014

In the fall of 2014, new registered adults needed to be Youth Protection Trained to register with a unit and current registered adults must have been current with YPT to re-charter with their unit.  This will remain unchanged.

Phase II Implementation:  Approved by BAC Executive Board March 2015

Youth Protection Training (YPT) for leaders must be current throughout the entire 12 months of the charter period in order to reregister. This policy will require all leaders to renew their Youth Protection Training annually.  The training can be completed at any point during the year to qualify to re-charter for the following year. 

As re-charters begin to post, adults who are not current with YPT or who will expire during the 12 month charter period will not be registered. 

As you are probably aware, this training is a membership requirement for all BSA registered adults. To prevent problems at re-charter time, please have everyone in the unit review and completed needed training before the end of October.  As April is Youth Protection month, having individuals annually renew their training in April or on their birthday may be a way to ensure that their training is taken each year and never be on the list of pending expirations.



The BSA Youth Protection Plan is recognized as an example to follow in the youth serving industry. As adult leaders, we must be diligent, vigilant and aware of the National policy and plan to protect our youth. There are 15 Barriers to Abuse that were developed primarily for the protection of BSA youth. Ask yourself how many you know by heart or could write down. Being familiar with these barriers and the things to look for is important. An annual reminder can only help us keep our protection awareness sharp.

This annual renewal policy should reduce, or eliminate, time and effort by volunteers and staff to manage the process of assuring that all of our leaders are current in their Youth Protection training.

It might seem that this change in policy is a hardship. We know that your time is valuable. Spending 30-40 minutes annually may help insure our Scouts are safer. How can that not be time well spent?

You can take Youth Protection Training and print your certificate online at or contact your Unit Leader, District Executive, or Training Chairperson.  Please have your Membership ID# available so that the training matches your profile.  If you are a new adult and haven’t yet received an ID#, take the training, but please review your profile at a later date once an ID# has been issued.  Turn in your certificate of completion to your Unit Leader and District Executive to ensure recording has occurred.

Please note that there are two Youth Protection Trainings; one for adults who work with Cub/Boy Scouts, and one for adults who work with Venturers.  If an adult volunteer is registered in both categories, they must take both Youth Protection Trainings.

Training does not prevent a person from abusing kids.  Training helps the rest of us to eliminate their opportunities to abuse kids. 

YOUth Protection, it begins with you!

For more information or questions please contact the Scout Service Center

at 443-573-2500 or by email at


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