It is official, the current 2018 Online Youth Protection Training meets state requirements and has been approved by the State of Texas.

If you have completed the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course on or after March 13, 2018, you no longer need to take a classroom-facilitated version of the course to attend a licensed camp (camps of four or more days).

If you have not taken the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course, you must do so by October 1, 2018 or you won’t be able to re-charter with your unit.

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Because every youth deserves a trained leader.

So you want to be a Scouting Volunteer, or perhaps you just became a volunteer or even changed your volunteer role. Now what?

  • For a complete overview of unit leader training requirements click here.


Mandatory updated adult Youth Protection Training required.  By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training.  Please see attached Quick Facts for more detailed information.  To take the updated Youth Protection Training click here.

The new updated online Youth Protection Training does not replace the current Face-to-Face Youth Protection Training to be compliant with the Texas Youth Camps Safety and Health Code to attend summer camp, resident camp, Cub Scout day/twilight camp or winter camp.


Position-Specific (Role-based training) Supplemental Training Advanced Training
  • Provides skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in one's role
  • Some trainings available online (requires you to create an account), but all are available in person
  • Examples of courses
    • Cub Leader Specific
    • Cubmaster Specific
    • Scoutmaster Specific
    • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)
    • Venturing Leader Specific


BSA Training Recertifications

Keeping Scouts safe and keeping Scouting leaders up-to-date with current information and methods means some of the BSA's training courses need to be retaken every couple of years. Below is a list of these courses and how often they should be retaken to be valid.

Training Course How Often to Retake
Youth Protection online every 2 years
National Camping School by invite only after 5 camping seasons
Safe Swim Defense online every 2 years
Paddle Craft Safety every 3 years
Aqautics Supervision/Swimming and Water Rescue every 3 years
Archery every 2 years
BSA Lifeguard every 3 years
Lead Climbing Instructor every 5 years
Climbing Instructor every 2 years
COPE/Climbing Inspector every 2 years
Safety Afloat/Safe Swim Defense online every 2 years
Trainer's EDGE No Expiration Date
Hazardous Weather online every 2 years
Climb On Safely online every 2 years
Trek Safely online every 2 years

For BSA online training, please click here. For instructions on creating your account and linking it to your BSA ID and general navigation instructions, please click here.





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