Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training

The BSA has adopted policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Download Scouting's Barriers to Abuse to read more about these policies.

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.

REMEMBER - YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING EVERY TWO YEARS TO REMAIN CURRENT, OR YOU WILL NOT BE RE-REGISTERED

There is one Youth Protection Training for all BSA programs:

  • Y01 - Youth Protection Training:
    • Training can be taken online here.

There is an additional Youth Protection Training that is required if you are participating in Day Camp, Twilight Camp, Webelos or Cub Scout Resident Camp, Summer Camp, NYLT, or Winter Camp IN THE STATE OF TEXAS ONLY.  The State of Texas requires a special type of state-certified youth protection training commonly referred to as Face-to-Face YPT. These in-person courses are offered several times throughout the year in preparation for those special types of events.  To register for an upcoming course, please go here.


All persons involved in Scouting shall  report to local authorities, any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material.  No person may abdicate this reporting to any other person.                                                                                                                                        
 --Guide to Safe Scouting.  "Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse", 2013

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse

    1.  Ensure the safety of the child

             a) Maintain two-deep leadership

             b) Get detailed information from the person reporting the abuse

  2.  Contact your local or state law enforcement agency immediately

  3.  Notify the Scouting Professional if at an event

  4.  Contact the Scout Executive

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

A Time to Tell: Troop Meeting Guide English  Spanish
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators' use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.

It Happened to Me: Cub Scout Meeting Guide English  Spanish
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators' use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.

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