Changes to Youth Protection Training Requirements

From the National Office, Director of Youth Protection - March 9, 2018:

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth.

All volunteers should be aware of the following changes:

  • The BSA has released an updated Youth Protection Training (YPT-2), including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for ALL adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.
  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • 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, the following new policies were announced to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. This applies to summer camp programs, extended trips (such as visiting a National High Adventure Base or MassJam),  and local unit based activities. 

Leadership Requirements for Extended Activities:

The BSA’s new adult registration requirements mandate that all adults accompanying a Scouting unit to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. These requirements will go into effect June 1, 2018, at the start of the summer camp season. 

The new requirement applies to any adult accompanying a Scouting unit  on a single Scouting activity where they are present for three or more nights (not necessarily consecutive).

These adults must be registered as leaders, including the completion of a criminal background check (CBC) and Youth Protection Training before the activity (CBCs cannot be expedited) even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip.

Nashua Valley Council strongly encourages  Youth Protection Training for all adults attending any Scouting activity.

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

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.