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.

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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.

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 www.scouting.org/cyberchip.