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BSA Announces New Youth Protection Requirements for all Programs

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 are releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth. 

These changes include: 

  • Updated Youth Protection Training, 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 Scouts First Helpline - 1-844-SCOUTS1 (844-726-8871) 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 to be available in 2019. 

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including: 

  • 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. 
  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing Youth Protection Training and no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • Youth members that tent together must not be greater than two years apart in age. This may require some extra planning by your local council and its units. 
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying any Scouting unit who are present at an 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. 
  • To further aid our councils, it is anticipated that there will be a printed, moderator-led version of Youth Protection Training released by April 30, 2018. 

Twin Rivers Council Resident Summer Camp Requirements:

  • In addition to implementing the national policies listed above, the Twin Rivers Council requires all adults accompanying youth to Cub Scout or Boy Scout resident campat Rotary or Wakpominee to possess current Youth Protection Training certification, even if attending for fewer than 72 hours.   
  • All adults accompanying Scouts to resident camp must also be cleared by the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry, even if attending for fewer than 72 hours.
  • These policies do not apply to short-term visitors to camp, such as visitors to the camp’s Family Night program.

As an advocate and champion for youth protection within the Scouting movement, please become familiar with all of our resources and documents, take the training and spread the word. 

Volunteers need to complete the new Youth Protection training as soon as possible, but no later than October 1, 2018 as the safety of the youth and the families we serve through Scouting make it too important to delay.

Thank you for your work in sharing the message of safety in Scouting. You make a difference every day, in ways you may never know.  Truly, Youth Protection Begins with You.


Youth Protection Resources (links are active)

BSA’s Youth Protection GuidelinesExternal Link

How-to Guide for Taking Youth Protection

BSA Online Training Center

Youth Protection FAQ

Twin Rivers Council Summer Camp YPT Requirements

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