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Youth Protection


Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America, (BSA), and we are committed to making Scouting as safe as possible for all our members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout program.

Scouting takes a multi-layered approach to youth protection. Here are the key elements:
  • Local Selection of Adult Volunteers With the Support of the National Organization:  Local chartered organizations select and screen leaders who are known and trusted by the local community. These potential leaders then submit their application to the BSA, which submits the names to a third-party vendor for criminal background checks. Following that process, the BSA determines whether it has any information that would indicate that she or he does not meet our membership standards or has engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the safety of youth.

  • Education and Training:  Our education and training are specifically designed to teach Scouts, parents, and adult volunteers to recognize, resist, and report abuse—in and out of Scouting. The BSA provides parents with youth protection information on the youth application and in the parent guide found in Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbooks. Adult volunteer leaders must take Youth Protection training as a requirement for joining and must renew this training every two years. Youth also must review Youth Protection materials periodically as a requirement for rank advancement.

  • Policy Initiatives:  We have established clear policies to help protect youth participating in our programs, including our policy that prohibits youth from being alone with an adult volunteer. These policies are clearly stated in training materials and on
Parents are our most important allies in protecting our youth. All aspects of Scouting are open to observation by parents, and we encourage them to maintain an open dialog with their children and that’s why every Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbook includes a separate pamphlet that helps parents speak to their children about youth protection issues.

The BSA’s youth protection efforts are led by Mike Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse detection and prevention. Mike, together with both professional and volunteer Scouters, continues to enhance the BSA’s youth protection policies, procedures, and training materials to strive to be at the forefront of youth protection.



All registered adult volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America must be current in Youth Protection Training. Training must be renewed every two years in order for members to stay up-to-date with the most current youth protection data.

Further all parents/guardians wishing to attend Council or District sponsored camps need to complete Youth Protection Training, as well. You will be prompted to present a training certificate showing successful completion at the beginning of each camp.  

1. Go to and create an account.

2. From click on "E-Learning" and take Youth Protection training.

3. Upon completion, print a certificate of completion and keep with your records.

4. All registered adult leaders: When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.