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Youth Protection

How-To Guide For Taking Youth Protection Training

The Greater St. Louis Area Council places the highest importance on providing a secure environment for all Scouts. To maintain these standards, the Boy Scouts of America has established strict procedural and leadership selection policies, along with providing the finest resources necessary to help parents and leaders safely lead their Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing programs.

Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be taken every two years. Youth Protection Training is offered online at www.my.scouting.org

The BSA’s Youth Protection Training covers strategies for personal safety and awareness for youth as well as adults, addressing these key policies:

For more information on the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, click here.


Updated Youth Protection Training Overview

Youth Protection Training FAQ

In February 2018 the BSA is rolling out updated youth protection training for staff, leaders, and parents. The training will include a three-module course that all leaders will be required to complete.

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. The updated training replaces other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs.

Training is available online 24/7 at: www.scouting.org/youthprotection.

Additional updated youth protection policies include:

  1. Any person looking to become a registered leader in Scouting must complete the BSA’s youth protection training before registering.
  2. Youth protection training is mandatory for any volunteer who participates in an outing lasting longer than 72 hours.
  3. Units may not re-charter unless and until all adult leaders are trained in the BSA’s youth protection.
  4. Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.

New training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include:

With these changes, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. The Boy Scouts of America will not stand by while people take advantage of our trusted program to harm children.