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Youth Protection

Youth Protection Training Program

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. If any volunteer’s training record is not current at the time of recharter, that volunteer will not be reregistered. It is a requirement that new leaders take the course within 30 days of registering and before serving as a youth leader.

Youth Protection Training is offered online at The coursework takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. It is interactive and trainees can work at their own pace. If a leader prefers a classroom version of the training, information concerning convenient schedules and times is available by contacting a local district executive.

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.