Child abuse is an increasingly serious, widespread problem in society, affecting every ethnic group, socio-economic level, and geographic area. The significance of this problem is revealed by the nearly three million cases of child abuse reported each year in the United States. The Boy Scouts of America has developed Youth Protection training to prepare its leaders to recognize the signs of and to help children who have been, or are being, abused.
The training program includes information for parents as well as the video It Happened to Me. Materials are for use in youth meetings to show youth members and their parents what they should do to prevent abuse from happening to them.
In addition, the BSA has adopted a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to help ensure that Scouting continues to be safe for all participants. Background checks are required for all new leaders as of April 2003, and the Boy Scouts of America will not tolerate any form of child abuse in its program and will take all necessary steps to remove any offenders from membership in the BSA.
Every leader in Scouting is required to complete Youth Protection training, which is delivered by each district in Cascade Pacific Council. Parents will also find this training valuable. In addition to a thorough review of BSA Youth Protection policies, the training develops an increased awareness of Youth Protection issues.
Your unit trainer, unit leaders, unit commissioner, district training chair, or district executive can provide information on how to receive this important training.
Child Abuse Reporting Requirements
Leaders are encouraged to be familiar with child abuse reporting requirements. If you suspect child abuse, follow the instructions provided in the Child Abuse Reporting Requirements document.
- Venturing Youth Protection is to be completed by all Venturing Unit Leaders. Leaders do not have to complete both the general Youth Protection and Venturing Youth Protection, but you must take Venturing Youth Protection if you have not done so via www.myscouting.org and are/wish to be successfully registered as a Venturing Unit Leader, even if you have completed the general Youth Protection course within the last two years. CLICK HERE to be directed to the National list of training requirements.
- Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
- Youth Protection Training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:
- If you have not taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of America membership card.
- If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or committee chairman. Your council can also assist you.
- If you have taken Youth Protection Training online but did not input your member ID number, please log back on to the Training section of MyScouting and input your member ID so the training will be linked with your records.
- If you have taken Youth Protection Training within the past two years but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your records are up to date, or contact your council and have them verify that your Youth Protection Training records are accurate.
- Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
Youth Protection Training is available online at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the information available in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx.
Thank you for your commitment to our nation’s young people and to Scouting.
For a list of FAQs about Youth Protection, click here.