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For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. We believe – and, through more than a century of experience, know – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

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 is 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 ScoutsFirst Helpline 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 available in 2019.

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

• As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.

• As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training.

• Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the 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. 


For more information visit: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/


Additional Resources: 

BSA Parent Guide to Safe Scouting

BSA Youth Protection Flyer

BSA Youth Protection Anti-Bullying Flyer

BSA Quick Facts Pocket Flyer

Unit Youth Protection Conversation Presentation


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