Youth Protection Training
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth 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, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.
The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential person that may intend harm to our members, we can reduce the risk of accepting a person of questionable character by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use, and following up with provided references.
Effective June 1, 2010
- Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the 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 reregistered.
- There are three types of Youth Protection Trainings which correspond to the unique requirements of each program:
- Y01 - Youth Protection Training: required for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Varsity Scouting
- Y02 - Venturing Youth Protection Training: required for Venturing and Sea Scouting
- Y03 - Learning for Life/Exploring Youth Protection Training: required for Learning for Life and Exploring.
State of Texas Requirements (Online versus In Person Training).
The State of Texas requires all adults attending day camps and resident camps / summer camps to take the Texas-approved BSA in-person YPT classroom course. YPT cards from the the in-person Texas-approved YPT Course are good for 2 years and meet all BSA YPT requirements. The YPT classroom course must be taken within two years of attending camp. The BSA ONLINE course may not be used for summer camps and day camps in the state of Texas. (Note that this state requirement applies only to adults attending summer camps and day camps in the state of Texas and doe NOT apply to unit weekend camping.) The following are events hosted by the Alamo Area Council that require the in-person YPT classroom course:
- Day Camp and Twilight Camp
- Webelos Outdoor Adventure Camp
- Cub Scout Resident Camp
- Boy Scout Summer Camp
- National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council's BSA youth protection program focuses on effective screening, education and training, and clear practices & policies to protect youth. Read below, or, for more information, contact the Youth Protection Committee by email at: YP@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
Youth Protection Resources
Key Points of Youth Protection:
- The BSA has continuously enhanced our policies and procedures to ensure we are in line with and, where possible, ahead of society’s knowledge of abuse and best practices for prevention.
- The BSA requires and does background checks, local screening of volunteers, comprehensive training programs, and mandatory reporting of even suspected abuse. See excerpt below of disclaimer as it appears on the BSA Adult Application:
BY SUBMITTING THIS APPLICATION YOU ARE AUTHORIZING A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK OF YOURSELF. THIS CHECK WILL BE MADE FROM PUBLIC RECORD SOURCES. YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
REVIEW AND CHALLENGE ANY ADVERSE INFORMATION DISCLOSED BY THE CHECK.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF YOUR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL OFFICE.
- Under today’s policies, any good-faith suspicion of abuse must be immediately reported to law enforcement by members and volunteers, and an individual is removed from Scouting as soon as a report is received.
- Scouting’s two-deep leadership policy requires at least two adults to be present for all Scouting activities. No youth should ever be alone with a Scout leader for any reason. In fact, all Scouting activities are open to parents, and we encourage families to enjoy Scouting together.
- Every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook includes a pamphlet to help parents teach their children how to recognize, resist, and report abuse.
- The BSA has a Youth Protection director dedicated to the continued enhancement of Scouting’s training programs and policies.
Numerous independent experts have recognized that the education and training programs protecting Scouts today are among the best in the youth-serving community. For a graphic that explains Scouting’s multilayered Youth Protection policies and procedures see below,
OR, Review the complete Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Policy at www.Scouting.org/BSAYouthProtection.