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BSA Youth Protection Policies and Reporting Procedures

New Youth Protection Training

No later than October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. Any other youth protection training expires September 30, 2018.  While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.

BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

Required Training

The “three R’s” of Youth Protection

The “three R’s” of Youth Protection convey a simple message for the personal awareness of our youth members:

  • Recognize that anyone could be a molester.
  • Respond when someone is doing something that goes against your gut or against the safety guidelines.
  • Report attempted or actual molestation or any activity that you think is wrong to a parent or other trusted adult.

Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers

There are two types of Youth Protection–related reporting procedures all volunteers must follow:

  • When you witness or suspect any child has been abused or neglected—See “Mandatory Report of Child Abuse” below.
  • When you witness a violation of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies—See “Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies” below.

Mandatory Report of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout’s home or family, you are required to contact the local child abuse hotline.
  3. Notify the Scout Executive or his/her designee. (See contact info below.)

Reporting Violations of BSA Youth Protection Policies

If you think any of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies have been violated, including those described within Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse, you must notify your local council Scout Executive or his/her designee so appropriate action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts.

Tecumseh Council Emergency Contact Personnel

In the event of an emergency, dial 911

  • Local Hotline Name: Childhelp
  • Local Hotline Phone: 800-422-4453

Scout Executive

Scouting's Barriers to Abuse

Scouting’s Barriers to AbuseExternal Link are published in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the online version is maintained as the most current.  

Download the BSA’s Youth Protection Infographic to see how Scouting’s barriers to abuse help keep youth safe.

Download the Bullying Prevention Guide 

BSA's Youth Protection Website

Full details regarding Youth Protection can be found on this website: Link

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