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New Youth Protection Training

New Youth Protection Training

By October 1, 2018, all new and currently registered leaders will be required to complete the updated training. The enhanced and updated content will allow leaders and councils to comply with all current legal requirements. While this may be inconvenient for some, it reflects the BSA’s commitment to the safety of all youth.

  • Adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training prior to completing the registration process.
  • Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have completed YPT within two years.
  • Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.
  • Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to take the training.
  • The training is closed captioned.
  • Spanish version will be available mid-2018.
  • ​Facilitator-led training materials will be available by mid-2018.

The only position exceptions to taking the required the Youth Protection Training are:

  • institutional heads and
  • adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.

Mandatory Training

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. Other adults participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this one-hour online training.

The mandatory training modules are the following:

  • Overview and Policies
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Bullying

The prior version of BSA’s Youth Protection trainings will no longer be available. The updated training replaces other Youth Protection trainings and is required for all BSA programs.

Recommended Training

Additional modules on related topics will be released at a later date and are recommended for all leaders. The topics will include:

  • Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Exposure to Violence
  • Emotional Abuse


Please destroy all old Youth Protection Training DVDs that you may have, including old adult Youth Protection Training and Venturing Youth Protection Training, as they will no longer be valid. 

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