Youth Protection Training
The Boy Scouts of America requires Youth Protection training for all volunteers. The purpose of this policy is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist in Scouting. There are three different types of Youth Protection offered.
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.
1. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Varsity Scout Adult Volunteers Youth Protection Training
- It covers the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. It does so by taking you through situations that require choices and produce consequences. Successful completion of this course requires an 80 percent or higher score. You'll also be offered a certificate of completion
2. Venturing Leader Youth Protection Training
- This course is required for all adult Venturing leaders. This training will help leaders understand and guide youth through possible problems as it relates to abuse. You will also learn about the issues you may face as a leader to help provide a safer environment for the crew members and to protect yourself from false accusations.
3. Explorer Leader Youth Protection Training
- This course is required for all adult Explorer leaders. The training covers the topics of sexual harassment, acquaintance rape, internet safety, and suicide awareness that are age appropriate to their explorers.