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Youth Protection Training Guidance

Jayhawk Area Scouters,

During the most recent Jayhawk Area Council Leadership Training Committee meeting, it was apparent that even among the experienced Scouters in attendance, there are several points of confusion and misunderstanding about the new BSA Youth Protection Training policies. Therefore, your Leadership Training Committee is providing this simplified guidance and facts about the policy:

Youth Protection Training Facts

  • All registered Scout leaders must take Youth Protection Training (YPT).
  • YPT must be taken every two years.
  • If a volunteer’s YPT record is not current at the time of unit recharter, the volunteer cannot be re-registered.

As of October 1, 2018, all registered volunteers must take and pass the current edition of Youth Protection Training. The current edition of YPT became effective on February 1, 2018. 

Therefore, if a volunteer took and passed YPT prior to February 1, 2018, the current edition of YPT must be taken and passed prior to re-registering.

Jayhawk Area Council Specific Camping Youth Protection Training Facts (Quoted from the “Guide to Safe Scouting”)

  • Two-Deep Leadership Required - It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that trips and outings may never be led by only one adult. At a minimum, two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age, are required for all trips and outings. Sufficient adult leadership must be provided on all trips and outings based on the total number of youth attending.
  • All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. 

Explanation: This applies to a week of summer camp only. Troops and Crews are at a summer camp session for approximately 6 days or 144 hours. One leader must be at least 21 years old and a registered adult leader. Any other leader that is in camp for at least 72 of the 144 hours must also be at least 18 years old and a registered leader.

There are no Cub Scout activities in the Jayhawk Area Council that are at 72 or more hours in duration.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the staff advisor to the Leadership Training Committee, Buzz Wheeler ( or 630-962-7004, with any further questions.

Yours in Scouting,

John Kotulak,

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