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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.

Leadership Selection

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 re-registered.

There are two ways to complete Youth Protection Training:

Online

  1. Visit my.scouting.org and create an account.
  2. Currently registered leaders need to be sure they include their membership ID number when you register so you automatically get credit for taking the training. Those not currently registered or those without a membership ID can skip putting one in when registering.   
  3. Select "My Dashboard" under the Menu icon at the top left.
  4. Select the Youth Protection Training (YPT) and "Take Course."
  5. You should print out your training certificate for your records. If you are a new leader and taking Youth Protection Training, print out a copy of the certificate and include it with your adult application. It is required to be registered. You cannot be registered until it is received with your application.
  6. Once you are registered, you can obtain your Membership ID number by looking on your membership card, contacting your unit's Committee Chair, contacting your District Executive, or by calling the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office.

In Person

  1. Contact your District Training CoordinatorDistrict Executive, or the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office for information about an upcoming in-person training. These usually take place as a part of a monthly roundtable.
  2. The facilitator will complete a training roster and submit it to the Jayhawk Area Council to be added to your membership profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often must Youth Protection Training be taken?

A. Youth Protection Training must be completed every two years.

Q. I don’t have any online account. How do I set one up?

A. Visit my.scouting.org and create an account. Be sure to put in your membership ID, otherwise you won’t get credit. 

Q. I'm a new leader and I don't have a membership ID.

A. As a new leader, you do not have nor do you need a membership number to take the training online. Go ahead and take it and provide a copy of your certificate to your Committee Chair so he or she can mail it in to your District Executive or the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office External Linkso it can get recorded. You must send in the certificate to get credit. As soon as you get your membership ID, enter it online as soon as possible.

Q. I already have an online account, how to I see if my membership ID is associated with my online account or how do I put it in?

A.Once your application is entered, the membership ID will be linked to your name as long as you make sure you use the same name and email as entered on the application

Q. I took the training online, but I couldn't print the certificate or encountered an error.

A. Log out and log back in. Click on e-learning and then on the appropriate tab for your unit. You should then have the ability to print the certificate. If not, please contact your District Executive or the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office for additional help.

Q. How do I verify that I've taken the training or when the last time I took youth protection training.

A. Visit External Linkmy.scouting.org and log in. Click on training verification and put in your membership ID or your user ID you created.

Q. I forgot my user ID or my password.

A. Visit External Linkmy.scouting.org and click on the “Forgot User Name” or “Forgot Password” links and follow the instructions. If you still have problems, send an e-mail to  myscouting@netbsa.orgExternal Link with the information related to your problem. Typically the response time is within one business day of your e-mail being sent. It is not recommended that you create a new account until all other courses of action have been tried as this can result in the loss of any training you have taken online. If you do not receive a response, contact the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office.

Q. I have more questions about online training, who do I contact?

A. Contact your unit's Committee Chair, District Training CoordinatorDistrict Executive, or the Jayhawk Area Council Scout Office or visit External Linkmy.scouting.org and click on “Frequently Asked Questions” in your profile after logging in to get a list of frequently asked questions.

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