YPT Frequently Asked Questions

Youth safety is the Number 1 priority of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA's Youth Protection Training has been an established safeguarding resource for the BSA for many years now and it is an accepted mandatory training for all registered adult volunteers. It is essential to implement this training at all levels of the Scouting organization (Pack, Troop, Crew, District, Council, etc.). The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training for engaged adult volunteers and parents is being offered. 

It is strongly recommended that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to my.scouting.org and create an account. From the my.scouting.org portal, click on E-training and take Youth Protection. Upon completion, print a certificate. That certificate needs to accompany an Adult Application that gets submitted to the local Council. Additionally, your unit (Pack, Troop, Crew, etc.) may want to keep it on file for easy reference.

It is strongly recommended that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adult leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training.  While the Lion and Tiger adult partner designations are not registered adult leader positions, there is nothing but added benefit from these adults completing the training. It is in every Scouting family's best interest to be aware of the safeguards and barriers that Youth Protection Training offers to safeguard our youth right from the start.

It is strongly recommended that all adults involved in Scouting who participate in unit activities and events take Youth Protection training. Registered adult leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training. Being register as adult leaders is also highly recommended. If an adult is attending a longer campout, like summer resident camp, for 72 hours or longer, that adult must be registered as an adult leader and complete Youth Protection Training.
Yes, a Council or District may conduct group training for Youth Protection Training. Adults are encouraged to complete the training via the online module. A facilitator lead version of the latest Youth Protection Training will be hosted at the Volunteer Service Center over the summer. 

No. As long as the adult has completed an Adult Application including consent for a background check, the application has been approved and submitted to the Council Service Center, their fee is paid and Youth Protection Training is certified as complete, they will be able to interact with youth while the required Criminal Background Check (CBC) is still pending.

Yes. A Merit Badge Counselor is a registered volunteer position.

A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to myscouting.org and create an account. From the myscouting.org portal, click on E-training and take Youth Protection. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit with a new application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

For a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required leadership positions filled with Youth Protection trained adults. Adults who have not completed Youth Protection training will not be registered.

No. If a leader's Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew their training immediately. All adults registered in Scouting are required to have a current certificate of completion of the Youth Protection training.

Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for us an organization and shows our commitment to the well-being of our youth members.