Youth Protection Training (YPT) is designed to help keep youth safe from abuse. During YPT, participants learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, participants will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed by all registered leaders, and is highly recommended for parents and other adults working with youth.
Read more about mandatory reporting of child abuse or BSA youth protection policies.
To increase awareness of youth protection and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America has implementing several youth protection policies.
- Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all registered volunteers.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training (YPT) within 30 days of submitting an application for registration.
- Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection Training (YPT) record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
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How to Complete Youth Protection Training
Scouters may complete this training module through the "My.Scouting.org" portal. First-time users to MyScouting must set up an account and password. From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.
New Leaders - You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection Training (YPT). Set up an account as above. Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with your BSA adult volunteer application. When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your membership ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into My.Scouting.org, click on My Profile, and update the system by inputting your member ID. This will link your Youth Protection Training records, and any other online training you have taken in My.Scouting.org, to your BSA membership.
Troubleshooting - If you have problems setting up an account or cannot log in, follow the directions on frequently asked questions found below the log-in screen for assistance. If troubleshooting tips fail, contact the BSA national web help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-972-580-2267.
Online YPT Training
There are many training courses that can be taken online at My.Scouting.org.
- Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
- If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the Council Office.
- If you are not yet registered, you can still take training, just print the certificate at the end of each course.
- After your account is created you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your My.Scouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
- Once you log in to My.Scouting.org, click E-Learning on the left hand side. Program Related Trainings is listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
- Submit your certificate of completion to your district training chair.
- Click on training validation* to review what courses you have taken, this includes courses recorded at the council office.
Training Validation: After logging onto My.Scouting.org, click on "Training Validation" to check if your trainings have been recorded in the council's computer system. If you notice any discrepancies in your training records, visit the training page.
We are encouraging all units to use this system to check the training status of all of their leaders. All you need is a list of membership ID Numbers and you can review the training status of the registered adult leaders. A list of these numbers can be found on your charter paperwork.
Classroom Facilitated YPT
YPT Update (3/13/18): Texas has ruled that BSA's new online Youth Protection Training will satisfy state law regarding all licensed youth camps.
**If you have completed the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course on or after March 13, 2018, you no longer need to take a classroom-facilitated version of the course in order to camp with your unit at a licensed camp (camps of four or more days).
**If you have not yet taken the new BSA online Youth Protection Training course, you must do so by October 1, 2018... or you won't be able to recharter with your unit at year-end.
To take the new online Youth Protection Training, please visit www.my.scouting.org.
If you are having trouble logging on to My.Scouting.org, please call the BSA's national web help desk at email@example.com or 1-972-580-2267.