YPT - Important Updates

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, May 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Every Scouter must complete updated Youth Protection training by October 1, 2018


Six Things You Need to Know About Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Over the past 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America have instilled the values of the Scout Oath and Law in millions of youth, preparing them to make ethical decisions while facilitating a secure environment for their development. Safe Scouting practices and youth protection are at the heart of the Boy Scouts of America and the Sam Houston Area Council's mission.

In order to continue providing a safe and secure environment for today’s youth, the Boy Scouts of America have developed a new version of the Youth Protection Training program taken by all volunteer and staff. The new training, which is fully supported and endorsed by the Sam Houston Area Council, launched to the public this month.


Here are five things you need to know about the launch of the new YPT:

1. What is Youth Protection Training?

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is a youth protection training for the Boy Scouts of America that covers all programs within the Boy Scouts of America. YPT is a comprehensive training that covers a variety of best practices for preventing, identifying and dealing with abuse. YPT was revised in February 2018.

2. Who is required to be YPT trained?

BSA requires all registered adult leaders and volunteers and any adult who will attend an activity that lasts 72 hours or longer to be YPT trained. The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection Training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by October 1, 2018.

3. Is there a deadline for adult volunteers to acquire YPT training?

Yes, all registered leaders must complete the new YPT training or the classroom facilitated YPT course by October 1, 2018.

YPT courses taken before February 1, 2018, will not count.

4. How do I complete YPT training?

YPT can be accessed by logging into my.scouting.org. Once logged in, click on the youth protection logo and continue to follow the prompts until the training begins. YPT includes three learning modules followed by a 25-question assessment; total time to complete is 60-75 minutes. Here’s a PDF that outlines the steps.

5. What are the changes?

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth. 

Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.

Changes include:

  • An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.
  • Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.
  • Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, we recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

  • As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training.
  • As of January 1, 2018, no council, regional, or national leader will be allowed to renew their registration if they are not current on their Youth Protection Training.
  • As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training. Registrars no longer have the ability to approve charters without full compliance.
  • Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

With these changes, and many more outlined in the documents listed below, as well as the overview video, we will continue to build a safe environment for our youth. 

As an advocate and champion for youth protection in Scouting movement, I encourage you to watch the video, become familiar with the resource documents, take the training and spread the word. 

We realize the Oct 1 training deadline will be a challenge for some – but the safety of our children is too important to delay. 

6. What’s updated in this Youth Protection course?

  • Videos from survivors of abuse. “In developing this training, we discussed whether or not to include survivor videos,” Johnson said. “It was the right decision. Their testimony is powerful and highlights how predators work and the tragic impact like nothing else.”
  • Video interviews with psychologists and law enforcement professionals who discuss the root causes of abuse, how to recognize it and how to respond.
  • Three all-new training modules and a test.



If you have any questions about the changes to Youth Protection, please contact the Council Youth Protection Champion, James Yaklin.




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