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 implemented several youth protection policies.
- Proof of Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be turned in alongside an adult's registration paperwork and fees before their application can be processed.
- Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s YPT is not current at the time of the unit's recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered, and the unit's recharter paperwork will be delayed. Because of the timing on recharter paperwork, adults are envouraged to renew their YPT course between April 1st and November 1st.
Youth Protection Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs
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 My Training 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 number. After you receive your membership card, log back into My.Scouting.org, click on Manage Member ID, and update the system by entering 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, visit my.scouting Tools FAQs. If troubleshooting tips fail, contact email@example.com.
How to print your Youth Protection training certificate of completion
- Log in to My.Scouting.org.
- Click “Menu” at the top left.
- Click on “My Training.”
- Next to Youth Protection Training, click on the "Print Certificate" link (small blue icon).
- A browser will open with a copy of your Certificate of Completion. Click the download arrow to save the certificate to your computer or click on the printer icon.
If you are having trouble logging on to My.Scouting.org, please send an email to the team who handles volunteer IT application support at our council office- firstname.lastname@example.org.