Youth Protection Overview
Five Point Strategy
Guiding the BSAs Youth Protection is a five-point
strategy to prevent child abuse:
1. Educating adult volunteers, parents, and youth to aid in the detection
and prevention of child abuse.
2. Establishing leader-selection procedures to prevent offenders from
entering your organization leadership ranks.
3. Establish policies that create barriers to child abuse within the
4. Encourage youth to report improper behavior in order to identify
5. Swift removal and reporting of alleged offenders that are BSA registered leaders.
The Three Rs of Youth Protection
Members of the Boy Scouts of America are taught the Three
Rs of Youth Protection. This stresses that the child needs to
RECOGNIZE situations that place him at risk of being molested, how child
molesters operate, and that anyone can be a molester. The child needs
to know that if he RESISTS, most child molesters will leave him alone.
And, if the child REPORTS attempted or actual molestation he will help
protect himself as well as other children from further abuse, and will
not be blamed for what occurred.
Youth Protection Training
How do I get trained?
Click here to take the training on-line at myscouting.org
You do not need to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection Training.
To take the training:
1. From the menu on the left, click E-Learning.
2. From the General tab, scroll down to Youth Protection Training and click Take Course.
3. When you complete the course, print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application, or submit the certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card, which includes your member ID number. You must enter this member ID into your MyScouting profile so that your local council has a record of the training you have taken online. To do this, log into MyScouting, click My Profile, and enter your member ID number. This links your Youth Protection training, and any other MyScouting training, to your BSA membership.