June 1, 2010
Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA.
To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers
to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is
implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection
Effective June 1, 2010:
— Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers.
— New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they
submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for
this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before
volunteer service with youth begins.
— Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a
volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of
recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To ensure these policies are fully implemented, please take the following steps:
— If you have not taken Youth Protection training within the past two
years, please log on to MyScouting and take the training. Be sure to have
your member ID number. The number can be found on your Boy Scouts of
America membership card.
— If you do not know your member ID number, contact your unit leader or
committee chairman. Your council can also assist.
— A person does not have to be a registered volunteer or have an ID
number to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to
MyScouting and create an account. From the MyScouting portal, click on
E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. Upon completion, print
a certificate and submit it with an application or submit to the unit
leader for processing at the local council.
— If you have taken Youth Protection training online but did not input
your member ID number, please log on to MyScouting and input your member
ID in the My Profile section so the training will be linked to your
— If you have taken Youth Protection training within the past two years
but did not take the course online, log on to MyScouting to ensure your
records are up-to-date, or contact your council for verification that your
Youth Protection training records are accurate.
— Finally, please share these important changes with other Scouters.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America
and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent’s Guide in any of the
Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to
Thank you for your commitment to our nation’s young people and to Scouting.
Assistant Chief Scout Executive