Scouts BSA Youth Protection


Youth Protection Training is Required Annually


Effective June 2017, the Rip Van Winkle Council requires annual Youth Protection Training. This protects children, adult leaders, and the organization by maintaining high vigilance on the important subject and methods of youth protection.

Unit Leaders:   Unit renewals are effective January 1st each year. In preparation for renewal or registering as a new adult, adult unit leaders need to demonstrate completion of age-appropriate youth protection training within the previous calendar year as follows:

                Standard Youth Protection Training (Y01) for pack, troop and team leaders

                Venturing Youth Protection Training (Y02) for crew and ship leaders

                Exploring Youth Protection Training (Y03) for post, and group leaders

District Leaders and Merit Badge Counselors:  District volunteer renewals are effective July 1st each year. When registering or renewing registration, adults registered within districts (including Merit Badge Counselors) need to demonstrate completion of standard youth protection training (Y01) within the previous period of July 1 to June 30. (ie renewal of 7/1/2016 would need Youth protection completion between 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016)

We understand that we are asking more of already-busy volunteers, and appreciate your patience as we all work together to provide the safest possible atmosphere for our young members and valued Scouting volunteers. Online Training Portal

Guide to Safe Scouting 
The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.

A Time to Tell: Troop Meeting Guide 
Video Facilitator Guides. English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators' use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.

Cyber Chip
To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the BSA introduces the Cyber Chip. The Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources includes grade-specific videos for each level.

Bullying Awareness
These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.

Youth Protection Champions
To address the need for Youth Protection–specific volunteers at all levels, the BSA has implemented its new Youth Protection Champions program. These volunteer champions will be the key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned levels.

Support is available for victims of past abuse.