Youth Protection

To maintain these standards, the Boy Scouts of America has established strict procedural and leadership selection policies, along with providing the finest resources necessary to help parents and leaders safely lead their Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing programs.


Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be taken every two years. If any volunteer’s training record is not current at the time of recharter, that volunteer will not be reregistered. It is a requirement that new leaders take the course within 30 days of registering and before serving as a youth leader.


The BSA’s Youth Protection Training covers strategies for personal safety and awareness for youth as well as adults, addressing these key policies:

  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth is prohibited
  • Privacy of youth is respected
  • Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts are required
  • Units are responsible for enforcement of the Youth Protection policies

Digital:  Youth Protection Training is offered online at The coursework takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. It is interactive and trainees can work at their own pace.


In-person:  If a leader prefers a classroom version of the training, information concerning convenient schedules and times is available by contacting a local district executive.

  1. Digital:—  Login and take the coarse when it fits your schedule best.
  2. In-person:  Dates, locations TBD.—  The place to go to take coarses and check your online Scouting profile.

National page on YPT— Learn more about YPT and why it is so important to Scouting.