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Guidelines for Youth Protection Training

• Go directly to online Youth Protection TrainingExternal Link (you will need to set up an account the first time you access the page)

NEWS FLASH! - May 2015

YPT ShieldAnnouncing Important Changes in Youth Protection Training Requirements for Adult Volunteers in Scouting

All Registered Adults in Scouting Must Remain Current in Youth Protection Training To Continue Participation

Effective immediately, the Pacific Skyline Council has updated its approach to Youth Protection Training. The following policy now applies:

• All registered adults must take Youth Protection Training (“YPT”).
• New adult leaders and volunteers should be YPT-trained before any contact with Scouts begins.
YPT currency must cover the level of Scouting involvement of each adult:

- YPT for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is the first and baseline course;
- YPT for Varsity Teams, Venture Crews & Sea Scouts is the second level, focusing on issues more relevant to teenage and co-ed Scouts;
- YPT for Exploring Posts is the third level of Youth Protection Training.

• All registered adults must remain current in YPT to be re-registered each year.

- BSA currently requires Youth Protection Training completion within the prior 24-months.
- Adults with expired YPT will not be re-registered or allowed to participate in future Scouting events.

• The Pacific Skyline Council is following BSA Western Region guidance, and strongly recommends repeating YPT each year – alternating YPT courses taken to ensure exposure to the most current course content – to maximize the safety of our programs.

As part of Scouting’s ongoing drive to be the premier youth protection organization in the nation, universal Youth Protection Training (“YPT”) of all Registered Adults and Leaders is now mandatory, and should be repeated each year. The Pacific Skyline Council adopted this updated BSA policy, which requires that current Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all new registrations or re-registration for individuals and units. Adults who lack current YPT will not be registered or allowed to continue leading youth in Pacific Skyline Council.

Furthermore, to ensure exposure to the most current youth protection guidelines, Youth Protection Training should be re-taken annually, alternating between the age-specific courses offered. We continue to encourage all adults and parents of our Scouts to take the online YPT courses (even if they are not formally registered or actively volunteering with any unit). In that way, everyone will become better aware of the outstanding protections in place to protect youth while engaged in Scouting activities, and be better able to identify and report questionable activities or circumstances they might witness or hear about in Scouting. BSA’s Youth Protection Training and programs are among the best available today, and are widely viewed as the “gold standard” for youth-serving organizations. The Pacific Skyline Council’s Executive Board is committed to seeing everyone become familiar with BSA’s YPT efforts and programs, and help ensure the safety of all youth in Scouting by achieving 100% YPT-trained adults in our Council.

Gary Butler, BSA’s Deputy Chief Scout Executive, recently captured the essence of this effort when he said, “Youth Protection will become so engrained in the BSA culture that it is second in recognition only to the Scout Oath and Scout Law."

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The Boy Scouts of America is widely recognized today as having one of the premiere youth protection programs of all youth-serving organizations. Experience has proven the best way to continue and improve this program is to provide effective training on a continuing basis, to all adults involved in Scouting, at every level with simpler rules and no exceptions. Only with everyone involved and trained in youth protection can we achieve the safer environments critical to protecting our youth in Scouting.

BSA has developed three Youth Protection Training courses currently applicable to Scouting. Each volunteer should take the YPT course corresponding to the Scouting programs they are directly involved with, and where they are in contact with youth. BSA considers adults minimally current who have taken at least one YPT course within the preceding 24-months. Our Council strongly recommends repeating the online Youth Protection Training each year. Each course takes only about 20 minutes, and by alternating the course taken each year, adults can remain current with the most updated information available on BSA’s Youth Protection Programs. This small investment of time yields powerful dividends in youth safety.

The first YPT course is the general baseline youth protection course, applicable to Cub Scouts programs (youth 6—10 years old) & Boy Scouts programs (youth 11—17 years old) (designated in Scouting records as “Y01”). This training covers the largest share of Scouting programs, and those volunteers working with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. It should be the first course taken in most cases, and teaches the core concepts and practices which serve as the foundation of youth protection in Scouting.

Volunteers in contact with older Scouts (youth 14—20 years old) and co-ed programs or units, such as Varsity ScoutsExternal Link, Venturing, and Sea Scouts, are required to take the second youth protection course for Varsity, Venturing and Sea Scouting (designated in Scouting records as “Y02”). This second course builds on concepts from the first course, and extends them to cover important issues arising when dealing with older Scouts. This second course makes the most sense after completing the YPT course for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, so we strongly recommend taking them both in sequence.

Finally, registered adults participating in Exploring programs (youth 14-20 years old) are required to take the Exploring version of Youth Protection Training, administered and available from a separate organization called LearningForLife.orgExternal Link (this training is designated in Scouting records as “Y03”).

It only takes a few minutes to become current in youth protection training and continue your participation in Scouting! Each online course takes just 20-30 minutes to complete, and your training record will be updated accordingly. You can also print a completion certificate at the end of each course. and we will assist you.

Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing and Sea Scout Volunteers

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Step One: Link your Account to Your Official BSA Record

A number of volunteers report being unsure of their current training status or dates, or have reported taking youth protection training recently which is not reflected in their official BSA records. This usually results from their self-created profile not being properly associated with their official BSA records. To avoid this issue, registered volunteers should take the following actions to verify their individual training status and ensure that their individual MyScouting profiles are properly linked to BSA records:

1) First, any volunteer who has recently completed youth protection training can submit their printed certificate of completion (available online following completion of the YPT course) to their local Scouting Unit’s Committee Chair, and the Council will manually update that volunteer’s BSA record.

2) Second, volunteers should sign into their account (or create a new one) and verify their account profiles and BSA records are properly linked.

3) To confirm that a volunteer’s account is properly linked to their official BSA record, the volunteer’s official BSA Membership ID Number is required. This ID number may be included with email reminders about Youth Protection Training, or can be obtained from the individual’s unit Committee Chair or Registrar.  Individuals not affiliated with a unit (such as merit badge counselors, district or council at large volunteers) should contact the Foster City Service Center or send an email to for assistance. Once the membership ID number is available, volunteers can go log-in to their account hereExternal Link, and follow the directions below.

4) Once logged in to, click on the “Update My Profile” link, Under “My Profile”

Click on the Update My Profile link

5) At the bottom of your “My Profile” page, confirm that your BSA membership ID number and Council affiliation are correctly listed. If not, then use the “—Select a Council—” pull down menu to select “Pacific Skyline Council – Foster City, California - #031” and enter your BSA Member ID number, then click “Add” to update your profile. Confirm that you have successfully updated your profile (see below figure)

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6) Also confirm that your current preferred email address is listed in your profile, so that you can receive notices and reminders to re-take youth protection training.

Step Two: Take the Online Training or Verify Your Training Status

1) Log-in to your MyScouting account hereExternal Link.

2) If you know you need to take Youth Protection Training, you may immediately click on the “Take Youth Protection Training” button at the top of the log-in landing page (shown below) and begin the online course.

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3) To check and verify your official BSA training status, once logged-in to the portal, click on E-Learning and then scroll down using the scroll bar on the right side of your screen.Click on the Tab for your level of Scouting (Cub Scout, Boy/Varsity Scout, Venturing, or “General”) to check on your Youth Protection Training status, via a color-coded status indicator.

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4) If the “General” tab shows green, then BSA considers you “current” in at least one level of Youth Protection Training, and you can print a new certificate of completion by clicking on the applicable link. If not shown as “current” (i.e., anything other than a green indicator), you should retake the online training, which can be selected at this point by clicking on the “Retake Course” link. If the recorded training date is not within the current calendar year, we recommend retaking the course in any event.  Re-chartering will require YPT within 24-months of that re-registration date.  Otherwise it is possible that volunteers may be current according to the database, but will have their YPT expire before the end of their current registration period (generally the calendar year), preventing re-registration.

5) You can also verify your status of level-specific Youth Protection Training or other Scouting training completed by scrolling further down under each level of Scouting. Click on each of the “Cub Scout” or “Boy/Varsity Scout” or “Venturing” tabs to check your status for each level of training.

6) Upon completion of each online course, users can print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing by the Council.

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Instructions for Exploring Volunteers

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Step One: Link your MyScouting Account to Your Official BSA Record

For Explorer level Youth Protection Training (designated in Scouting records as “Y03”), you will need to log into the “Learning For Life” website. The Exploring program is operated by a separate organization from Boy Scouts of America, though the training program was also developed by BSA. You can log-in to take this training at the Learning for Life website hereExternal Link, using your same MyScouting user ID and password, or click “Create an Account” to create a new Learning For Life account. If you have a BSA Membership ID number, it will be the same number for registration with Learning for Life.

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Once logged in, please follow these steps:

1) Click on the “Update My Profile” link

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2) At the bottom of your “My Profile” page, confirm that your BSA membership ID number and PacSky LFL affiliation are correctly listed. If not, then use the pull down menu to select “Pacific Skyline LFL Office – Foster City, California” and enter your BSA membership number (same as your BSA Membership ID number), then click “Add” to update your profile.Confirm that you have updated your profile (see figure below). If you do not know your BSA or LFL membership ID number, please contact your Explorer Post Committee Chair or the Foster City Service Center.  You may also send an email to and we will assist you.


Step Two: Take/Retake the Exploring Youth Protection Training Module (“Y03”)

To verify or take the Exploring level of Youth Protection Training online course, please follow the steps below:

1) Log-in to the Learning for Life website hereExternal Link, using your same BSA user ID and password.

2) Click on the “E-Learning” link under “My Training.”

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3) Scroll down that page to show your Learning for Life E-Training record. There should only be a single tab here, showing all of your Learning for Life-specific training, including your Youth Protection Training status, with a color status indicator. (Same indicators as

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4) You can simply click on the applicable “Take Course” or the “Retake Course” link to launch the online Youth Protection Training module. (Note: This module is very similar to the BSA Varsity, Venture and Sea Scouting level training, and should similarly take only 20 minutes or less to complete.)

5) Upon completion of the online course, you may enter your name and Post Number (If you do not have a Post Number, put “NA”) for your certificate. Your official training record should now be updated, but please retain a copy of the certificate for your records.

Again, if you have any questions, technical problems, or comments to help us going forward, please feel free to send an email to the Pacific Skyline Council Youth Protection Champion at and we will help you.

Thank you for your time, efforts, and dedication to the youth in the Pacific Skyline Council and Boy Scouts of America!



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