Youth Protection Training - Required
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
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Our youth protection efforts comprise four key components: (1) a multi-layered volunteer application and screening process, including local selection and screening, national criminal background checks, and verification that Scouting has received no prior allegations of inappropriate conduct; (2) extensive training programs designed specifically to teach Scouts and adult volunteers how to recognize and prevent abuse; (3) clear policies that create barriers to abuse of youth members; and (4) mandatory reporting of allegation or suspicion of abuse.
- Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of position.
- New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. Proof of training must be submitted at the time the 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.
Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting
The BSA has adopted policies on the following topics to provide additional security for our members
- Two adults must supervise all activities—no 1 to 1 contact between adult and youth
- Privacy is respected including separate youth/adult accommodations
- Cameras, imaging, and digital devices must be used responsibly
- All aspects of scouting are open to observation by parents
- Attire must be appropriate for the activity
- Discipline must be constructive
- No hazing or bullying of any kind is allowed
- Junior leaders are trained and supervised
- Members/Units are responsible for enforcing policies
Scouting’s “Three R’s” of Personal Safety
- Youth are also taught to recognize the “three R’s” of Personal Safety
- Recognize situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
- Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred.
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