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Guide to Youth Protection Training

NEWS FLASH! - May 2015

YPT ShieldYouth Protection Training Requirements for Adult Volunteers Have Changed! Training is Now Required for Every Volunteer, and Must Be Repeated Each Year

Effective immediately, the following policy on Youth Protection Training applies within the Pacific Skyline Council:

• All registered adults in Scouting are required to take Youth Protection Training.
• New leaders must complete the Youth Protection Training within 30 days of registering and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection Training must be retaken each year to remain current.

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 each year. The Pacific Skyline Council is therefore implementing this updated BSA policy, which requires that current Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all new registrations or re-chartering. Furthermore, to remain current, Youth Protection Training must be re-taken annually.

It is already Pacific Skyline policy that adults who are not current in Youth Protection Training will not be re-registered or allowed to continue leading youth in Pacific Skyline Council. The main change is that Youth Protection Training used to be required every 24 months, but will be required annually going forward. We continue to encourage all adults and parents of our Scouts to also take the online training (even if they are not registered or active leaders in any unit). In that way, they will become better aware of the outstanding protections in place to protect youth while engaged in Scouting activities, and be better able to 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. We would like everyone to become familiar with BSA’s efforts and programs, and help us ensure the safety of all youth in Scouting.

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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BSA 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 no exceptions.  Only with everyone involved and trained in youth protection can we achieve the safest environment that is critical to protecting our youth in Scouting.

BSA has developed three Youth Protection Training courses 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 current who have taken at least one YPT course within the applicable volunteer’s registration period.

The first YPT course is the general youth protection course applicable to Cub Scout programs (youth 6-10 years old) & Boy Scout 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.

Volunteers in contact with older Scouts (youth 14-20 years old) and co-ed programs or units, such as Varsity Scouts, Venturing Crews, and Sea Scouts, also need to take a second youth protection course for Varsity, Venture and Sea Scouting (designated in Scouting records as “Y02”). This second course builds on concepts from the first course, and extends to cover important issues arising when dealing with older Scouts.

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.

How to Find and Take Youth Protection Training

We are happy to provide these specific instructions and step-by-step guidelines to assist you in logging-in to verify your individual training status, and to take or re-take the online training courses as appropriate.

For those who have technical problems, BSA record errors, or who would prefer to join an in-person training session, please email the Pacific Skyline Council's Youth Protection Champion at and we will assist you.

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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, but is not reflected in their official BSA records. This usually results from their profile not being properly associated with their official BSA records. 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 completed youth protection training in the past 12 months can submit their printed certificate of completion 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 MyScouting account is properly linked to their official BSA record, they can go log-in to their account hereExternal Link, and follow the directions below.

4) 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 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 (listed on your membership card, or ask your unit’s Committee Chair or Registrar), 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 email address is listed in your profile, so that you can receive 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.

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 registration 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 number and Pac Sky 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 number), then click “Add” to update your profile.Confirm that you have updated your profile (see figure below).


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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