Youth Protection Training For Adults


The Boy Scouts of America places great importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. GNFC mandates Youth Protection Training for Adults for all registered volunteers.  


***New Youth Protection Training Update***

All previous versions of Youth Protection are now outdated. There is now a single Youth Protection Training for all BSA Programs. Every Registered Adult must take the new Youth Protection Training prior to October 1st, 2018.

Training is Available Online

  • Online, go to the My.Scouting website (https://my.scouting.org) and follow the directions.
    • There is a version for Cub and Boy Scout adult leaders and another for Venturing adult leaders.
    • For those who need some help using the My.Scouting site, download instructions.
    • Having trouble with online training? | Learn more
    • Training is finished in approx. 90 minutes.
    • There is a quiz at the end of training sessions.
    • Certificates are generated digitally after successful completion, these should be printed for your records.
  • Offline, GNFC will be offering a limited number of in-person Youth Protection Training Courses this summer and early fall:
    • Training is finished in approx. 2 hours.
    • There is a quiz at the end of training sessions.
    • Card-sized certificates are presented upon successful completion.

Youth Protection Training expires 2 years from the date of completion.  Every registered adult leader or parent that continues to work with youth members MUST renew their youth protection certification every 2 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the executive officer (Institutional Head) of a unit need to take Youth Protection training?

If the executive officer is not a registered leader, he or she is not required to complete Youth Protection training, although it is strongly recommended. If the executive officer is registered as an adult leader, then he or she must complete Youth Protection training. 

I am a Tiger Cub adult partner and ScoutParent. Do I need to take Youth Protection training?

The Tiger Cub adult partner, Lion adult partner, and ScoutParent designations are not registered adult positions; therefore, mandatory Youth Protection training is not required. It is strongly recommended, however, that all adults involved in Scouting take Youth Protection training. All registered adults are required to take Youth Protection training.

I am sure I know all there is to know about youth protection. Can I 'test out' by only taking the Youth Protection online quiz?

No. You must complete the entire online training in order for your Youth Protection certificate to be valid. This ensures you receive the latest information on BSA Youth Protection.

Are parents who attend weekly meetings, weekend campouts, or summer resident camp required to take Youth Protection training?

Only if they are registered leaders. However, it is highly recommended that any adult participating with your unit activities take Youth Protection training. Having them register as adult leaders is also highly recommended. (NOTE: It is the policy of Greater Niagara Frontier Council that ALL adults attending summer resident camp complete the Youth Protection.)

What is the deadline to meet the new Youth Protection training standard?

All registered leaders must take the new Youth Protection training before October 1st, 2018. A unit will not be able to recharter without its key registered adults being up-to-date on Youth Protection training. No individual leader will be able to register without being up-to-date on his or her Youth Protection training.

Can a council or district organize Youth Protection group training for its adults?

Yes. It is encouraged that adults take the training via the online module, but the instructor-led model will be offered at a limited number of dates and locations this summer and early fall. Reminder: It is critical that training completion certificates be printed/downloaded after successful completion and is submitted to the council so proper credit can be recorded.

Why a new training policy on such short notice?

Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the BSA. It is important to implement this training at all levels of the organization. The BSA is always reevaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training is being offered. The BSA's Youth Protection training has been in existence long enough for it to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered BSA adult leaders.

The new policy indicates that a Youth Protection certificate of completion must be submitted 'at the time of application.'What does that mean?" A BSA application should only be collected from a prospective leader after they have fully completed the form, attached a copy of their Youth Protection certificate of completion, and submitted that to the Council Service Center.

Do leaders need to wait until they have final clearance on the background check to meet with youth? 

No. As long as their application is fully completed, approved, and submitted to the Council Service Center, their fee is paid, and Youth Protection training is certified, they will be able to interact with youth while the Criminal Background Check (CBC) is still pending

If a unit's leaders' Youth Protection training is not current, should we not register any new youth to their units until they do so, or will those who are not current be dealt with through the recharter process?

This policy does not affect youth registrations. However, if a unit's leadership has not complied with the new Youth Protection standard by the next rechartering period, the unit will NOT be able to complete its registration.

Will the system be able to handle the overload of people taking training at the last minute?

The system platform that houses E-Learning is expected to be able to handle the high volume.

Do merit badge counselors need to take Youth Protection training?

Yes. A merit badge counselor is a registered volunteer position.

If a person is not a registered leader, how can he or she log in and take the Youth Protection training?

A person does not have to be a registered volunteer to take Youth Protection training. To take the training, log in to myscouting.org and create an account. From the myscouting.org portal, click on E-training and take Youth Protection. Upon completion, print a certificate and submit with a new application or submit to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

Can units that have some adults that have not completed Youth Protection training be rechartered?

In order for a unit to be rechartered, it must have all the required positions filled with Youth Protection trained adults. Adults who have not completed Youth Protection training will not be reregistered.

Is there a grace period to get all adults trained?

No. If a leader's Youth Protection training is not current, the volunteer must take or renew their training immediately. Every effort should be taken so that all adults involved in Scouting have a current certificate of completion of the Youth Protection training.

Does all volunteers mean all volunteers-even board members and council presidents?

Yes. The goal is to have all registered volunteers Youth Protection-trained. This is an important statement for us an organization and shows our commitment to the well-being of our youth members. 

If you have additional questions or concerns please contact your district staff member or call the office at 891-4073.