In the Boy Scouts of America, adult training starts with Youth Protection. Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all registered adult volunteers. In fact, it is highly recommended that all parents and adults involved with Scouting take the training so everyone understands the policies and avoids confusion. You do not need to be a registered adult volunteer to take the training.
Fortunately, YPT can be taken in the comfort of your home or office at your convenience, or your Unit can hold a Youth Protection group training for your adults, which can be lead by a District trainer or even your Unit Training Chair. Read on to find out how to complete the training.
Anyone can take YPT with an Internet-connected computer. The training takes 30 minutes or less to complete following these steps:
- Go to my.scouting.org
- Sign in if you already have an account, or create an account if you don't already have one
- Choose "My Dashboard" from the "Home" menu/button at the top-left corner of the window
- Make sure "My Training" is selected in the menu/button just below "My Dashboard"
- Click the "YPT" tab just below the "my.Scouting" title
- Click the "Take Course" or "Retake Course" link as desired
Check back for the 2018 training date.
LDS Seattle Stake Center (directions)
14020 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Burien, WA 98166
There is no charge for this training.
Units can also provide YPT to their adults by using the instructor-led model, but it does require some resources and preparation:
- Contact your District Training Chair or your Unit Training Chair to schedule your training. The trainer needs to be a registered adult BSA member who has already taken YPT and is familiar with the training content and process.
- Make sure to use the current version of the "Youth Protection Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents" DVD (item No. 610327 or 36121). The video is also available via this YouTube link.
- Download the YPT facilitator's guide.
- Print enough end-of-course quizzes and completion certificates from the facilitator's guide for each training participant.
- Administer the training.
- Issue training completion certificates to each participant upon successful completion.
- Submit a formal training attendance report and end-of-course quizzes to the Council Registrar and District Executive so proper credit can be recorded in the profiles of each participant.
Note: new leaders are required to take YPT prior to submitting an application for registration. The YPT certificate of completion must be submitted with the application and before volunteer service with youth begins. The Chief Seattle Council requires that YPT be re-taken every year. If a volunteer's YPT record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered, and a new application and YPT certificate will need to be completed and submitted (including associated fees).
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or visit the National BSA Guide to Youth Protection and Adult Leadership web page.