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
- Click the Youth Protection logo on the right side of the page
- On the BSA Learn Centerhome page, click the Youth Protection logo
- Click the "+ Add Plan" button under Youth Protection Training - MANDATORY
- Once you receive a "successfully added" notice, click the "Youth Protection Training - MANDATORY" learning plan title
- Click the "LAUNCH COURSE" button
- Click the "START" button
- Click the forward button as needed each time audio stops
- When you finish the course module, click the "CLOSE COURSE" button which will register complete status
- Click the "BACK" button
- Complete the other three YPT modules
- All 4 modules must be completed to be considered trained for the Youth Protection Training
Note: printable instructions with pictures are available here.
Check back for the next training date.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (directions)
200 S 177th Place
Burien, WA 98148
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:
- The online and in-person YPT process has changed as of March 2018. We are currently working to update our processes and policies on the in-person training. For now, YPT is only available online.
- Contact your District Training Chair or your Unit Training Chair to schedule your training.
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.