The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.
Effective immediately, the National Office has changed its Youth Protection requirements.
The new Youth Protection requirements will align more closely to our Council's, where you must now be youth protection trained by recharter time.
If an individual is not YP trained and is on the recharter paperwork, the charter will either be held up in processing, or the individual(s) will be dropped from the charter until such time they can show they have taken youth protection training.
This is no longer a local Midnight Sun Council decision to have annual YP training, but a National one. Our youth deserve YP trained leaders.
Reminder, Merit Badge Counselors who have not taken the YP training will be dropped, as of September 1, 2017. Once dropped, a person wanting to be a Merit Badge Counselor will need to take the YP training and submit an adult application and Merit Badge Counselor application.
Youth Protection Announcement from National:
Youth Protection Training Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration.
Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application.
Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time of registration, unit leaders must obtain copies of the completion certificates from the leaders who register online before approving their application.
With the upcoming renewal cycle, the Internet Rechartering system will be updated so that units cannot submit the registration renewal of any adult who does not have current YPT as of the effective date of the renewal. Completion of YPT as part of the online registration system will be required in a future update. Additionally, council registrars will no longer be able to override the registration system to register any leader whose Youth Protection Training is not current.
Effective for the 2018 BSA summer camp season, any adult accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a CBC and YPT, even if they are the parent of a youth on the trip.
Please Note: Although YPT is strongly encouraged for adults attending any overnight activity, at this time, the requirement applies only to individual adults staying three or more nights at a resident camp.
The course is available to take online at my.scouting.org for your specific program involvement, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing. You can also check with your District Training Chair to see if there is an in person training available.
Youth Protection Champions
April is Youth Protection Month, and Youth Protection Begins with You!
A recent survey of councils revealed there is a need for a youth protection-specific volunteer. Volunteers and council staff want someone as their go-to person for youth protection. To answer the call, the national Youth Protection Committee has developed a new program to assist everyone in the BSA with youth protection.
This important volunteer will be known as the Youth Protection Champion. Not only will there be Champions at the unit level, but also at the district, council, area, and region levels....
Youth Protection Training Now Available on Mobile
The Youth Protection (Y01) online training course will now work on mobile devices.
Volunteers can access YPT at my.scouting.org and complete the training from their tablet!
IMPORTANT: The training certificate is not automatically produced upon completion of the training course!
Volunteers will need to return to the My Training page to print their certificate. Improvements are in the works to prompt the volunteer to return to print the certificate.