The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse.
This starts with an enhanced online Youth Protection training course all volunteers and professionals must complete.
Even those Scout leaders who took the previous version of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to do so. The magic date is February 2, 2018. Anyone taking YPT on February 2nd or afterwards took the new new course and is considered current. If you took YPT before February 2, 2018 you will have to take the new version.
The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.
For more information, check out the article on Bryan On Scouting: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/03/16/every-scouter-must-complete-the-updated-youth-protection-training-by-oct-1-2018/
Yours in Commissioner Service,
James Thielen | Area Commissioner
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Southern Region / Area 4