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Scouting has recently launched a new campaign underscoring the fundamental belief that the protection of our youth – in Scouting and in our local communities- can best be achieved through the shared involvement of all those within Scouting. We want each of our parents, volunteers, leaders and local council staff to remember that “Youth Protection Begins With You.”

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to always providing the best possible youth protection program for its youth members, their parents and leaders. To this end, we want you to know of some changes in our Youth Protection training requirements.

The adult leader application is currently being updated with some changes in our Youth Protection training requirement. The current adult application states that new adult applicants must complete Youth Protection training before submitting their application. However, effective June 1, 2011, new applicants will have 30 days from submitting their application to complete Youth Protection training.

This change allows for immediate processing of the criminal background check and gives the council the contact information that it needs to communicate Youth Protection training opportunities to the new applicant. The new adult application will reflect this change, along with some changes to the pre-screening questions that all applicants are required to answer.

The Boy Scouts of America is also taking this opportunity to offer several other resources in regards to Youth Protection training. The first is the introduction of a new MyScouting report that is scheduled for release sometime in August. This Unit Training Detail Report will provide key unit adults (chartered organization representatives, committee chairs and unit leaders) a listing of the completed training courses on adult person records. The second is that the national council will send periodic email reminders to the individuals who need to take this training as well as currently trained members a reminder of the pending expiration of their Youth Protection certification.

Youth protection is- and has always been- of paramount importance to the BSA, and we know our adult volunteers share our commitment to keeping our members safe. There is simply no more important issue in Scouting today.

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Remember “Youth Protection Begins With You.” 

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