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Youth Protection Champions Program

Youth Protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting, including 

  • Volunteers and leaders who create a culture of awareness and safety within their units and councils and ensure that their units follow the BSA's youth protection policies
  • Parents who monitor and participate in their children's activities and teach them personal safety skills
  • Scouting professionals who increase the awareness of the BSA's Youth Protection policies, make training available to everyone, encourage all Scouting units to include personal safety awareness education in their programs, and enforce Youth Protection policies in all council-sponsored activities
  • Anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse within Scouting; they must report any suspicion to the proper authorities for review and investigation. 

Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth. We have invoked mandatory Youth Protection training, hired noted professionals to help focus activities, and elevated clear focus and awareness across the organization.

In support of this focus and awareness the National Youth Protection Committee has identified and initiated the Youth Protection Champions program. As indicated in the various level-specific position descriptions, these volunteers are the focal points and key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned level of the organization. They will assist in recruiting Youth Protection leadership within their sphere of influence, support Youth Protection training and strategy development actions as appropriate, and in so doing, act as one of the principal champions and advisors at their level on all matters relating to Youth Protection and any pertinent Youth Protection initiatives, plans, programs, policies, communications, or actions that affect the BSA.

Resources for Champions

Roles the Champions Play

The Champion will be, no matter what level of the organization:

  • A focal point and key driver of Youth Protection
  • A recruiter, recruiting Youth Protection leadership and supporting Youth Protection strategy development
  • An administrator, assisting in increasing the implementation of new Youth Protection programs, policies, and reports
  • A teacher/trainer, ensuring that Youth Protection training is available and presented various times throughout the year, and facilitating or leading various training sessions

Youth Protection Champion Position Descriptions

How Champions Are Selected

Champions will be selected according to the qualifications identified for their level of involvement, and they will be appointed by key leadership at that level. Regional, area, and council Champions should be selected and appointed by the respective Key 3 leadership team, with the approval of the level-specific executive board.  

Selected by their unit committee chair, unit Champions should have excellent people skills, have a solid Scouting background or be a fast-track learner, know and practice Scouting's ideals and all aspects of Youth Protections policies and procedures, and be a Youth Protection–oriented volunteer.

Contact a Youth Protection Champion

To contact one of the specific national or regional Champions, please email the appropriate position as listed below:

Send a Question or Comment

Send a question of comment to Youth.Protection@scouting.org


You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.

To take Youth Protection training go to MyScouting.org and create an account.

From the MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.

Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.