Youth Protection Update

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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.

Author: SKC Marketing

10 Responses to "Youth Protection Update"

  1. Tom Liszkay
    Tom Liszkay Posted on 09/17/2017 at 11:10 AM

    Question: Is an adult who is registered as a Merit Badge Counselor meet the requirement to be “registered as a leader” for a troop high adventure ten day trek?

    • SKC Marketing
      SKC Marketing Posted on 09/20/2017 at 1:33 PM

      Any adult that is going with a Troop to the High Adventure Ten Day Trek needs to be registered as an adult with that Troop. Please email if you have further questions on this. Thank you!

  2. Jim Palmer
    Jim Palmer Posted on 09/07/2017 at 6:10 PM

    To whom it may concern:
    How do non registered adults complete YPT without having a BSA ID number?
    Jim Palmer

  3. Roxann
    Roxann Posted on 09/05/2017 at 5:43 PM

    Where and how do I get this training?

    • SKC Marketing
      SKC Marketing Posted on 09/11/2017 at 9:18 AM

      Please visit for the Youth Protection Training.

  4. James Andrews
    James Andrews Posted on 09/05/2017 at 3:29 PM

    This is a little late in coming out don’t you think. Planning sessions for the recruitment and fall registration usually happen in July as set forth in the leader training that BSA touts we follow. With that being said, we, as Pack leaders, plan our recruitments based around being able to convince parents that Scouting is far less expensive than sports to get the boys interested in. My Pack, this year for instance, has experienced a 135% increase in numbers because I explain the costs as covering the registration and dues for the balance of 2017 and all of 2018. So what does this mean to the parents? It means I have to go back and ask for an increase in dues.

    The areas that I recruit from are the lowest income areas in our City, so the Pack has to take a hit on our finances. What I try to do is to get Scouting to the boys that need it the most. Please, in the future, do all of scouting a favor and plan on these news releases hitting us a little sooner so we can plan a more acceptable strategy for getting and keeping boys in Scouting.

    • SKC Marketing
      SKC Marketing Posted on 09/18/2017 at 9:59 AM

      Simon Kenton Council had no control on the fee increases. Those were changed by the National office. Feel free to contact your District Executive or the National Office with your suggestions. The Member Care phone number for the National BSA office is 972-580-2489

  5. Michael O'Halloran
    Michael O'Halloran Posted on 09/05/2017 at 3:02 PM

    To whom do we merit badge counselors send copies, if needed. Mic O’

    • SKC Marketing
      SKC Marketing Posted on 09/18/2017 at 9:53 AM

      The PDF of your Youth Protection training should be sent to the Council registrar, Megan Puet