Youth Protection & Online Resources

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Updates to Youth Protection Training

The BSA has updated their Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. Two major aspects of Youth Protection have changed.

  1. All new and existing adult leaders must log in to  My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course, even if they have taken the old course or have a current training certificate. Adult Leaders have until Oct. 1, 2018, to take the updated training. Failure to do so will prevent your unit from rechartering. New leaders cannot register with the BSA without first completing YPT. 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.
  2. Beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thank you for your vigilance and dedication. For more information on these changes, please see the official web release here. 


Additional Youth Protection Resources

Cyber Chip – to keep youth and volunteers safe when online, the Boy Scouts of America has introduced the Cyber Chip program, now a required component of rank advancement. Detailed information on the Cyber Chip program and the requirements by age and rank can be found here.

Parent Guides to Protecting Children from Child Abuse


Online Training & Records

For every adult leadership position, there are online trainings available in addition to YPT (to see which trainings your position requires, visit our Basic Adult Leader Training page). In recent years, the BSA has transformed much its training delivery systems to be more accessible and user-friendly. Most courses may be taken entirely online via my.scouting.org. If you have not already, you will need to create an account. Through this account, you can also access a record of trainings that you have completed under the “My Dashboard” tab.


Instruction Guides & Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing difficulties using the my.scouting website, have forgotten your password, or require technical assistance of any kind, please contact the BSA National Helpdesk at 972.580.2489. The Northeast Illinois Council does not have the ability to reset your password or fix technical issues with the my.scouting website.

Should you need them, instruction guides on how to set up a my.scouting account, how to take YPT, and how to print additional copies of your Youth Protection Certificate can be found here.

For a more detailed guide to the information available through my.scouting.org and how to access different reports, including rosters, training, etc,  you can view the FAQ here.