Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection training is required for all registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and must be completed before submitting an adult application. Youth Protection training must be renewed every 2 years to maintain a valid registration and recharter with a local unit. Training can be completed online at You do not need to be a registered member to take the training, in fact all parents and any interested community members are encouraged to take Youth Protection Training. Taking Youth Protection Training (YPT) is easy to complete with available online modules.

Training Instructions

To start, please go to and you will see (Click on images to enlarge):


Follow the prompts to either create an account, or log in. Then click on the Youth Protection emblem.

Navigate to Training Center

Click on the Youth Protection emblem to navigate to the training. 

Select Training

Select Youth Protection Training from the list of available trainings. 

Youth Protection Policies

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for all program levels. Please visit our resources page to find information on youth protection policies. 

Youth Protection Resources

Leadership Selection

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units. The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential person who may cause harm, we can reduce the risk by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—their experience with children and why they want to be a Scout leader. 

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