Youth Protection Training

Nothing is more important to the BSA than the safety of our youth members. The BSA is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our youth members. Youth protection requires sustained vigilance, and we work every day to protect children through mandatory policies and procedures at every level of our organization. We are also committed to continuous improvement in our approach to youth protection.

  • Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before submitting an adult application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted/attached at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
  • Units cannot re-charter unless all unit leaders have completed YPT within two years.
  • Adult Youth Protection Training is required for adult program participants 18 years or older. Adult program participants (Venturing, Order of the Arrow, Exploring) must complete adult Youth Protection Training before submitting their adult application.
  • Youth Protection Training is mandatory for any volunteer who participates in an outing lasting longer than 72 hours. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.

How to take Youth Protection Training:

  • Go to and create an account.
  • You will receive an email notification with your account information (including a member ID/reference number).
  • From the portal, click Home then My Dashboard from the menu list.
    • The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training
    • If you have already taken the training, but are updating your training for the new requirements, please follow the directions HERE to access the new training.
  • Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit with a volunteer application.
  • Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.
  • For a detailed direction on how to access Youth Protection Training view the Youth Protection Training Tutorial.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.

For more information on Youth Protection Training, please

For frequently asked questions about the BSA’s Youth Protection Training policies and requirements, click HERE.

View the Youth Protection Training Infographic highlighting how Youth Protection works, the BSA Layers of Protection and information for Parents and Scouts.

Take Youth Protection Training