Keeping Kids Safe...BSA Youth Protection Training

Learn about adult and youth training programs

The Boy Scouts of America and Northern Star Council place the greatest importance on creating the most secure and safe environment possible for our youth members. Scouting has several policies in place to help maintain Scouting’s position as one of the safest places for today’s youth. To maintain this standing, Scouting has developed a number of resources to educate and train adult volunteers and youth members in Youth Protection.

All adult volunteers are expected to take Youth Protection Training upon registering with the BSA and renew the training every two years. All new youth members should receive the age-appropriate youth training upon joining with previously trained youth members participating every two to three years as a refresher. It is expected that every unit provides the opportunity for all members to participate in the Youth Protection Training annually.

Resources are available for units to facilitate this training on the council and national web sites and include:

Youth Protection Training for Youth available at:

  • It Happened to Me for Cub Scout-age youth
  • A Time to Tell for Boy Scout-age youth
  • Personal Safety Awareness for Venturing-age youth

Youth Protection Guidelines for Volunteer Leaders and Parents (available through BSA’s online learning center at:

Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Venturing Leaders (available through BSA’s online learning center at:

Facilitator’s Guides for all Trainings Listed above can be found at:

Submitting Training Records to the Council Office

Once your unit completes Youth Protection Training, please submit the form located at: under related content to: to ensure that your unit is credited with completing these trainings.

We thank you in advance for taking the time necessary to ensure that all Scouting volunteers and youth members have a safe environment to experience everything Scouting has to offer. It is critical that 100% of our units participate in the process of keeping Scouting safe!


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