New Youth Protection Program Letter

March 1, 2018

To all Patriots’ Path Council families;

In Scouting, our first obligation is to provide a safe environment for our youth. 

As an organization, we are committed to continuous improvement.  This includes our approach to youth protection.  As our understanding of these threats has evolved, so has our approach to keeping youth safe.  We continue to rely on leading experts and the latest research to help us better understand threats facing young people and to design barriers to abuse.

The next generation of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Youth Protection program begins today.  Our updated Youth Protection training draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.

By October 1, 2018, ALL BSA registered individuals eighteen years of age and older will be required to complete the updated Youth Protection training.  In particular:

  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training prior to completing the registration process.
  • Units cannot re-charter unless ALL unit leaders have completed the NEW YPT course.
  • Adult Youth Protection training is required for all program participants 18 years or older including Venturing, Order of the Arrow and Exploring upon submission of their adult application.

Additionally, unregistered adults accompanying units on activities who are present at the activity for 72 hours or more, must also take Youth Protection training.  The 72 hours need not be consecutive.

The only position exceptions to taking the required Youth Protection training are:

  • Institutional heads of chartered (sponsoring) organizations
  • Adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.

We know this requires some dedicated time to get everyone trained in the new Youth Protection course.  So, we are planning some upcoming in-person trainings.  In addition to a schedule of in-person courses, a brief overview of the changes will be addressed at upcoming monthly roundtable meetings.  There will also be trainings offered at this year’s Tradeshow of Scouting on June 4.

The new training is available now to everyone on My.Scouting (  The training includes three modules and a content review/ test, so please allow at least 60 minutes to complete the course.  The BSA also recommends that you use Google Chrome and not Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.  Be sure to allow pop-ups.  Training is a critical part of our strategy, but it’s only one part.  Along with the fully updated and revised Youth Protection training, the BSA is also implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that will provide ongoing information, training and resources across every aspect of Scouting.

If a leader or parent has a question about a situation or something they’ve seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the BSA’s new Helpline for assistance.  ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844) 726-8871. Individuals can email a report of a possible incident to

In cases of actual or suspected child abuse, they must also notify the local authorities.  For your information, contact for the State of New Jersey is as follows:

For further information about a range of Youth Protection resources, visit the Boy Scouts of America site at  For any computer related questions with the course, please contact the BSA National Help Desk at 972-580-2489 and press option one.

Thank you for continuing to make the safety of our members the number one priority.  If you have any questions, please contact your unit service executive.

Yours in Scouting,

Nora Burke Klippstein                                                            Dennis J. Kohl

Youth Protection Committee Chair                                        Scout Executive