Youth Protection encompasses much more that sexual connotations. The training helps to provide us needed tools and resources to serve our Scouts.
Concerning Youth Protection Training, I would like to ask ALL our Registered Adults to take the New / Updated Youth Protection Training (available at my.scouting.org) during September 2019. Since the major revision of Youth Protection Training in 2018 – BSA has made a commitment to annually update its content with pertinent information.
I have been asked – what if my Youth Protection Training expires during 2020. I IMPLORE ALL leaders – let’s NOT make this a point of conversation. Take the updated YPT during September 2019 and each September going forward. Some of the largest Councils in the United States have published requirements that YPT be current until after the end of the reCharter period in order to recharter. Currently we have been unable to find definitive information from National – but, usually these larger Councils are a GOOD indication as to coming policies.
Our standing district policy is that all YPT should have expiration dates between March 1st and October 1st of a given year. Rechartered leaders must have 60 days of valid YPT to be considered up-to-date, which in our council’s calendar-year cycle means March 1st. If leaders are trained by October 1st, they will present no problems for their unit’s recharger process.
Also, what adult wants to be in the position of being removed from the roster and having to go through reregistration, because they forget to renew their YPT (during the year). If a leaders YPT expires, it is an automatic drop.
Personally, I think a better way to look at Youth protection Training (and I hope that you agree) – OUR SCOUTS deserve us – as LEADERS to WANT to take the updated training.