Adult Education

Youth Protection Training v2 and Deadlines!

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To reemphasize –

The BSA published training deadline for YPT2 training is Oct. 1, however our Crossroads of America Council goal is to have 100% of registered adults complete this training by April 30, 2018.  One more short month left!YPT Logo

We want to continue to be a Pacesetter Council for the nation and set the leadership tone by having our training completed well in advance of the deadline.

Please read through our front page post (<== linked here) which gives step by step instructions on getting started and tips for navigating this training.

Also it is recommended that you use Safari (if on a Mac) or Google Chrome (if on a PC).


THANKS for all you do for Scouting!


“Train the Trainer” course for Adult Leaders – April 7, 2018

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There is a “Fundamentals of (BSA) Training” course offered for adults to learn the BSA Training techniques on Saturday April 7, 2018, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green Street in Brownsburg.

The course is $10 and is limited to the first 20 people that sign up – first come, first serve!  Register by visiting .

See the Train the Trainer Information 7Apr2018 flyer for more information.

Training Leaders

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District Executive Jessica Hofman offers additional encouragement for our required revised Youth Protection Training (supplemental information found elsewhere on this site), as well as a tip for Key 3 Leaders:

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”. It is a saying that rings true for your Scouts. New in the past month is an updated Youth Protection Training.  ALL REGISTERED ADULTS NEED UPDATED YPT BY 10/1/18.  Being trained in your position is important as well!  As a Key 3 leader of your unit, you are able to pull training reports to see who in your unit has taken trainings online or in person through your my.scouting account.

Online Training

What: All Trainings Available Online


How: Create an account, and have each leader take the training that is for their respective position in addition to youth protection training


A big Congratulations goes out to our district as a whole.  We are the number one district in percent of direct contact leaders trained.  Thank you for all your hard work, and continuing to provide quality Scouting programming to the youth of Northwest Marion County and Zionsville!

Email called “Are You a Youth Protection Hero?”

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You may have received an email from Council with the above title. You will notice that they are encouraging updating your YPT status by April 30, 2018 using YPT version 2.0.

National has a deadline that ALL volunteers have updated to YPT version 2.0 by October 1, 2018. So why the difference?

This topic came up at this week’s Council Commissioner Staff meeting. No explanation was offered as to why the Council Training Committee has issued this mandate. The best I can advise you is that Council wants to get as many adults trained with the YPT standards before summer camp as possible.

The next question that I asked was whether an in-person version of the training is expected. Our best information is that we will have that available at the end of March 2018. Once that is announced, we should be able to provide live seminars to units and roundtables to help expedite fulfilling this mandate.

In the meantime, please bear with District as we adapt to the new expectations. Encourage your leaders to use the online training as soon as possible. The Del-Mi District Commissioner reported that he has done the online YPT version 2.0 since I last did it. He thought the whole experience went more smoothly than what I reported in the linked article above.

Please be aware that the commissioners’ general consensus that the time estimates on the training modules don’t include quiz time or extra modules on individual slides. The overall time needed is about 20-30% than the computer’s estimates.

We will provide more information when it becomes available.

Stories and the Child’s Developing Mind

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As I have noted before, my latest obsession is Professor Jordan Peterson. His recent book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is a tour de force in offering a way to live a good life. This is not the normal self-help book. This is the work of a deep philosophical thinker, practicing psychologicology research professor, practicing clinical psychologist, and practicing lecturing professor. He thinks about people, studies psychology, uses psychology, and teaches about people and psychology. For example, he understands that knowing what the rules of life and being able to follow them are not the same thing. It takes practice to be an actively moral person.

To that end, his fifth rule is “Do Not Let your Children Do Anything that Makes You Dislike Them.” He opens the chapter this way,

RECENTLY, I WATCHED A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy trail his mother and father slowly through a crowded airport. He was screaming violently at five-second intervals— and, more important, he was doing it voluntarily. He wasn’t at the end of his tether. As a parent, I could tell from the tone. He was irritating his parents and hundreds of other people to gain attention. Maybe he needed something. But that was no way to get it, and his parents should have let him know that. You might object that “perhaps they were worn out, and jet-lagged, after a long trip.” But thirty seconds of carefully directed problem-solving would have brought the shameful episode to a halt. More thoughtful parents would not have let someone they truly cared for become the object of a crowd’s contempt.

Peterson, Jordan B.. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Kindle Locations 2377-2383). Random House of Canada. Kindle Edition. In the chapter he goes on to explain that making a child welcome in the world-at-large is a big job for parents. If the parents like the child, because the child is well-behaved, when the child visits others’ homes or places of business, adults will greet the child warmly. This warm reception will make the child more likely to be well-behaved. Well-behaved kids tend to have an easier time making friends their own age. They are happier and more connected socially. Since we are social animals, this is important.

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IYOS website rebuild

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What is “IYOS”? It is the “Ideal Year in Scouting.” It is the way for the Crossroads of America Council to tell you what the Best Practices for units will be in the next 12-18 months. What camping opportunities and activities are coming up. When deadlines for summer camp are. When rechartering will take place. When popcorn sales will begin and end. How unit budgets should be developed. How big summer events can be paid for.

Council is in the process of rebuilding the website dedicated to IYOS. Make sure to stop in regularly and monitor the progress. Hopefully you will learn something every time you stop in. We expect the 2018-2019 district calendars to be added in the next couple of weeks.

How to Use Adult Leadership on your Resumé

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So you were recruited to serve as an adult leader for “one hour per week.” Several years later you are amazed by not only what your scouts have learned but what you have learned, too. Do you feel like you have grown as a leader? Have you learned personnel management skills? Project management skills? Adaptation to adversity? Have you taken leadership training courses, such as Den Leader Specific Training or Wood Badge?

When you look at your resume for your next job application, have you included your scouting leadership positions like you would any other job? Why not?

Prospective employers want to see applicants that have challenged themselves and learned along the way. They want to see applicants that have learned lessons from failure, especially on someone else’s dime.

When you go back to your resume, consider the following topics for inclusion on your resume:

  • Job description
  • Risk management
  • Team leadership and delegation
  • Problems solved
  • Leadership training and mentoring

But, don’t look at this only as a way to boost your resume. Look at resume enhancement as a means of recruiting new volunteers. When you talk to scout parents about their life experiences on campouts or during activity breaks, ask them what they do for a living and what their dreams for the future are. If they want to move up into management, suggest that scouting teaches those skills and is a way to get experience. Scouting is as much an experimental lab for adults as it is for scouts.

So look for scout parents who want to grow and recruit them based on what it can do for their careers (never mind networking with scouters who are extremely successful in their professional pursuits.

So make sure you know your scout parents’ resumes. It will work wonders for you.

More Details on YPT ver. 2

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UPDATED 2/23/18 at Council Training Director Jay Soucy’s request to reflect new language for the deadline to complete training. The updated language is underlined below. The deleted language is crossed out. The original language was intended for council’s professional staff only. The new language applies to all volunteers. This is consistent with the first bullet point on the last list. The language change hopefully avoids any confusion.

More information on council website.

I just received the following email via Central Section’s Director of Field Service Ken Ruppel (District Executive Jessica Hofman’s supervisor). It is a copy of an email sent to all council staff after my article posted yesterday.YPT Logo


On February 1st, 2018 the New Mandatory Youth Protection Training was released online.  Currently, the training is only available through  This training is replacing all previous Youth Protection trainings and will become the one training all adults complete. The previous versions of trainings have been removed from already.

Crossroads of America is a pacesetter council for Youth Protection training and has set a goal of April 30th, 2018 to be 100% trained.  Join us in becoming a Youth Protection Hero and take your training today! (DELETED: We need to continue to be a PACESETTER Team so I’m asking you, yes every one of YOU, to complete this training by February 28th, 2018.  Your staff leaders are aware that you will be completing this task during your normal working hours however you like – completing all the modules and quiz at once or taking a module a day.  This will help prepare us all to answer questions about the training.)

The training has 3 modules and a final quiz that must be completed:

  • Overview and Policies (20 min.)
  • Sexual Abuse (20 min.)
  • Bullying (20 min.)
  • Quiz (10 min.)

You must score a 75% or better on the quiz to successfully complete this training.

Things to know prior to taking the training:

  1. You need your login and password for
  2. On the dash board there is only one training option to select.
  3. Yes, it should say you are trained and have ### days left before you expire.  It’s still tracking your old training information.
  4. On your computer you will be prompted to turn on your pop blocker
  5. Some text is in White and can be hard to read.
  6. There have been some reported issues already with a few videos not completing.

I’ve attached a FAQ sheet to help you answer volunteer questions as they come up.

Here are some highlights:

    • Our goal is to have all Registered Adults complete the training prior to April 30th.
    • There will be additional recommended trainings released later on this year.
    • There is a new ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.  Anyone can call a Youth Protection violation into this numbers as it’s open 24 hours a day.
    • Training is good for 2 years.

If you have questions about the training or suggestion for improvements please send them to Sherry Webb.

Thank you,
Jay Soucy  |  Training Director
Crossroads of America Council

Copies of Jay’s attachments are linked here:

  1. YPT2 FAQ from BSA 1.31.2018
  2. YPT2 Adult Online Training Quick Facts

YPT version 2 Published (UPDATED)

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UPDATE #2 (2/9/18, 9:50 AM): I have received more information from the Crossroads of America Council Training Director Jay Soucy, via Director of Field Service for Central Section Ken Ruppel. This information is posted in a newer article.

National Council has published a new version of Youth Protection Training.YPT Logo

Initial reviews of ease-of-use have been less than favorable. So, remembering the Scout Law is going to be important for the first few weeks.

Initial indications are that this update has several significant changes:

  1. A requirement all scouters update their YPT by October 1, 2018, regardless of their current expiration date.
  2. No scout, venturer, or explorer will be allowed to tent with another youth of greater than 2 years age difference or maturity. This is due to FBI statistics that show that youth abuse other youth of large age disparity.
  3. Co-ed rules from venturing have been incorporated across the entire program.

There is probably more, but I have not taken it, so I cannot confirm.

The MyScouting app has been updated to allow this training to be taken on your mobile device.

The system will also use the ScoutingU education interface from, so expect a navigation problem.

More details as they become available.

UPDATE 2/7/18 at 4:00 pm:

I am working through the new modules. The YPT2, as they are calling it online, consists of four modules on, the host website for ScoutingU.

The first module is an overview of why preventing abuse is important and the concepts of Youth Protection. It is very well done and a bit disturbing but it really has more adult maturity to it than the old YPT ever did. I had no real technical problems. I had to learn to advance the slides or submoduals using the forward skip button. This means that it is harder to let the video play and ignore it if you hope to get done any time in the 21st century.

The second module is about sexual abuse and grooming. The content is much more similar to the old YPT. I had many technical problems. I started on a Safari browser on my Mac. When it locked up during the scenarios, I moved to Google Chrome for Mac. It eventually allowed me to move forward, but the scenarios submoduals never did work correctly. I have little confidence that the browser choice had any effect.

The third module is about bullying. It talks about verbal, social, and physical bullying. It describes cyberbullying as a subcategory of social bullying.

The fourth module is the YPT certification test. The questions are very straightforward. They only have a few that have tricky turns of phrase. If you read moderately carefully, you will have a reasonable chance of passing.

Initiallly, my completed training did not populate my “Youth Protection Training Cert.” on the My Dashboard:My Training:YPT page on That may be a technical glitch. The training was showing as 100% Complete on

Overall, I would say the content is a vast improvement over the old courses. There are new procedures in place that make compliance much easier. The most profound change is the implementation of a Scout First Help Line at (844)SCOUTS-1. This national toll-free number is designed to help put counseling and reporting to the BSA in one place. It is designed to answer questions, too. Put this phone number on the top of all your outing worksheets and contact information. Put it in your smartphone.

Surprisingly there is little emphasis on the co-ed aspects of scouting. The new rules sound nearly identical to old Venturing YPT requirements.

There are two courses listed on One is “MANDATORY”; the other “RECOMMENDED.” The mandatory one is what I described above. The recommended one does not seem to have any modules yet. I have no idea what this is for. It could be for Cub specific or Scout specific modules. We will see.

I have no additional information about whether the expiration date for training has changed, but I highly recommend taking the new training immediately.

New Adult Applications

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From Council’s Registrar Sharon Cone:

Hello all!  We just received new applications from National, and I wanted to make you aware of the changes in the adult application.  Some of it looks similar, some of it looks completely different.  Here’s what to look for:

  • Only 2 sets of initials required by signature line (was 4);
  • Approval signature needed from Chartered Org Rep or Institutional Head only (no Committee Chair approval needed);
  • Criminal Background Check Authorization page is very last page of the application (page 9).

I’ve attached a PDF of the new adult application, as well as the updated youth application previously released.  The adult application is a scanned copy that I made, because the Scouting Forms page on does not have an updated version of the adult application, nor does it have updated versions in Spanish.  I ordered Spanish apps but did not receive any.

You can find these versions in Field Service/District Executive Resources/Forms, etc.  We will put the new versions out on the shelf and lose the old ones.

Any questions, let me know.  Thanks.

Sharon Cone  |  Registrar
Crossroads of America Council #160

Application – Adult (English) 524-501 (rev’d 2/2018) (no word if older versions are still acceptable or not).

Application – Youth (English) 524-406-1