Youth Protection Training
Did you know that the Boy Scouts of America, last year in conjuntion with Kiwanis International, has hosted four symposia on Youth Protection? It has been designed to train other youth-serving organizations.
The symposium in 2018 will be in Atlanta, Georgia, October 8-10, 2018, sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council and run by National Council. More information as it becomes available.
If you know any school, church, or youth-organization leaders who are concerned about this issue, consider inviting them to attend this symposium. They are the intended audience. It will help build BSA’s credibility.
In case you haven’t already seen this reminder a few times… 🙂
Suggestion #1: Attend the in-person training at Eagle Creek Community Church on Saturday, May 5, hosted by Pack 830! (See this previous post for more details). Rumor has it that attendees that complete this training session will receive a “discount token” that can be used at the Troop 358 Hog Roast held later that same day – GREAT food, silent auction, lots of fun! See, how’s that for incentive.
Suggestion #2: Since the revised Youth Protection Training consists of three modules plus a test, consider doing one module at a time (the modules run about 20 minutes apiece). Maybe on the phone as you are on the treadmill, stationary bike, or “desk lunch”? Or with headphones on your PC or tablet at the back of the Scout / Pack / Venture / Webelos meeting if you can break away for a short while? Just a thought!
Attached here is a training environment tips and tricks sheet for navigating the environment. NOTE that this is not a BSA-sanctioned document, is based on one end-user’s experience, and is limited to the environment only – no content tips here. Assuming your connectivity is good and the platform is running smoothly but you are just stuck on how to get around, give this a shot – don’t let the environment be the show-stopper, in other words.
Thanks for all you do for Scouting!
There will be a face to face (F2F) training session for Youth Protection Training v2 hosted by Pack 830:
Saturday, May 5, 8 – 10 am (registration starts at 7:30 am with coffee and donuts available)
Eagle Creek Community Church, 5943 N Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis IN.
The team is asking for a sign-up RSVP for planning purposes. Please sign up using this calendar link: May 5 YPTv2 Training hosted by Pack 830
Our goal with the F2F sessions is to get as many parents trained as possible! This is likely the first of a handful of sessions; this location may be most convenient for our Pike-area parents but all are welcome. Future sessions will be in other areas of the District.
Please pass this information far and wide and get the word out, let’s get our parents trained, thank you!
From District Program Chair Mark Pishon – key stats and deadlines for the revised Youth Protection Training:
SEE THIS LINK FOR HELPFUL HINTS / TIPS for completing YPTv2!
Your Rechartering status will depend upon 100% of your Unit’s registered adults being trained by the deadline – don’t delay!
- All North Star District Leadership should complete this training by MARCH 31
- The Council Deadline is April 30 for all Registered Adults and Walking Leaders at camps
- Anyone not completing the new mandatory YPT will risk having their BSA record purged if not completed by the BSA deadline of October 2 – having said that we are urged to be a Pacesetter District for the Nation, and set the example by completing ours within Council deadlines.
- We understand and have heard that there are slow response time issues with the online training…
- This may also be completed via phone, that might also be an option;
- A face to face version should be released by end of March and will be sent to District Training Chairs as soon as it is made available;
- The face to face training will be included in district events in April once available.
- As of last week around 700 leaders out of 6700 have completed the training, or just over 10% of our leaders have been trained with the deadline fast approaching!
Please complete the revised Youth Protection Training ASAP!!
We are in need of at least four adult volunteers to serve as Unit Trainers (at least two apiece from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, respectively).
A Unit Trainer is responsible for ensuring that the adults in the units have completed required BSA Youth Protection training, making training opportunities available, and maintain proper training records, as well as occasional one-off duties. The MeritBadge.Org site has a good overview of responsibilities and qualifications at this link: Unit Training Chair.
Please email District Program Chair Mark Pishon at email@example.com with volunteer nominee names by Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Thank you for considering, and for your continued commitment to our Scouts’ adult leadership development!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
On February 1st, 2018 the New Mandatory Youth Protection Training was released online. Currently, the training is only available through my.Scouting.org. 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 my.Scouting.org 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:
- You need your login and password for my.scouting.org
- On the dash board there is only one training option to select.
- Yes, it should say you are trained and have ### days left before you expire. It’s still tracking your old training information.
- On your computer you will be prompted to turn on your pop blocker
- Some text is in White and can be hard to read.
- 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.
Jay Soucy | Training Director
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Crossroads of America Council
Copies of Jay’s attachments are linked here:
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.
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:
- A requirement all scouters update their YPT by October 1, 2018, regardless of their current expiration date.
- 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.
- 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 Taleo.net, 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 Taleo.net, 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 my.scouting.org. That may be a technical glitch. The training was showing as 100% Complete on Taleo.net/ScoutingU.
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 Taleo.net/ScoutingU. 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.