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Youth Protection



  1. Two Deep Leadership.

    • Minimum of 2 adults.

    • At least one over age 21.

    • At least one adult w/current BSA Youth Protection Training.

    • At least one registered with BSA.

  2. Safety Rule of Four: No fewer than 4 people, including at least 2 adults, on any wilderness trip.
    If an accident occurs, one stays with the injured person, and two go for help.

  3. Provide itinerary to someone.

  4. Separate Male/Female & Adult/Youth showering and tent arrangements.



True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, territory, area, council, district, and unit levels. 



The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has a multilayered adult leader selection process that includes criminal background checks administered by a nationally recognized third party and other screening efforts. Click here for information on the selection process.


Youth Protection training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement. Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered. Watch the "Understanding Youth Protection" video.



You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection training.  Troop 989 encourages parents and requires all participating adults to take the online training.

To take Youth Protection training go to and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.

From the portal, click Menu then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate and present it to our leadership team.

Rank books include a pamphlet entitled, "Youth Protection: How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse, A Parent's Guide". Scouts and their families are required to complete these activities to earn rank. We hope you will find this pamphlet as important as we do!


Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse are published in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the online version is maintained as the most current. Frequently-asked questions are also addressed in this FAQ.



>> Cyber Chip: Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while on line, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip.

>> Bullying Awareness: The idea that a Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind—is woven throughout the programs and literature of the Boy Scouts of America. When a Scout follows the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, bullying and hazing situations should never occur. These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.




As adults in Scouting, we are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This means, each of us are required by law to report reasonable suspicions of abuse. As such, if we are approached by a child reporting abuse or neglect, we will always believe the child. Scouts and their families in Troop 989 can rest assured knowing your leadership team is trained and prepared to protect the children we serve.

In the event of reasonable suspicions of abuse or neglect, the following steps are to be taken:

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.

  2. In case of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately.

  3. In addition, if the suspected abuse occurred in the Scout's home or family, you are required by state law to immediately report/contact the local child abuse hotline. In Colorado, that number is 1-844-CO-4-Kids.

  4. Notify Scoutmaster or his/her designee. If they cannot be reached, call the 24/7 Scouts First Helpline at 1-844-726-8871 or email at

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