By LDS-BSA Relationships
Feb 17, 2015

Why Should I Take Youth Protection Training?

safety-youth-protection-bannerThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports the Boy Scouts of America in their efforts to provide the safest possible environment for boys who participate in Scouting programs. Youth Protection training offers information on how to accomplish that. It is a simple 30-minute interactive presentation that explains the policies adopted by the BSA for the safety and well-being of its members, both youth and adults.

You will be surprised at all the useful and insightful information that it provides, which, in fact, could apply to anybody in any setting, not only in Scouting-related activities. It explains policies such as two-deep leadership, no one-on-one contact, separate accommodations for adults and Scouts, respect of privacy, inappropriate use of cameras and digital devices, no secret organizations, no hazing, no bullying, appropriate attire, and what to do if you become aware of any inappropriate behavior.

It is very easy to take this training. Just set aside 30 minutes of your time, turn on your computer, open your favorite browser, and do the following:

  • On the right side of the Scouting in Primary pages, click on the “Youth Protection Training (BSA)” links.
  • You will be taken directly to the BSA site, where you sign in with your MyScouting user credentials, or create an account if you do not have one yet.
  • Once you are on the BSA site, scroll down to the “Youth Protection Training Notice” and click the “Take Youth Protection Training” button.
  • You will find yourself on the “E-Learning Course Management System” page.
  • Scroll down until you see a list with all the training modules.
  • Adjacent to “Youth Protection Training,” click “Take Course” (or “Retake Course,” if you have taken it before), and enjoy!

After you complete the training, you will be able to print a certificate, which you can present to register or to renew your registration during rechartering.

The LDS Scouting Handbook, May 2014, section 2.0, indicates that Youth Protection training should be “completed before service with youth begins and repeated every two years.” Since the content of the training is updated by the BSA as new policies are put in place, we all need to be aware of them so we know how to face situations as they arise.

The Church website also has a page called “Safe Church Activities,” with a wealth of information that can be used when planning and carrying out activities with the boys, including an inspiring message by Elder Quentin L. Cook.

The more we know, the better prepared we will be and the more safe and protected our boys and leaders will be; we will also be able to reduce or eliminate problems. Please set aside time to take Youth Protection training, whether you have not yet taken it or if your current certification is about to expire, and enjoy your calling with the boys with peace of mind. And, remember: “Youth Protection Begins With YOU!”

Reyna Aburto Primary General Board Member The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Author: Reyna Aburto | Primary General Board Member, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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