By Stan Lockhart
Jun 29, 2015

Take Youth Protection Training Annually!

One of the challenges for our chartered partners is to get each new leader to go online for Youth Protection Training (YPT). This coming year we are implementing a policy for each existing leader to go through YPT. We know of the challenge this presents for units who want these leaders to continue to serve their youth.

youth protection featureThe safety of our Scouters is our top priority. I can’t emphasize it enough. Two-deep leadership, using trained people in every activity, encouraging units to attend BSA organized camps each year and more are all designed to make Scouting safer for participants.

I have participated in similar training in various organizations I belong to. The BSA YPT is online and the easiest I’ve seen to understand and complete.

One easy way to complete is to gather all adult leaders together in a building with WiFi. Ask them to bring a digital device like an iPad or smartphone. Then have everyone take the training together. In a short time, you will have all of your leaders certified.

safety-youth-protection-bannerIf this requirement saves even one boy from harm, then it is worth it. Let me know if you have any input or feedback. Contact me at 801-368-2166 or



Author: Stan Lockhart | President, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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