Youth Protection Policies in 2018
There are some significant changes in our Youth Protection (YP) Policies in 2018. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) emphasis Youth Protection as a central part of our culture. We must be vigilant and always seek to improve the protection of our youth members. To this effect, the BSA has spent the last two years working with “experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.”
All Boy Scout registered adults, must complete the on-line Youth Protection training to be registered with the BSA.
The application or recharter must be submitted with a copy of the Youth Protection Training Certificate. This can be taken at My.Scouting.org. You do not need a BSA ID number to create an account
Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our youth members and participants. To help protect our young people, we are pleased to offer Youth Protection Training. This training is one part of a comprehensive youth protection training program that formally began in 1988. It is designed to help prevent child abuse in all of its forms, whether verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
Take Youth Protection Training online at My.Scouting.org. You will be asked to create a user account for the Online Training Center if you do not already have one. Once logged in, Youth Protection Training is available under the “General” tab. The course takes about an hour, and you will receive a printable certificate indicating your trained status upon completion. Youth Protection Training online is also offered in Spanish.
Remember: new guidelines in the Guide to Safe Scouting require that at least one leader trained in Youth Protection be present at every outing or event. The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council encourages all unit leaders to complete Youth Protection Training.
Youth Protection Champions
Youth Protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America and relies upon the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting, including:
- Volunteers and leaders who create a culture of awareness and safety within their units and councils and ensure that their units follow the BSA’s youth protection policies
- Parents who monitor and participate in their children’s activities and teach them personal safety skills
- Scouting professionals, who increase the awareness of the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, make training available to everyone, encourage all Scouting units to include personal safety awareness education in their programs, and enforce Youth Protection policies in all council-sponsored activities
- Anyone who becomes aware of possible abuse within Scouting; they must report any suspicion to the proper authorities for review and investigation.
Recognizing that this commitment requires sustained vigilance, the BSA has continued to develop and enhance its efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth. We have invoked mandatory Youth Protection training, hired noted professionals to help focus activities, and elevated clear focus and awareness across the organization.
The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council has recruited, Tom Guigni, retired Fairfield Police Captain and Dick Rainey, former Contra Costa Sheriff, to serve as our Co-Council Youth Protection Champions. They will be forming a committee, in conjunction with our District Youth Protection Champions.
These volunteers are the focal points and key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned level of the organization. They will assist in recruiting Youth Protection leadership within their sphere of influence, support Youth Protection training and strategy development actions as appropriate, and in so doing, act as one of the principal champions and advisors at their level on all matters relating to Youth Protection and any pertinent Youth Protection initiatives, plans, programs, policies, communications, or actions that affect the BSA.
Roles the Champions Play
The Champion will be, no matter what level of the organization:
- A focal point and key driver of Youth Protection
- A recruiter, recruiting Youth Protection leadership and supporting Youth Protection strategy development
- An administrator, assisting in increasing the implementation of new Youth Protection programs, policies, and reports
- A teacher/trainer, ensuring that Youth Protection training is available and presented various times throughout the year, and facilitating or leading various training sessions
How Champions Are Selected
Champions will be selected according to the qualifications identified for their level of involvement, and they will be appointed by key leadership at that level.
Selected by their unit committee chair, unit Champions should have excellent people skills, have a solid Scouting background or be a fast-track learner, know and practice Scouting’s ideals and all aspects of Youth Protections policies and procedures, and be a Youth Protection–oriented volunteer.
Youth Protection-Cyber Chip program
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs. One of the newest programs for educating our Scouts in internet safety is the Cyber Chip program.
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 online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.
Netsmartz® has created a Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Cyber Chipis an educational program is similar to the token chip, where youth get credit for completing portions of the training in topics which include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.
All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to “recharge” the chip by going back to the Netsmartz Recharge area. This space will hold new information, news, and a place for the Scout to recommit to net safety and netiquette. Then, with the unit leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate.
All items listed below can be obtained at the Council Office or at the Pleasant Hill Scout Shop.
- Parents Guides:
- For Cub Scouts – English or Youth Protection Parents Guide for Cub Scouts (Spanish)
- For Boy Scouts – English or Youth Protection Parents Guide for Boy Scouts (Spanish)
- Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Leaders and Parents – One hour video covering the much of the same information as in the online training in a talk show format. It includes many clips from the videos for Scout-aged boys and girls as well as excellent questions to help leaders and parents know what to do in case abuse has occurred in their unit. BSA Supply No. AV-09DVD01
- “It Happened to Me” – DVD for 6-9 year-old Cub Scout-aged boys and their parents. BSA Supply No. AV-09DVD11
- Power Pack Pals – Comic series for Cub Scout-aged boys regarding issues of Youth Protection. (Bullying: #33980, Internet Safety: #33981, 4 Rules for Safety: #34750)
- “A Time to Tell” – Video designed for Boy Scout-aged boys regarding the prevention of sexual abuse. The three R’s of Recognize, Resist, and Report are illustrated and taught in this presentation. BSA Supply No. AV-09DVD05
- “Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness for Venturing” – Video for 14 to 20 year-old coed teen crews and posts. Scenarios are presented, local discussion allowed, and then Reality Check segments are presented to clarify the information regarding issues of acquaintance rape, internet safety, stalking, and sexual harassment. BSA Supply No. AV-09DVD33
- Guide to Safe Scouting – BSA Supply no. 34416A
- Video Guides – It Happened to Me and Youth Protection Video Guide: “A Time to Tell”
- Articles from Scouting Magazine
- Articles from Boys’ Life
- BSA Adult Appllication – 524-501-RM20151015 – fillable FORM ONLY