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Importance of Youth Protection

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. 

Nothing is more important to the BSA than the safety of our youth members. We believe that even one instance of child abuse is unacceptable, and we are outraged there have been times when our best efforts to protect youth were not enough and Scouts were abused. We sincerely apologize to victims and their families. The BSA is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our youth members. Youth Protection requires sustained vigilance, and we work every day to protect children through mandatory policies and procedures at every level of our organization. We are also committed to continuous improvement in our approach to youth protection.

While not required, we strongly encourage all parents/guardians to take the BSA Youth Protection Training. You do not have to be registered to create an account and take the training. Completing this training will help you to understand our commitment to safeguarding our youth.

BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT)

  • Youth Protection training 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

New to Scouting? Click here to login and take Youth Protection training. You do not have to be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America to take Youth Protection 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 to submit with a volunteer application. Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card that includes your member ID number.

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 ScoutScouts BSA, and Venturing programs.

California AB 506

As a Scouting volunteer, you understand the importance of keeping children safe. A recent bill (AB 506) was passed by the State of California requiring volunteers and staff of Youth Service Organizations to complete training in child abuse and neglect reporting, and undergo Live Scan background checks. 

AB 506 went into effect on January 1, 2022. All registered BSA volunteer positions and employees including camp staff must comply with AB506. In addition, other volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and who have direct contact with, or supervision of, children for more than 16 hours a month or 32 hours per year must complete a Live Scan background check (the digital version of inked fingerprinting) and complete online mandated reporter training.

                                    Mandated Reporter Training

The mandated reporter training is met by completing the 2-hour online training provided by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the State Department of Social Services at this link:

You must also complete the Mandated Reporter Training and Upload your completion certificate to this website. 

Upload the Background Check Consent Form (CLICK HERE to Download) to your council. Click here for the SDIC link.

For more information regarding the mandated reporter training and for instructions on how to upload your training certificate visit

                                         LiveScan Fingerprint Background Check

California Scouting has partnered with to streamline the fingerprinting process. The registration process will prompt you to: complete your personal information, select a fingerprinting location, make an appointment, and watch a short video on how to prepare for the fingerprinting session to minimize rejection. 

Visit the CALIFORNIA SCOUTING’S AB-506 COMPLIANCE REGISTRATION WEBSITE and click on the San Diego-Imperial Council link to begin the proces of registering for your LiveScan appointment.

Visit the SDIC AB 506 Status webpage to look up your AB 506 status. You must have your BSA Member ID. It also shows when the latest updates were received. 

Additional YPT Resources

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