Youth Protection BEGINS with YOU
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our members. Youth protection is of paramount importance and requires sustained vigilance. To cultivate a safe environment, the BSA continues to develop and enhance its youth protection efforts as everyone continues to learn more about the dangers and challenges facing youth.
The BSA has established a multi-tiered youth protection approach focused on volunteer screening, education and training for everyone in the program, and clear policies to protection youth. You can download a copy of the BSA Youth Protection Infographic here: Youth Protection Infographic.pdf
The BSA educates and empowers youth members to be an active part of their safety by teaching the “three R’s” of Youth Protection:
- Recognize situations that place a youth at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
- Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
- Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps protect other children.
The BSA has established clear policies to help ensure Scouting is a safe place for all of our members: Mandadory Reporting Policies; Leader Selection Policies; Mandatory Youth Protection Training for Adult Volunteers; Barriers to Abuse and Digital Privacy. For more information on the BSA Youth Protection policies click here.