For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. We believe – and, through more than a century of experience, know – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe. Over time, these policies have become standard with organizations across the nation. Now, the Boy Scouts of America is releasing fully updated training to further strengthen our ability to protect youth. These changes include:

• Updated Youth Protection Training, including insights from experts and survivors and the latest strategies for recognizing and preventing major forms of abuse. This is the designated Youth Protection Training for all adults. All volunteers must take the new training by October 1, 2018, no matter when they took the previous training.

• An expanded ScoutsFirst Helpline to aid volunteers and families in addressing potentially dangerous situations.

• Unlimited counseling and support for healing to anyone who has ever been abused in Scouting.

• Youth Protection Training for youth members available in 2019.

In addition to updated training, BSA recently announced new policies to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements, including:

• As of January 1, 2018, no new leader can be registered without first completing youth protection training (this was already a Dan Beard Council policy).

• As of September 1, 2017, no unit may re-charter without all leaders being current on their Youth Protection Training (this was already a Dan Beard Council policy).

• Effective June 1, 2018, adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and Youth Protection Training. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. ​


A new Youth Safety webpage was created to offer an easy-to-navigate overview of our youth protection program using language and visuals that help the general public or those who are new to Scouting understand what the Boy Scouts of America does to help keep kids safe. This webpage does not replace the preexisting Youth Protection webpage; instead, it offers an overview of our policies in a simplified version for those who may not be familiar with our terminology our program details. It also features expert testimonials, access to our Youth Protection Training, clarification of top misperceptions and a summary of BSA’s commitment to being part of a broader solution to address child abuse. We will continue to update the page as opportunities arise, but we encourage you to visit and share this as a resource when asked about BSA’s youth protection efforts.

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, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

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.



The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use.

All reports of youth protection concerns including violations of youth protection policies and reports of child abuse should be taken at face value. All youth protection concerns should be brought immediately and directly to the Dan Beard Council Scout Executive, Mr. Andy Zahn:

BSA policy and Ohio and Kentucky state laws also obligates anyone with knowledge of child abuse to report to local authorities. If you know or suspect a child has been abused, contact your local police department or call your local child abuse reporting hotline:

Boone County, KY(859) 371-8832
Brown County, OH(937) 378-6104
Butler County, OH(800) 325-2685
Campbell County, KY(859) 292-6733
Clermont County, OH(513) 732-STOP
Gallatin County, KY(859) 567-7381
Grant County, KY(859) 824-4471
Hamilton County, OH(513) 241-KIDS
Kenton County, KY(859) 292-6340
Owen County, KY(502) 484-3937
Pendleton County, KY(859) 654-3381
Warren County, OH(513) 695-1546

State of Ohio:
Toll-Free: (855) 642-4453

State of Kentucky:
Toll-Free: (877) 597-2331