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Youth Protection Mission Statement

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. 

Youth Protections Resources 

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.

Click HEREExternal Link to go the that national BSA page for Youth Protection policies and resources. 

Haga clic AQUIExternal Link para la Proteccion de la Juventud en espanol. 

Download Commissioner Notes for Youth Protection (posted 03/30/2015)

Youth Protections and the TRC Commissioner Service

Commissioners provide continuity in Scouting’s organizational structure; we are therefore in a unique position to champion Youth Protection training throughout Scouting.

Why is Youth Protection training so vitally important? Public opinion polls rank the problem of child abuse second only to drug abuse as a national concern. The Boy Scouts of America places the highest priority on creating the most secure environment possible for its youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA has developed numerous procedures and leadership selection policies. The BSA also provides both parents and leaders with numerous training opportunities about child abuse. The BSA must make these resources available to any person at any time—and it does!

From a youth protection standpoint, commissioners must be 100 percent committed to 100 percent compliance. We all know the unit commissioner wears many hats. Basic commissioner training teaches us that we function as representatives, teachers, counselors, “doctors,” and friends to the unit. But no matter what commissioner position we hold, our overall role as a commissioner is to help the unit succeed. When you get right down to it, Scouting is successful when the unit prospers, is active and engaged, has quality programming, and as a result demonstrates membership growth. A fundamental requirement of the successful unit is a trained leader. We take great pride in the quality of our adult leadership; serving as a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The unit will not be successful without trained leaders. Adult leader training begins with Youth Protection training. It is our responsibility as commissioners to see that all of the unit’s adult leaders are trained in Youth Protection.

The district commissioner has the opportunity to engage everyone on the district committee and hold them accountable for up-to-date Youth Protection training certification. Likewise, the council, area, regional, and national commissioners have the opportunity to hold those at their levels accountable to be certified in Youth Protection.

Our duty is to do everything possible to prevent abuse. Each and every one of you holding the position of commissioner must commit to holding all registered leaders in your unit and on your committees and boards accountable for Youth Protection training. Remember: As far as Youth Protection training is concerned, commissioners must be 100 percent committed to 100 percent compliance.
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