Key Topics

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing the safest environment possible for our youth members. We know that millions of youth members, their parents, and volunteers depend on Scouting to maintain its high standard for youth safety. Because of this, youth protection is a critical component of our program. Scouting is committed to continuing its efforts by focusing on the best interests and safety of our members.

Our Commitment

In 1908, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, wrote: “The aim of Scout training is to improve the standard of our future citizenhood, especially in character and health; to replace self with service, to make the lads individually efficient, morally and physically, with the object of using that efficiency for service for their fellow-men.” More than 100 years…

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BSA’s message to parents about youth protection issues? Youth protection is of paramount importance to the BSA, and we are committed to making Scouting as safe as possible for all our members. Parents are our most important allies in protecting our youth. All aspects of Scouting are open to observation by parents, and we encourage them to…

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Media Coverage

Following is some media coverage of the BSA’s youth protection efforts: Boy Scouts’ symposium on child abuse prevention begins in Grapevine Major youth groups make headway against sex abuse When abusers are ‘like us,’ how can they be stopped? Why Witnesses Do — Or Don’t — Report Abuse Boy Scout leaders work to prevent abuse. Will Penn State do the…

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100 Years of Youth Protection

Recognizing that youth protection requires sustained vigilance, the BSA continues to be on the forefront of developing youth protection policies to strengthen and enhance efforts to protect youth through clear policies, training of adult volunteers, and effective screening of volunteers.  Following are the steps Scouting has taken throughout the past 100 years in an effort to create a safe environment…

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Youth Protection Director

As part of our commitment to youth protection, the Boy Scouts of America hired as its Youth Protection director Michael “Mike” Johnson, an internationally recognized expert on child abuse detection and prevention. Mike joined BSA effective July 24, 2010. The Boy Scouts has continued to enhance and improve its Youth Protection program in order to provide the safest possible environment…

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Take the Training

Youth protection requires 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. Visit here to take our training:  

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Scout Help Victim Assistance

The first point of the Scout Law, that a Scout is trustworthy, is at the very core of what the Scouting program represents. Scouting depends on trustworthy people to be good role models and to be of high character to help build young boys into honorable men. While the vast majority of Scout leaders have been and continue to be…

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