Essential Training for Scouts BSA

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Youth Protection Training

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.

Download the YPT Guide before taking the training.

Scouts BSA Position Specific Trainings

Where do I go to take online training?

Upon login, training courses can be found by selecting the Menu button, then My Dashboard in the menu list. It will default to the My Training section with the following 4 tab selections:

  • YPT (Youth Protection Training) – displays the Youth Protection training courses available.
  • Training Center – displays the Scouting programs containing the training courses applicable to the specific program.
  • Requirements – displays training courses required to become position-trained for your current registered position(s).
  • Completions – displays training courses that were completed.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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