The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.

  • Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.
  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
  • 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.

The Black Hills Area Council is 100% committed to keeping our youth safe and we appreciate the commitment of all 800 of our volunteer leaders to make this happen.

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Click here for more information.

To maintain a safe environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutBoy Scout, and Venturing programs.

Youth Protection and Social Media

The BSA has recently updated their Youth Protection policies to apply to social and digital media. For more information on how to communicate via social platforms while complying with Youth Protection standards, please see this guide from the National Office.

Get Trained Today

To take Youth Protection Training, go to and create an account. From the My.Scouting portal, click on “New to Scouting?  Take a training here” and Youth Protection icon in the upper right. Select “Youth Protection Training” from the training menu.  Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the Black Hills Area Council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into My.Scouting, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner and update your profile by inputting your member ID number and Black Hills Area Council from the dropdown list. This will link your Youth Protection training records and any other training in My.Scouting to your BSA membership and unit records.