Council Training Policy

Effective November 21, 2019



For all charter renewals

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 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, Scouts BSA, and Venturing Programs.

As each unit recruits and registers new volunteers and prepares for their annual re-charter process, please keep in mind the following required training:

✓ Youth Protection training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and is a joining requirement. New adult leaders are required to complete YPT before their registration can be processed.

✓ YPT must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s YPT record is not current at the time of re-charter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.

✓ Venturing and Exploring participants age 18-20 years old will need to complete YPT to be registered with the unit.

✓ To take YPT, go to, click on My Dashboard from the menu, and take the YPT. Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with the re-charter paperwork or adult application.

Leader Position Specific Training

Washington Crossing Council has instituted a mandatory training policy. This training policy aims to better serve both youth and adults involved in the Scouting program at all levels, as it helps volunteers get to know the people, the program, and the job quickly and efficiently; provides the minimum level of proficiency needed to perform the volunteer position; and provides the benefit of being part of an organization that can teach volunteers skills that may build additional life or professional skills that could be applied elsewhere.

The council’s long-term objective is to have 100% of registered adult leaders complete and maintain all training for their registered position(s).

Effective immediately:

✓ All existing and newly registered direct-contact leaders shall complete their position-specific training within 6 months of assuming their new role. Position-specific training not offered online (e.g., Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters) shall be completed within 12 months of assuming the new role.

✓ The Council Training Committee will set annual goals and create a strategy to increase the proportion of direct-contact leaders who have completed position-specific training until the goal of 100% trained direct-contact leaders has been met.