Youth Protection Training

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Youth Protection Guidelines

BSA requires Youth Protection Training for all adults.  There are National BSA requirements for all activities which can be found here.  The State of Texas also has additional requirements for resident and long-term camping.  See the section below on State of Texas Requirements.

Online Training

BSA offers Youth Protection Training on the web through the BSA Online Learning Center. The course will take approximately 1 – 2 hours to complete, depending on the speed of your web connection. Anyone is welcome to take the course. If you are a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America, be sure to have your BSA Person ID number ready at your fingertips before you start the course. A BSA registered adult leader who completes the course and the test will have an opportunity to print a YPT card.


  • If you need help getting your BSA Person ID number, please email Patricia at
  • For problems with the Youth Protection Training website or BSA Online Learning Center:  Contact BSA Member Care at 855-707-2644
  • The YPT and Online Learning Center site is a part of BSA’s National website.  Please remember that every weekend in late May and in June there are hundreds of thousands of adult volunteers all across the U.S. trying to log-in in to the site to take required training courses like Youth Protection Training so that they can go to Day Camp or Summer Camp.  Many people wait until the last minute.  If you have problems logging in at this time of year, your best bet is to keep trying. BSA’s National Service Center can be reached at 972-580-2489.  They will be able to help you solve software issues.

Si usted tiene problemas con el sistema o necesita ayuda para obtener su número de miembro: escriba por correo electronico a Patricia en

BSA is requiring all adult leaders to renew their Youth Protection Training certification every two years. Adult Scouters must get a new certification from the BSA online YPT course every two years. In addition, the state of Texas requires all BSA adults and parents attending a summer camp, resident camp, or day camp to hold a current YPT certification from an in-person state-approved course.

HOW TO get a YPT Card – read this before you take the course.

  1. Register at Click on Create an Account. Afterwards, you will need to respond to the confirmation email that was sent to the email address you assigned to your MyScouting account.
  2. In the box for “Council Number” select: “Longhorn Council – Hurst, TX – 662”
  3. In the box for “Member ID” enter your BSA Member ID number from your BSA Registration card. If you don’t have a BSA Member ID number just leave it blank! It is not required. (You can also enter it at a later date.)
  4. Once logged in, click on E-Learning and click the “Take Course” link for Youth Protection Training under the General tab. Take the Online YPT Course and test.
  5. PRINT the screen that shows your card after you take the test.  For Windows users, if you have trouble printing the screen, enter [ ctrl ] + [ print screen ], (it might read: PrtScn), then open a Word document, paste the screen into the document, and print the Word document.
  6. Write down the date you take the course. (It can help you get a card later in case there is printer or computer error after you finish.)
  7. If you have problems printing the card please email Patricia at Include the date when you took the test and your name. (Include your BSA Person ID number if you have one.)
  8. If you experience other problems before you finish the course and test – such as computer lock-ups, network freezes, etc. – try the system again. BSA regularly updates the software and glitches are fixed as fast as they are found. At times of peak use your may have to try multiple times! Remember – there are millions of BSA volunteers around the USA!


If you take a course without inputting your BSA Member ID number and try to add it to your account later in the My Profile section and receive an error that says:

“The Council # 662 and Member ID you supplied could not be verified. Please try again.”

Try these two steps:

  • Check the name on your card. Your profile name that you enter must be the exact same name that is on your BSA Registration card.
  • Make sure that you have a current registration with the Longhorn Council.

Youth Protection Training Contacts

For problems getting your member number:

Please email Patricia at

Si usted tiene problemas con el sistema o necesita ayuda para obtener su número de miembro: escriba por correo electronico a Patricia en

Adult Youth Protection Training Policy

1) All adult participants in all Scouting programs are required to become “Youth Protection Trained”.

2) YPT “Trained” adults are only “certified” for a period of two years after taking Youth Protection Training and will receive a “Trained” card after attending the training. Units participating in activities outside the Longhorn Council must comply with the Youth Protection requirements of BSA National, the Council or thte state where the activity takes place.

3) Online YPT Cards are good for 2 years for Weekend Camping reservations, local tour permits, Unit Fundraising Projects, District and Council weekend program events (camporees, OA events, Webelos Woods, Fall Festival, Score-O, etc.), and unit program.

4) All units must have current YPT “Trained” (i.e. within the two year period) adults on-site for any activity requiring Council approval (e.g. Local Tour Permit, short-term weekend Camp Reservations, Unit Fundraising Projects). Camp Rangers will insist on seeing the card before a unit may set up camp.

5) All registered adults must have completed BSA Youth Protection training for participation in any national event/activity (e.g. Philmont, National Jamboree).

6) All units are required to have YPT “Trained” adults for EVERY unit activity even if the activity does not require Council approval.

State of Texas Requirements

Adults attending (or staffing) summer and long-term camps and day camps in the state of Texas must provide the camp director with a photocopy of their YPT card from the in-person state-approved YPT Course. The online YPT course must be taken within two years of attending camp. (Note that this state requirement is different from the 2 year requirement for weekend camping reservations, etc., and only applies to the long-term camps and day camps that are listed below.) The in-person YPT Course is the state-approved course for BSA long-term and day camps in the state of Texas. This requirement applies ONLY to adults attending or staffing the following:

  • Summer Camp: Camp Tahuaya, Worth Ranch, SR2
  • Texas High Adventure Base: Chisholm Trail, Wakeboarding, BRCT
  • Cub Scout Day Camp
  • Cub Scout Resident Camp
  • Twin Arrows courses (adult staff)
  • Winter Camp

Youth Protection Training News

The course is hosted on on BSA’s national website.  One of the benefits of having Youth Protection Training on-line is that it is immediately available for new Scout Leaders at any time of the day. The on-line version is also available for all parents in the unit. Getting parents to complete the training will help them understand what YPT policies are so they can follow the policies when working with Scouts.

The on-line course takes one to two hours to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection. Scouters wanting to be certified for completing the training should have their BSA member number available.

The member number is used to enter the name of the successful participant in the Council database records. A pocket YPT card (PDF file) is e-mailed to participant as soon as they complete the course.

YOUTH RESOURCES – BSA Traditional programs


Same information as in Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbooks but without pictures

Boys’ Life Articles

Scouting Magazine Articles

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  • “It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child”
  • “Youth Protection Training News Briefs”
  • “Working Together to Protect Our Children”
  • “Assuring Emotional Security for Children”
  • “Words Can Hurt”
  • “Using the Internet Safely”
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