New Youth Protection Training for All Leaders due by October 1
Over the decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in developing training and policies designed to keep young people safe, but when it comes to the safety of children, our goal is to continually improve. Recently the BSA has released an updated youth protection training (YPT) which draws on research from experts in the field of child abuse and child maltreatment, as well as survivors, to identify the contributing factors and threats across the spectrum of child abuse including bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, as well as child sexual abuse.
This updated training is now available on  my.Scouting .
ScoutsFirst for Help with Questions, Concerns and Reporting:  The ScoutsFirst Helpline also makes it easier for volunteers and families to address dangerous situations. If a leader or parent has a question about a situation, or something they've seen or if they want to report a possible incident, they can contact the Helpline for assistance. In cases of abuse, they should also notify the local authorities. ScoutsFirst Helpline (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871.
ScoutsFirst for Counseling and Support:  The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing ongoing support to victims and their families, including counseling. We want to help victims heal, on their own terms, with a professional counselor of their choice. Through the ScoutsFirst Helpline, the Boy Scouts of America offers assistance with counseling to any youth member, former youth member, or the family of any youth member who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. To reach the ScoutsFirst Helpline, call (844)-Scouts1 or (844)726-8871, or email  scouts1st@scouting.org . Support is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional resources can be found on  Sam Houston Area Council's website  or at  BSA's website .