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Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America 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, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs. All registered BSA leaders are required to complete youth protection training every two years.

 

BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

 

The Boy Scouts of America 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 ScoutExternal Link, Boy ScoutExternal Link, and VenturingExternal Link programs.

Leadership Selection

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership. Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we can about an applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use.

Reporting Youth Protection Concerns

All reports of youth protection concerns including violations of youth protection policies and reports of child abuse should be taken at face value. All youth protection concerns should be brought immediately and directly to the Dan Beard Council Scout Executive, Mr. Thomas Dugger: thomas.dugger@scouting.org

BSA policy and Ohio and Kentucky state laws also obligates anyone with knowledge of child abuse to report to local authorities. If you know or suspect a child has been abused, contact your local police department or call your local child abuse reporting hotline:

Boone County, KY
(859) 371-8832
Brown County, OH (937) 378-6104
Butler County, OH (800) 325-2685
Campbell County, KY (859) 292-6733
Clermont County, OH (513) 732-STOP
Gallatin County, KY (859) 567-7381
Grant County, KY (859) 824-4471
Hamilton County, OH (513) 241-KIDS
Kenton County, KY (859) 292-6340
Owen County, KY (502) 484-3937
Pendleton County, KY (859) 654-3381
Warren County, OH (513) 695-1546

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