Scouting/Youth Protection Training

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Youth Protection Training - http://olc.scouting.org/courses/ypt2

1. Two-Deep Leadership

  • One adult must be a registered leader
  • One over 21

2. No One-on-One Contact

  • Even with merit badge counselors

3. Respect of Privacy

  • Applies to youth and adults
  • Intrude only to maintain health and safety

4. Cameras, imaging and digital devices

  • Not to be used when privacy would be expected (eg. showers and restrooms)
  • Report youth behavior to designated leader of the activity and Local Scout Executive
  • Confiscate device and report the incident
  • Require and adult violator to leave the location immediately

5. Separate Accommodations

  • No youth permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian
  • Youth and Adults must shower at different times

6. Appropriate Attire

  • Proper clothing for all activities

7. No secret organizations

  • Scouting program is transparent
  • Watch for bulling, hazing, peer or peer abuse

8. Constructive Discipline

  • Corporal punishment, hazing, intimidation all prohibited

9. Grooming

  • Abuser conditions the child with nonsexual physical contact and gifts
  • Enforce two-deep leadership and no one-one-one contact

10. Hazing prohibited

  • All forms of hazing and initiations not permitted

11. Youth leader training and supervision

  • Adult leaders monitor and guide
  • Youth leaders only administer discipline with adult leader guidance

12. Member responsibilities

  • Observe Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • No violence, hazing, bullying, verbal insults, theft, drugs and alcohol

13. Signs of Bullying

  • If you observe:
  • absences
  • nervousness around certain Scouts
  • baseless anger or resentment
  • physical signs such as cuts and bruises
  • avoiding group restrooms

14. Bullying Solutions

  • Talk to the suspected target
  • Increase adult supervision

15. Resolve bullying

  • Stop the actions, protect the target
  • Tell the bully actions are unacceptable
  • Talk to the target
  • Encourage target to tell his parents
  • Talk to the parents of the bully
  • Convene a patrol leaders' council
  • Call a committee meeting
  • For serious incidents, call your local Scout executive
  • Model kind behavior yourself

16. Cyber Bullying

  • Using digital devices to bully
  • Tactics:
  • Spreading Gossip
  • Sending hateful messages
  • Pretending to be someone else

17. Stop cyber bullying

  • Ask Scout to report the incidents
  • Encourage them to block or delete messages without reading

18. Unit responsibilities

  • Head of chartered organization or COR approve registration of unit leader
  • Adult leaders monitor Scout behavior
  • Intercede when necessary
  • Parents informed of misbehavior
  • Serious incidents reported immediately to local Scout executive

19. Reporting Abuse Requirements

  • Inform person in charge of the activity and your local Scout executive
  • Inform appropriate agencies as required by state law