Direct Contact Training Changes

Important Announcement:

Shawnee Trails Scouters: Last night at the Council Commissioner’s Meeting we learned that there is about to be a seismic shakeup in training for leaders who have direct contact with youth.

In our Council, we believe there to be more than 6,000 Scouters who may have direct contact with youth who are not position specific trained. These individuals are registered as U91 – Scouter Reserve. During this winter’s rechartering period, U91 will be discontinued.

Every person who has direct contact with youth (Cubmaster and assistant, Den Leader and assistant, Scoutmaster and assistant, Crew Advisor and assistant, and any other adult who has direct responsibilities with youth) must be position specific trained before they will be rechartered.

This guidance document has been issued. Please review it and start moving any untrained direct contact leaders toward their position specific training now. Also remember that Severe Weather training is also required for any direct contact adult.


Last, giant push for YPT2

Shawnee Trails Scouters: As of today, there are still more than 9,000 adult volunteers who have not taken the new Youth Protection Training (or as we commonly refer to it: YPT2) in our Council. The deadline for the training is October 1, 2018.

This letter is from our Council Commissioner asking you to please be diligent in assuring that your adult leaders are trained. We were told last night at a Council Commissioner’s meeting that an untrained leader will not, in any case, be allowed to recharter with your Unit.

We all have a responsibility to assure our youth have trained leaders. Here is your opportunity to help our kids by making sure all your leaders are YPT2 trained. Shawnee Trails District will offer YPT2 at our monthly Roundtable Meeting (First Thursday of every month at 7PM at Shawnee United Methodist Church) in both September and October. Please make certain your leaders are trained.

Hazardous Weather Training

The following is a note from Council and National HQ.

Hazardous Weather Training is now required for some positions.

The letter from Council is below and the documents answering questions and outlining “trained” requirements are in the following two links.

Hazardous Weather Training FAQ

What do you need to get your trained patch?

‘Trained’ Leader Designation to Require Hazardous Weather Training
Effective April 30, new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. And here is one story about why this is so important.

Imagine as a leader with a group of excited Scouts you arrive at a council camp for a camporee on a rainy Friday afternoon. Saturday morning is filled with the sounds of Scouts participating in the scheduled activities, only to have the weather turn blustery with sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 48 mph. The trees of the heavily forested area start swaying madly back and forth.

As a leader, what would you do? Would you continue with the camporee or evacuate the camp?

This was exactly the situation experienced earlier this year at Pacific Harbors Council’s Klondike Derby held at Camp Thunderbird. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds of about 30 mph with gusts up to 48 mph were recorded near the camp between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. It soon became apparent to leaders that conditions had become unsafe and, around midmorning, with input from the council representative and Camp Thunderbird’s ranger, leaders decided to evacuate the camp.

“We made sure that we followed the Boy Scout Guide to Safe Scouting and our hazardous weather training to ensure that all scouts and adults made it home safe,” said Barb Dyer, Klondike committee chairwoman. “It was the right decision to cancel Klondike. While it’s disappointing that the boys couldn’t have the fun-filled weekend that was planned, I’m eternally grateful that safety is first with the BSA.”

A good decision it was, as several large trees and branches dropped on or near Scout campsites during the storm. No injuries were reported, but it could have turned out differently. Rebecca Ledford, an adult leader with Troop 4100, shared a photo of her son’s tent, which had been impaled by a heavy fallen branch — right where his pillow was.

On Sunday morning the “all clear” was given for scouts and leaders to return to retrieve their belongings and break down their campsites.

This course is available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging in to your account on

Attached for your use is an FAQ document (Hazardous Weather FAQ 040218.pdf) on the updated training requirements and a preliminary copy of the position trained requirements (PositionTrainedRequirements_AllPrograms_MARCH_22_18.pdf).

Youth Protection FAQ

What is YPT-2?  Youth Protection Two (YPT-2) is a new and updated Youth Protection Training Program for adult Scouters, which has been implemented as a result of the Family Scouting initiative.

When is YPT-2 Available?  YPT-2 is available online now at

When is YPT-2 Required?  All Scoutersmust complete YPT-2 by October 1, 2018, regardless of their current expiration date for the prior YPT-01. The only two BSA positions which are exempt from taking YPT-2 are institutional heads (i.e., head of the chartered organization) and adult partners in Tiger and Lion programs.  The same YPT-2 training program applies to all levels of Scouting: Cubs, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorers. 

What Does YPT-2 Consist of?  There are four modules in YPT-2:

  1. First Module: An overview of why preventing abuse is important and the concepts of Youth Protection. One should let the video play and not try to skip it.
  2. Second Module: Sexual abuse and grooming. This is more detailed and somewhat disturbing.
  3. Third Module: Bullying – including verbal, social, and physical bullying, and cyberbullying as a subcategory of social bullying.
  4. Fourth Module: YPT certification test. The questions are very straightforward. They only have a few that have tricky turns of phrase. If you read moderately carefully, you will have a reasonable chance of passing.


What are Some Key Takeaways from YPT-2? 

  1. No Scout, Venturer, or Explorer will be allowed to tent with another youth of greater than 2 years age difference or maturity. FBI statistics show that youth abuse other youth of larger age disparity.
  2. Co-ed rules from Venturing have been incorporated across the entire program.
  3. The implementation of a Scout First Help Line at (844) SCOUTS-1 (1-844-726-8871). This national toll-free number is designed to help put counseling and reporting to the BSA in one place and to answer questions.  This phone number should be placed at the top of all outing worksheets and contact information.



Youth Protection FAQ –

Youth Protection and Adult Leadership –



Log on to

Click on the Youth Protectionlogo on the upper right of the home page.

From that page, click on “Take the Course.”

Again, click on the Youth Protectionlogo.

On the Youth Protection page click “Add Plan.”

From the next page, at the top it says “Youth Protection – Mandatory,” from there click “Start.”  That launches the first module.

In order to begin, you must click the course name or the arrow on the right for each module.  When you finish a module, do not use the navigation bar “Back Arrow” to “Go Back.” Instead, click “Close Course” and then click on the “Back Button” to move back to page where you can select the next module.

Once you finish with one module, begin with the next. Begin at top and work your way down to the test.  Each module contains sections which cannot be skipped.

Navigating inside each module:

  1. Go back to the current section of the module.
  2. Start from Pause or proceed to the next section.
  3. Click to open or close the module’s Table of Contents.

Take the 25-question test at the end.

After completing the test, click return to your my.scouting page to Print Your Certificate.


New Youth Protection

Below you will find information about the new Youth Protection Training. All registered leaders must complete this new training by October 1, 2018. 

Here are the highlights:

  • There are three modules and a test module in this new training. It will take just over an hour to complete.
  • You can not leave a module in the middle and pick up where you left off. You must complete a module once you start it or you will have to start the module over.

Continue reading “New Youth Protection”

Get Trained

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!

We say it all the time.

Please get the training necessary for your position and then take one additional training. The BSA has an outstanding suite of training, much of it online.

But in the the Shawnee Trails District we have a highly qualified and competent training team to assist with your in-person training needs. Our training team consists of a group of long-term, dedicated scouters who are always keeping up to date on the latest trends in training. Their goal is to make the training exciting and collaborative and relevant to your needs.

The Scouters in our district are highly trained and prepared to lead. If you need training resources or to make a connection to our training team, please fill out the form below.

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