Merit Badge Counselors Need Youth Protection and Orientation Training
Merit Badge Counselor Youth Protection Training and Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (D76)
During the first week of May, Merit Badge Deans for all eleven districts in Central Florida Council were sent recharter forms via email for all registered merit badge counselors in their district. Information in the body of that email included this statement: “Please remember that any MBC that does not have current Youth Protection Training by 6/30/2015 will not be re-chartered on 7/1/2015.” This statement includes all merit badge counselors.
The Boy Scouts of America considers a safe environment for youth to be of utmost importance. Near the top of the procedures and policies that have been established to assist in sustaining this environment, second only to background screening before accepting an adult leadership application, is Youth Protection Training. The home page of the BSA national website’s Youth Protection pages clearly states:
- Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
- Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
If you are registered as a merit badge counselor in your district, district Merit Badge Deans need you to be proactive in maintaining current Youth Protection Training (Y01) and ensuring they have a record of completion of this training. To assist the deans with this process, district training chairs were sent copies of YPT Aging Detail reports for registered adults in district positions dated May 13, 2015 to share with MBC deans in their individual district. These reports were generated using the my.scouting.org portal, and came from information within ScoutNet person profiles of registered adults in district positions. Merit badge counselor (position code 42) is a district position. Reports from all eleven districts included merit badge counselors who have never completed YPT, many whose YPT is outdated by years, and still more whose YPT is outdated by less than one year.
Merit Badge Deans have already started the process of removing registered adults without documented completion of YPT and those whose documented YPT is outdated from district merit badge counselor rosters.
Don’t let this happen to you if you know you are current in YPT! To help ensure online training completed via national’s ELearning center is credited to your personal profile in ScoutNet, your BSA membership number must be added to your MyScouting.scouting.org account. This is easy to do. Simply log in to your MyScouting account, look for My Profile at the top of the list on the left side, click on “Update My Profile”, and add your BSA number to Membership Info.
If you added your BSA membership number to your profile in the past, it is possible that online training has not been recorded to your profile due to: 1) an error occurred during a scheduled upload of training records from ELearning to ScoutNet, and those records were not merged – all ELearning training completed between two specific dates have only the one scheduled communication between the systems to capture training records, or 2) you have more than one MyScouting account, and your BSA membership number can only be linked to one account. If you do have more than one account, contact the national support center at (972) 580-2000 and tell the person answering the phone what kind of help you need, and that person will connect you with someone who can transfer training taken in the online ELearning center into one account. Be sure to record your log in information and keep it in an accessible place, and always use the one MyScouting account.
You may be contacted via email this month by your district Merit Badge Dean regarding your YPT status if you are a registered MBC. Use this opportunity to reply to the dean with a copy of your current YPT certificate.