Youth Protection Training Update – March 1

Youth Protection Training Update:
The updated online and facilitator-led (face to face) Y01 Youth Protection Training has been released. Updates include a new learning plan, as well as a Spanish-translated version of the training.

If you HAVE already completed Y01 Youth Protection Training you DO NOT have to retake the training with the March 1, 2019 release.

Coming soon:

Watch for additional recommended training modules covering Youth Protection topics such as: 
• Physical abuse,
• Emotional abuse,
• Neglect, and
• Impact of violence in the home


Guide to Safe Scouting Updated

The Guide to Safe Scouting has been updated and is now live as both a pdf for download (dated January 2019), or the HTML version.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf

UPDATES

– Updated language throughout to reference “Scouts BSA” rather than “Boy Scouts.”
– Youth Protection and Adult Leadership Clarified language in the Adult Supervision and Accommodations sections.
– Camping Updated information about Webelos overnight camping. Corrected publication number for Pack Overnight – Campout Site Appraisal Form and provided URL to access form.
– Sports and Activities Clarified Sea Scout participation in Climbing and Rappelling section.
– Animal and Insect Hazards Replaced entire chapter.
– Incident Reporting Provided URL for incident reporting.
– Appendix Replaced Event Safety Checklist


IMPORTANT: Online Youth Protection Update

Information about online Youth Protection Training:

At the end of February, the online Youth Protection Course will be replaced with an updated version. Please get the word out to all leaders that any courses in progress (completions of some but not all of the required four modules) will be lost when the course is updated. For example, if a leader had completed one, two, or three of the four modules, but had not completed all four, their completed modules will be erased and they will have to start over again to complete all four required modules. You must have completed all four modules successfully by February 28th, as the new Learning Plan will be launched March 1, 2019 .

If you have started-but not completed-the current Y01 (YPT-2) Youth Protection Training:

You must complete the training before March 1, 2019, or any progress you have made will not transfer, due to the new learning plan. Otherwise, you may simply start over with the new training plan on March 1, 2019.

If you HAVE already completed the current Y01 (YPT-2) Youth Protection Training:

You WILL NOT be affected. You DO NOT have to retake the training when the March 1, 2019 course is released.

This update will include new policies and procedures implemented since the course was first released in February 2018, however our Youth Protection and Health and Safety policies, guidelines and procedures are continually being updated and revised. The on-line version of the Guide to Safe Scouting is the single most up to date source of our commitment to Safe Scouting.

Youth Protection certifications will continue to be valid for a two year period.

When the course update is complete, four new VOLUNTARY modules will be added and will be available under the “VOLUNTARY programs.” These include:

1. Physical Abuse
2. Neglect
3. Emotional Abuse
4. Witnessing Violence

These new, VOLUNTARY modules will provide leaders with knowledge about other forms of abuse.


BSA Safety Moments

It just takes a moment to make your pack, troop or crew a little bit safer.

With its Safety Moments, covering a range of topics from acute mountain sickness to zip lines, the Boy Scouts of America’s Health and Safety team hopes to make Scouting an even safer place, one page at a time.

“These are attempts to simplify and streamline complex topics,” says Health and Safety team lead Richard Bourlon. “It’s so much better to prevent rather than react to an incident.”

How does a Scouter use a Safety Moment?

Safety Moments can be viewed online or downloaded as a print-suitable PDF to share with others.

Speaking of, Bourlon suggests starting each meeting with a Safety Moment on a timely topic.

Winter camping trip coming up? There’s a Safety Moment for that. Horseback riding? There’s one for that, too. Launching model rockets? Yes, indeed.

“Use them at your University of Scouting, your board meetings, your roundtables, as well,” he says.

But remember the operative word: moment. Don’t spend more than a few minutes on this.

What topics are covered in Safety Moments?

There are 76 Safety Moments so far, and they’re all collected on this page.

Some of the Safety Moments, like the ones about frostbite or snake bites, offer practical solutions to use in emergencies.

Take a look, and see which Safety Moments will benefit your Scouts.

What are the most popular Safety Moments?

About 40,000 people have visited the Safety Moments page so far. The three most popular, as of this writing:

  1. Annual Health and Medical Record
  2. Aquatics
  3. Bunk Beds

What’s the plan for adding more Safety Moments?

The team’s original goal was to have 36 Safety Moments, says BSA Health and Safety consultant Hannah Coffey.

“However, based on their popularity, we have been adding them as we see an opportunity for timely topics,” she says. “We know many people are crunched for time, so a Safety Moment is a great way to quickly convey a message about possible risks or hazards.”

If you have an idea for a new Safety Moment, contact the Health and Safety team


Youth Protection Training

Did Your Know?  Youth Protection Training is required for all registered adult Scouting volunteers.  Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be completed every two (2) years.   You can complete YPT Training online or in-person.  To take the online course, please visit http://my.scouting.org


SAFETY MOMENT – October is Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Safety Month. Take time for a safety moment and reflect on how you can use charcoal and other cooking methods without the burn. Link: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/charcoal-safety/


Campfire Safety

Before you sit around your next campfire, might want to go over our latest incident review.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-056(18)Campfires-WEB.pdf 


BSA recalls Cub Scout neckerchief slides

The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of Cub Scout neckerchief slides sold between February 2018 and August 2018.

The affected products include the yellow Lion, red Wolf, green Bear and blue Webelos slides. The $6 slides were sold at local Scout Shops, authorized BSA distributors and online at scoutshop.org. About 110,000 slides are affected.

The Tiger slide is not involved in the recall. Neither are Boy Scout neckerchief slides or any neckerchief slide sold before February 2018.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the affected slides, and the BSA has identified and fixed the problem that led to the recall. The recall was prompted by the discovery that the paint on the surface of the colored portion of the slides may contain levels of lead above limits set by the federal government.

Families with a recalled slide should stop using it immediately. They’re entitled to an exchange or refund, even if they no longer have a receipt or the original tag.

How to tell whether you have a recalled neckerchief slide

The brass neckerchief slides were sold in four styles: yellow Lion, red Wolf, green Bear and blue Webelos. Other slides, including the Tiger slide, are not included in the recall.

A white label attached to the back of the slide reads “Made in China” and bears one of these four P.O. numbers:

  • 200233281
  • 200236630
  • 200228276
  • 200231755

If you threw away the label, that’s OK. If you purchased a neckerchief slide this year, follow the instructions below or visit your local Scout Shop.

What to do if you have a recalled neckerchief slide

Families with a recalled slide should stop using it immediately.

Even if you no longer have a receipt, you are eligible for an exchange or refund.

Return the product to any Scout Shop or directly to the BSA’s National Distribution Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Instructions for returns can be found at this link.

Where to learn more

See this link from the Scout Shop and this link from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 


Youth Protection Training Completed by October 1, 2018

All registered Scouters (volunteers and professionals), including any adult who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 total hours or more.  The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1, 2018.  For more information visit scouting.org/youthprotection.  Complete the Youth Protection Training at my.scouting.org


Updated Guide to Safe Scouting

The online version of the Guide to Safe Scouting in now updated. Note the effective date for the new leader policy: October 1, 2018.

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/

Download the print-friendly version here. 
This is the full PDF version that contains updates as of May 2018.
Please refer to the online version for the most updated information.