Youth Protection Training


Providing a safe and secure environment for our yout members is the greatest priority of the Potawatomi Area council.  We work every day to protect our children through our Youth Protection policies, including mandatory youth protection training for all registered leaders, leadership selection policies and mandatory criminal background checks for new leaders.

As Scouting and the Potawatomi Area Council look to strengthen our youth protection policies, we have instituted a periodic criminal background recheck of existing leaders. In order to do this, a new Additional Disclosure & Background Check Authorization Form must be signed by every registered adult leader before their annual membership can be renewed for 2020.  Registered adult members will receive an email from the National Service Center of Boy Scouts of America with detailed instructions.

FOR ADULT MEMBERS REGISTERED WITH A UNIT, please submit your original, signed Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization Form to your unit for submission with the 2020 Recharter Packet.

FOR ADULT MEMBERS NOT REGISTERED WITH A UNIT, such as those registered as a district committee member-at-large, unit commissioner, merit badge counselor, NOVA counselor, or any other non-unit adult position, we are asking that you please submit your Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization Form original to:

Potawatomi Area Council,
804 Bluemound Road,
Waukesha, WI 53188.

If you choose to decline the background check, or if you do not complete the Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization Form, your annual registration will not be processed.

We are truly grateful for your continued commitment to keeping youth safe and for helping them learn, grow, and thrive through Scouting programs.


The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members.

  • Youth Protection Training is required for all registered volunteers.

  • New leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training before they submit their application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

  • 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.

The Potawatomi Area Council is 100% committed to keeping our youth safe and we appreciate the commitment of all our volunteer leaders to make this happen.

Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Click here for more information.


To maintain a safe environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutScouts BSA, and Venturing programs.

Youth Protection and Social Media

The BSA has recently updated their Youth Protection policies to apply to social and digital media. For more information on how to communicate via social platforms while complying with Youth Protection standards, please see this guide from the National Office.

Get Trained Today

To take Youth Protection Training, go to and create an account. From the My.Scouting portal, click on “New to Scouting?  Take a training here” and Youth Protection icon in the upper right. Select “Youth Protection Training” from the training menu.  Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the Potawatomi Area Council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner and update your profile by inputting your member ID number and Atlanta Area Council from the dropdown list. This will link your Youth Protection training records and any other training in My.Scouting to your BSA membership and unit records.


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