The Baden-Powell Council Staff and Leadership are committed to ensuring the safety of every Scout in our programs. That begins with Trained Leaders, especially in Youth Protection.
- Baden-Powell Council requires every registered leader to go through Youth Protection Training annually. The training must remain current throughout the entire registration period. This is beyond the National requirement of every two years
- At any Scout event or activity or meeting, a minimum of two registered adults over the age of 21, who are Youth Protection Trained must be present. This is one of many barriers to abuse.
- More Information from the National Office on Youth Protection Training is available here.
- The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has a multilayered adult leader selection process that includes criminal background checks administered by a nationally recognized third party and other screening efforts.Click here for more information on Leader Selection.
In the event that you believe a youth has been abused the following steps must be taken:
- Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
- In cases of child abuse injury or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately.
- In addition, if the suspected abuse occurred in the Scout’s home or family, you are required by state law to immediately report/contact the local child abuse hotline.
- Notify Matthew Bull, Baden-Powell Council Scout Executive at 607-648-7888.
- If he cannot be reached call the 24/7 Scouts First Helpline at 1-844-726-8871 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are additional resources to help parents understand how abuse happens and how to keep their children safe.