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Youth Protection Training

 Youth Protection Training is now a requirement in the National Policies and Procedures, Chapter 13.  This is great training and well worth the one and a half hours necessary to complete. It is a requirement for some; however, all members are encouraged to take the training, especially if you have a desire to become active in patrol leadership or become an Instructor.  Below, you will find information to begin the training and document your completion. Please forward your proof of completion to Cheryl Raudabaugh for retention with other Instructor Development materials.

This NSP youth protection policy is designed to minimize the risk of abuse of youths (defined as protected parties) participating in NSP sanctioned courses or events, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws governing events or activities involving youths. Protected parties are defined as Young Adult Patrollers (YAPs) and other non-NSP members under the age of 18 who may be involved in support roles during NSP courses or events. This excludes on-hill patrolling activities which fall under area operations where policies of the area would apply.

To meet the goal of protecting our youth, the NSP requires that key NSP leaders and other members working with protected parties will complete youth protection training from an NSP-approved training source. In addition, the NSP will provide reporting guidelines if abuse is suspected or witnessed, as well as guidelines for management of any NSP sanctioned event where protected parties are involved, to provide a safe, nurturing and empowering environment. No form of abuse will be tolerated, and reports of abuse or suspected abuse will be investigated and subject to the NSP Code of Conduct. Our organization will fully cooperate with authorities if allegations of abuse are made that require additional reporting or investigation. It is the duty of all NSP members, NSP employees, and other participants to protect our youth from all types of abuse.

Who must complete the required training?

Individuals in leadership positions and all NSP Instructors going forward.

When must individuals with certified training participate in NSP activities?

·         When protected parties are participating in an NSP course or other event that does not include overnight outings, at least one (1) NSP instructor who participates in the course or other event must have completed the youth protection training.

·         When protected parties are participating in an NSP course or other event that includes overnight outings or lodging, at least two (2) NSP instructors matching protected party demographics participating in the event must have completed the youth protection training. In other words, if the outing includes a male participant, there should be at least one male instructor. If the outing includes a female participant there should be at least one female instructor. Each protected party’s parent or guardian may approve of an adult chaperone for the protected party during the NSP course or other event. Any adult participating in the NSP course or other event, who has completed the youth protection training, may be designated an adult chaperone. If a protected party’s parent or guardian is participating in the NSP course or other event, then no additional chaperone is required and that parent or guardian is not required to complete the NSP-required training.

Where can I access the training?
Scouting is accepted along with other training opportunities such as SafeSport at the discretion of the Division Direction.  Central Division’s Director Mike Schons has approved . Start the training option via Scouting by creating an account here.