Re: Youth Protection Training
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 9 Apr 1996 15:26:17 -0400
On Apr 09, 1996 08:52:32, 'Jim McMaster <mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM>'
>Paul H. Brown wrote:
>> On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, Hal Dudley wrote:
>> > I think that the current Youth Protection Training program, introduced
>> > early '95 is the right one to be using. I understand that it is
>> > once per year. Commissioners in our district teach it. We have had
>> > moderate success having the adults take the training and are starting
>> > second year of the training. It is offered as part of Cub basic and
>> > basic.
>> My understanding is: Once trained, forever trained.
>> Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council, BSA
>This is no longer true. YPT is required every three years for all
>adults. In Basic Leader Training a few weeks ago, they said a new
>is to appoint a SA to keep track of the training, to ensure everyone's
>is current. --
Gee, it would be nice if somebody had OFFICIAL information about this,
because, basically, I agree with Paul. My understanding of YPP
requirements are as follows:
First, there is NO national requirement that any adult have YPP training to
be registered. Currently, this is apparently being left to the local
council and some require training for registration others do not. If it is
not required, then obviously there can be no required frequency of
Second, for several years now, national has required the training of all
adults participating in major (or maybe all?) national events such as
Jamboree, NOAC, PTC, etc. I do not know if they require it for advisers
with crews at the national high adventure bases but I wouldn't be
surprised. While theoretically they require the training prior to arrival
my recollection (base upon NOAC) is that those who have not had the
training are offered the opportunity during the event. As best as I can
recall, there was no time frame last summer with regard to how recent the
training needed to be for the NOAC.
Third, it is true that in order to earn QUALITY UNIT each unit must appoint
an assistant leader to coordinate the YPP training of the adults in that
unit. Currently that leader did not, himself, have to be YPP trained due
to an oversight in the printing of the QU requirements on the applications.
However, that is supposed to be corrected the next time around. As I
understand the role of this leader, he is to encourage the other registered
adults to take the training at a council/district level or to arrange for
the training to be presented to the unit, but is not expected to conduct
the training himself. Even this QU requirement does not require that the
adults be trained, but merely requires that the unit have a leader
designated to encourage the training. Further, since there is no
requirement that a unit be a QU, this requirement does not function to
require YPP training.
I fully expect a phased increase in the tightness of the YPP requirements,
but this is how I currently understand them to function.
Again, I am not disagreeing that it is beneficial to have the training and
to refresh periodically, but I think that misconceptions can be harmful.
Can anyone provide accurate information on NATIONAL policy?
Bruce E. Cobern
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