The BSA Youth Protection requirement is every event (including meetings) have at least 2 registered leaders over the age of 21 present. If one or more female members are present, a female registered leader over the age of 21 must also be present. None of these leaders need to be registered in your unit, just registered with the BSA.
Any adult staying at camp for more than 72 hours (does not need to be consecutive) must also be a registered leader.
There is no requirement for parents to be r…
Our camp requires YPT for all adults staying 72 hours or more OR if they. They don’t all have to be registered in the unit but at least one leader needs to attend at a certain scout to adult ratio. We usually have to register one or two parents as leader so that we can take all our boys.
The BSA policy requires anyone staying at an event 72 hours or more have current YPT and be a registered leader with the BSA. Typically this only applies to summer camp and high adventure bases as monthly outings are rarely more than 72 hours.
Yep. We have a bunch of committee members that are only on the roster because they went to summer camp over the last couple of years. I’m letting them know they don’t have to recharter with us now, but if they decide to go to summer camp in July, they’ll need to re-join the committee then.
Any adult that spends more than 72 hours a year with the youth, has to be registered to the unit, and passed YPT. Unless they changed that…
It’s not “in a year” it’s per event.
This has come up in the past. The national policy is any adult that spends more than 72 hours at an event must have current YPT and be registered with the BSA. The time spent does not have to be contiguous.
So, what does this really mean? A unit meeting is a single event so there only needs to be 2 registered leaders over the age of 21 present. Any parent can attend without being registered and without taking YPT. A weekend campout (Friday to Sunday) is less than 72 hours so any pa…
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@SteveCagigas, adults who are registered solely because of the 72-hour rule can be registered as unit Scouter reserve. If they are not contributing to the unit committee, this registration may be more appropriate for them.
Unit Scouter Reserve still carries a registration fee, it just means that you have no specific position in the unit.
@MichaelSoares. I wasn’t trying to save his unit any money. I was merely pointing out that committee member registration might not be appropriate for folks who are not truly on the committee. Unit Scouter reserve is the answer for that.
With that registration, a Scouter has no recurring unit operational, administrative or program responsibilities. Of course, the Scouter needs YPT certification and should take part in providing appropriate adult supervision whenever present at a …
The 72 hour policy doesn’t seem to be in the 2019 Registration Guidebook of the Boy Scouts of America. This document needs to be updated of course to reflect the new fees but the edition currently available for download was updated July 2019.
Do you know where it might be documented?
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Specifically, the Guide to Safe Scouting says:
All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.
@CharleyHamilton thanks for that. That page says " **All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive."
Is a MBC considered a registered LEADER?
There was a discussion of that on another thread at some point. I’ve never seen anything that contradicts the idea that a MBC counts. We have to get the same background checks and take YPT, so that should make us at least as vetted as the minimum requirements for a committee member.
Ah not so fast…you can’t be a committee member and not pay the fee. In some cases you may not be a committee member and not take the position specific training…depending on your local council requirements.
There’s no national requirement that a committee member complete position-specific training, just YPT and the background check.
There is a fee to be paid for unit-level volunteers, but the MBC still has to get the same background checks. Parents in our unit who are MBCs just got the same “fill out this background check form to re-register” email that the rest of us did. I don’t see that the presence or absence of a fee impacts the meaning of the text.
This might require MBCs in your council…
Position specific training reqs for non direct contact leaders has been apparently left up to the individual council. Our local council does require 100% position specific training for direct contact leaders (ASM and SM in Scouts BSA) but the Committee here does not have to be 100% position specific trained…of course everyone on the charter that is an adult is required to be YPT current.
Council here requires MBC to be 100% position specific trained…YPT and MBC online training.
Seems like for…
One difference would be that MBCs are not approved by the unit’s chartered organization (COR or XO/IH), because MBC is a council / district level position. The chartered organization might want leaders providing 2-deep leadership for the unit to be registered with the unit (at least as a Unit Scouter Reserve).
There were a couple of councils back east I’ve seen that didn’t allow Unit Scouter Reserve to serve as part of 2-deep leadership requirements. I can’t find the webpage now, so it may be either obsolete data or poor memory.
The advice to ask your district/council personnel what the local rules are, and verify whether or not your charter has additional requirements, is solid.