Piedmont Scouting & Youth Protection
The BSA requires background checks, local screening of volunteers, comprehensive training programs, and mandatory reporting of suspected abuse. Piedmont Scouting follows the two-deep leadership policy, which requires at least two adults to be present for all Scouting activities. No youth should ever be alone with a Scout leader for any reason. In fact, all Scouting activities are open to parents, and we encourage families to enjoy Scouting together. Every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook includes a pamphlet to help parents teach their children how to recognize, resist, and report abuse.
National BSA & Youth Protection
Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America. To cultivate a safe environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.
The BSA also educates and empowers youth members to be an active part of their safety by teaching the “three R’s” of Youth Protection:
- Recognize situations that place a youth at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
- Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
- Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps protect other children.