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Los Padres CouncilSafety ZoneYouth Protection and Scouting

Youth Protection
Begins With You

Youth Protection is best achieved through the shared involvement of everyone in Scouting.

Scouting's Commitment
to Youth Protection

  • Educate Scouting professionals volunteers, parents, and youth members to aid in the detection and prevention of child abuse.
  • Strengthen charted organizations' leader selection procedures to prevent offenders from entering BSA leadership ranks.
  • Strengthen policies that create barriers to child abuse within the program.
  • Encourage Scouts to report improper behavior in order to identify offenders quickly.
  • Swiftly remove and report alleged offenders.

Barriers to Abuse

  • Two-deep leadership required on all outings.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and Scouts prohibited.
  • Separate accomodations for adults and Scouts required.
  • Privacy of youth respected.
  • Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, or digital devices prohibited.
  • No secret organizations.
  • No hazing.
  • No bullying.
  • Youth leadership monitored by adult leaders.
  • Appropriate attire for all activities.
  • Members are responsible to act according to the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Units are responsible to enforce Youth Protection policies.

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