Youth Protection

BSA Youth Protection Policies

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutBoy Scout, and Venturing programs.

BSA Youth Protection policy video



Protecting Our Youth in Scouting

An Open Letter to the San Francisco Bay Area Council Scouting Community:

Much has been written recently about the Boy Scouts of America's longstanding practice of keeping a list of individuals who are deemed unfit for membership, known as the Ineligible Volunteer files ("IV files").  The recent public release of these files has identified a few instances where individuals from local SFBAC Scouting units were found-from years ago and nothing recent. The media has dubbed these the "Perversion Files", and most of the media articles and stories ignore key points on the issue of protecting our youth from abuse in Scouting.  As the Scout Executive of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, I want to try to correct the misinformation about the disclosure of these files, and reassure you that Scouting is doing everything it can to protect the youth in our programs, and provide you with detailed information and resources that you can use to learn more on this critically important topic.  I urge you to become self-informed on this complex issue and do not rely solely on a few high profile article read entire letter...