Youth Protection Training (YPT) & Hazardous Weather Training

Below is information about two critical training updates that will impact ALL currently registered direct-contact adult leaders in our council.  Please see below and complete the training updates as soon as possible.  This is a great time for many of you to complete this training, as many units are not meeting regularly during the Summer.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

The first training update is a time-sensitive requirement for all leaders to renew Youth Protection Training (YPT) certification.  The new Youth Protection Training is now available online and ALL existing direct-contact leaders will need to complete this new training if you last completed the training before February 2018.  Existing leaders need to complete this new version by October 1, 2018.  The training can be accessed through your account. 

Hazardous Weather Training Requirement

Effective April 30, 2018, all direct-contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position-trained.  Hazardous Weather Training is available around-the-clock in the BSA Learn Center by logging into your account on

Hazardous Weather FAQs—April 10, 2018:

Q. Is this a membership requirement like Youth Protection Training?

A. No. This is a direct-contact leader positioned trained requirement, effective April 30, 2018.

Q. Is this a new requirement?

A. No. Since 2008, at least one person on any tour or activity has been required to have Hazardous Weather Training.  It is also a requirement for all camp staff as part of the NCAP standards SQ-402.

Q. Why is weather hazard training important?

A. Our program takes place in an outdoor classroom.  This training discusses how to manage risks from the weather to our Scouting family. There are several incident reviews which are appropriate to share with leaders who may question why an appreciation of the risks in our outdoor classroom are important.  The most impactful: Lightning, Heat and Hydration, Hypothermia.

Q. How can we remind our staff and volunteers about this requirement?

A. Various tools like safety moments, campout checklists, and the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety reinforce this.

Q. If I am trained in my current position, will I be required to take Hazardous Weather Training now to retain the “trained” designation?

A. No, if you are currently trained in your position you will not be required to take the additional course now. We recommend if you have not taken the updated course Hazardous Weather Training (SCO_800) that you do so to have the most current content.

Q. What happens to my previous credit for Hazardous Weather Training (WS81)?

A. Course code WS81 is being retired. To stay current, the new course (SCO_800) will need to be taken after WS81 is two years old.

Q. At what point in my training do I need to take Hazardous Weather Training (SCO_800)?

A. The course is available for you to take at any time, but is a required course to achieve position-trained status as a trained leader. It is recommended that you take the course before an outdoor activity.

Q. Is there a classroom course?

A. No, the course is available only online. This is by design and not a new requirement.

Q. How do we grant group credit when training staff for camp?

A. Your registrar can grant credit in ScoutNET to SCO_800.

Q. What positions are now required to take Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position-trained?

A.       CA Assistant Cubmaster

CM Cubmaster

DA Assistant Den Leader

DL Den Leader

MT Mate

NA Crew Associate Advisor

NL Crew Advisor

SA Assistant Scoutmaster

SK Skipper

SM Scoutmaster

WA Assistant Webelos Den Leader

WL Webelos Den Leader

10 11-Year-Old Scout Leader (LDS)

EA Explorer Post Advisor

AA Explorer Post Associate Advisor

NOTE: This includes all assistant leaders.

The training completions from the BSA Learn Center copy into approximately every 30 minutes. If the completed date does not appear in after course completion, please contact Member Care at 972-580-2489, M-F, 7am – 7pm Central, or email with specific problem details.

More information regarding these updates and other training updates can be found in the latest issue of ScoutingU’s Training Times newsletter (Spring/Summer 2018 edition) at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Member Care or reach out to the Council Service Center.