Youth Protection


The Boy Scouts of America’s highest priority is creating the most safe and secure environment possible for our youth members. To accomplish this, the BSA has implemented comprehensive youth protection procedural and leadership selection policies. These BSA Youth Protection policies work in conjunction with local and state regulations.

On September 16, 2021, California Assembly Bill 506 (AB 506) was signed into law with an effective date of January 1, 2022. The intent of AB 506 is to improve the safety of all California youth.

AB 506 requires administrators, employees, and regular “volunteers” of all youth serving organizations to:

⚜ Complete training in child abuse and neglect identification and mandated reporting

⚜ Undergo a background check (based on fingerprinting) to identify and exclude any persons with a history of child abuse

⚜ Ensure mandatory reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities outside of the organization

⚜ Require two mandatory reporters be present whenever adults are in contact or in the supervision of children

Visit the California Scouting website for information and instructions on completing the new requirements of AB 506.

Visit the California Legislative Information website to review the entire AB 506 bill language.

In Scouting, we will not compromise the safety of our youth, volunteers, and employees. Safety is a value that must be taught and reinforced at every opportunity. The BSA is committed to abuse prevention. We are all responsible and must hold each other accountable to provide a safe environment for all participants. As we implement the next steps, all of us involved with Scouting will honor this commitment.