The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. All adult volunteers must be familiar with the principles of Youth Protection. A wide array of training opportunities for Youth Protection are available. Learn more about Youth Protection Training.

Click here for the March 8, 2018 BSA Announcement on the New Youth Protection Training.

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good-faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation, including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. You may not abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.


If you suspect child abuse, please report it immediately to the

Council Scout Executive Mark Kraus.

Charles can be reached at (203) 951-0800

or via e-mail at


You may also report suspected child abuse to the

Boy Scouts of America by calling the

Scouts First Helpline (24/7/365) at (844) 726-8871 (SCOUTS1)

or via e-mail at


Click here for more information on Child Abuse Reporting Requirements

Click here for information on State of Connecticut reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

For more information on the policies that BSA uses to protect our Youth Members, click here


Youth Protection “Champions”

True youth protection can only be achieved through the focused commitment of EVERYONE in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of youthy protection awareness and safety at all levels in our organization, including the unit, district, council, area, region, and national levels.

Connecticut Yankee Council has created the position of Youth Protection Champion, or Advocate. Individuals serving in this position will provide support for each unit (Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, and Ship), each district, as well as for the Council.

The general outline of the Champion position is available here:


Youth Protection Training

More information.