April Is Youth Protection Month
Nationwide, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and for the fifth consecutive year, the BSA has designated April as Youth Protection Month for councils, units, families, and community organizations.
Local councils will conduct youth protection training for 4.4 million youth and adults. Many councils will also provide this training, through BSA videos, books, and an Internet course, as a community service to other youth-serving agencies.
Since 1988, the BSA has provided adult and youth training that addresses the problem of child abuse and, at the same time, helps Scouting continue to provide a safe environment and meet high standards of leadership for our youth members.
"The Boy Scouts of America advocates parents becoming actively involved with their children," said Roy L. Williams, BSA Chief Scout Executive. "Scouting stresses the importance of parents having ongoing communication with their children. I know that this may be difficult, especially for working parents and parents with adolescents, but it is worthwhile to talk to your children every day and take time to listen and observe. It may be the most important contribution you make in the life of your child."
During Youth Protection Month, each unit is encouraged to participate in one or more of the following ways:
BSA resources have been widely usedinside and outside Scouting. To obtain copies, contact your local Scout council service center.
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