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The mission of Catalina Council is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Our youth organization offers programs and activities that instill values and teach life skills to an ever increasing number of youth by coordinating community resources to build tomorrow’s leaders today.

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New Council-Wide Youth Protection Training Policy

What is the first thing an adult needs to do to become an adult leader in scouting?

Answer: complete youth protection training.

As an affirmation of the principle that the protection of youth in scouting is of paramount importance, the Catalina Council Board of Directors unanimously adopted a policy at its May meeting that as of July 1, all adult applications must include the completion certificate for BSA Youth Protection Training.

An extension of this policy is that as of January 1 all adult leaders must be current on youth protection training.  The January 1 requirement will be part of the re-chartering requirements and will be enforced at that point.

The adoption of this policy in our council brings us into compliance with national policy and means that we will be adhering to national policy.

It also means that everyone, from council officers to merit badge counselors to the new tiger cub leader will be trained and current in BSA youth protection guidelines.

This training is available online and takes half an hour to complete.  This still leaves thirty minutes of the first “one hour a week” that volunteers devote to scouting to do other valuable and much appreciated volunteer activities.