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BSA National Financial Reorganization

January 13, 2020

As you may have seen, national Boy Scouts of America has been exploring financial options including a Chapter 11 filing.

To be clear: no final decisions have been made in this process, and local programming and activities are continuing as normal.

While the national organization is considering a Chapter 11 filing as way to equitably compensate abuse victims while continuing the mission of Scouting, there is no scenario under consideration in which our local council would file for bankruptcy.

Please also know that the safety of the kids in our programs is our top priority. Over many years, we have developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. From mandatory youth protection training to policies like two-deep leadership, no one-on-one interaction between youth and adults, and mandatory reporting of any suspected abuse, our volunteers and employees take youth protection policies and procedures extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe.  You can view all our safeguards and watch the youth protection training course that is mandatory for all volunteers and employees on this page of our website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is the national organization filing for bankruptcy?

No final decisions have been made. A Chapter 11 filing continues to be one of the options under consideration to achieve the duel imperatives of equitably compensating victims of abuse and continuing the important mission of Scouting.

2. Would a bankruptcy mean the national organization would shut its doors?

Absolutely not – any path forward that national BSA is contemplating would ensure that the national organization can continue to carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs.

3. Is our local council filing for bankruptcy?

No. In any scenario under consideration, only the national organization would file for Chapter 11. Any path pursued would ensure that Scouting continues in our communities for many years to come.

4. Is local Scouting programming continuing?

Absolutely, all programming is continuing as scheduled. This includes your regular unit meetings and activities, district and council events, and all other Scouting adventures.

5. How does this impact our donors/fundraising?

The continued support of our donors is critical to our mission of delivering Scouting in our area. We encourage everyone to continue their fundraising efforts. Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations to our council will continue to be used to pay for necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to our ability to provide quality Scouting programs in our communities. Additionally, any restricted donation to our council that has been made or is being considered by a prospective donor can only be used for its designated purpose.