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BSA Files For Chapter 11 Bancruptcy Protection

Dear Scouting Community,

On February 18, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come. The national organization’s plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims of abuse.

Alameda Council is legally separate and distinct from the national organization and fully controls all of our own assets. We are not included in the national organization’s Chapter 11 filing and will continue to pay employees and vendors and operate as usual. Most importantly, unit meeting and council events, community service projects, recruitment, and other activities will continue.The national organization will also continue to provide support to councils and Scouting across the country. 

Key points that will be helpful in understanding the BSA's filing include...

Scouting continues. Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come. Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation’s youth.

Local councils have not filed for bankruptcy. Each local council is separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization. However, the national organization is working diligently to protect local councils’ interests through this process. Specifically, it is seeking a comprehensive resolution to abuse claims against the national organization and local councils. In the interim, the national organization is seeking an injunction to prevent new abuse-related cases from being filed against local councils and is asking the Court to formally pause – or put a “stay” on – all cases currently pending.

Scouting is safer now than ever before. Approximately 90% of pending and asserted abuse claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. You all know the safety of children in our programs is the BSA’s absolute top priority. That’s precisely why over many years we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. At our Council, and at all councils across America, adhering to and upholding these policies is a duty we take very seriously.

To provide additional information about its Chapter 11 filing, the national organization has created a dedicated restructuring website at www.BSArestructuring.orgExternal Link.

Informational video can be found at the following link: National BSA Bankruptcy VideoExternal Link

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our enduring mission and to the youth of our community.

Alameda Council - Boy Scouts of America


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