Boy Scouts of America file for bankruptcy


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Boy scouts at the annual BSA National Jamboree event.

Owen McAdams, Staff Writer

As of Feb. 11, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid a barrage of sexual abuse lawsuits that have been filed against the company. With cases ranging from the years 1960 to 1980, prior to their implementation of child safety policies. The cases being filed are combating the negligence of the BSA to the victims of the crimes committed by scout leaders.  

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that the BSA is filing for, allows them to create funds through selling some of their estimated $1 billion to $10 billion in assets for the $100 million to $500 million in liabilities. The filing allows the BSA to be able to afford paying off the costs of liabilities caused by sexual abuse cases, even with cases going back 60 years. Many of the lawsuits are being delayed by years due to the process. 

The petition filing occurred in Wilmington, Del., where the 110-year-old organization have set in motion one of the biggest bankruptcy filings ever, with hundreds of lawsuits being thrown their way from victims of sexual abuse looking for justice due to the negligence of the BSA to their cases. 

“Scouting programs will continue throughout this process and for many years to come,” the Boy Scouts said in a statement. Local councils are not filing for bankruptcy because they are legally separate and distinct organizations. Therefore, these lawsuits do not affect the day to day activities of the members.  

It appears that on a local level, the Boy Scouts will not  have any issues due to the organization’s bankruptcy, which is good news for the local council and Assistant Scout Master Paul Curtis, who said, “I don’t see any repercussions from national, we’re going to continue being boy scouts, we’re going to continue to help the youth in the area and continue to give back to the community.  

Decatur senior, Matt Coleman, has been a local boy scout for eight years and is a member of NJROTC who states “Leaders of the past did some bad things to people, and the organization is having to deal with their actions now. While it might affect some other troops, we haven’t been affected locally by it. We haven’t even really talked about it.” The local branches of the Boy Scouts are unaffected by the bankruptcy, as for the most part, they are independent from the BSA. which is good news for all boy scouts