LOGAN – The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today after hundreds of sexual abuse claims. A letter sent to scout leaders said BSA is filing 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.
“We took this action today amid increasing financial pressure on the BSA from litigation involving past abuse in Scouting,” a statement said, co-signed by National Chair Jim Turley, National Commissioner Ellie Morrison, and President and CEO Roger Mosby. “We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.”
BSA said they believe victims and support them, they will provide counseling by a provider of their choice, and encourage them to come forward.
“Our plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that would provide equitable compensation to these individuals,” the letter said.
Local scout executive Allen Endicott, based in Ogden, said The Trapper Trails Council has not filed for bankruptcy.
“Meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects are taking place as usual,” he said. “In short, there should be no change to the local Scouting experience.”
Endicott said the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America is the only entity involved in the Chapter 11 filing.
“The Trapper Trails Council – which provides programming, financial, facility and administrative support to local units and individual Scouts in our area – is separate and distinct from the national organization,” he said. “Our camps, properties and all local contributions are controlled by our council.”
The Logan Scout Shop will close February 21st. The closure was not decided by the local district, it is owned by the National Council not by the local council.
“The Cache Service Center is not closing,” said Endicott. The Cache Service Center handles all the business of the day-to-day operations of the Council. They oversee all the registration, camps, activities and paperwork. The scout shop sells merit badges, scout awards and other supplies.
For scouts needing supplies, the Ogden Scout Shop at 1200 E. 5400 S. in Ogden will remain open and they can be contacted at (801) 476-1900 or OgdenScoutShop@scouting.org.
“Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come,” the letter added. “Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives.
“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.”