Words From The Scout Executive
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Dear Scouting Community,
Today, 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.
I want to highlight important points that are most relevant to the Stonewall Jackson Area Council - DBA Virginia Headwaters Council Boy Scouts of America:
- Our Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Our Council is legally separate, distinct andfinancially independent from the national organization.
- Scouting programs will continue. This means that unit meetings and activities, district andcouncil events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place asusual. In short, we expect no changes to the local Scouting experience in our area.
- Scouting is safer now than ever before. Over many years, we’ve developed some of thestrongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I canalso assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously anddo their part to help keep kids safe.
- Restricted donations – past, present or future – can only be used for their designatedpurpose. In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our Councilwill continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to local Scouting programs.
While we do not anticipate the national organization’s bankruptcy filing will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or your involvement with our Council, I understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. To that end, the national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website, www.BSArestructuring.org.
This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process.
If you have any questions about local Scouting, you can always feel free to reach out directly to me or your usual contact within our Council.