By now you
should have received an email from the national Boy Scouts of America (BSA) indicating it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This was done 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 some important points:
- The Capitol Area Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Our council is legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.
- Scouting programs will continue. This means that unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual.
- Scouting is safer now than ever before. Over many years, we've developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. You, your fellow volunteers and parents, and our employees has worked together to enforce these policies and helped keep kids safe.
- Restricted donations - past, present or future - can only be used for their designated purpose. In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our council will continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to local Scouting programs.
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 an FAQ. The site's Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process.
While this is a change at the national level, we look forward to continuing working with you locally to deliver the best possible program to youth here in Central Texas. Together, we will continue making a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.
Thank you for all you do for youth through Scouting,
Jon C. Yates