The Boy Scouts of America believes our organization has a social and moral responsibility to equitably compensate all victims who were abused during their time in Scouting.

We also have a duty to carry out our mission for years to come.

The Golden Gate Area Council wants our Scouting community to know that we are committed to the safety of our young men and women. The safety and protection of the children, adolescents, and young adults in our programs is our absolute top priority. We share the Boy Scouts of America’s unwavering support for victims of past abuse in Scouting. 

 

The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: to equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and to continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

 

It is important to note that while any instance of abuse is one too many, the overwhelming majority of abuse claims filed in the national organization’s bankruptcy case relate to allegations of abuse that occurred before our modern youth protection policies and practices were put in place more than three decades ago. 

 

Scouting is thriving locally in the Golden Gate Area Council. Our program is evolving to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our membership is expanding and we have welcomed young women into the program, celebrating the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. 

 

The Golden Gate Area Council is a different entity than the national organization with separate finances. Through good financial stewardship and board governance during the merger and COVID-19, we have a sound balance sheet and a strong endowment. Our camps and council service centers are owned and controlled locally. Contributions to GGAC Scouting remain mission critical to delivering our Scouting program. Please contact the development office if you have questions about your donation.

 

Scouting is safer now than ever before. The BSA has worked for decades to develop multi-layered safeguards, all of which act as barriers to abuse. Our volunteers and staff members take these measures extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe. If you have any other questions about the policies in place to keep kids safe in Scouting today, please feel free to contact us at 925-674-6100. 

 

As we receive news about the progress of this case, we will provide important updates on this page. If you want general information and further news, reference BSA RESTRUCTURING, which is regularly updated. There is also a basic informational video available on YouTube

Check out this basic informational video on YouTube

General FAQ about the National Organization’s Chapter 11 Filing

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